This weekend, Music Box Theatre is offering a musical alternative to the generic cover bands making noise at Summer on Southport with its Summer Music Film Festival. Co-presented by WBEZ’s Sound Opinions, the five-day fest features films covering various music styles—from breakdancing in Wildstyle to Detroit punk in A Band Called Death to air guitar foolery in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot will kick off opening night on Friday June 28 with a reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., after which they’ll introduce the new documentary Ain’t in it for My Health about Levon Helm.
Other films screening from June 28 to July 2 include Festival Express with Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and Buddy Guy, and Ken Russell’s cinematic treatment of the Who’s rock opera Tommy starring Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson and Elton John, as well as Downtown 81, Anton Corbijn Inside Out, In Search of Blind Joe Death, and more. For show times, visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.
The Paramount Theatre, on 23 E. Galena Boulevard in downtown Aurora, celebrates the summer with Classic Movie Mondays for just $1. Each Monday carries a different theme: Horror (first Monday), Comedy (second Monday), Romance (third Monday) and Action/Adventure (fourth Monday).
Sponsored by Waubonsee Community College, the series will screen Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) on July 1; Naked Gun (1988) on July 8; Lucas (1986) on July 22; Lawrence of Arabia (1962) on July 29; Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1981) on Aug. 12; and Footloose (1984) on Aug. 19.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts promptly at 7 p.m. without previews. For more information, visit www.ParamountAurora.com and look under the “Tickets” section or call the box office at 630-896-6666.
A special showing of After Words, the acclaimed film that explores the lives of people with aphasia, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art on the campus of Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston.
Hosted by the Speech, Language and Learning Clinic and the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory, Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery, the film by Emmy Award-winner Vincent Straggas features neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, Tony Award-winning actress Julie Harris, Grammy Award-winning musician Bobby McFerrin, and many others whose lives have been touched by aphasia.
Following the film is a panel discussion moderated by Becky Vlamis, producer/director at WBEZ with Cynthia Thompson, renowned Northwestern University Ralph and Jean Sundin Professor and aphasia expert; Belma Hadziselimovic, Northwestern University clinical faculty member and instructor in the communication sciences and disorders program; an individual with aphasia as well as a member of their family.
Advance $15 payment and registration are highly recommended. For more information, call the clinic at 847-491-5012 or visit http://AfterWords.Northwestern.edu.