Weekend: The Shining Pop-Up Bar, Alien Bugs, & Dangerous Astrologers

Weekend: The Shining Pop-Up Bar, Alien Bugs, & Dangerous Astrologers
Enjoy a rare screening of THE ASTROLOGER (1975) at the Music Box Theatre Friday and Saturday at midnight.

This weekend is a bit more relaxed due to so many events happening around Valentine’s week (which will be listed in a separate post), but it’s all about the midnight madness right now. Go to war with giant alien insects or follow an astrologer’s path to self-destruction? These are the kinds of difficult decisions sci-fi fans love to make. Saturday, check out the pop-up bar “Room 237” themed after The Shining in the Ukrainian Village.

“Don’t walk to the theater–RUN!”


THE ASTROLOGER – (Feb. 2nd & 3rd) The Front Row presents a special rare screening of this strange 1975 sci-fi film about a carnival con man who discovers he’s actually got psychic powers and soon seeks to use them for his own nefarious purposes. Midnight. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613. Sponsored by Daily Grindhouse and The AV Club.

GOOD TIME [35mm] – (Through Feb. 8th) Intense crime thriller following a bank robber desperately trying to get his brother out of prison after a heist doesn’t go as planned. 9:50pm daily. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

STARSHIP TROOPERS – (Feb. 2nd & 3rd) Midnight fun with an all-out war against alien insects of unusual size. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – (Feb. 2nd-8th) Brew & View at The Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657. Screens Friday, Sunday, and Tues.-Thur. (Closed Sat. & Mon.)

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO [35mm] – (Feb. 8th at 7pm) Smart psychological thriller adapted from Stieg Larsson’s best-selling book. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

THE BABADOOK – (Feb. 8th at 10pm) Director Jennifer Kent’s original film about a widowed mother raising her troubled son while a sinister monster from a kids’ storybook threatens their already chaotic situation. Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

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


THE SHINING-Inspired Pop-Up Bar – (Through Feb. 10th) Drink inspired cocktails like the “Redrum” and “The Grady Twins” upstairs in The Rookery, where “Room 237” will take on the haunted hotel theme from The Shining, appearing Saturday nights after 9pm. Stephen King-themed trivia, actors dressed as characters, live music, creepy decor. First-come, first-served.

Bloody Reads Book Club #25 HELL HOUND – (Feb. 7th at 9pm) Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records hosts their 25th horror book reading club with a focus on Ken Greenhall’s 1977 novel about a sociopathic bull terrier named Baxter. BYOB. 3182 N. Elston, Chicago, IL 60618.

The Other Book of the Dead Lecture – (Feb. 7th at 7pm) Inscribed, illustrated funerary texts on papyri also later appeared on coffins, jewelry, shrouds, amulets, tomb walls, and more. These will be discussed during the lecture by David P. Silverman, Eckley B. Coxe, Jr., Professor of Egyptology, University of Pennsylvania. Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637. Presented by the University of Chicago. Free.

Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa Book Signing – (Feb. 8th at 6pm) Co-author Ed Godziszewski will discuss how the idea for the book was formed, along with personal anecdotes after meeting Honda’s son. Registration begins at 6pm. Japan America Society of Chicago, 1 N. LaSalle, 25th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602.

STAGE (Horror, Sci-Fi, Macabre):

Chicago Theatre Week – (Feb. 8th-18th) Next week! Over 120 productions presented by the League of Chicago Theaters and Choose Chicago. Ticket prices range between $15-$30.

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 March 23rd, 2018.

Improvised Twilight Zone – (Feb. 4th at 8pm) Performers create three all-new episodes from audience suggestions. The Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. Performances on Sundays running through Feb. 25th, 2018.

29th Annual Rhinoceros Theater Festival – (Jan. 13th-Feb. 25th) $12 advance online / $15 at the door or pay what you can. Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, Chicago, IL.


ELIZABETH ERNST: Shady Grove Nursing Home – (Jan. 5th-Feb. 24th) Solo exhibition with a focus on aging circus entertainers who have now retired to a nursing home. Her work is quite interesting. Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior, Lower Level, Chicago, IL 60654.

LEE GRANTHAM: Reverse Acrylic Paintings – (Jan. 5th-Feb. 24th) Solo exhibition of stylized pop culture imagery painted in reverse on Plexiglass. Jean Albano Gallery, 215 W. Superior, Chicago, IL 60654.

RODIN: Sculptor and Storyteller – (through March 4th, 2018) Seeing Auguste Rodin’s famous sculptures up close and personal is definitely an experience to remember and cherish. Hours. Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL.

WILLIAM BLAKE AND THE AGE OF AQUARIUS – (through March 11th, 2018) British visionary, poet, and artist who greatly impacted American artists. This exhibit seeks to display those influences of non-conformity and self-expression. Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston, IL 60208.


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.

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.


Horror screenings at Doc FilmsDrag Me to Hell, Julia’s Eyes, Under the Shadow, and Death Becomes Her! Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, University of Chicago, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637.

THE LOVE WITCH [35mm] – (Feb. 9th-14th) The visually stunning film returns just in time for Valentine’s at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

THE DARK CRYSTAL – (Feb. 25th & 28th) In theaters soon!

PRIMAL RAGE – (Feb. 27th) Theatrical tickets on sale now.

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY – (March 2nd-April 15th) City Lit Theater.

METROPOLIS – (March 14th) Live organ performance by Jay Warren at the Davis Theater!

Windy City Horrorama Film Festival – (April 27th-29th) New independent film festival to debut at the Davis Theater, 4614 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625.

Times are subject to change.

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