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Sunday, April 23
Facets Cinematheque continues its Night School screenings in October with screenings of classic horror films Tonight's film is the Roman Polanski classic Rosemary's Baby and includes a pre-screening lecture and Q&A session after the film. The screening is at midnight, and admission is $5. See the Facets Night School page for a complete schedule. Facets: 1517 W. Fullterton (near Ashland). (773) 281-9075.
The Music Box Theatre presents a one-week run of a restored 35mm print of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, considered one of his finest films. The film opens tonight and runs through October 22; see the Music Box Website for a complete rundown. Music Box: 3733 N. Southport. (773) 871-6604.
Gina Litherland's solo show, The Murmur of Pearls, opens tonight, featuring 15 new paintings. The show takes its title from Arthur Rimbaud, whose writings - along with those of Charles Baudelaire - constitute important points of reference for Litherland. The newest body of work includes several of Litherland's most ambitious and subtle pieces, some of them extending her fascination with circuses and exploring a recent love of opera. All the paintings are oil on masonite, exquisitely painted and often minutely detailed.
Eight graphite and ink drawings by Bart Johnson will be on display in the East Wing.
The reception is from 5-9pm at Corbett vs. Dempsey: 1120 N. Ashland #3. The show will be up through November 20. Call the gallery at 773-278-1664 for more information.
Melissa Oresky will debut "Rock Gardens", a dynamic group of paintings that make an analogy between painting and gardening, combining a range of visual languages and elements within a series of small, paired canvases. Eric Lebofsky will present selections from a new drawing series, "Superfreaks." Starting on his 32nd birthday and continuing until his 33rd in August 2010, Lebofsky will post one Superfreak drawing a day on his blog. Opening reception from 5-8pm. The show will be up through November 13th. Admission is free. Western Exhibitions, 119 N Peoria St, Suite 2A.
Robot vs. Dinosaur, a New York sketch comedy troupe brought to Chicago in 2007 by Joe Janes, will be performing their latest work: Mrs. Gruber's Ding-Dong School. The story is inspired by kids but written for adults, takes the audience through thirteen sketches, and is directed by Robot vs. Dinosaur members Nat Topping and Greg Wendling. Topics covered by the show include: death, racism, squirrel bites and laser fish.
Shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm from October 16th to November 21st, tickets are $15. For information visit the Robot vs. Dinosaur blog, for tickets call 773.598.4549 or visit Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Neo-Futurist Dean Evans presents a darkly comic physical performance that reaches beyond the limits of language to turn the conventions of mime and clown on their heads. From a child with mind control powers, to an amoeba struggling for life, to a man cast helplessly adrift in outer space, this unique new show transforms space to present an original story with a refreshingly offbeat and existential voice all its own.
For tickets, go to: magicalexplodingboy.com
3421 W. Fullerton, 8pm.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago Ave.) welcomes composer Philip Glass, who will perform his recent "Etudes for Piano", as well as other pieces from his catalog. The concert starts at 7pm. Tickets are $40, MCA members $32, Students $10. Buy tickets online or call (312) 397-4010.