Freak Out to the Sideshow Performers in "Freaks"

Plus "Sherlock Jr." screens at the Gene Siskel and Priestess plays Empty Bottle

By Hunter Clauss
|  Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009  |  Updated 7:39 AM CDT
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Freak Out to the Sideshow Performers in "Freaks"

Sidehow Bob is known for his vocal range, and homicidal tendencies.

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FREAKS, FREAKS, ONE OF US: The Chicago Cultural Center screens Tod Browning’s “Freaks,” an amazing black and white film from 1932 that follows a group of actual sideshow performers, like Prince Randian, a.k.a. the Living Torso. Trapeze artists Cleopatra finds out midget Hans is loaded with money and seduces him, but Hans’ pals find out she’s up to no good, which leads to one of the most memorable chase scenes ever caught on film. 77 E. Randolph St.; Loop. Claudia Cassidy Theater. 7 p.m. Free.

BOY DETECTIVE: If you’re looking for something older than “Freaks,” then head over to the Gene Siskel Film Center, where Buster Keaton’s 1924 film “Sherlock Jr.” screens. Keaton’s “The Playhouse” will also be shown, and pianist David Drazin will provide live music. 164 N. State St.; Loop. 6 p.m. $10 general, $7 for students, $4 for SAIC students and faculty, and $5 for film center members.

METALOCALYPSE: Metalheads should head over to the Empty Bottle, where Montréal-based Priestess plays in support of its latest album, “Prior To Fire.” Openers include Early Man, Rabid Rabbit, and Naam. 1035 N. Western Ave.; Humboldt Park. 9 p.m. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. 21 and older.

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