Some Spectacles

Greetings MAPHers,

As many of you are already arriving in beautiful Chicago (and I assume some of you have been here all along), I thought I’d take a minute to post just a couple ways to get in some relaxation in front of that ever alluring motion picture screen. Aside from the multiplexes that dot the loop and the suburbs bringing you such marvelous diversions as Transformers II, Public Enemies, and other such enjoyable wasted hours, every summer, Chicago runs free screenings in various and sundry park spaces all around town. Most of these movies are terrible, but in the summer, perhaps, terribly fun. You can find the schedule for such stirring films as Despereaux, The Long Shots, Hotel for Dogs and co. from the Chicago Park District: Event Schedule, at .

If the family movie night is not your scene, there is also the arguably more venerable Tuesday night movies in Grant Park, just north of the Art Institute. I’m pasting the schedule for the remainder of the summer here – which I’ve cribbed from the Tribune – as I can’t seem to find the official website (shakes fist at Google):

July 21, 2009 @ 8:52 pm: Duck Soup (1933)
July 28, 2009 @ 8:45 pm: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1950)
August 4, 2009 @ 8:37 pm: Born Yesterday (1950)
August 11, 2009 @ 8:27 pm: Psycho (1960)
August 18, 2009 @ 8:17 pm: Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
August 25, 2009 @ 8:05 pm: Tootsie (1982)

And there are also several high falutin’ film screening/lecture events on the Cultural Center’s calendar at all times. This insanely long address should land you at their home page if you feel like looking there. I caught Chicago 10 there last winter and stayed for an interesting panel discussion afterwards. Culture is always a good time.

Finally, I’d like to highlight a screening of A Hard Day’s Night, hosted by Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis of Chicago Public Radio’s Sound Opinions, at the Music Box Theatre on Tuesday 28 July, at 7 pm. The Music Box Theatre is a charming space at 3733 North Southport Ave. in Lakeview. Student tickets are available for $8 in advance at the Sound Opinions site: and the entire affair ought to be a lot of fun.

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