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Travel and adventure are around the corner as Northwestern University’s Block Cinema presents its summer outdoor film series of free Wednesday night screenings July 6 to Aug. 3.

Open to the public, the family films will be screened on the Evanston campus at 9 p.m. on the east lawn of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive. Filmgoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets and free parking is available after 4 p.m. in the University’s two-level lakeside parking structure directly south of Norris Center.

The weekly series — organized in conjunction with the Norris Center for Student Involvement (CSI) and Northwestern’s Summer Session — will focus on journeys and exciting and hazardous undertakings. It includes an escape from Chicago to the warm climes of Florida in “Some Like It Hot”; a sojourn through the rough-and-tumble American West in “True Grit”; and a princess’ journey to the Eternal City in “Roman Holiday.”

CSI and Summer Session will present an additional free outdoor event at 9 p.m. on June 29, a
sing-a-long screening of “Never Say Never,” director Jon M. Chu’s documentary on Justin Bieber
, which includes footage of the 17-year-old Canadian pop and rhythm and blues singer and songwriter’s 2010 concert tour.

In case of rain, screenings will be held in McCormick Auditorium, the 300-seat lecture hall and theater located on the first floor of Norris Center.

Summer Cinema is co-sponsored by Northwestern University’s Summer Session and Special Programs, Norris’ Center for Student Involvement and the Block Museum.

For more information, call the Block Cinema Hotline at (847) 491-4000 or visit the Block website at or go to the CSI website at or phone CSI at (847) 491-2350.


“Some Like It Hot,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 (Billy Wilder, 1959, 120 minutes). Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe star in Wilder’s gender-bending madcap comedy classic. Lemmon and Curtis are Chicago musicians who accidentally witness the St. Patrick’s Day Massacre. Skipping town to escape the mob, they don dresses and join an all-female band en route to sunny Florida. Lucky for them, Monroe, never sexier nor funnier, is the band’s ukulele player.

“Toy Story 3,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 (Lee Unkrich, 2010, 103 minutes). Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) lead the gang on another escapade in the third installment of Pixar’s animated epic tale of talking toys. Andy is grown up and off to college soon, so his childhood companions find themselves at a daycare center where they meet new friends and square off against a new nemesis, the nefarious Lots’-O’-Huggin’ Bear (Ned Beatty).

“Dirty Dancing,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 (Emile Ardolino, 1987, 100 minutes). Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) was ready for a boring summer with her family at an upstate resort. But then she meets the sexy, sweaty, swaying Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze). Castle teaches her how to move on the dance floor while her father (Jerry Orbach) looks on disapprovingly because Johnny is from the wrong side of the tracks. Will someone put Baby in a corner, or will true love conquer all?

“True Grit,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2010, 110 minutes). Mattie Ross wants to avenge the murder of her father at the hands of Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Enter Marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a washed-up, drunken gunslinger with a checkered past whose best qualifications for the job of finding and killing Chaney are that he’s cheap and available. Mattie is witty and tough, as played by Hailee Steinfeld in her Oscar-nominated debut performance.

“Roman Holiday,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 (William Wyler, 1953, 118 minutes). Audrey Hepburn is wide-eyed and radiant as Ann, the princess that ducks her ambassadorial responsibilities to take in the sights and sounds of Rome on her own terms. Along the way, she meets American reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) and an unlikely love affair begins. Ann is torn between the duties of her birthright and the life she might lead with Joe, adding a bittersweet touch to this charming romantic comedy.

Nathalie Rayter, a senior in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.