“Don't walk to the theater–RUN!”
HAGAZUSSA - (May 10th & 11th) Psychedelic, folk-horror revenge tale about a shunned young witch in the 15th century. Atmospheric and chilling, it will be a treat for fans of art house cinema. Midnight at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
HAIL SATAN? - (May 8th-16th) Charming, compelling documentary chronicling the rise of The Satanic Temple and the political activism by members striving for equality and justice. Times vary. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
CHARLIE SAYS - (May 10th-16th) Mary Harron (American Psycho) directs this story told in flashbacks through the eyes of the three women who were devoted to Charles Manson, who asked them to murder for him and spent their lives behind bars as a result. There is also a strong focus on their prison educator, Karlene Faith, who helps them see the light. Times vary. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
GRAIN - (May 12th at 5pm & May 14th at 8pm) Grain (Bugday) is a dystopian, post-apocalyptic sci-fi film inspired by a passage within the Quran regarding environmental devastation and the collapse of mankind. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? [35mm] - (May 11th at 11:30am & May 12th at 11am) Part of their “The Indestructible Bette Davis” film series running through August 18th. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
CHICKEN WITH VINEGAR - (May 13th at 7pm) French mystery following a police inspector who arrives at a small town to investigate a series of grisly murders. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
BURNING BRIGHT / KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS - (May 13th at 7pm) Bo-Deadly presents a double feature Monday at the Logan Arcade. Free popcorn, drink deals. (21+) 2410 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60647.
THIS IS SPINAL TAP - (May 10th-13th at 11:10pm) Classic! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
SAIC 2019 Festival - (May 8th-11th) Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival by SAIC students. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut - (May 15th at 6pm) Enjoy a sci-fi movie night sponsored by the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Tickets are $30 or $35 at the door (price includes the film, popcorn, small bites, and beverages including wine and beer). Proceeds from the tickets and raffle sales will benefit education programs at CPL. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW [35mm] - (May 11th) Midnight madness returns! Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.
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.
Movie Trivia Night - (Tuesdays at 8pm) Every Tuesday in the lounge! Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647.
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH - (May 16th at 9:30pm) Nick Cave fans, here's another chance to see this documentary! Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th, Chicago, IL 60637.
Master Class with WERNER HERZOG in Person - (May 11th - SOLD OUT) Congrats to the lucky ones who obtained tickets to hear Herzog speak at Facets! Sure to be an experience to remember.
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 31st, 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.
SCENES FROM AN ITALIAN SPACESHIP - (May 11th) The crew receives a distress call from Earth to investigate an explosion. They encounter a mysterious life form and a very disgruntled employee! Runs through May 11th, 2018. The Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Avenue, 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.
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:
CHICAGO ZINE FEST (May 16th-18th) 250+ vendors. All events are free and open to the public. Exhibition day is Saturday, May 18th at Plumbers Union Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., in the West Loop.
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.
CHICAGO CRITICS FILM FESTIVAL - (May 17th-23rd) 40th Anniversary 35mm screening of ALIEN with actor Tom Skerritt in person! New film THE NIGHTINGALE by Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and much more!
Windy City Horrorama Fulci Night - (May 17th) Watch CONQUEST and ZOMBIE at Bucket O' Blood Books & Records! BYOB.
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