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The Phantom of the Opera with Alloy Orchestra 

When: Sat., July 28, 9 p.m. 2012

This ain't no Andrew Lloyd Webber, folks! This is the real deal, the original 1925 Lon Chaney silent masterpiece of The Phantom of the Opera, containing what may be the most dead-terrifying makeup job in the history of cinema. Applied by Chaney himself and kept a secret until the film's premiere, it reportedly resulted in audience members fainting. Modern moviegoers might have stronger constitutions, but that puss still packs a wallop.

And who better to accompany one of the greatest silent films ever made than the mini-orchestra called "the best in the world" by no less than Roger Ebert? That's right, the three-man ensemble Alloy Orchestra will provide live accompaniment with their combination of found percussion (nicknamed the "rack of junk") and synthesizers to give you a most eerie look at the Paris opera house and its deformed denizen. The horror starts at 9 p.m.; tickets are $18 ($13 for museum members) and $9 for children ages 7–12 (age 6 and under get in free). —Zack Smith

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