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Chicago Film Critics Festival

Fri 5/1-Thu 5/7

Curated by the Chicago Film Critics Association, this weeklong festival of indie shorts and features includes local premieres of several films you may be hearing about over the next few months. Chicagoan Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) will open the festival with his latest comedy, Digging for Fire (Fri 5/1, 7 PM), and the following evening his wife, Kris Swanberg, will present her festival favorite Unexpected (Sat 5/2, 7 PM). Bobcat Goldthwait, the greatest comic filmmaker in America (World's Greatest Dad, God Bless America), takes a stab at documentary with Call Me Lucky (Sat 5/2, 9:30 PM), profiling stand-up comedian and children's rights advocate Barry Crimmins; both men will attend the screening. That program ranks as my personal can't-miss event, but a close second would be Results (Sat 5/2, 4:15 PM), the latest from iconoclastic writer-director Andrew Bujalski (Mutual Appreciation, Computer Chess). Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen's Raiders! (Fri 5/1, 9:30 PM) dramatizes the story of three Mississippi kids who created their own shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Directed by Roger Allers, The Prophet (Sat 5/2, noon) taps such acclaimed animators as Bill Plympton and Tomm Moore to render scenes from the beloved book by Kahlil Gibran. Douglas Tirola's documentary Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead (Tue 5/5, 7 PM) explores the history of the hugely influential humor magazine National Lampoon. And The End of the Tour (Wed 5/6, 7:30 PM), a shoo-in for this year's "What the Fuck?" award, stars Jesse Eisenberg as Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and Jason Segel as his journalistic quarry, superbrain novelist David Foster Wallace. —J.R. Jones $12, $150 festival pass

Music Box (map)
3733 N. Southport Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-871-6604
Chicago Film Critics Festival

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Dyke Delicious

Sat 5/9, 7 PM

Chicago Filmmakers and the Chicago LGBT International Film Festival present a series of shorts by and about lesbians. $10

Chicago Filmmakers (map)
5243 N. Clark St.
Andersonville
phone 773-293-1447
Dyke Delicious

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My So-Called Prom

Sat 5/9, 8-11:30 PM

Channel your inner teen angst for this 90s-themed party benefiting the nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826CHI. The night includes a 90s costume contest, silent auction, photo booth, and throwback tunes from the Fabulous Ladies of Fitness. It's just like your high school prom, only this time with an open bar! $35

DANK Haus (map)
4740 N. Western Ave.
Ravenswood
phone 773-561-9181
My So-Called Prom

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Mamma Mia!

Sun 5/10, noon

Celebrate mother's day with the music of Abba during a screening of 2008's Mamma Mia! Wear your 70s best for a pre-screening fashion show and costume contest. $12

Music Box (map)
3733 N. Southport Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-871-6604
Mamma Mia!

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Hands-on-a-thon

Wed 5/13

Headquarters is giving away a new Metallica pinball machine to whomever leaves their hand on the machine the longest. To sweeten the pot (and make you feel good about wasting hours, maybe days, in a barcade), for every hour the winner puts in, that person will get $50 to donate to the charity of his or her choice.

Headquarters Beercade (map)
950 W. Wolfram
Lakeview
phone 773-665-5660
Hands-on-a-thon

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The Magic Cabaret

Open run: Wed 8 PM,
phone 773-404-7336
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Once upon a time, Chicago was a magic town. You could buy tricks and apparatus at Marshall Field's and get a full-blown magic show with your dinner at Schulien's. The waiters there invented what became known as the Chicago style of magic. It was up-close and personal, not too grand, but still astonishing, and best of all, it made the audience part of the show. David Parr and Joe Diamond re-create this golden age in The Magic Cabaret, using homely objects like books and light bulbs and (naturally) playing cards to bring their stories of old-time magic to life. The result is by turns funny, surprising, and spooky. But here's the most amazing part: it really is fun for the whole family, not just the kids. —Aimee Levitt $20

http://magic-cabaret.com
Greenhouse Theater Center (map)
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-404-7336

Annoyance Film Night

First Sunday 7 PM

Proving its expertise goes beyond live theater, the Annoyance kicks off a monthly movie night featuring screenings of local independent films. Tonight's lineup includes Harry Bauer's The Video Transmissions of the Frequently Captured Buck Pirate, Robert Carnilius's Forever Diamond and McTucky Fried High, and Gerard Jamroz's experimental short We Are the Binary. $2

Annoyance Theatre (map)
851 W. Belmont
Lakeview
phone 773-697-9693
Annoyance Film Night
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