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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

You are receiving this email because something about your history at the Music Box Theatre suggests that you might want to know about some funny things we have coming up.

If you saw Nick Offerman this past weekend for Somebody Up There Likes Me we wanted to share with you a new video he made with his “Highest valued personal property” that is Megan Mullally and others. Warning, this is not ok for the office— unless you work for a very open minded office. View it here: http://youtu.be/yDdS3vy4Iso If you did not get the chance to see the film yet, there are still a few screenings coming up.

This Friday night we have a single screening of The Bitter Buddha with comedian Eddie Pepitone and director Steven Feinartz in person for introduction and discussion moderated by Nathan Rabin of the AV Club.

Next week we have the “finest” in “dark comedies.” We present The Room The Love is Blind Blu 2013 Tour . Now, this “film” can only really be “experienced” in a theatre. And the added bonus is that Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero will be returning to the Music Box Theatre in person! Please help us get the word out about these screenings. Tommy’s assistant recently told us how important it was to get the word out, because we don’t do a good job letting people know, in his words, “Please note that many times people in Chicago will ask TW and stop him on the Chicago streets to take pictures with him but they don’t know about the special screenings of The Room.” So, please let everyone know about Tommy coming to town next week!

Wednesday, March 13th – Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

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Somebody Up There Likes Me

A film by Bob Byington starring Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson and Jess Weixler


A comedic fable about a man watching his life fly by.

“Consistently silly and poignant at once.”
–Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

Max (Keith Poulson), along with his best friend Sal (Nick Offerman, Parks & Recreation) and the woman they both adore, Lyla (Jess Weixler), stumble through thirty-five years of mandatory but seemingly unfulfilling entanglements.

Featuring an original score from Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio, stunning animated sequences from Bob Sabiston (A Scanner Darkly), produced by Offerman and directed by cult auteur Bob Byington (Harmony & Me), the experience of life sneaking up on you while time seemingly stands still has never been more surreal and charmingly entertaining.



The Bitter Buddha with comedian Eddie Pepitone and director Steven Feinartz in person

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The documentary takes an unconventional journey with a true “comic’s comic”. Join comedian Eddie Pepitone and director Steven Feinartz in person for introduction and discussion moderated by Nathan Rabin of the AV Club.

For a few decades, Eddie Pepitone has proven to be a startling force in the alt-comedy scene. Within The Bitter Buddha we follow Eddie as he deals with a middle-age career surge, while struggling with self-doubt, sobriety, and a challenging family history.

“Want to feel like you’ve discovered something new? That you’re watching a comedian poised to hit critical mass? This is your movie.”The Chicago Tribune

The Bitter Buddha

A film by Steven Feinartz starring Eddie Pepitone, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman


Eddie Pepitone is a man at war with himself. And he has the scars to prove it.

The Bitter Buddha takes the viewer backstage in the alternative comedy scene to reveal one of its most undervalued treasures. This portrait of a comedian looks at Pepitone’s offbeat humor and lifestyle as he battles the world around him.

Stand-up comedy, original animation and interviews with Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis and others provide insight into this beloved career comedian known as “the guitarist that all the other guitarists go to see.”


Fri, Mar 15 9:30pm

The Room: the Love is Blind Blu 2013 Tour!

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With Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero in person!

This is a special tour! See the movie with Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero in person for a Q&A discussion. Seating is limited! If you miss this it will tear you APART, Lisa!

The Room

A film by Tommy Wiseau starring Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle and Greg Sestero


This “electrifying American black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies” stars (and was directed, written and produced by) the mysterious Tommy Wiseau, and has been a cult favorite in LA since 2003!. “Enter The Room and leave forever changed!”

Uninhibited by cinematic convention, this quirky cult favorite about lust and duplicity delivers nonstop laughs from beginning to end as the film’s central character (writer-director Tommy Wiseau) discovers that his foxy fiancée, Lisa (Juliette Danielle), is bedding his best friend. Adding to the hilarity are Greg Sestero, who plays the backstabbing buddy, and Carolyn Minnott as Lisa’s materialistic mom.


Fri, Mar 22 10:30pm
Fri, Sep 23 7:30pm · 11:00pm

Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest

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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

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.

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.

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

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.


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