Friday 10/4 – Thursday 10/10
4 FRIDAY “On the wall of deadly silence about the disease, I aimed to hang my Breast Cancer Journal. This work was an outcry,” wrote Chicago painter Hollis Sigler of the series of autobiographical paintings she began in 1991 and in ’99 published in the book Hollis Sigler’s Breast Cancer Journal. Sigler, who taught at Columbia College for more than 20 years, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985–her mother and great-grandmother both died of the disease–and passed away last year at the age of 53. Columbia’s Art and Design Department is establishing a memorial scholarship in her name, and 60 percent of the proceeds from the pieces sold at the new exhibit To Kiss the Spirits: An Artists’ Homage to Hollis Sigler will benefit the fund. Tonight’s free opening reception for the show, which features original work by 71 artists and will be up through October 25, is from 6 to 9 at Artemisia Gallery, 700 N. Carpenter (312-266-7323). Raffle tickets for a framed, signed print of Sigler’s 1996 lithograph Being on the Edge of Hope will be sold throughout the run; the drawing will be on the last day of the exhibit.
Max Elbaum was managing editor at the leftist CrossRoads magazine in the mid-90s when he decided to write Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che. “I was spending a lot of time interacting with veterans of the different left currents out of the 1960s and ’70s,” he explained to Chris Crass in the anarchist newspaper Onward recently. “I was struck by the absence of any detailed written history of one of the main 1960s-generated left trends, the thousands of people who turned to Third World-oriented versions of Marxism, and within that, the contingent that tried to build new revolutionary parties.” Elbaum, who became an activist while a University of Wisconsin student in the late 60s, will discuss the “new communist movement” and why he thinks it failed tonight at 7:30 at the New World Resource Center, 2600 W. Fullerton (773-227-4011), and tomorrow, October 5, at 9 AM at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood (773-465-8005). Both events are free. For more on the book see www.revolutionintheair.com.
5 SATURDAY Sponsors of today’s solar home tour are keen to point out that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs’ Renewable Energy Resources Program will reimburse home owners for up to 50 percent of the cost of installing hot-water solar systems (and wind-powered generators) and up to 60 percent of the cost of photovoltaic panels that generate electricity from sunlight. The free, self-directed tour includes 14 residences in Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Skokie, and Lincolnwood that use both types of solar power. Homes are open from 10 to 2, and the tour starts at 1144 Wesley (near Dempster and Ridge) in Evanston–a new house with a four-panel solar system that owner Richard Winship installed “because it was the right thing to do.” Call 847-677-9870.
In 1976 historian and publisher James Weinstein modeled his fledgling political magazine, In These Times, on Eugene V. Debs’s socialist weekly Appeal to Reason. Twenty-six years later the left may be floundering, but the Chicago-based biweekly endures. “It may no longer be hailed as ‘the independent socialist newspaper’ on the masthead,” writes managing editor Craig Aaron in the introduction to last year’s Appeal to Reason: 25 Years In These Times, “but In These Times has maintained a remarkably consistent worldview and never relinquished its vision of nurturing a viable progressive movement with broad, popular appeal.” Contributors to the anthology–including Aaron, editor Joel Bleifuss, senior editor David Moberg, and writers Paula Kamen and Rick Perlstein–will read and answer questions today at 2 at the Lincoln Park branch library, 1150 W. Fullerton. It’s free. For more information call 773-772-0100 or see www.inthesetimes.com.
6 SUNDAY Ten years after shooting to cult celebrity with the success of Trainspotting, Scottish writer Irvine Welsh has reunited the book’s cast of drug-addled ne’er-do-wells for a sequel. This time around, Mark Renton, Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson, and the lads are trying to break into the movies by producing a skin flick titled “Seven Rides for Seven Brothers.” Welsh, whom the Face once dubbed “the poet laureate of the chemical generation,” will read from Porno at tonight’s release party for the fifth edition of F Magazine, in which an excerpt appears. Managing editor and American Skin author Don De Grazia hosts the evening, which will also include short readings by other contributors and DJ sets by Welsh, Metro owner Joe Shanahan, and others. It’s from 6 to 11 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, and it’s free and open to all ages. Call 312-344-7611 for more.
7 MONDAY Charles J. Wheelan–midwest correspondent for the Economist and an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University–may have figured out how to make such concepts as supply and demand and the law of diminishing returns intelligible. His new book, Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science–“naked” because it’s graph and jargon free–unpacks the mysteries of what the Fed does and how financial markets work using everyday examples. “If the World Bank is the world’s welfare agency,” he explains, “then its sister organization, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is the fire department responsible for dousing international financial crises.” Wheelan will discuss his book tonight at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster (773-871-3825). It’s free.
8 TUESDAY Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando’s 2000 short El alacran (“The Scorpion”) explores the 94-year history of the eponymous dance, which is performed at Havana’s Carnaval and dedicated to Yemaya, the Yoruba goddess of the sea. The film–which also traces the connections between Carnaval and Nigeria’s Yoruba Egungun ancestor festivals–will be screened tonight at a DanceAfrica event called The Art of Ceremony: Celebration & Rituals of Africa and the Caribbean. It’ll be followed by a discussion of the cultural traditions of the Yeve of Ghana and the Lukumi of Cuba with musician, dancer, and cofounder of the Latin American Folk Institute Marietta Ulacia, Yeve priest and music professor Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie, ritual singer and Lukumi expert Miguel Ramos, and cultural anthropologist Ramon Lopez, plus a drum and dance performance by AfriCaribe. It’s from 5:30 to 7:30 at Columbia College’s Hermann D. Conaway Multicultural Center, 1104 S. Wabash, and it’s free; call 312-344-7070.
9 WEDNESDAY From 1992 to 1994, environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude traveled 14,000 miles along 89 rivers in the Rocky Mountains in search of the perfect site for their installation Over the River. They finally settled on Colorado’s Arkansas River, high above which they plan to hang woven fabric panels that will follow 40 miles of the river’s course. The piece will be up for two weeks, tentatively in the summer of 2004. No date’s been set yet for their other work in progress, The Gates, which will consist of 7,400 16-foot-high gates hung with golden fabric and placed along 20-odd miles of selected footpaths in Manhattan’s Central Park. The pair will discuss both proposals tonight at 7 in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. It’s free, but reservations are recommended (312-744-2032).
“Freak freely” runs one of Lynda Barry’s mottoes, and for the last 23 years she’s been flying her flag as high–or as low–as she pleases in alternative papers across the country (including this one) and her 16 books and anthologies. The notoriously publicity-shy Evanston-based artist appears tonight at 7:30 at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark (773-769-9299), in support of her new collection of comics, One! Hundred! Demons! It’s free.
10 THURSDAY More than 80 percent of people who score positive for depression when they’re checked out on National Depression Screening Day are not in treatment. But new data shows that as many as 65 percent of those who are referred for a full evaluation follow through on it. The test also looks for signs of manic depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Free walk-in screenings take place today from 11 to 1 at the I. A.M. A.B.L.E. Center for Family Development, 3410 W. Roosevelt (773-826-2929); from 1 to 8 at Terry Hefter Associates, 1871 N. Clybourn, suite 211 (773-404-4455); and tonight from 5 to 8 at Interactions Therapy Center, 2656 W. Montrose (773-279-8905).