This weekend has a nice mix of classic and modern film screenings, genre plays, and exhibits. The opportunity to see free outdoor films around the city is currently in full swing thanks to several organizations.
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE - (June 17th at 3pm) The Silent Film Society of Chicago presents this classic silent John Barrymore horror film with Jay Warren performing a live photoplay accompaniment on the 1927 Wurlitzer pipe organ! St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter St., Chicago, IL.
NOSFERATU - (June 15th & 16th at 8pm) Chicago Filmmakers hosts two screenings of F.W. Murnau's incredible vampire film with a new live score by Maxx McGathey performed by Gramps the Vamp. Suggested donation $15. 5720 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.
AMERICAN ANIMALS - (June 15th - 21st) True crime story about a group of men who tried to pull off one of the boldest art heists in history. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
GRACE JONES: Bloodlight and Bami - (June 15th-21st) Documentary about the illustrious, multi-talented Grace Jones that was filmed over a 12-year span. Post-screening dance party on Monday night. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601.
THE PUPPET MASTER: The Complete Jiří Trnka - (through July 4th) A complete retrospective of work featuring puppetry by Czech animation master Jiří Trnka. Before the likes of Tim Burton and the Brothers Quay, Trnka was screenwriting, puppet-making, designing his own sets, creating stop motion animation, and doing illustration for his films. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, Chicago, IL 60601.
Movies in the Parks Outdoor Film Series - (Begins June 15th) The Chicago Park District's wonderful annual outdoor film series is back with another fun selection of family-friendly films. Free to the public! Movies begin at dusk. Please see the site to find a participating park near you.
Music Box Theatre's Outdoor Summer Movie Series - (May 16th-Sept. 19th) See classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Home Alone, Back to the Future, Twister, and more on Wednesdays. Gates open at 6pm. Movies at 7:30pm. Free. Gallagher Way, 3637 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.
Outdoor Movie Series Millennium Park - (June 5th-Aug. 21st) The beloved free outdoor movie series is back on Tuesdays at 6:30pm! GET OUT, School of Rock, and more. Hosted by the Chicago Critics Film Festival. Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Great Lawn, Chicago, IL. (FREE)
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - As always, the Rocky Horror fun continues with a full cast performance each Saturday at Midnight at the Hollywood Blvd. Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517. (630) 427-1880. RHPS
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] - (June 16th) Midnight Madness. You know the drill! The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
RIFFTRAX LIVE: SPACE MUTINY - (June 19th) The stars from MST3K take on another fun one. Click on the box for the 19th and enter your zip code to find a participating theater near you.
SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER - (through June 17th) Raven Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ original play directed by Jason Gerace. Set in 1930's New Orleans, a rich socialite goes to extreme measures to silence her niece, who was in a wild, traumatized state after witnessing the violent death of the socialite's son. Not believing that her son is dead, she hires a brain surgeon to come to the house to put an end to these claims. Very entertaining, twisted story! 6157 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60660. (The film version with Katherine Hepburn is *highly* recommended!)
THE DISPLACED - (through July 1st) A couple moves to Pilsen to rekindle a missing spark between them and find a coconut in the attic which emits very disturbing vibes signifying a dark history occurred there. “The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from it.” The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS - (May 23rd-Aug. 19th) Lookingglass Theatre presents a stage production of this wonderful classic tale. Directed by David Kersnar. Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60622.
Hitch*Cocktails - (Fridays at 10pm) Alfred Hitchcock-themed improv skits based on audience suggestions. Live jazz band, parlor games. Actors must drink as the plot thickens. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Runs through August 10th, 2018.
BAT-HAMLET - (through July 14th) When Shakespeare and Batman collide... Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60618. (BYOB)
FLESH: IVAN ALBRIGHT artwork at the Art Institute - (May 4th-Aug. 5th) A nice selection of ghoulishly macabre works by painter Ivan Albright will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago this spring! Native to 20th Century Chicago, Albright, a master of the macabre, began painting ghoulish subjects, including “Flesh” in 1928, which became an ongoing theme throughout his career. He felt very strongly about portraying the way of the flesh (as “fleshy” as possible) and this obsession is a big part of what makes his paintings so incredibly striking. Feast your eager eyes on the splendid beauty of decay. Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 273, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL.
A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Planning in Mid-century Chicago - (through August 17th) Free, rare surrealist art exhibit presented by the Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario, Chicago, IL 60611.
