Friday 11/5 – Thursday 11/11
By Cara Jepsen
5 FRIDAY Effective mentoring programs for at-risk youth don’t just happen. At this weekend’s Tutor/Mentor Leadership Conference, sessions will focus on recruiting and retaining volunteers, communicating with teenagers, recognizing signs of drug use and domestic violence, and more. The conference is from 8 to 4:30 today and from 8 to noon tomorrow at Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski. Registration is $25 for today’s events, $15 for tomorrow only, or $35 for both days. Call 312-573-8851 to sign up.
Rose Troche’s 1994 movie Go Fish told the story of a lesbian looking for love in Wicker Park. For her follow-up, Bedrooms and Hallways, she turned to the lives of gay men in London. Tonight’s screening of the film, which opened in New York last summer, will kick off this year’s Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival. A reception with Troche starts at 6 and the film will be shown at 7; both events are at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. Tickets for opening night are $15 (the festival runs through November 18 and most shows are $7). For more info, call the festival hot line at 312-409-4919 or check out the critical guide in Section Two.
6 SATURDAY What’s more annoying than a couple who are a little too excited about planning their nuptials? How about five gung ho couples competing in a contest to win a wedding on a float in the Rose Parade? Sounds like a day in hell, but today the couples in question will gleefully engage in games such as making wedding outfits out of toilet paper and something called “picture-perfect,” in which grooms have five minutes to do their brides’ makeup and hair. That last one has potential. It’s free to eat wedding cake and watch people embarrass themselves today from noon to 3 at Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, 500 N. LaSalle. Call 312-297-7555 for more.
Today former congressman Dan Rostenkowski and his biographer Richard Cohen will stage a public chat about his career, the future of politics, and maybe what it was like in that halfway house. It’s just one of the more than 120 events in this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival, which started November 4. It runs this weekend and next and includes appearances by playwright Tina Howe, British writer Fay Weldon, composer Marcus Roberts, musician Sugar Blue, and feminist Germaine Greer. The Rosty event runs from 3 to 4 at the Field Museum, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the Symphony Center box office, 220 S. Michigan (312-294-3000). Call 312-661-1028, ext. 14, for more about the festival.
Dance Chicago ’99 kicks off tonight with performances by the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the World Champion Trinity Irish Dancers, Xsight! Performance Group, and many others. Tickets to opening night, which are $18, often sell out, but the festival runs through December 5. Tonight’s performances start at 8 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Call 312-902-1500 for tickets or 312-935-6860 for information. For a critic’s perspective, see the dance listings in Section Two.
7 SUNDAY The Israeli TV series Florentene is like a realistic Friends. The program boasts nine twentysomethings, gay and straight, who work at jobs ranging from gardener to gossip columnist while dealing with fallout from actual events, such as the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. As far as I can tell there’s no monkey. The first six episodes–three hours’ worth–will be shown tonight at 6 at the Film Center, Columbus and Jackson (312-443-3733). Tickets are $7.
Some of the new products they’re pushing at nervous parents at this weekend’s Chicago Baby Faire include Tiny Tickers, which monitor and record infants’ heartbeats, and something called the Safety 1st Angelcare Sound Monitor and Movement Reassurance System. The fair is from 9 to 5 Saturday and 10 to 5 today at the Rosemont Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road in Rosemont. Admission is $7 for adults, free for children and grandparents. Call 847-289-4239 for details.
8 MONDAY Do ETs exist? Tonight the question will be addressed from both a religious and a scientific perspective by Vatican Observatory director Father George V. Coyne, who also spends part of each year teaching in the astronomy department at the University of Arizona and directing the Steward Observatory there. His talk, The Sacred Cows of Science and Religion Meet, begins at 7 at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive (312-922-7827). Tickets are $10.
9 TUESDAY The 25-year-old Natyakalalayam Dance Company specializes in Bharatanatyam, classical Indian dance that combines artistic and spiritual expression in precise hand gestures, facial expressions, and intricate footwork. The local group will perform tonight at 6 at Northeastern Illinois University’s auditorium, 5500 N. Saint Louis (773-503-4050). The group also performs Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630), as part of the traveling “India: A Celebration” festival and exhibit. Both events are free.
10 WEDNESDAY Today the people who pulled off the cow coup will pat themselves on the back; they include city public art director Mike Lash, photographer and cow artist Victor Skrebneski, and the man who spearheaded the spectacle, Peter Hanig. School of the Art Institute president Tony Jones will moderate the discussion, titled Chi-Town Becomes Cow-Town: A Win-Win-Win Scenario. The event starts at 11:45 (check-in begins at 11:15) in the Art Institute’s Rubloff Auditorium, Michigan and Adams. Tickets for the forum are $10; if you stay for lunch at 12:30 they’re an additional $20. Call 312-372-1876 to sign up.
11 THURSDAY A journalist once criticized Timoteo Shoefoot, a member of the Amazonian Stone Age tribe the Yanomamo, for wearing clothes and using bug spray. Shoefoot’s retort? “Why don’t you people come out here to enjoy this beautiful life you say we have?” Tonight he’ll lead a discussion called When Worlds Collide and sign copies of the book Spirit of the Rainforest: A Yanomamo Shaman’s Story. It’s at 6:30 at the Field Museum, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive (312-922-9410). Admission is $12, $10 for students and teachers.
For the last 13 years Art T. Burton has researched the neglected history of African-Americans in the Old West. In his new book, Black, Buckskin, and Blue: African-American Scouts and Soldiers of the Western Frontier, Burton, the minority-affairs director at Columbia College, describes the exploits of men who were often the only representatives of the federal government in the expanding western territories following the Civil War. Burton will give a special Veteran’s Day reading tonight at 7:30 at Borders Books & Music, 15260 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park (708-460-7566). It’s free.