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Hava Nagila! Touch of Evil! Spring Breakers!
 
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

This week, we open Hava Nagila (The Movie). Discover the history of the infectious party song, from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de‐sacs of America, in this hilarious and surprisingly deep film. The Los Angeles Times calls it a “fun, nostalgic, informative journey.”

This weekend, our Orson Welles matinee series continues with Touch Of Evil. Famous for it’s ambitious opening shot, this gripping noir is filled with baroque inflections of style showcasing a master filmmaker’s command of the medium.

Next Thursday, May 9th, we have a special sneak preview of the new film The Kings Of Summer, a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends (Co-starring one of our favorite guys, Nick Offerman!). This is a FREE event, and we’re only telling our newsletter subscribers about it. But, we can only let in 70 people, so visit our website to RSVP!

We also have more screenings of the unofficial look behind The Shining with Room 237, director Shane Carruth’s long-awaited second feature Upstream Color, the biopic of artist Violeta Parra Violeta Went To Heaven, and midnight screenings of Spring Breakers and Fantastic Planet.

And finally, do you know what you are doing for Mother’s Day yet? Perhaps a little Mother’s Day With Mommie Dearest is just what you need! We all know that Mother’s Day is a very special day— but if your mother is truly special, you want to spend it with the Music Box Theatre, Dick O’Day, Camp Midnight, and the Hell in a Handbag Players…. right? The day is really a wonderfully campy event. The first 100 attendees get their own special wire hanger! We have arranged a spectacular all inclusive brunch at Mystic Celt before the show for $30/person from 11:30am-1:30pm . $30 includes brunch buffet, unlimited coffee, soda, mimosas, tax and gratuity (Cash bar available for other beverages!). Get your tickets now!

See you at the movies

Thursday, May 2nd – Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

 
 

Hava Nagila

A film by Roberta Grossman starring Harry Belafonte, Glen Campbell, Connie Francis

 

It’s to music what the bagel is to food — a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit.


“It’s a fun, nostalgic, informative journey.”
–Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that’s only the beginning when it comes to “Hava Nagila”. Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de‐sacs of America in this hilarious and surprisingly deep film. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor and more, Hava Nagila (The Movie) takes viewers from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskills, Greenwich Village, Hollywood — and even Bollywood — using the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music.

“When you find a song that says, ‘Let us rejoice,’ there’s no better song to leave an evening with. ‘Hava Nagila’ tells us who we should be and what we, in a fundamental sense, aspire to be — peoples of love and joy and peace.” —Harry Belafonte

 


Fri, May 3 2:30pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Sat, May 4 2:30pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Sun, May 5 2:30pm · 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Mon, May 6 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Tue, May 7 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Wed, May 8 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
Thu, May 9 5:20pm · 7:20pm · 9:20pm
 
 
 

The Kings of Summer

Reserve free tickets

A sneak peek of a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends.

Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, this is a sneak peek of The Kings of Summer, which opens in Chicago on June 7.

This is a free screening on May 9 at the Music Box!

The Kings of Summer

A film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts starring Nick Offerman, Moises Arias, Nick Robinson

 


“...a full-on fairy tale, and one that could win plenty of friends with its absurdist, caustically funny take on adolescent agitation.”
–John Anderson, Variety

Premiering to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, The Kings of Summer is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends – Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso) and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) – who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create – is something you can’t run away from.

 


Thu, May 9 7:30pm
 
 
 

Touch of Evil

A film by Orson Welles starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh

 

Opening with its famous three minute and twenty second crane shot, this final example of film noir is filled with baroque inflections of style showcasing a master filmmaker’s command of the medium. The moment crooked cop Quinlan (Orson Welles) shows his inebriate face onscreen and stares down Mexican Narc Charlton Heston, you know you’re in for one hell of a ride.

 


Sat, May 4 11:30am
Sun, May 5 11:30am
 
 
 

Fantastic Planet

A film by René Laloux starring Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin

 

Winner of the 1973 Palme D’Or, this dream-like film packs a bizarre one-two punch of trippy, surrealist animation and Soviet allegory. An amazing soundtrack leads you through the societal upheaval as 39-foot, blue alien beings are overrun by their humanoid former pets (after one of the humanoids accidentally receives an education) in a visual sphere unlike any other!

