'This American Life' back to the big screen

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 03/30/2009, 03:20pm

Ira Glass just keeps moving to bigger and bigger media. First, his influential radio show started here in Chicago, then moved to cable TV as a Showtime series. Now he’s hitting the big screen. “This American Life” if you haven’t yet seen the ads for it ahead of the movie trailers is returning to movie screens for another one-night-only, live-via-satellite event to be broadcast to select movie theaters on April 23.

Glass will host a new episode of the program, joined by contributors Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, Mike Birbiglia, David Rakoff and Dave Hill. There will also be a new cartoon by Chris Ware, visuals by Arthur Jones and a very special appearance by Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly” and the current series “Dollhouse.”

The event will be shown at these area theaters: Addison 21, Addison; Lincolnshire 20 w/ IMAX, Lincolnshire; AMC South Barrington 30, Barrington; AMC Yorktown 17, Lombard; Randall 15 w/ IMAX, Batavia; Naperville Showplace, Naperville; Century Stratford Square, Bloomingdale; New Lenox Showplace, New Lenox; Carbondale Showplace, Carbondale; Niles Showplace, Niles; AMC River East 21, Chicago; Orland Park Cinemas 14, Orland Park; Chicago City North, Chicago; Pekin Showplace, Pekin; Chicago Webster Place, Chicago; Willow Knolls 14, Peoria; Showplace 16, Crystal Lake; Rockford Showplace, Rockford; Century 16 Deer Park, Deer Park; Savoy 16, Savoy; Edwardsville Stadium 12, Edwardsville; Springfield West Showplace, Springfield; Elgin Fox Theatre, Elgin; AMC Cantera 30, Warrenville; Evanston 18, Evanston; Cinemark Woodridge 17 w/ IMAX, Woodridge; Gurnee Cinemas 20, Gurnee.