Our unique movie and media Calendar appears every Friday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the discerning tastes of citizens in the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.
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Happy Birthday to … Sunday, November 2: Sam Carmichael (producer, DIVERSION) … Monday, November 3: Wes Melton (actor, FINDING VIRGINIA) … celebrate!
Today … Friday, October 31, 2014: Thanks to a resolution sponsored by representative Kay Hatcher, the Illinois General Assembly has decreed today “Svengoolie/Rich Koz Day” in the state of Illinois. The veteran entertainer will make several media and personal appearances in celebration, while his (presumably prerecorded) alter ego appears all day long on national cable network MeTV. Also, props and ephemera from his long-running B-movie program (1979-1986 on WFLD-TV 32, 1995-present on WCIU-TV 26/MeTV) recently went on display in Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications. We hope that Koz can hear our downstate “Hip, hip, hooray!” Why this matters
15 Years Ago … Friday, October 29, 1999: After more than a year of development, networking, and production, the first print issue of MICRO-FILM magazine is introduced on opening night of the third annual Freaky Film Festival at the New Art Theater in downtown Champaign, Illinois. It means, among several conclusions one can draw, your humble editor has been at it for a third of his lifetime. The mind, it now boggles… Why this matters, too
@ The Art Theater Co-op, Champaign, IL: LISTEN UP PHILIP (10/31 on), MY OLD LADY (11/1-11/5), Late Night: Shocktober feat. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (10/31, 11/1, 11:59 p.m., w/shadow cast; 11/6, 10 p.m.)
@ Pine Lounge, Main Floor, Illini Union, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Union Board presents “Friday Night Films” feat. THE PURGE: ANARCHY (10/31, 7 p.m., free)
@ Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL: Champaign Screenwriters meeting (11/5, 6:30 p.m.)
@ Room 104, English Building, UIUC, Urbana, IL: Illini Film & Video meeting (11/6, 8 p.m.)
@ East Gallery, Krannert Art Museum, FAA, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Global Groove 1973/2012” video art exhibition (through 12/13)
@ Figure One, UIUC, Champaign, IL: “Descent into Darkness” multimedia exhibit by Coriana Close (through 11/29)
@ That’s Rentertainment, Champaign, IL: DELIVER US FROM EVIL, BEGIN AGAIN, CHILD OF GOD, WISH I WAS HERE, MOEBIUS, LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, LFO, BENEATH, A LETTER TO MOMO, THE PRINCE, FEDORA (Olive), THE VANISHING (Criterion), more! (10/28 on)
@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL: THE BEST OF ME, ST. VINCENT, THE JUDGE (10/31 on), “Spookapalooza: The Return of the Houdini Séance” feat. Troy Taylor & April Slaughter (10/31, 10 p.m.)
@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986; 10/30, 7 p.m.), THE EXORCIST (10/31, 7 p.m.), GHOSTBUSTERS (11/1, 11/2, 7 p.m.)
@ Sleepy Creek Vineyards, Fairmount, IL: 5th annual Freeky Creek Short Film Festival* (10/30-11/1)
@ The Lincoln Theater 4, Lincoln, IL: OUIJA, FURY, ST. VINCENT, MARY POPPINS (10/31 on), INTERSTELLAR (11/6, 8 p.m.)
@ Effingham Performance Center, Effingham, IL: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (10/31, 10 p.m.)
@ Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL: 10th annual Embarras Valley Film Festival (11/6-11/9
@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY (10/31-11/2, 11/5)
@ Heroic Age Art Center, Mt. Zion, IL: Central Illinois Film Commission presents “Filmmaking 101” panels (11/1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL: DOLPHIN TALE 2 (10/31-11/2)
@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL: Save the Lorraine Foundation fundraiser screenings feat. DELIVER US FROM EVIL (10/31-11/2)
@ Landmark Century Centre Cinema, etc., Chicago, IL: Midwest Independent Film Festival hosts the 5th annual Advertising Community Shorts Night, presented by AICP Midwest (11/4, 6 p.m.)
@ Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City, IL: Closed for the season!
@ Route 66 Twin Drive-In, Springfield, IL: Closed for the season!
@ Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN: Closed for the season!
Locally produced movies and events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Also find out what is “Coming Soon” by hitting the jump below. Go see ‘em, C-U!