Friday 8/18 – Thursday 8/24


By Cara Jepsen

18 FRIDAY The Midwest Buddhist Temple’s annual Ginza Holiday takes its name from downtown Tokyo’s entertainment and shopping district, and this year’s celebration–the 45th–promises an abundance of both. The offerings include three taiko drum groups, a performance by the Fujima Shunojo classical dance troupe, demonstrations of ikebana (flower arranging), kaminingyo (paper-doll making), kendo (Japanese fencing) and other martial arts, and traditional food and crafts. Reverend Koshin Ogui will also give periodic short “dharma talks” on Buddhism in the MBT’s chapel. It’s tonight from 6:30 to 9:30, Saturday from 11:30 to 9, and Sunday from 11:30 to 8 at the temple at 435 W. Menomonee. The suggested donation is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for seniors; it’s free for kids under 12. Call 312-943-7801.

19 SATURDAY “Mestizos. Indios. Negros. Europeos. Indo-Afro-Euro Americanos. Latinos, Hispanics, call them what you will; they are the children of movement and encounter, meeting in love and suffering in slave ships and plantations, in mines and in chapels, in carnivals and in tool shops. How many hands in the Americas first met over a carpenter’s bench or a silversmith’s table, digging the treasures of Potosi or rowing the Magdalena or plowing the fields of Puerto Rico?” asks Mexican-born writer Carlos Fuentes in his introduction to the exhibit Americanos: Latino Life in the United States. The exhibit of 120 photos celebrating the Latino experience opens today and runs through November 12. It’s split between the Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive) and the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (1852 W. 19th). Free trolleys will run between the two venues. The Field is open from 9 to 5 and admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children, seniors, and students; the MFACM is open from 10 to 5 Tuesday through Sunday and admission is free. Call 312-922-9410 or 312-738-1503 for more.

Rather than sitting around sketching the human form, some DIY-minded guys in the 1950s formed camera clubs, hired models, and shot them to create their own pinups. The practice is being resurrected at this weekend’s Glamourcon, where folks can pay a fee and snap away at some real live models–though they won’t disrobe completely. “It’s pinup and cheesecake,” explains Glamourcon president Bob Schultz. The convention also features collectibles and autograph opportunities with a bevy of current and former calendar-girl types. It’s today from 10 to 5 and tomorrow from 10 to 4 at the Holiday Inn O’Hare, 5440 N. River Road in Rosemont. Admission is $14; you must be 18 or older. Call 425-821-1760.

20 SUNDAY When Neal Pollack hasn’t been busy skewering the CTA, CHA, and other city As as a staff writer for the Reader, he’s been writing satirical fiction for Dave Eggers’s McSweeney’s magazine. Now that Eggers has hit the big time, he’s using some of the critical and financial success generated by his memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, to launch a McSweeney’s publishing imprint, and the first book off the Icelandic presses is The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, a Modern Library-esque tome that Pollack describes as “a full-on parody of American literature.” Eggers, possibly a tad chafed by his stint on the NYT best-seller list, wants to bypass the financial and marketing hoops of the book business by selling TNPAAL primarily on the McSweeney’s Web site, with 100 percent of all profits going to the author. Pollack celebrates his impending windfall with tonight’s book release party at the Hideout with musical guests Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts and Kelly Hogan, plus readings by Pollack and the Handsome Family’s Rennie Sparks. Limited copies of TNPAAL will be available for purchase. It all starts at 8 at 1354 W. Wabansia (773-227-4433); tickets are $7.

21 MONDAY The difference between public art and community public art is that the latter is the result of a collaboration between professional artists and the people who have to look at the thing each day, an idea that started on the south side in 1967 with a long-gone mural of African-American heroes called Wall of Respect. Tonight at 7 UIC art professor Olivia Gude and Reader contributor Jeff Huebner will explain where to find the city’s most interesting collaborations as they discuss their new book, Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures. It’s at Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan (312-573-0564), and it’s free.

22 TUESDAY The stately Monadnock Building at 53 W. Jackson was originally conceived of as two separate structures. The 16-story north half, designed by Burnham and Root and completed in 1891, is the world’s tallest commercial building with load-bearing masonry walls (which are six feet thick at the bottom); the more conventional steel-framed south half was finished in 1893 and designed by a different team, Holabird and Roche. Today at 12:15 the Chicago Architecture Foundation will lead a tour of the Egyptian-inspired edifice. Meet at the north staircase inside the Monadnock at Jackson and Dearborn. The tour is $3 (free for CAF members) and lasts 45 minutes; call 312-922-8687 for more.

23 WEDNESDAY Growing up in apartheid South Africa, Arun Gandhi harbored a lot of anger because he was harassed from both sides for being neither white nor black. His parents’ solution was to send him to India to live with his grandfather, Mohandas Gandhi. So it’s no surprise Gandhi the younger (whose own father spent over 16 years in prison for his nonviolent opposition to apartheid) has devoted his life to teaching tolerance. The author and founder of India’s Center for Social Unity and the Memphis-based M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence will speak at today’s reopening of the Children’s Museum’s improved exhibit, Face to Face: Dealing With Prejudice and Discrimination. It’s from 5:30 to 7:30 at the museum on Navy Pier at 700 E. Grand (312-464-8246). After the opening, Gandhi will sign copies of his books at the museum bookstore. Admission is free; reservations are recommended for the lecture.

24 THURSDAY Education and training for low-income women and child care and stipends for those who take advantage of such programs are just a couple of the women’s issues that will be taken up at next spring’s legislative session in Springfield. Today Democratic senator Lisa Madigan and Republican representative Andrea A. Moore will give the lowdown on the doings of the state’s Conference of Women Legislators. It’s today from noon to 1:15 at Women Employed, 111 N. Wabash (Suite 1300). It’s $5, free for members of Women Employed. Call 312-782-3902 to register.

Gallery 312’s PEACH Club, an arts program for at-risk youth, was created to provide kids with a refuge from the pressures of urban life and foster self-knowledge and creativity. It costs $4,000 to sponsor one child for a year, so PEACH (which stands for patience, encouragement, art, consistency, and hope) is throwing a fund-raiser–a cruise along the Chicago River hosted by Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin. Meet on the pier tonight behind River East Plaza (the edifice formerly known as North Pier) at 435 E. Illinois. The boat departs promptly at 6 and the tour ends at 7:30. It’s $50, which includes beer, wine, and snacks. Call 312-942-2500 to register.