FRIDAY 3/24 – THURSDAY 3/30
By Cara Jepsen
24 FRIDAY For his 1999 video Phoenix Tapes, experimental filmmaker Matthias MŸller spliced together shots from 39 Alfred Hitchcock films, dividing them thematically into five parts that include montages of monsters interacting with their mothers and bedroom scenes featuring exposed women. MŸller, who lives in Bielefeld, Germany, will be at tonight’s free screening of Phoenix Tapes and his short films Alpsee, Pensao Globo, and Vacancy. It’s at 7 at the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Call 312-346-3278.
“Eat no meat and carry no money” is the aphorism that helped sustain peace activist Satish Kumar on a lifelong pilgrimage that began at age nine when he left home to wander India as a Jain monk and continues through his current position as editor of the English magazine Resurgence. He’ll discuss his memoir, Path Without Destination–the story of his 8,000-mile walk for peace–tonight at 7 at Transitions Bookplace, 1000 W. North (312-951-7323). It’s free.
25 SATURDAY Today’s free Anarchist Soccer Clinic will cover basic ballhandling skills and things like being a team player. Participants will also “discuss how to make anarchist soccer positive for everyone” and the viability of building an Anarchist Football Association. But when it gets down to it, the burning question may very well be who gets to play forward. The games start at 4 at Smith Park at Campbell and Grand. Call the Autonomous Zone at 773-252-6019 for more information.
The Japanese artists featured in the new exhibit “Crossing the Contemporary Divide” use dance, film, photography, and printmaking to explore themes of alienation and consciousness. Chikashi Kasai, Beob Jin Choi, Akira Kasai, Koto Yamazaki, and Masahiro Sugano will discuss their work at tonight’s forum and art opening. It’s from 5 to 8 at the new Fassbender Gallery, 835 W. Washington. It’s free; there will also be snacks and a DJ. For more information call 773-989-3310.
Since 1981, the Evanston-based Nuclear Energy Information Service has been collecting and disseminating statistics such as the fact that in 1996 Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen organization found that 6 of Illinois’ 13 operating reactors were among the 25 worst-ranked reactors of the 109 in the U.S. The group holds its annual fund-raising dinner tonight; the business part of the meeting is at 5, and dinner starts at 6, followed by folk music from the Low Rent Collective Ensemble. It’s at Jack’s Restaurant and Tap, 901 W. Jackson. It’s $30; reservations are recommended. Call 847-869-7650 for more info.
26 SUNDAY Last year physician Wendy Sternberg, whose parents met while Israeli folk dancing, founded a group designed to promote peace through the arts, called Genesis at the Crossroads. This year the group hosts a daylong festival of music, art, dance, and food highlighting Arab, Jewish, and Persian cultures. The entertainment includes Iranian kamancheh soloist Kayhan Kalhor, tabla drummer Arsham and his student Takla Soliman, the Israeli dance group Shoshanim, and the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. At the end of the day, all the musicians will take the stage for the grand finale. It’s today from 11 to 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door (or $10 and $15 for children). Call 773-929-0224.
Seventy percent of the world’s poorest people are women, and according to the folks at News & Letters, the gentler sex is the one most affected “by the ‘liberalizing’ effects of capital expansion and the fundamentalism that it has spawned.” In recognition of International Women’s Day (which was March 8), Taiwanese student activist Schu-Chuan, News & Letters editor Maya Jhansi, and longtime feminist and News & Letters writer January will lead a free discussion called Women’s Liberation Takes on Global Capital. It’s at 4 at the News & Letters library, in Room 1440 at 365 S. Wabash (312-236-0799).
27 MONDAY For the past 11 years, the Nelson Algren Committee has observed the author’s birthday; this year’s event coincides with the Seven Stories Press reissue of the Algren classic The Man With the Golden Arm. Tonight’s birthday party for Nelson Algren will include a dramatic presentation of scenes from his novels by the Prop Theater’s Andrew Hawkes and Sharon Gopfert and music by Warren Leming and the Frankie Machine Blues Band. Also on hand will be Seven Stories editors Dan Simon and Bill Savage and Algren fans Studs Terkel, Art Shay, Stu McCarrell, and Leon Despres. It’s at 8 at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division (773-772-2000). Admission is $5.
28 TUESDAY Pianist William Hall Sherwood made it his life’s work to bring music to the masses. In 1897 he started the Sherwood Conservatory and created piano courses for music teachers. Today Sherwood Conservatory executive director Susan Kincaid will discuss his contributions as part of a series called Music in Chicago: An Aural History, 1900 to 1999. Kincaid will talk at 12:15 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. It’s free. Call 312-747-4050 for more.
“When parents choose to integrate their gay or lesbian child fully into their lives, they commit an act of love and heroism,” write Gilbert Herdt and Bruce Koff in their new book, Something to Tell You: The Road Families Travel When a Child is Gay. The pair were part of a University of Chicago-based project that conducted a three-year study of the identity development of gay and lesbian teenagers, and the book combines those findings with their own experiences. Koff, former director of Horizons Community Services and now on the faculty at the U. of C.’s Chicago Center for Family Health, will discuss and sign copies of the book tonight at 7:30 at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway (773-883-9119). It’s free.
Tonight local authors Dominic Candelero, Roseanna and Robert Mueller, Dominic Pacyga, Nancy Gher, and Charles Celander will discuss the history of development in the city. This is the first in a series of local history panels to be hosted by Barbara’s Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells (312-642-5044). It’s at 7:30 and it’s free.
29 WEDNESDAY “I find myself looking at issues few others tackle: Why do so few female graduates stay in practice? Why are the most successful architects from upper-class backgrounds? Why is the design studio system so tough on students?” Garry Stevens explores these questions in his latest book, The Favored Circle. One conclusion he found is that it’s all about who you know: over the past 500 years, the most successful architects have had strong master-pupil and collegial relationships with others of equal prominence. Stevens, an architectural sociologist who started out as an architect, will give a free lecture tonight at 6 at the Graham Foundation, 4 W. Burton. It’s free. Call 312-787-4071.
30 THURSDAY Jesse White’s press secretary, a sales associate at Nordstroms, a urologist, a private investigator, a loan officer, a gemologist, a police officer, a photographer, a Chicago Blackhawk, and myriad entrepreneurs–most in their 20s and 30s–make up Today’s Chicago Woman’s annual list of the city’s most eligible bachelors. Some of the lot will be available for hire as part of bachelor date packages that include things like a weekend getaway to Saugatuck, Michigan, and a triple-punch evening consisting of a trip to DisneyQuest, dinner at the Jekyll & Hyde Club, and a show at House of Blues. The bidding takes place tonight at the TCW Foundation’s Bachelor Party 2000. It’s from 6 to 9 at Drink, 702 W. Fulton. Tickets are $35. Call 312-951-8976.