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!
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!
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
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.
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.
We will be screening the “preview” version of the film, before it was cut for general release.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
EXTRABONUS:The first 100 attendees in their seats will receive their own commemorative wire hanger!
OPTIONALBRUNCH!When you buy your tickets you can also purchase a brunch package at MYSTICCELT
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) WITHJOANANDCHRISTINIA IN PERSON!
2:00pm Preshow entertainment, trivia, and costume contest and screening of the 1981 camp classic MOMMIEDEAREST (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
• Selection of Irish Meats
• Scrambled Eggs
• Breakfast Potatoes
• Selection of Fruits
• Selection of Breads and Muffins
• Carvery Station
• Roasted Potatoes
• Mashed Potatoes
• Carrots and Parsnips – Irish Style
• Asparagus, Yellow Squash and Roasted Tomatoes
FESTIVITIES, FUN, ANDPHOTOS: 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.
THEFILM: 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 HAVEBRUNCHTICKETS! WHERESHOULD I GO? DO I HAVE TO GO TO THEMUSICBOXFIRST?
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 BRUNCHBUTTHEMOVIESOUNDSAWESOME
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 DRINKDURINGMOVIES, 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.
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.
Admission for main features and midnight films is $9.25 (different prices may apply to special presentations). The first show of the day on Mondays through Thursdays is only $8.25. Admission for the 11:30am matinee films is $7.25.
The Music Box Discount Card provides 5 admissions for $33.00 (a savings of up to $13.25; good for six months; limit two admissions per visit). Cards are available at the box office.
For showtimes, call (773) 871-6604.
The Music Box is located at 3733 North Southport Avenue, Chicago 60613. Metered street parking is available on Southport Avenue. The Music Box is a short walk east from free street parking on Ashland Avenue. There is a parking lot one block north of the theatre at the Blaine School ($10).
The theater is near the Southport station on CTA's Brown Line and the 152 Addison, 9 Ashland and 80/X80 Irving Park bus routes.