Friday 8/6 – Thursday 8/12
By Cara Jepsen
6 FRIDAY The Primate Freedom Tour and Protest, a traveling rally against animal testing, arrives in town today at 10:30 AM at Northwestern University Medical School, 320 E. Superior. Tomorrow night a fund-raiser for the tour will include sets by old-school Scottish punks Oi Polloi, Pittsburgh’s Aus Rotten, and Portland’s Harum Scarum as well as spoken-word performances and animal-rights films. The all-ages event starts at 6 at Hotel Kafka, 2736 W. North (entrance is behind the building). It’s $7. Call 312-682-2821 for more on the protest, 312-494-5869 for details on the show.
One of the most famous lawyers to quit the bar in favor of the arts was pianist Hoagy Carmichael, who would have been 100 this year. Namesake restaurant Carmichael’s Chicago Steak House will mark the event with a night of music by Bobby Schiff and his trio, who will play signature Carmichael tunes including “Stardust,” “In the Still of the Night,” and “Lazy River.” Carmichael memorabilia will be on display, and the menu will include hoagies. The music starts at 6 at 1052 W. Monroe (312-433-0025). There’s no cover charge.
7 SATURDAY The 1925 silent film Don Q, Son of Zorro, the sequel to The Mark of Zorro (1920), features a swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks as the swordsman wannabe who travels to Spain to study. The movie starts at 8 tonight at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence (773-777-9438), and organist Dennis Scott will provide accompaniment. Advance admission is $8, $7 for students and seniors; it’s $10 at the door.
India boasts over 300 laughter clubs, where members use breathing, exercises, and various types of laughter–such as the silent laugh, the cocktail laugh, and the lion laugh, where the hands curl up like paws and the tongue sticks out–as a relaxation technique. “One way to look at it is like yawning,” says local club organizer Joe Felter. “If other people start yawning, you do too.” He and G.C. Agarwal, who has opened six such clubs in India, will hold the first Chicago-area meeting today at 9 AM at the Dance Building, 1330 Webford in Des Plaines. It’s $5; call 847-824-7055 to join.
8 SUNDAY In 1986 Israeli air force navigator Ron Arad was captured by a Shiite organization after his F-4 Phantom jet went down in Lebanese territory. Arad’s supporters say he was sold to an Iranian group three years later for $300,000, but the group refuses to confirm whether it has him. Today’s Free Ron Arad bike ride to raise awareness of his situation starts at 9:30 AM at Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive. It arrives at a rally at Daley Plaza at 11 and returns to the temple afterward. It’s free to participate. Call 312-297-4800 for more information.
The Australian didgeridoo, made from a eucalyptus branch hollowed out by termites, was developed by aborigines more than 40 centuries ago. The instrument’s haunting, droning sound comes from the vibration of the lips inside the mouthpiece; it sounds even better after one masters circular breathing, or breathing in through the nose while expelling air through the mouth. Today Aussie player Robert Coleman will show how it’s done at a workshop that runs from 2 to 5 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tuition is $40, which includes an instructional audiotape and a taste of Australian wine. Call 773-728-6000 to register.
9 MONDAY Every Monday night jazz musicians and a handful of exceptionally talented music students convene at Andy’s to play. The jam session was started by John Bany, Art Davis, Don Stille, and Charlie Braugham some 25 years ago. Andy’s No Am/Pro Jam takes place tonight (and every Monday) from 9 to 1 at 11 E. Hubbard. Admission is $5. Call 312-642-6805.
10 TUESDAY On-line lovers versus real lovers, Net stalkers, cybercross-dressers, and meeting one’s on-line paramour are among the topics that Lola Pandora, the so-called diva of cyberchat, may address at tonight’s rare live installment of her twice-weekly Jerry Springer-esque Webcast, Talkin’ Trash With Lola Pandora. She’ll take questions from both Web and live audience members tonight at 8 at Polly Esther’s, 213 W. Institute (312-664-0777). Admission is free (doors open at 6:30), or log on to www.excite.com/lola.
11 WEDNESDAY The new gold dollar coin featuring the face of Sacagawea will be on display at this week’s World’s Fair of Money, along with 1999 euro coins and $1 billion in $100,000 bills and other large denominations. Organizers will also drop a few 1914 Lincoln pennies into circulation and buy them back for $100 each–look for the D below the date. Today’s schedule includes talks on “Early Silver Dollars” and “United States Paper Money Errors.” The free expo runs from 10 to 6:30 today and continues through Sunday at the Rosemont Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road in Rosemont. Call 800-367-9723 for details.
12 THURSDAY “It was very disturbing to realize how unobservant people are, and how isolated we all are in our own skins, and how little we can really grasp what the inner life of another person is like,” filmmaker and author Lillian Moats told the Reader’s Michael Miner a few months ago. She was referring to a breakdown she had in her 20s. She examines that time and its impact on her life in her new book, Legacy of Shadows. She’ll read from it tonight at 7:30 at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark (773-769-9299). The reading is free.
The Reader’s cover story a couple weeks back focused on the capricious fortunes of Waterbug Records and the label’s dedicated folksingers. When these musicians heard that Waterbug artist James McCandless was waiting for a kidney transplant, they rallied and organized a benefit. It’s tonight at the Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace; performers include Kat Eggleston, Sean Cleland, Jim DeWan, and many more. Admission is $10. Call 773-478-4408.