by Cara Jespen
29 FRIDAY “I’m being scapegoated, and it could affect my whole living,” says poster artist Mark Arminski, who’s being sued by Phish and the Dave Matthews Band for trademark infringement on posters he made promoting their shows before they became famous. But Arminski’s legal problems haven’t stopped him from making his bold, psychedelic silk screens, and this weekend he and his posters will be featured at ZineFest ’98, where there’ll be rare videos, books, comics, collectibles, and other items that attract unshaven malcontents. The fest starts at 7 tonight (ot’s from noon to midnight tomorrow); the William Darke Psycho Circus & Freak Show–subject of a recent Reader cover story–performs at 11. It’s at Charybdis, 1750 N. Wolcott. Admission is $3; call 773-918-8698.
30 SATURDAY After a tour of the country in the late 1800s, piano virtuoso William Hall Sherwood made it his life’s mission to make classical music accessible to the great unwashed. In 1897 he founded the Sherwood Conservatory of Music, which has offered lessons, performances, and community services to Chicagoans ever since. The conservatory, which is moving into a new facility down the street from its current digs, is selling off 100 years’ worth of furniture, art, and other stuff this weekend; the goods include 19th-century Japanese wood-block prints, Edwardian music cupboards, and carved walnut chairs. The sale runs from 10 to 5 today and 12 to 4 tomorrow at the conservatory, 1014 S. Michigan. Admission is free. Call 312-951-9800.
31 SUNDAY The International Union of Socialist Youth’s platform sounds familiar: they stand for peace, a clean and safe environment, the right to an education, and equitable economic development, among other things. Now they’re trying to resurrect an international socialist movement. That’s the focus of this weekend’s Globalization From Below Conference, which started on Saturday. Representatives from Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution, the European Community Organization of Socialist Youth, Global Exchange, and others will lead workshops on topics like consumer issues, union organizing strategy, and international labor support to get the worldwide ball rolling. It’s from 10 to 6 today at the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Learning Center, 924 E. 57th. The suggested registration donation is $20 ($10 if you preregister), $15 for students. Call 773-955-6371, ext. 1, for a complete schedule.
1 MONDAY You can spend hundreds of hours and dollars taking classes in yoga, tai chi, step aerobics, spinning, cardio-boxing, and water aerobics. But why buy the milk every day when you can bring the cow into the comfort of you own home–and watch an aging celebrity sweat with you while you’re at it? Kung Fu star David Carradine, who’s jumped on the excercise-video bandwagon, hits town today to push his latest efforts: David Carradine’s Tai Chi Workout for Beginners and David Carradine’s Chi Kung Beginners Workout. Grasshopper will also donate some memorabilia from the TV show (including the recorder he used to play) to Planet Hollywood, 640 N. LaSalle, when he appears there at 4. It’s free. Call 312-266-7827.
2 TUESDAY In the aftermath of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings several years ago, the Women’s Action Coalition was born in New York City, and chapters sprang up across the country. The New York group folded a few years back, but the Chicago organization, which marks its seventh anniversary this fall, is still rallying around women’s issues and arranging actions, including leafletting outside Soldier Field whenever the Promise Keepers come to town. “We’re a group that works well together,” explains member Melinda Power. Tonight they’ll hold an open dinner meeting to discuss A Women’s Movement for the New Millenium. Dinner is from 6 to 7 (it’s $3) and the free meeting is from 7 to 8:30 at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 1671 N. Claremont. Call 773-918-9161.
3 WEDNESDAY War means big ratings, as CNN discovered during Desert Storm. Nevertheless, media access to the front lines is becoming more limited as governments wise up and show the news pools only what they want the world to see. Tonight Washington Week in Review moderator and Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism dean Ken Bode will discuss Foreign Policy in the Age of CNN. Doors open at 6:30 and the lecture begins at 7 at the Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan in Wilmette. Admission is $29. Call 312-726-3860.
4 THURSDAY In 1928 Virginia Woolf published Orlando, a whimsical meditation on androgyny. Six years ago the tale of a 17th-century gender-transforming aristocrat who never dies was made into a movie, a production that Reader critic Jonathan Rosenbaum called “a film with practically no ideas.” Perhaps the Piven Theatre Workshop–the starting point for John and Joan Cusack and Lili Taylor–can do a better job with its theater adaptation, which runs through June 28. If nothing else you might get to enjoy the work of tomorrow’s hot property in person. Orlando opens tonight at 8 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes in Evanston. It’s $17, $10 for students. Call 847-866-6597, ext. 3, for reservations.