Weekend: Hearse Show, Film Fests, Surreal Art, Dark Plays, First Jason

Weekend: Hearse Show, Film Fests, Surreal Art, Dark Plays, First Jason

“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”

LOWLIFE - (June 8th & 9th) Midnight. This fast-paced, bloody, bizarre film follows an addict, an ex-con, and a luchador who fail spectacularly in an organ harvesting scheme. Cinepocalypse jury award-winning film. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

Chicago Underground Film Festival - (June 6th-10th) CUFF returns with more experimental, independent, and documentary films from around the world. 2558 W. 16th, Stage 18, Chicago, IL 60608.

FARGO - (June 8th-11th) Coen Brothers classic! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

FILMWORKER - (daily through June 14th at 9:20pm) A documentary for Kubrick fans! Full of candid insights into what it was like for Leon Vitali to work closely with director Stanley Kubrick for more than two decades. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

Ready Freddy Film Fest - (June 8th at 7:30pm) Independent short films, music videos, and filmmakers. In partnership with Sinema Obscura. The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL. ($10 at the door.)

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, stop motion animation, and doing illustration for his films. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, Chicago, IL 60601.

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. Catch MAD MAX: Fury Road on June 12th. 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

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND - (June 13th at 7pm) FREE screening one night only at Classic Cinemas Elk Grove Theatre. Hosted by Erik Childress. Presented by Critics Classics in conjunction with Chicago Film Critics Association. $5.

RIFFTRAX LIVE: SPACE MUTINY - (June 14th & 19th) The stars from MST3K take on another fun one. Enter zip code to find a participating theater near you.

NOSFERATU - (June 15th & 16th at 8pm) Chicago Filmmakers hosts two screenings of F.W. Murnau's incredible film with a new live score by Maxx McGathey performed by Gramps the Vamp. Suggested donation $15. 5720 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660.

hereditaryBe sure to also check out new horror film HEREDITARY in mainstream theaters!! Here's a fun little figure they sent my way!


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 May 25th, 2018.

BAT-HAMLET - (through July 14th) When Shakespeare and Batman collide... Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL 60618. (BYOB)


Ivan Albright, “Picture of Dorian Gray,” 1943/1944.

Ivan Albright, “Picture of Dorian Gray,” 1943/1944.

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.

Chicago Surrealist Exhibition - (June 9th from 6pm-10pm) 1837 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL 60612.

The Science Behind Pixar - 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.


hearseHearse Show at Brauerhouse - (June 9th at 2pm) 5th anniversary show! A ton of vendors, horror host Svengoolie meet 'n greet (4pm-6pm), live performances, Spooky Girl Pin-Up Contest, Magician Ron Fitzgerald. Brauerhouse Lombard, 1000 N. Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.

Heavy Metal Field Trip to Logan Arcade - (June 8th at 4pm) Bucket O' Blood Books and Records hosts a trip to the Logan Arcade, 2410 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647. Must be 21.

Book Discussion: The Hunting Accident - (June 10th from 4pm-6pm) Join a discussion with illustrator Landis Blair about the book telling the true, unbelievable story of Matt Rizzo, who lost his vision from being shot in the face during an armed robbery. He went to Statesville Prison and met killer Nathan Leopold, Jr. (Leopold and Loeb). Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618. (Free; BYOB)

first-jasonAri Lehman / First Jason - (June 9th & 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. Catch them at the LiveWire Lounge this Saturday in Chicago or at The Garage in Elgin on June 15th.

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.


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! Festival passes are available now. New updated schedule!

Times are subject to change. Have a great weekend!

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