While everyone else was debating whether to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in IMAX or regular old 3D or whatever, I was in Bogota, Colombia, watching it in 3D and 4DX, a format that’s still unavailable in NYC despite hopes that it would (literally) rock New Yorkers by the end of the year. Unfortunately, if you want to smell an X-wing burn or feel what it’s like to get gutted by a lightsaber, you’re going to have to head to Chicago, which just got the country’s second 4DX theater.
Both R. Clifton Spargo and Anne Ream are Chicago-based writers with recently published non-fiction books;Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitgerald and Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivorsrespectively. Join the writers in a discussion about these books, and the fraught connection between fact and fiction.
As mentioned in this week’s comedy roundup, the 15th annual Del Close Marathon kicks off this Friday, with 56 straight hours of improvised comedy taking place across 7 stages throughout the city, including East Village’s own UCB East theater and Theater 80 on St. Marks Place.
There’s reason to range beyond the Bedford + Bowery borders, as well: Baby Wants Candy — the long-running, Chicago-based improvised musical — is one of the most beloved institutions within the improv world and a Marathon fixture, having played over 1,700 shows worldwide.