The Science Behind Pixar - (through Jan. 6th, 2019) Learn about the science and technology behind the wonderful films Pixar creates. All ages. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.
Angel Onofre Solo Art Show - (through June 17th) Visit the weird, wild world of artist Angel Onofre's imagination! Blick Art Materials, 42 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60603.
Svengoolie Coffin & More - One of the cooler things to do on a tight budget 6 days out of the week! The highlight for horror fans, of course, is the Svengoolie exhibit with his original coffin and the show's set, along with pieces from Shock Theatre. There are plenty of other cool things to see related to Chicago television and film, like a large display of items from Bozo's Circus, retro TV sets, journalism history, advertising artifacts, and so much more. The SNL exhibit is also stationed in the building. Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State, Chicago, IL 60654.
Gun Ballet: The Aestheticization of Violence in Video Games - (March 2nd-June 24th) View the most common styles of violence in video game history, ranging from beautiful to excessive. Video Game Art Gallery, 2418 W. Bloomingdale #102, Chicago, IL 60647. Regular hours: Wednesdays 5pm-8pm; Sundays noon-5pm or call by appointment 773-668-6797.
Ari Lehman / First Jason - (June 15th) Meet horror star Ari Lehman and see his band First Jason perform live. Autographs and photo ops will be available, with a Jason cosplayer joining in the fun (pictured above). Catch them at The Garage in Elgin.
Into that Good Night Book Release Party - (June 17th from 4pm-6pm) Celebrate the release of author Levis Keltner's book, Into that Good Night, which, while not a ghost story, has the location set around Bachelors Grove Woods. Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618. (BYOB)
Another Dimension Sci-Fi Book Club - (June 18th at 9pm) Discuss John Scalzi's book, Old Man's War at Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Sinema Obscura TV Party - (June 20th from 7pm-10pm) Independent films, music videos, live music. Logan Theatre Lounge, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
Bad Axe Throwing - (Days/times vary) You know you want to... Group rates apply or just do a walk-in for $20/hr. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.
TOURS, ESCAPE ROOM:
Chicago Ghost Tours App - A free app for enjoying audio and photo tours of Chicago's Haunted Archer Avenue is available, courtesy of Edward Shanahan, a fellow ChicagoNOW blogger (check out his blog, Chicago Paranormal & Spiritual). He is also a psychic and paranormal host who has worked on making his app a great addition to fans of Haunted Archer. The app includes 16 locations and 6 cemeteries. Free download! Shanahan also has a free online magazine.
Mind Trap Escape Rooms - Solve the clues to get out within 60 minutes! 299 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, IL 60538. (630) 216-9609.
Trapped in a Room with a Zombie - Room Escape adventures where guests must figure out clues and puzzles to escape a room they share with a snarling, chained-up zombie. Ages 14+ or must have parent. Fine Arts Building, 408 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605.
Chicago Hauntings Bus Tours - One of the longest-running ghost tours in Chicago, each 2.5 hour tour is led by founder, paranormal investigator, and author Ursula Bielski and her partner, author David Cowan. Routine stops include locations of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Death Alley, gangland sites, murder sites, and more. Departs at the Congress Hotel. For schedules, all tours, and background information, please see ChicagoHauntings.com.
Cinepocalypse - (June 21st-28th) Held at the Music Box Theatre, a ton of special guests and horror movie premieres! Feature films, short films, after parties. Festival passes are available now.
Chicago Zombie March - (June 23rd at 2pm) Meet up in Millennium Park downtown.
Chicago Oddities and Curiosities Expo - (July 21st from 11am-6pm) Brand new event! Shop for antiques, taxidermy, weird specimens, unique jewelry and art, bones, and other strange delights. Odeum Expo Center, Villa Park, IL.
9th Annual Chicago One-Minute Play Festival - (June 26th & 27th) Brand new one-minute plays by over 70 playwrights. The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL. Tickets $20.
Wretched Nobles Screening - (July 3rd at 9pm) A series of new radical cinema with an occult or supernatural theme. The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.
Flashback Weekend Horror Con - (August 3rd-5th) Annual horror convention with celebrity guests, panels, vendors, and outdoor screenings (Child's Play and Fright Night). Crown Plaze Chicago O'Hare Hotel, Rosemont, IL.
Times are subject to change. Have a great weekend!
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