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March 24, 2017, 10:00 PM - March 25, 2017, 12:00 AM
In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup — the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska — a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate '80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska's imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen's original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality. NR / 92 min. In Polish w/ subtitles.
March 25, 2017, 10:00 PM - March 26, 2017, 12:00 AM
March 31, 2017, 10:00 PM - April 1, 2017, 12:00 AM
March 24, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
25 years after Paris Is Burning introduced the art of voguing to the world, Kiki revisits New York City’s thriving underground ballroom scene. It’s a larger-than-life world in which LGBTQ youths of color are empowered by staging elaborate dance competitions that showcase their dynamic choreography, fabulous costumes, and fierce attitude. It’s also a safe haven for struggling, at-risk teens who find acceptance, support, and friendship within the Kiki community. Granted intimate access to the scene, filmmaker Sara Jordenö introduces viewers to some of Kiki culture’s most prominent personalities, going beyond the glamour of the balls to highlight the serious challenges facing queer black and Latino young people. Bringing together heartrending personal stories with incredible displays of creative expression, Kiki is “exhilarating…an indelible, must-see ode to gay New York” (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times). NR / 95 min.
March 25, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. Often hailed as one of the greatest films ever made, Orson Welles directed and starred in this sweeping account of the lust for power and the losses encountered along the way. NR / 119 min.
March 26, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
March 27, 2017, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Normal Theater is the home of the Midwest Songwriter Sessions. These concerts showcase talented musicians both from and traveling through the Midwest, and are booked & hosted by Marcos Mendez; if you're interested in performing, please drop him a line at: mendezmusiclive (at) gmail (dot) com. We're always looking for solo acts as well as bands; instrumentalists as well as vocal ensembles.
When asked about the focus of this series, Marcos offers the following:
"I believe that we have a community full of extremely talented artists that have very limited opportunities to play live and hone their craft. If we can foster this talent and provide opportunities for local (and traveling) singer-songwriters the local music culture will thrive. This is important because it allows these artists to express themselves to a greater audience while the audience benefits by being exposed to up and coming local artists."
March 29, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Presented by Illinois State University's Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. When 24-year-old Hend Nafea is arrested and tortured for demonstrating peacefully in Cairo's Tahrir Square, her pursuit of justice reflects post-revolution Egypt at an uncertain crossroads. NR / 90 min. Free to attend. Please join us following the film for a talkback with the filmmaker and Ms Nafea.
March 31, 2017, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. From its debut in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at festivals around the world, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), was nominated for both an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award® for Best Animated Feature. Brought to life through memorable character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. PG-13 / 66 min. In French w/ subtitles