Red, White, and Blues, Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of The Blues Brothers

  • Friday July 03, 2015 7:30 PM

Red, White, and Blues at the Modern
Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Film Cult Classic The Blues Brothers
(Rated R)

Friday, July 3; 7:30 pm

Bring a blanket and let's celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Film Cult Classic
The Blues Brothers. Join us for an Outdoor screening by the Modern’s reflecting pond.

7:30 pm - Doors open to the lawn
Café Modern Terrace and Lawn: DJ spinning Blues classics and concessions for purchase (beer, wine, soft drinks, hot dogs, and nachos). Delicious picnic baskets are available with advance reservations.

8:45 pm - Screening of the Film Cult Classic The Blues Brothers outside by the Modern's reflecting pond. (Rated R)

Arrive early for First Friday at the Modern beginning at 5 pm in the Grand Lobby, featuring a DJ spinning Blues classics, and cash bar. Red, White, and Blues tickets include Museum gallery admission. Galleries are open until 8 pm.

Please no personal coolers, drinks, food, or lawn chairs

Tickets for outdoor event (includes gallery admission)*:

Day of event purchase:
$15/$12 for Modern members/$10 for Reel People


Elwood Blues: It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.
Jake Blues: Hit it!

Sporting cool shades and look-alike suits, Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) are dispatched on a "mission from God" by their former teacher Sister Mary Stigmata to raise $5,000 to save an orphanage. In the course of their zany adventures, the Blues Brothers run afoul of neo-Nazi Henry Gibson, perform the theme from Rawhide before the most unruly bar crowd in written history, find their old friends in unlikely places (like a restaurant run by Aretha Franklin, a music shop run by Ray Charles, and a gospel church run by James Brown), and lay waste to hundreds of cars on the streets and freeways of Chicago.

“What's a little startling about this movie is that all of this works. The Blues Brothers cost untold millions of dollars and kept threatening to grow completely out of control. But director John Landis (of Animal House) has somehow pulled it together, with a good deal of help from the strongly defined personalities of the title characters. Belushi and Aykroyd come over as hard-boiled city guys, total cynics with a world-view of sublime simplicity, and that all fits perfectly with the movie's other parts. There's even room, in the midst of the carnage and mayhem, for a surprising amount of grace, humor, and whimsy.” —Roger Ebert


*In case of inclement weather, the outdoor film will be cancelled. The DJ and festivities will be moved to the Museum lobby. Pre-purchased tickets will be honored as free museum admission that evening. Reserved picnic baskets will be available for pick up at Café Modern to be enjoyed indoors at the Museum or taken home . No refunds.