Sound Opinions at the Movies

This month we lost one of Chicago's most beloved culture critics, the great Roger Ebert. However, we are lucky enough in Chicago to have a number of critics in this city that carry on his legacy as well as offer their own unique talents and critiques to help guide us through the ever expanding world of media. For instance, we house not one but two nationally regarded music critics: Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis.

"Sound Opinions at the Movies" Series

For the film and music lover, Kot and DeRogatis also offer the "Sound Opinions at the Movies" series. Four to six times a year the men behind Sound Opinions host a movie screening at local favorite The Music Box theater that highlights a musically focused movie or documentary. Films shown at past screenings include The Graduate, A Hard Day's Night and Saturday Night Fever. Don't be surprised to catch viewers dancing the aisles!

See "Wattstack" May 1

Sound Opinions at the Movies next screening, on May 1, will be Wattstack. The Golden Globe-nominated film documents the six-hour concert the closed out the 1972 Watts Summer Music Festival at the L.A. Coliseum.

Performers included The Staples Singers, The Bar-Kays, Luther Ingram, Rufus Thomas and headliner Isaac Hayes. Nearly 112,000 people attended the concert, which is now commonly referred to as "the Black Woodstock." Taking place in the racially tense Watts neighborhood of 1970s Los Angeles, the film highlights the peaceful celebration of African American culture through music.

The screening of "Wattstack" takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at the Music Box (3733 N. Southport Ave.).  Tickets are a highly affordable $9. All proceeds go to benefit Sound Opinions and WBEZ. 

Sound Opinions Radio Show

In addition to having contributed to the Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times newspapers for a number of years, respectively, the two have expanded their legacy to the radio, hosting a nationally broadcast public radio show "Sound Opinions" every week. 

To follow along with Sound Opinions at the Movies, check their website for screening updates. Both Kot and DeRogatis attend every screening to present the films and chat with audience members. Follow Greg Kot at the Chicago Tribune and Jim DeRogatis at  

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