Catch the Zombie Outbreak Film Festival

Plus a soul dance party at Hideout, comic art sale at Challengers, and Bowie

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    CAN I GET EXTRA BUTTER ON THOSE BRAINS?: Like the creatures themselves, it’s hard to push back the trendiness of zombies. The Zombie Outbreak Film Festival begins on Saturday at Portage Theater, and it includes films like “Colin,” which got a lot of buzz at Cannes for a film that only cost $70 to make, and zombie classic “Return Of The Living Dead.” 4050 Milwaukee Ave.; Portage Park. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. $10 in advance. $12 at the door.

    THANK GOD THE CTA’S NOT CANCELLING THE SOUL EXPRESS: The Hideout hosts a soul dance party on Saturday with East Of Edens Soul Express DJs John Ciba and James Porter. Be sure to put a dab of cologne or perfume on your hand, because some of the dancers can work up some mad BO. 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Noble Square. 11:30 p.m. $5. 21 and older.

    POW! ZAP! SLAM!: If you’ve been dying to find the perfect sketch of Robin that accentuates his, uh, uniform, then you might be able to find it at Challengers’ comic art show and sale. This comic shop will be selling original layouts and sketches from artists like indie-comics heartthrob Bryan Lee O’Malley (“Scott Pilgrim”), local homeboy Tony Akins (“Jack Of Fables”), Cameron Stewart (“Sea Guy”), and JG Jones (“Final Crisis”). 1845 N. Western Ave. #2R; Bucktown. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    THAT’S A WRAP: Chicago’s oldest lesbian and gay film festival concludes this Sunday at the Music Box with “Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!” The film follows a Jewish mother who wants her son to find a Jewish girl, but the dude is dating some other dude, played by Jai Rodriquez from “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.” (Remember that show?) Sounds like the best “Ricki Lake” show that never happened. There’s a closing gala afterward at Architectural Artifacts (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave.). 3733 N. Southport Ave.; Lakeview. 7:30 p.m. $35 for the film and party. $12 for just the film.

    DANCE MAGIC DANCE: The movie that “exposedDavid Bowie to grade-school kids and artsy teens screens on Sunday at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Yup, that’s right. As part of the Siskel’s on-going salute to Jim Henson, the theater shows “Labyrinth” before “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” and assorted shorts. 164 N. State St.; Loop. 2 p.m. $10 general admission, $7 for students, $4 for SAIC students and faculty, and $5 for center members.