Showmen’s Rest, Flava Flavor Flavour, and scary movies

If you’ve ever strolled through Woodlawn Cemetery in suburban Forest Park (which, given the season, might apply to some of you) you might have happened upon a section that features five elephant-shaped monuments. That 750 plot section of the cemetery is commonly known as Showmen’s Rest, a section of burial land originally purchased for use by circus performers and their families by the Showmen’s League of America. But how did it all come about, and why in Forest Park? Learn more tonight from Chicago Movie Tours as they offer a free 20-minute online presentation on their Facebook page that will tell you more about the plots and their place in both Chicago and circus history. It starts at 7 PM. (SCJ)

Formed to add some “seasoning” to Chicago’s short- and long-form improv community, the three Black performers in Flava Flavor Flavour (Tysh Chrisp, Jason Tolliver, Warren Stokes) perform tonight at 8:30 PM at the Annoyance (851 W. Belmont). Among the promised segments are “an improvised Denzel Washington panel and a pun game set to the sound of 90s R&B.” They return on Tue 11/1 at 8:30 PM; tickets are $10 at theannoyance.com. (KR)

Looking to get a good scare on a school night? The Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee) gives you a few choices this week. The movie theater is screening the 2000 re-released version of William Friedkin’s 1973 thriller The Exorcist (tonight and tomorrow night at 7:45 and 10:30 PM; Thu 10/27 at 10:30 PM) as well as the classic 1963 Hitchcock film The Birds (tonight and tomorrow night at 11:10 PM; Thu 10/27 at 11 PM). Advance tickets are available at the theater’s website. (SCJ)

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