 


Fri, May 3 midnight
Sat, May 4 midnight
 
 
 

Violeta Went to Heaven

A film by Andrés Wood starring Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Christian Quevedo

 

Chile’s 2012 submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


“With its clarity and depth, Gavilan’s singing is as good as her acting.”
–Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

Chilean singer, artist and musician Violeta Parra was a gifted and passionate force of nature. When she died in 1967, she left behind a musical legacy of lyrical love songs, powerful pieces in defense of the oppressed and political calls to action.

In the new biopic Violeta Went To Heaven, director Andres Wood (Machuca) and actress Francisca Gavilan bring this cultural icon to life through all of the intensity and explosive vitality of her life, from her humble origins to international fame, her defense of indigenous cultures and devotion to her art.

Violeta Went To Heaven is based on the memoirs of her son and a 1962 television interview Violeta gave.

 


Thu, May 2 5:10pm · 7:20pm
Fri, May 3 2:45pm · 7:30pm
Sat, May 4 2:45pm · 7:30pm
Sun, May 5 2:45pm · 7:30pm
Mon, May 6 7:30pm
Tue, May 7 7:30pm
Wed, May 8 7:30pm
 
 
 

Upstream Color

A film by Shane Carruth starring Andrew Sensenig, Shane Carruth, Amy Seimetz

 

Shane Carruth’s sensuously directed and much anticipated sophomore effort is a truly remarkable film that lies beyond the power of language to communicate while it delivers a cohesive sensory experience.

Kris is derailed from her life when she is drugged by a small-time thief. But something bigger is going on. She is unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world, moving to nematodes, plant life, livestock, and back again. Along the way, she finds another being—a familiar, who is equally consumed by the larger force. The two search urgently for a place of safety within each other as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of their wrecked lives.

Shane Carruth’s sensuously directed and much anticipated sophomore effort (his feature debut, Primer, won the Sundance Film Festival 2004 Grand Jury Prize) is a truly remarkable film that lies beyond the power of language to communicate while it delivers a cohesive sensory experience. With its muscular cinematic language rooted in the powerful yearnings felt before words can be formed, Upstream Color is an entirely original, mythic, romantic thriller that goes in search of truths that lie just beyond our reach.

 


Thu, May 2 7:30pm
Fri, May 3 5:00pm
Sat, May 4 12:30pm · 9:45pm
Sun, May 5 5:00pm
Mon, May 6 9:45pm
Tue, May 7 5:00pm
Wed, May 8 9:45pm
Thu, May 9 5:00pm
 
 
 

Room 237

A film by Rodney Ascher starring Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns

 

The wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with Shining cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.


“One of the great movies about movies.”
–Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

After the box office failure of Barry Lyndon, Stanley Kubrick decided to embark on a project that might have more commercial appeal. The Shining, Stephen King’s biggest critical and commercial success yet, seemed like a perfect vehicle. After an arduous production, Kubrick’s film received a wide release in the summer of 1980; the reviews were mixed, but the box office, after a slow start, eventually picked up.

End of story? Hardly. In the 30 years since the film’s release, a considerable cult of Shining devotees has emerged, fans who claim to have decoded the film’s secret messages addressing everything from the genocide of Native Americans to a range of government conspiracies. Rodney Ascher’s wry and provocative Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with cultists and scholars, creating a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of Kubrick’s still-controversial classic.

 


Thu, May 2 9:40pm
Fri, May 3 9:45pm
Sat, May 4 5:00pm
Sun, May 5 12:30pm · 9:45pm
Mon, May 6 5:00pm
Tue, May 7 9:45pm
Wed, May 8 5:00pm
Thu, May 9 9:45pm
 
 
 

Spring Breakers

A film by Harmony Korine starring Selena Gomes, James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Gucci Mane

 

Spring breaaaaaaaaakk. Spring breaaaaaaaak foreverrrrrrrrrrrr

 


Fri, May 3 midnight
Sat, May 4 midnight
 
 
 

Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest

Purchase advance tickets online

Live pre-show featuring your host Dick O’Day, plus screening of the original 1981 film with hilarious running commentary provided by Camp Midnight and you! Interactive audience participation guide included.

