A couple of years ago, it occurred to me at Lollapalooza that the festival would be a lot more awesome if it weren’t so bloody hot outside and there weren’t so many people (and if, at the end of the night, there was any toilet paper left in the Port-a-Potties).
Clearly the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., read my mind. Its Summer Music Film Festival, July 25-28, is both notable for what it has: air conditioning, and what it does not: mosh pits. Featuring six full-length films and a pair of shorts, the festival’s line-up boasts Radiohead, Moby and the Talking Heads. Classic movies like Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz will play alongside the Midwest premiere of The Swell Season, starring Chicago favorites Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of Oscar-winning Once fame.
A festival pass, which includes all films and shorts, costs a mere $40 through July 25. Daily passes, double feature and single feature tickets are also available. We assume toilet paper is included in the price.