Here's another meaty list of genre events occurring in Chicago this weekend through next! Be sure to scroll down and find out more about the book signings! Have a wonderful weekend.
“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
HAIL SATAN? - (May 25th & 26th at noon) Charming, compelling documentary chronicling the rise of The Satanic Temple and the political activism by members striving for equality and justice. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
CLIMAX - (May 24th & 25th at 11:45pm) Gaspar Noé's film about a dance troupe practicing inside an empty building until the night takes a wild turn, as their sangria has been spiked with LSD. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
LABYRINTH - (May 24th-27th) One cannot go wrong with David Bowie, goblins, slime and snails 'n puppy dog tails! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647. Dress up for the Best-Dressed party on Friday night!
Ready Freddy Films Sci-Fi Showcase - (May 25th at 7pm) Short independent films, videos, musical guests, and the premiere of Dustin Puehler's The Depression Trilogy. The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60622.
DARK WATER - (May 26th at 8pm) (Hideo Nakata, 2002) Japanese horror film (from the director of RINGU) based on the writings of author Koji Suzuki. Atmospheric tale about a woman going through a nasty divorce and moving into a new place that has a water problem which defies explanation. Knowing no one would believe her complaints and the possibility of losing custody of her child if she looked unstable, she tries to deal with it on her own until things get terribly out of hand. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
GALAXY LORDS - (May 29th at 8:20pm) Free screening on the lawn, kicking off Comfort Film's summer film series (weather permitting). Locally-made sci-fi fantasy film by Von Bilka. Plot: “A 4 billion-year-old Space Kingdom lies on the precipice of obliteration at the hands of a Dark Prince who holds the power to destroy existence itself.” Filmmakers and crew will be in attendance. Programmed by Raul Benitez and Nando Espinosa Herrera. Comfort Film, 2579 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
BRIGHTBURN - Superhero sci-fi/horror film with a focus on the idea of a child crash-landing from space into a small town, and, instead of being Superman, ends up being something far more sinister. Playing nationwide. Check local listings for a theater near you!
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW - (Late Saturdays at 11:55pm) Full cast performance each Saturday at midnight. Hollywood Boulevard Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517.
Outdoor Movies at Gallagher Way - (May 29th-Sept. 25th) Teaming up with the Music Box Theatre, a free film series of beloved favorites runs through September 25th with JURASSIC PARK being the very last screening. Gates open at 6pm; movies begin at 7:30pm. Gallagher Way, 3635 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60613.
Sinema Obscura & Ready Freddy's Sci-Fi Night - (May 29th at 7pm) Enjoy local independent sci-fi short films and much more. 6740Micro, 6740 N. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60626.
Movie Trivia Night - (Tuesdays at 8pm) Every Tuesday in the lounge! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
B-Movie Mania & Bingo - Enjoy B-movies, drinking games, bingo, and more on Sunday. Schlock, cult, horror! The Native, 2417 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
WildClaw Theatre's HORROR VARIETY SHOW - (May 29th) One-night-only! Live performances of magic, burlesque, tarot readings, raffles, silent auction, drag, puppets, special guests, a live Deathscribe, and more! Dress up in costume (spooky attire) if you'd like and there will be makeup artists on hand if needed. The bar will open at 7pm; doors open at 7:30pm; show begins at 8pm. Ages 16+. CSZ Chicago (ComedySportz Theater), 929 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.
FOUR CHORDS AND A GUN - (May 18th-June 2nd) Love the Ramones? This black comedy highlights their infamous 1979 recording session with producer Phil Spector and how the fantastic punk album “End of the Century” came to be. It's a play followed by a concert! Broadway Playhouse, Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611.
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 Aug. 30th, 2019.
I WANNA BELIEVE! AN X-FILES PARODY - (through June 13th) Musical parody following agents Mulder and Scully as they investigate a strange, deadly dancing epidemic. The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL.
THE KILLING GAME - (May 2nd-June 23rd) Humorous take on society's responses (paranoia, hypocrisy, opportunism) during a crisis. A town has a plague causing bodies to pile up, resulting in more speculations than answers. Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells, Chicago, IL.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - (Extended through June 30th) Head down to Skid Row where Seymour, Audrey, and Audrey II are stuck in a bloody love triangle (of sorts!). Ages 10 and up. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, Chicago, IL 60613.
MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN - (May 8th-Aug. 4th) Lookingglass Theatre presents an adaptation of Mary Shelley's powerful story of creation, destruction, horror, and love. Written and directed by David Catlin. Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan, Chicago, IL.
SPACE SCUM: The Musical - (Sundays through June 2nd) A crew of space cleaners dispose of space junk until one day when their ship is pulled much too close to the sun. The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
THE CHILDREN - (April 18th-June 9th) A pair of retired nuclear scientists receive a visit from an old colleague one summer evening at a remote seaside cottage in England. Pleasantries are exchanged until the eventual disturbing reason for the visit is revealed. Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL.
TRUE CRIMES - (through Aug. 17th) Through improv and suggestions from morbid audience members and the “Wheel of Misfortune,” we get answers to questions like, “What makes serial killers kill?” Comedy ensues! The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL.
Chicago! The Play, The Movies, The Musical... The Murders - (Jan. 26th-July 28th) The famous play, Chicago, premiered in 1926. This led to inspirations for 3 films and a long-running Broadway musical. Lead characters Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly were based on two real-life murderesses in 1920s Chicago. This exhibit includes rare posters, photographs, and original artifacts documenting the play's evolution over a span of nine decades. Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Lobby, 1st Floor North, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602.
Wired to Wear™ - (March 21st - Spring 2020) Learn how digital technology is helping our lives by transforming our clothes to help us stay safer and stronger. Find out more about jet suits, jackets that help you see in the dark, and wearables that express your emotions! Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.
EVENTS / OUTINGS:
Blood, Fire, Death: The Swedish Metal Story with Ika Johannesson - (May 29th at 7pm) Swedish music journalist Ika Johannesson will be signing her book and discussing the history of Swedish metal. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
HEADCHEESE: A Discussion with Jess Hagemann - (May 30th at 7pm) Award-winning author and biographer Jess Hagemann will be signing copies of her body horror novel and doing a live reading. Bucket O' Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.
Metal Bingo - (Mondays through June 24th) Play metal bingo at Brauer House! FREE event. All metal DJ. Bingo prizes, appetizers half-off, $5 Long Islands/Zombies, $1.50 PBR pints, $2.50 call shots. Roll call begins at 8pm; games start at 9pm. Brauer House Lombard, 1000 N. Rohlwing Rd., Lombard, IL 60148.
Troll 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!
Space Golf - (Daily) Alien-themed outer space fun with blacklight mini golf, 3D golfing, holograms, a Sci-Fi Cafe, and more. 15611 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60462.
Bad Axe Throwing - (Days/times vary) Group rates apply or do a walk-in for $20 for one hour. Bad Axe Chicago, 2828 N. Clark (Atrium Level), Chicago, IL. (888) 435-0001.
TOURS, ESCAPE ROOM:
Fox in a Box Escape Room - Visit their newest room, Zodiac, which is themed on the successor to the Zodiac Killer. The room was scenically designed by a designer from the Field Museum. 47 W. Polk, Suite L5, Chicago, IL 60605. (Recently ranked #1 escape room in the USA and #2 in the world for the month of March 2019.)
Chicago Rage Room - Got rage? Get rid of it pronto with the sweetest release (without hurting anyone!). Pay for items to break or bring your own! Room prices begin at $15. (Reservations required.) 153 W. Ohio, Chicago, IL 60654.
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.
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.
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