Bring a date--if you dare
Catch the cold, hard truth behind cheating at Bronzeville's Little Black Pearl cultural center this Saturday. The spot's 300-seat, two-story atrium screens the romantic comedy "Big Ain't Bad," in which a couple deals with the aftermath of an affair and decides if they can save their relationship. Worried the movie's content could conjure up some awkward moments on your date? The cash bar open before the film should help ease any anxiety; there's also dancing at a prescreening reception in the art gallery. After the movie, stick around for a Q&A with director Marvin Arrington and writer Brian Poe. 7 p.m. Saturday. Free. RSVP by 3 p.m. Friday at richmondgrouponline.com/bmw.
For some action flicks, sipping a Coke just ain't gonna cut it; you need something a bit more butch to get into the mood. That's why we still think the Brew & View at the Vic Theatre--which is as much of an alt-drinking venue as it is an alt-movie spot--is the best place to watch boys being bad on the big screen. Tonight and tomorrow, check out "Sin City," a movie with so much gruff, bravado and tough-guy cool, it's downright sinful to watch it without a beer in hand. 8 p.m. $5. Check metromix.com for more showtimes.
RA Sushi might seem like an unusual moniker for an eatery, but it works out pretty nicely when the name of your restaurant is the sound coming out of the mouth of the most famous man-eater in film history. Tuesdays from 8 p.m.-midnight, the spot shows a marathon of Godzilla movies on the bar's large, flat-screen TV, visible throughout the entire restaurant. Chomp down on specials like the Godzilla Roll ($10) or the Mega-Monster Sampler (two each of chicken yakitori skewers, coconut shrimp, pineapple cheese wontons, salmon wontons and lobster spring rolls; $12.75). Savor drinks like the Fire Monster (Skyy Citrus and Red Bull; $6) and the Destroyer (Skyy Vanilla and Blue Curacao; $7). No cover.
A novel idea
You want "Old School"? Go to the video store. You want really old school? Go to the Clarke House Museum, which is totally hardcore when it comes to tradition. Not only is it the oldest structure in the city, the home's circa-1836 interior makes PBS's "1900 House" look like it was furnished by IKEA. And for Reel History: An Outdoor Film Festival, held on the lawn, forget about those cutesy teeny-bopper updates of classic novels. The spot screens original film adaptations, like tomorrow's showing of George Cukor's 1936 "David Copperfield." 7:15 p.m. Thursday. Free. Find more showtimes at metromix.com.
Vamp like a champ
What are the best burlesque films of all time? Let's see: There's "Cabaret," of course. "Gypsy," certainly. And let's not forget "Rocky." Well, OK, maybe not that one; but you can hear the soundtracks for "Rocky," "Austin Powers" and other flicks while you ogle the sights at the new "Star and Garter Burlesque: At the Movies" at Subterranean. Featured performers include Miss Exotic World 2005 Michelle L'amour and her Sugarbabies, but we're sure you're just attending for the music. 10 p.m. $8. Friday.
Don't forget: there's only one movie left at the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival in Grant Park.
Check out our pick for the best reel meal to pair with the festival's last film.
Matt Pais is a metromix intern.
Originally published August 16, 2005.