Friday 6/11 – Thursday 6/17


By Cara Jepsen

11 FRIDAY Its flow has been reversed and its course straightened, but the beauty of the Chicago River still holds power over urban photographer Bob Thall, who calls his pictures of the waterway “a sort of visual poem.” An exhibit of 22 of his river photographs dating from 1974 starts today (and runs through September 19) at the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower, 806 N. Michigan (312-742-0808). It’s open from 10 to 6:30; admission is free.

This weekend’s Robert Lepage Film Festival kicks off with an opening reception hosted by the Canadian consul general at 6, followed by a 7:30 showing of 1998’s No, which juxtaposes the 1970 world’s fair in Osaka with the separatist crisis in Quebec. Tickets are $10. Tomorrow at noon Reader contributor Ted Shen, Tribune film critic Michael Wilmington, and Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss will lead an hour-long panel discussion on Lepage’s films; the festival continues with The Seven Streams of the River Ota at 1. It’s all at Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton. For more information, call 773-722-5463, or consult the Section Two movie listings.

12 SATURDAY The groups behind today’s protest of President Clinton’s commencement speech at the University of Chicago are calling for an end to the bombings in Yugoslavia and the sanctions against Iraq. They’ll gather at 8 AM at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn. It’s free. Next Friday at 5 PM there will be a related protest at Northwestern University, which will award Madeleine Albright an honorary doctorate in law. Call 773-939-3316 for details on both events.

One hundred years ago the residents of the village of Austin voted 972 to 516 against annexation by the city of Chicago, but the rest of the township of Cicero overrode them. “Chicago was perceived as corrupt,” says Judith Beisser, cochair of today’s Austin Village House Tour, proving some things never change. The six-house tour includes Frederick Schock’s 1899 fire station and the sprawling 1887 Catherine Schlecht House. Tickets are $15, $12 in advance; for a dollar or two extra a horse-drawn carriage will take participants from the registration area, at the cul-de-sac on Waller at Midway Park, to the first house on the tour. The tour is offered from 10 to 4; call 773-261-2233.

WGCI radio personality and motivational speaker Zelda Robinson thinks the bottom-line, worker-bee mentality that governs most people’s lives is bull. In her book, The Passion Principles: Pathways to Purpose, Power, and Profit, she presents her prescription for preserving the penchant for pleasure that plummets prior to puberty. She’ll discuss the book and sign copies today at 3 at Borders Books & Music, 2210 W. 95th (773-445-5471). It’s free.

13 SUNDAY In The Symposium, Nicholas Koroyanis’s 70-minute satire of Plato’s Symposium, seven women present their own discourse on the philosopher’s thoughts on love, which not surprisingly gave women short shrift. The piece will be performed by the Theatre of Totality as part of the Chicago Cultural Center’s “World in a Weekend” installment on Athens. It’s at 5 today and 7 tomorrow in the center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630). It’s free.

In her one-woman show The Queen Be, Clara Abellard promotes the importance of taking charge of your own destiny in her story about “a clairvoyant young girl growing up in an unsympathetic household.” It’s today at 3 at the Preston Bradley Center for the Arts, 941 W. Lawrence. Tickets are $14. Call 773-728-9177.

14 MONDAY Yesterday’s Tibetan Freedom Concert at Alpine Valley was sold-out, but you don’t need a ticket for today’s Free Tibet rally at the Chinese consulate. Speakers include the director of the Chicago Tibet Association, Tseten Wangyal, and former Buddhist nun and political prisoner Tsultrim Dolma. It starts at noon at the consulate, 100 W. Erie. It’s free; call 888-645-2737.

Tonight Irish Repertory of Chicago begins Three Nights of Ulysses, its adaptation of James Joyce’s classic novel in 90-minute installments over three evenings. The final night, June 16, is of course Bloomsday, the day on which the action in the book takes place. All shows are at Fado Irish Pub, 100 W. Grand (312-836-0066); admission is free.

15 TUESDAY Part of Lincoln Park served as a cemetery until the middle of the last century, when concerns about sanitation in the rapidly expanding neighborhood caused the bodies to be moved. Guides will reveal many such little-known facts during the Chicago Historical Society’s Stroll in the Park. The two-mile walking tour starts at 1 at the society, Clark at North (312-642-4600). Reservations are required; tickets are $6.

For his multimedia show The Adult-Child Abecedarium: The Book “They” Forgot to Give Us as Children, Pate Conaway incorporates three-foot knitting needles, 500 feet of twine, slides, and his own version of an ABC book to question the way children are initiated into our society. He’ll perform tonight at 6:30 with Natsu Onoda and Leslie Buxbaum as part of the Cultural Center’s free “New Artists in Chicago” series. It’s at the center’s Studio Theater, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630).

16 WEDNESDAY At 320 pages, David Foster Wallace’s new collection of short stories, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, is much more travel-friendly than the 1,000-plus page Infinite Jest. He’ll read from his stories of depression, sexual posturing, self-satisfaction, and fear of diving, among other things, tonight at 6 at Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan (312-573-0564).

The authors of Henry Hyde’s Moral Universe: Where More Than Space and Time Are Warped call the Du Page representative an S and L-crisis escape artist, a defender of pro-life terrorism, and an all-around hypocrite–but then again, he’s a prime force in the attempt to repeal the draconian drug-forfeiture laws. Dennis Bernstein and Leslie Kean will discuss Hyde’s youthful indiscretions and other foibles tonight at 7 in room 605 of the University of Illinois’ Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted. It’s $8, or $4 for students and those with a low income. Call 773-604-1910.

17 THURSDAY What difference do this country’s international broadcasting entities, such as Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, make in the lives of those who listen to them? Find out at today’s free forum, Free Press, Free Trade, and Global Security: Assessing the Impact of U.S. International Broadcasting. It’s from 3 to 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630).

The printing press, which has been around since the 15th century, is quickly being eclipsed by the personal computer. But don’t cancel your newspaper subscription just yet. Tonight historian Elizabeth Eisenstein will discuss Old Media in the New Millennium as part of the city’s “Project Millennium” series. The free talk is at 6 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. Call 312-341-8500, ext. 229.