Weekend: Stephen King Film Fest, Accumulator 1, Sci-Fi Fest

Weekend: Stephen King Film Fest, Accumulator 1, Sci-Fi Fest
See a 35mm print of CREEPSHOW as part of the Music Box Theatre's “Greetings from Castle Rock” Film Fest celebrating Stephen King's works. Image source: MusicBoxTheatre.com

“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”

MOVIES:

GREETINGS FROM CASTLE ROCK: A Stephen King Film Festival - (July 27th & 28th) Celebrate Stephen King on 35mm! The Losers' Club curates 8 films that relate to Castle Rock in connection with the new series on Hulu. Friday films: STAND BY ME, CUJO, CREEPSHOW. Saturday films: THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION,  THE DEAD ZONE, THE MIST, NEEDFUL THINGS, PET SEMATARY. Vendors, giveaways, themed snacks/drinks, live podcast recording, immersive photo booth. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS - (July 27th-30th) Friday night release party with Burnt City Brewing at 8:30pm, followed by the film at 11:30pm. Also screens Sat./Sun./Mon. at 11pm. Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

THE SEVENTH SEAL - (July 27th, 28th, Aug. 2nd) Max Von Sydow plays a knight who challenges Death to a game of chess. Part of the ongoing Ingmar Bergman series, “Bergman 100.” New digital restoration. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601.

Bizarre sci-fi comedy Czech film ACCUMULATOR 1 screens Sunday and Monday at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Image source: siskelfilmcenter.org

Bizarre sci-fi comedy Czech film ACCUMULATOR 1 screens Sunday and Monday at the Gene Siskel Film Center.
Image source: siskelfilmcenter.org

ACCUMULATOR 1 - (July 29th, 30th) 1994 sci-fi/fantasy about TV being a literal soul-sucking parasite. In this case, when victims watch television, it drains their energy while their body doubles end up inside the TV in a parallel world. Their copies need their energy to survive in the TV, so the victims must avoid watching at all costs or die. Part of the current Czech film series at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601.

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS - (through Aug. 2nd) Stranger than fiction documentary about three strangers who reunite after having been separated at birth and adopted by different families. Times vary. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

COSMOS: A Personal Voyage [16mm] - (Aug. 1st) Comfort Film presents episodes One and Six. 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME - (July 28th at 2pm) National Theatre Live. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601.

48-Hr Film Project - (July 29th, 30th, August 2nd) Filmmakers were only given 48 hours to create an 8-minute short film using a few ideas assigned to them (genre, a prop, a character, a line of dialogue).

sci-fiSci-Fi Movie Fest - (July 29th) SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER, GODZILLA vs. THE SEA MONSTER, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, NIGHT OF THE CREEPS. Doors open at 11:30am. Vintage collectibles and toy vendors in the lobby. Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL.

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, Back to the Future 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! 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

STAGE:

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEAS - (May 23rd-Aug. 26th) 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 November 30th, 2018.

EXHIBITS:

dorian-gray-ivan-albrightFLESH: 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.

Saints and Sinners Walking Tour - (through Sept. 28th) Chicago's Legacy of Virtue and Vice walking tour. (Friday is SOLD OUT). 21+.

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.

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.

EVENTS:

trollTroll Hunt! - (through the summer of 2019) Search across 1700 acres of The Morton Arboretum for troll sculptures ranging from 15ft. to 30ft. tall! Tips: Check the site for info, maps, and locations so you do not get lost and please do not go without wearing some form of strong bug spray. Extra tips HERE. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532. Troll Cheat Sheet!

Blood Feast: A Night at the Grand-Guignol - (July 27th) Live performances with themes of horror, Gothic, grotesque, creatures, suspense, dark humor, and more. Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640.

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.

UPCOMING:

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, 5440 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.

SUMMER OF '84 - (Aug. 10th & 11th) Straight out of Cinepocalypse, two nights only with a Q&A with writer Stephen J. Smith. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

THE CAPTAIN - (Aug. 3rd) Best Film winner at Cinepocalypse! Q&A with director Robert Schwentke. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

Claudio Simonetti's GOBLIN Live Score to SUSPIRIA - (Nov. 18th) Reggies Rock Club, 2109 N. State, Chicago, IL 60616. 17+. Tickets on sale NOW.

Times are subject to change. Have a great weekend!

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