Camp Midnight invites you to a special presentation of Mommie Dearest. The Joan-a-Palooza festivities start at 2:00pm with a pre-show featuring Dick O’Day and the Hell in a Handbag players. Join us for a Mother/Daughter matching outfit contest! A screening of the over-the-top 1981 camp classic immediately follows. Audience members will receive an interactive audience guide, and members of Camp Midnight will provide hilarious running commentary throughout the film.

Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest is being hosted by the camptacular emcee Dick O’Day (Emmy award winning “Wild Chicago” correspondent) who has driven by BOTH Faye Dunaway and Joan Crawford’s homes in California. David Cerda, founder and lead singer with The Joans, is playwright and Artistic Director of Hell in a Handbag Productions (the company that the Chicago Reader says, “Represents the gold standard in camp in Chicago”). The Chicago Tribune has dubbed Cerda the “Charles Ludlam of the Midwest.”

A Mother’s Day Screening of Mommie Dearest with all the camptacular fun you can imagine. It’s like Mystery Science Theatre meets Joan Crawford and Ricky Gervais.

EXTRA BONUS: The first 100 attendees in their seats will receive their own commemorative wire hanger!

OPTIONAL BRUNCH!When you buy your tickets you can also purchase a brunch package at MYSTIC CELT

Schedule:
11:30am-1:30pm Brunch at Mystic Celt (3443 N Southport Ave, just North of the Brownline stop)
1:30-2:00pm Festivities, fun and Photos in the Music Box Theatre Lobby (3733 N Southport Ave) WITH JOAN AND CHRISTINIA IN PERSON!
2:00pm Preshow entertainment, trivia, and costume contest and screening of the 1981 camp classic MOMMIE DEAREST (129minutes)

BRUNCH: 11:30am-1:30pm $30 includes brunch buffet, unlimited coffee, soda, mimosas, tax and gratuity (Cash bar available for other beverages!) The Brunch Buffet includes:
• Build-Your-Own Omelet Station
• Sausage
• Bacon
• Selection of Irish Meats
• Scrambled Eggs
• Pancakes
• Breakfast Potatoes
• Selection of Fruits
• Yogurts
• Selection of Breads and Muffins
• Carvery Station
• Roasted Potatoes
• Mashed Potatoes
• Carrots and Parsnips – Irish Style
• Asparagus, Yellow Squash and Roasted Tomatoes
• Salads
• Pasta

FESTIVITIES, FUN, AND PHOTOS: The best in film camp is provided to you by Camp Midnight—the hilarious and camptacular film viewing group! Meet Joan and Christina and get your pictures taken with your best wire hangers! Seating in the theatre begins at 1:40pm and the preshow entertainment starts right at 2pm.

THE FILM: A screening of the over-the-top 1981 camp classic Mommie Dearest immediately follows. Audience members will receive an interactive audience guide, and members of Camp Midnight will provide hilarious running commentary throughout the film.

I HAVE BRUNCH TICKETS! WHERE SHOULD I GO? DO I HAVE TO GO TO THE MUSIC BOX FIRST?
Nope! Head to the Mystic Celt! There will be a Music Box Theatre staff member on site with your tickets at the door. They will also be able to sell cash tickets (If available) to late additions.

I CAN’T MAKE IT TO BRUNCH BUT THE MOVIE SOUNDS AWESOME
Cool, buy your ticket in advance or at the door. WE have had tickets left over in the past—but each year the event tends to grow

I LIKE TO DRINK DURING MOVIES, CAN I DO THAT?
Eesh, we are super sorry, but the Music Box does not have a liquor license. Whatever you imbibe before the film is ok. Just don’t be so rowdy that your mother would drag you out by your ear or smack you with a wire hanger.

Mommie Dearest

A film by Frank Perry starring Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest

 

The camp classic about Joan Crawford.

The lavish, over-the-top Mommie Dearest is the 1981 screen adaptation of Christina Crawford’s best-selling memoir about growing up as the adopted daughter of iconic movie star Joan Crawford. The infamous book details Crawford’s allegations of years of physical and mental abuse by her movie star mother. Faye Dunaway’s performance in the film brought equal parts hosannas and derision by critics. Though the movie flopped with the mainstream public it was instantly enshrined as a camp classic and is revered by fans. “No wire hangers,” “Don’t f*** with me fellas,” “Tina, hand me the ax,” and several other memorable lines from the film have also entered the camp lexicon and popular culture.

 


Sun, May 12 2:00pm
 

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