Friday 1/28 – Thursday 2/3


By Cara Jepsen

28 FRIDAY Quincy Troupe’s jazz-poet credentials are pretty impressive. The writing professor from the University of California at San Diego coauthored Miles Davis’s autobiography, penned the new memoir Miles and Me, and was twice named heavyweight champion at the World Poetry Bout in Taos. Tonight he’ll perform with AACM members Jeff Parker, Yosef Ben Israel, and Avreeayl Ra as part of the Guild Complex’s “Musicality of Poetry” series and the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Fair. The free event starts at 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630).

Pre-Columbian music from Raiz Viva, traditional Mayan theater and music from the Konojel Junam ensemble, and Latin tunes spun by DJ Estrada highlight Casa Guatemala’s tenth annual Human Rights Awards Dinner. This year the immigrant- and refugee-rights group is honoring Betsy Brill of the Girl’s Best Friend Foundation and David Lindstrom and Vicky White from the Foundation for Human Rights in Guatemala, among others. It’s from 7 to 1 at Michelle’s Ballroom, 2800 W. Belmont. Tickets are $30 at the door ($15 for children). Call 773-334-9101 for details.

29 SATURDAY The A-Zone’s Anarchy in Seattle event promises video footage of the WTO protests and a discussion led by “anarchists who were there.” It starts at 7 at 2012 W. Chicago. A $5 donation is suggested; call 773-252-6019 for more information.

There’s a little-known subculture of actors who make a living impersonating dead presidents, and they say historian Bill “George Washington” Sommerfield is one of the best. He’ll play his part today from 11 to 4:30 at the opening of the Chicago Historical Society’s exhibit Treasures From Mount Vernon: George Washington Revealed (which includes the famous false teeth). At 2 historian Alfred F. Young will discuss his book about the American Revolution, The Shoemaker and the Tea Party. Then CHS president Douglas Greenberg will present a lecture called “George Washington: Indian Fighter, Slaveholder, Father of Our Country” at 3:30. The CHS is open today from 9:30 to 4:30 and is located at Clark at North. Admission to the opening is $8, $6 for seniors and students, and $1 for kids 6 to 12. Call 312-642-4600.

If last week’s Reader cover story, which centered on a Navajo family in Monument Valley, piqued your interest, the Chicago Public Library is showing DINE: The People, Life & Culture of the Navajo, a collection of traditional jewelry, textiles, and paintings. The exhibit opens today and runs through April 2 in the main exhibition hall at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. It’s open today from 9 to 5. Call 312-747-4050 for details.

30 SUNDAY Old rock stars don’t just close down stinky old nightclubs–they also have the occasional kid, whom they enroll in the Old Town School of Folk Music’s extremely popular Wiggleworms classes. Today Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Jon Langford of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers, and Tim Rutili of Red Red Meat and Califone will play renditions of their favorite children’s songs at Wiggleworms Dads in Concert. It takes place at 2 and 4 at the OTS, 4544 N. Lincoln. Admission is $10. Call 773-728-6000 for more.

The Sun-Times has gathered all those retrospective articles they ran about the 20th century and bound them into a book, 20th Century Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Voices. Today Sun-Times staffers Brenda Warner Rotzoll (who tackled 1913), Laura Emerick (1916), and Rosalind Rossi (1988) will be joined by writer and playwright Vicki Quade (1953) to read their contributions, which deal with Mexican immigration, anti-Semitism, polio, the Playboy Club, and Laurie Dann’s suburban rampage. They’ll start at 5 at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark (773-769-9299). It’s free.

31 MONDAY George Bernard Shaw’s play In Good King Charles’s Golden Days asks what would happen if King Charles II, painter Sir Godfrey Kneller, Quaker founder George Fox, and Isaac Newton and his housekeeper got together in 1680 and discussed art, religion, science, and politics. ShawChicago’s last free performance of this rarely produced work takes place tonight at 7 in the studio theater of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. In a review in this week’s Section Two, critic Lawrence Bommer says the chamber-theater staging “pulses with George Bernard Shaw’s seemingly effortless wit.” Reservations are recommended; call 312-742-1079.


1 TUESDAY Those Cows on Parade–they just won’t go away! Miss Northolstein, the Northalsted Area Merchants Association’s donation to the city’s popular public art project, is going up for grabs. Bidding begins today (it starts at $500) and continues through the end of the month; you can check out the beautiful bovine and pick up a bidding form at Ragin’ RaeJeans, 3450 N. Halsted. Call 773-883-0500 for details.

2 WEDNESDAY Though he retired from the Senate three years ago, Paul Simon has kept busy teaching at Southern Illinois University and churning out books, such as Tapped Out, a warning about a possible global water crisis, and his autobiography, P.S. He’ll talk today at 11 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Feinberg Pavilion, 251 E. Huron. Tickets are $15 and benefit the hospital’s Service League, which provides support to patients and families. Call 312-926-2078 for more.

Poet, writer, and activist Sandra Howe Royster, who died last month, helped promote DanceAfrica Chicago and brought more diverse offerings to the Chicago Cultural Center, where she directed programming. Tonight’s free Chicago arts tribute to Sandra Howe Royster will include performances by vocalists John Vorassi and Jamie O’Reilly, pianist Bradley Parker-Sparrow, and storyteller Shanta as well as a procession by DanceAfrica’s Council of Elders, readings by writers Royster worked with, and much more. It starts at 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630).

3 THURSDAY “I knew I wanted to be the kind of woman who was bold, took chances, and had adventures,” says Eden, the protagonist of Shay Youngblood’s new novel, Black Girl in Paris. She takes off for the City of Light with $200 to her name and becomes a traveling companion, artist’s muse, au pair, lover, and thief before locating the writer within. Youngblood will sign copies of the book tonight at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 1701 Sherman in Evanston (847-328-0883). On Wednesday, February 2, she’ll appear at 12:30 at the Afrocentric Bookstore, 333 S. State (312-939-1956), and from 5 to 7 at African-American Images, 1909 W. 95th (773-445-0322). All of the readings are free.