In honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Northwestern University is hosting a free film screening Brother Outsider – The Life of Bayard Rustin from noon to 1:15 pmon on Tuesday, January 15, in Room 150 of the Arthur Rubloff Building on 375 East Chicago Avenue in Chicago. A master strategist and activist, Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington and helped mold King into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence. The film has received more than 25 awards and honors. For details, visit http://www.rustin.org.
The university will also screen Sing Your Song, a documentary focusing on the life of singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, on Saturday, January 26 at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art on 40 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston. A panel discussion moderated by Medill Professor Lawrence Stuelpnagel will follow the 2:00 pm screening.
Chicago's Music Box Theatre continues its partnership with the UK’s National Theatre Live – produced by Northwestern University alum David Sabel – to screen the stage performance of The Magistrate starring John Lithgow on Wednesday, January 23, at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, February 10, at 2:00 pm. Tickets to National Theatre Live events are $18 at the door or $15 in advance at the Music Box Theatre box office on 3733 North Southport Avenue.
The Music Box is also screening two classic films which open on Friday, January 25. Marcel Carné’s Port of Shadows (1938) features Michèle Morgan, Jean Gabin, Pierre Brasseur, Michel Simon, and Coco Chanel's costume designs. Released by Rialto Pictures, the romantic film noir has been recently restored to include new translation and subtitles by Lenny Borger. Also restored is The Man in the White Suit (1951) starring Alec Guiness as an inventor comically being chased by mill owners and trade unions. For more information and show times, visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.
Fashion icon Diana Vreeland — the long-lived editor of Harper Bazaar and Vogue, and consultant for the Met’s Costume Institute — is profiled in Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel running from January 18 to January 24 at Chicago's Gene Siskel Film Center on 164 North State Street. The new documentary features interviews with supermodels, photographers and fashions designers Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta, and Manolo Blahnik. For more information, visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.
A program of free films and videos kicks off Chicago Public Media’s fifth annual Winter Block Party for Chicago’s Hip Hop Arts from noon to 1:00 am on January 26. The lineup includes a 12:30 pm screening of the Chicago-set documentary Benji, co-directed by Coodie and Chike, best known for their music videos for Kanye West and Mos Def. The documentary is followed by selected local Hip Hop videos and mini-documentaries starting at 2:15 pm at Metro on 3730 North Clark Street. Curated by Chicagoan Kevin Coval and presented by WBEZ-Chicago and Vocalo.org, the Winter Block Party features free programming of film, music videos and more. For a complete list, visit www.wbez.org/events.