Friday 10/26 – Thursday 11/1


26 FRIDAY Woman-run Artemisia Gallery was founded in 1973 by 20 artists who’d “decided that it was time to settle the score in the then male-dominated art world”; the all-female Artists, Residents of Chicago (ARC) also took root that year. Tonight work by members of those two groups, along with that of artists from the African-American women’s collective Sapphire and Crystals, will be featured at The Faces of Three Women’s Collectives, the final installment of the city’s “Chicago Artists’ Month” series of tours and exhibits. Artists from each organization will be on hand to answer questions. It starts at 6 at ARC Gallery, 734 N. Milwaukee, and concludes at 8 at Artemisia, 700 N. Carpenter. It’s free; call 312-744-6630.

“The overdose had turned his skin an aqua-green hue, stopped his breathing, and made his muscles as still as co-axial cable. Love frantically began a resuscitation effort that would eventually become commonplace for her. Within a few minutes, Kurt was sitting up, wearing a self-possessed smirk, almost as if he were proud of his feat.” Charles R. Cross’s new book, Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, has been lauded for its unstinting look at Cobain’s impoverished childhood, his struggles with stardom and depression, and his heroin addiction. The author, a Seattle rock writer who’s also written books about Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin, drew on over 400 interviews with people in Cobain’s orbit, including Courtney Love, who granted Cross exclusive access to her husband’s personal diaries. He’ll read from and discuss the book tonight at 7 at Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan (312-573-0564). It’s free.

27 SATURDAY Terrorism and international law, civil liberties, globalization, and the racial impact of war will be some of the hot topics on the table at the free Chicago Ad Hoc Coalition Against War and Racism’s citywide teach-in, which coincides with an international day of action. It’s today from 9:30 to 1:30 at Columbia College’s Conaway Multicultural Center, on the first floor of the Ludington Building at 1104 S. Wabash. It’ll be followed at 1:30 by a rally and a march of solidarity at Buckingham Fountain. Call 312-641-5151 or see www.chicagoantiwar.

org for more.

Each fall more than 10,000 migrating sandhill cranes travel across the wetlands of northern Indiana on their way from Canada to warmer climes. Today Field Museum naturalist Alan Anderson will lead an excursion to the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, where participants can watch the birds gather to roost at dusk–a “spectacular” sight. The $60 trip starts with a stop at the Indiana Dunes, where participants can take a gander at ducks and other fall migrants. It’s from 10 AM to 8 PM and departs from the west door of the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Registration is required; call 312-665-7400.

28 SUNDAY Bruce Graham’s death-row play Coyote on a Fence raises so many questions that the Shattered Globe Theatre has been offering postshow discussions on capital punishment and its political, social, and moral consequences. Today’s the last day to catch this production; the discussion that follows will be moderated by Tribune criminal justice reporter Maurice Possley, author (with Rick Kogan) of Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder, and the Price of Truth–his second time in the role. “The discussion really is rather free-flowing,” he says, “but the first time seemed to focus primarily on the issues of actual innocence, problems with the legal process, the moratorium in Illinois, and executing the mentally ill and retarded.” The free discussion starts at 6 at the Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. The play starts at 4 and costs $15. For tickets call 312-742-8497.

The first Chicago Drag Kings show, featuring performers (“usually women”) lip-synching and dancing as men, was held on March 31; the 17th–a special Halloween Drag King Ball–happens tonight at Circuit. Its 20 acts will include Count Izzy Big, Drakeula, and Jack “Screamin'” Black; there will also be a raffle to benefit the nonprofit organization INCITE!, which provides education and resources for women of color who have been victims of domestic violence. It’s tonight at 10 at 3641 N. Halsted. Admission is $5; you must be 21 or older. 773-325-2233.

29 MONDAY Tonight’s program of shorts at Doc Films, The Devil’s Plaything: Fantastic Myths and Fairy Tales, includes Orson Welles’s 1934 directorial and on-screen debut, The Hearts of Age–which Welles called a parody of Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet. The program also includes Edwin S. Porter’s Jack and the Beanstalk (1902), Charles Klein’s The Tell-Tale Heart (1928), Robert Florey’s The Love of Zero (1928), and Ralph Steiner’s Pie in the Sky (1935). The screening starts at 7 at the Max Palevsky Cinema in the University of Chicago’s Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th. Admission is $5; call 773-702-8574 or visit for more.

30 TUESDAY Lon Chaney was born to deaf-mute parents in Colorado Springs in 1883, and to amuse his family he’d pantomime scenes he’d encountered in town. After holding many jobs he found his calling in silent film, playing more than 150 roles between 1913 and 1930 and earning the nickname “Man of a Thousand Faces.” In 1923’s The Shock he plays a crippled hoodlum who moves to the country, where he falls for a local girl (Virginia Valli) and then takes the fall for her banker father when he’s charged with embezzlement. The film will be shown tonight at 7:30 at the Pickwick Theatre, 5 S. Prospect in Park Ridge (near Touhy and Northwest Highway). Organist Jay Warren will accompany the film on the 1928 theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door (847-825-5800).

31 WEDNESDAY People are invited to bring mementos of loved ones to add to the shrines at Redmoon Theater’s annual All Hallow’s Eve Ritual Celebration, which will feature fire, drumming, dancing, and plenty of spectacle created with the help of over a dozen local organizations. They’re also asking folks to “bring food to consume at the large table Redmoon will create”–but leave the hooch at home. It kicks off tonight at 6 with a community parade. The free performance runs from 7 to 9 in Logan Square, on Kedzie between Logan and Fullerton. Call 773-388-9031 for more.


1 THURSDAY Cuban ballet legend Alicia Alonso was the first dancer from the Western hemisphere to appear in the Soviet Union, performing with the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets. The Ballet Nacional de Cuba, which she founded in 1948, is currently in town to perform Coppelia and a program called “The Magic of Alonso.” Tonight at 6, Alonso, who’s been blind most of her life but continued to dance into her 70s, will take part in a panel discussion called Alicia Alonso: Cuban Dance–Yesterday and Today, where she’ll be joined by dance critic Ann Barzel, Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss, and Luna Negra Dance Theatre artistic director Eduardo Vilaro. It’s at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington, and it’s free (312-744-6630). The Ballet Nacional de Cuba performs Friday through Sunday at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress (312-902-1500). Tickets range from $23 to $77.