Enjoy "Modern Times" at the Gene Siskel

Plus Netherfriends play the Empty Bottle and Chances Dances hits Subterranean

By Hunter Clauss
|  Monday, Dec 21, 2009  |  Updated 6:15 AM CDT
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Enjoy "Modern Times" at the Gene Siskel

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Charlie Chaplin gave audiences both laughs and social commentary about the workplace in "Modern Times," released during the heart of the depression.

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ECONOMIC MELTDOWNS: The Gene Siskel Film Center screens one of Charlie Chaplin’s most widely known films, “Modern Times.” Filled with memorable scenes such as Chaplin’s hilarious struggle working with manic factory machines, “Modern Times” follows Chaplin and an orphaned girl as they struggle to find work during the Great Depression. Like the Marx Brothers’ “Duck Soup,” the economic commentary in “Modern Times” is just as poignant today as it was in 1936. 164 N. State St.; Loop. 6 p.m. $10 general admission, $7 for students, $4 for SAIC students and faculty, and $5 for film center members.

NETHER REGIONS: Chicago-based Netherfriends bring their psych-pop to the Empty Bottle, playing in support of their first EP, last summer’s “Calling You Out With Them.” Openers include A Lull and Aktar Aktar. 1035 N. Western Ave.; Humboldt Park. 9:30 p.m. Free.

QUEER HIPSTERS: It’s the third Monday of the month, which means queer dance party Chances Dances hits The Subterranean. The DJs usually play more Prince than Lady GaGa, and the crowd is usually into American Apparel more than The Gap. 2011 W. North Ave.; Wicker Park. 9 p.m. Free. 21 and older.

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