Arts Commission To Host Free Fall Film Night

Arts Commission To Host Free Fall Film Night
Posted on 10/06/2011

The Village of Orland Park Arts Commission will host its free Fall Film Night on Saturday, October 22 at the village's Cultural Arts Center, 14760 Park Lane. The evening's fare, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., will include "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and "Doctor Who."

"The village's Arts Commission has done a great job bringing a variety of cultural opportunities to the community," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin, who created the commission in 2002. "Their September event with the Illinois Philharmonic Brass Quintet was great and we're looking forward to the commission's December 4th holiday concert," the mayor added.

"Mystery Science Theater 3000" is an American television comedy series that ran from 1988 to 1999. Created by Joel Hodgson, the series included a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a space station by an evil scientist and forced to watch bad movies, including science fiction B-movies. The man and his robots provide a running commentary on each film.

"This will be a fun evening out for the many fans of these shows," said Trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village's Recreation and Parks Committee. "You can't beat the free price and it will be fun to see the shows that so many people enjoyed during their heyday," she added.

During its eleven years on television, the series received critical acclaim, winning a Peabody Award in 1993 and was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 1994 and 1995. The show was also nominated for a CableACEAward.

"Doctor Who" is a British science fiction television program that was produced by the BBC. It showed the adventures of a time travelling humanoid alien known as "the doctor" who explored the universe in a time machine. "Doctor Who" is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running science fiction television show in the world. The show originally ran from 1963 to 1989 with a 1996 television film and was relaunched in 2005.

There is no charge for admission and refreshments will be available for purchase.

The commission will host its holiday concert on Sunday, December 4 beginning at 4:00 p.m. A professional vocal quartet will sing seasonal Christmas music, both sacred and secular, from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

"The holiday season in Orland Park officially begins Thanksgiving weekend when we light the village's tree at the Winter Holiday Festival on November 27," McLaughlin said. "It continues with all of the Recreation Department's events, the Arts Commission's December 4 concert and the Orland Park Theatre Troupe's holiday show, December 9, 10 and 11," he added.

Further information is available by calling 708/403-6140.