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.