In this week's long review of Vulgaria, a Hong Kong comedy screening Friday and Monday at Gene Siskel Film Center, Ben Sachs shows how director Pang Ho-Cheung turns the schoolyard dirty joke into a narrative form. Also recommended in this week's issue are The Comedy, an indie feature with Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, and Neil Hamburger, and It's Such a Beautiful Day, Don Hertzfeldt's brilliant minimalist animation about a hand-drawn everyman in conflict with the physical world.
Here's one to sink your teeth into: Madea's Big Scholarly Roundtable convenes next Wednesday, 5 PM, at Northwestern University's Block Museum of Art. Local filmmakers Peter Neville and Richard Knight Jr. present their yuletide entertainment Scrooge and Marley next Thursday, November 29, at Music Box. Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions introduce a Tuesday-night show of The Blues Brothers at Music Box. And The Sound of Music sing-along event runs Friday through Sunday at Music Box, with tickets going fast.