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Thursday Night Summer Camp

By Justin Sondak in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 21, 2007 9:07PM

xan_2007_06.jpgIf you like your summer entertainment light, campy and frequently hilarious, you’ve probably already bought your tickets for It Came From The Neo-Futurarium VI: Curse of The Neo-Futurarium. In case you haven’t or (gasp!) missed the first V years, the Neo-Futurists’ summer tradition dredges pop culture memories from childhood, younger adulthood and your history books every Thursday night, reading scripts from movies and TV shows whose original, sincere impulses have been diminished by midnight screenings and years of ridicule.

Tonight you can sing along with the camp classic, multiple Razzie winner, and musical that just won’t die because you probably like it more than you admit—Xanadu! This now-legendary flick stretched Olivia Newton-John (slightly) beyond the role of Sandy Olsson to play Kira, a muse who inspires men to build a roller rink. Sadly, this was Gene Kelly’s final feature film.

The next five shows are all over the map—from the hardcore Jenna Jameson flick "DreamQuest" (June 28) to an After School Special Triple Feature (July 19). The Neos wrap the series with a bang on July 26, reenacting the Charlton Heston (and theological) classic The Ten Commandments. Audiences for tonight and the final two weeks earn a $1 discount for bringing nonperishable food for donation to the Lakeview Pantry.

It Came From The Neo-Futurarium VI: Curse of The Neo-Futurarium opens tonight at the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N Ashland Avenue, and continues Thursday nights through July 26. Tickets are $8-10, with a $2 discount for repeat attendees. More information at

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