Friday 7/30 – Thursday 8/5


By Cara Jepsen

30 FRIDAY The centerpiece of Jennifer Baichwal’s 1998 film Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles is a rare interview with the writer and composer, who has spent most of his adult life in Morocco. In addition to chatting with contemporaries like William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, Baichwal also talked to Cherifa, the lover of Bowles’s wife, Jane, who is rumored to have poisoned her. The film screens tonight at 6 at the Film Center of the Art Institute, Columbus and Jackson (312-443-3737). Admission is $7.

31 SATURDAY Eugene Pincham and Studs Terkel may speak eloquently on the soapbox, but the prizes at the Newberry Library’s annual Bughouse Square Debates will go to the best hecklers in the audience. The free debates take place today from 1 to 5 at Washington Square Park at Walton and Dearborn. On Friday at 6 Clarence Darrow and Ida B. Wells, among various departed souls, return to speak at “The Ghosts of Bughouse Past.” Call 312-943-9090.

People who missed the Tibetan Freedom Concert earlier this summer will get another opportunity to support the cause at a performance of sacred music by the Tibetan nuns of Khachoe Ghakyil. They’re trying to raise funds to expand their Kathmandu convent to accommodate the 200-odd new members who’ve fled from religious repression. The Women’s Freedom & Spiritual Liberation

Concert is from 7 to 8:30 at Loyola University’s Skyscraper Auditorium, 6363 N. Sheridan; tickets are $20. Call 773-743-7772.


1 SUNDAY The Costa Rican polo team visiting the Chicago area this weekend boasts four family members–father Francisco Escobar and sons Frederico, Jose, and Luis, who is one of the top-rated players in the world. The Escobars, plus teammate Rafael Brown, will play a U.S. team today at 3. The game is at the Oak Brook Polo Grounds, on 31st Street just west of York Road in Oak Brook. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors; children get in free. Call 630-990-2394.

Mary McDowell, who organized female stockyard workers, and Louise de Koven Bowen, who helped finance Hull-House, are two of the sung and unsung Illinois heroes and heroines University of Illinois at Chicago professor emeritus William Adelman will talk about in his free lecture today at 3 at the Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove. At 12:30 and 1:30 the center offers guided walking tours of the district, which boasts a rich labor history. Admission to the tours is $4, $2.50 for students. Call 773-785-3828 for more.

2 MONDAY The three-week Bailiwick Repertory Directors’ Festival will tackle Hamlet and relationships gone awry in tonight’s opening offerings, which will include Rob Barrie directing Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine, David Schmitz staging Kevin Phelan’s Hamlet Crucified, and Kristin Larson’s version of Steven Dietz’s After You. Tonight’s performances start at 7:30 at the Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets are $8. Call 773-883-1090.

3 TUESDAY Before Samuel F.B. Morse invented the telegraph, he was a painter and photographer. In fact, he’s credited with bringing the first photographic technology–the daguerreotype–to the U.S. after studying the process with Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre in 1839. Though Morse opened a studio in New York in 1840, no one knows what happened to his “mirrors with memories.” But one of his signature paintings, The Gallery of the Louvre, hangs on the walls of the Terra Museum and will be included in a free gallery walk called Samuel Morse and the Daguerreotype in America. Works by Edward Steichen, Ansel Adams, and Laura Gilpin will also be featured. It’s at 6 at the museum, 666 N. Michigan. Call 312-654-2255.

For the past three years the First Folio Shakespeare Festival has been performing on the lush grounds of the Peabody Estate at Mayslake, where the audience sits on a hill and the stage is in front of an apple orchard. This year’s offering is The Taming of the Shrew. Proceeds from tonight’s 8:15 performance will benefit Season of Concern. It’s at the Peabody Estate, 1717 W. Oakbrook Road in Oak Brook. The suggested donation is $7. Bug spray is recommended. Call 630-986-8067.

4 WEDNESDAY In 1972 my second-grade teacher spent a large part of a semester teaching us about Jane Addams’s work for child-labor laws and her Hull-House activities. But Ms. Fossum didn’t mention Addams’s depression and her two marriagelike relationships with women. Gioia Diliberto will fill in the gaps tonight at 7:30 when she discusses her biography, A Useful Woman: The Early Life of Jane Addams. It’s at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark (773-769-9299). It’s free.

5 THURSDAY Everyone has plans for Cabrini-Green–and that includes those who live there. Residents will discuss their thoughts at an event called Vision 2000: The Future Is Now. It’s sponsored by the Cabrini-Green Local Advisory Council and starts at 6:30 at the Chicago Public Library’s Near North branch, 310 W. Division. Call 312-791-8968 to RSVP.