Quick rundown of highlights for the weekend and beyond... “Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
STANLEY KUBRICK: The Filmworker Series at the Music Box - (June 1st-7th) THE SHINING, EYES WIDE SHUT, and more! Times vary. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
FILMWORKER - (June 1st-7th) A documentary for Kubrick fans! Times vary. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
MARY SHELLEY - (June 1st-7th) Elle Fanning stars as author Mary Shelley in a fictionalized account covering three years of the famous author's life before writing Frankenstein. Chicago premiere! Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, Chicago, IL 60601.
JUGGERNAUT FILM FESTIVAL - (June 2nd & 3rd from 11am-5:30pm) The 6th Annual Juggernaut Film Festival celebrates sci-fi and fantasy films from around the world. This year's festival, curated by Otherworld Theatre founding Artistic Director Tiffany Keane Schaefer, will be hosted by Star Trek: The Next Generation's star Gates McFadden. This year's entries include both feature and short films. The gala party will be hold on Saturday at 7pm (photo ops & autographs with Gates McFadden for VIP attendees) and the award ceremony will be on Sunday at the end of the festival. Tickets: full weekend passes $80 online ($85/door); Sat. OR Sun. day passes $50 online ($55/door); weekend pass + VIP party $175 online ($190/door); Saturday only with VIP party $135 online ($145/door); individual film block $20 at the door. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
FERAL - (June 1st & 2nd) Midnight. What would you do if your camping trip turned into a zombie bloodbath? The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
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.
RETURN OF SWAMP THING/ HOUSE SHARK - (June 1st at 7pm) Bucket O' Blood Books and Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
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
Be sure to also check out UPGRADE in mainstream theaters!!
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.
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.
The Science Behind Pixar - (Begins May 24th) 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) Opening reception May 24th from 5pm-7pm. 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.
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.
Chicago Underground Film Festival - (June 6th-10th) CUFF returns to Chicago! 2558 W. 16th, Stage 18, Chicago, IL 60608.
Outdoor Movie Series Millennium Park - (June 5th-Aug. 21st) The beloved free outdoor movie series is back on Tuesdays at 6:30pm! GET OUT, MAD MAX: Fury Road, Coco, School of Rock, and more. Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Great Lawn, Chicago, IL. (FREE)
Hearse Show at Brauerhouse - (June 9th) 5th anniversary show in Lombard, IL.
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.
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