Imaging Aztlan: Printmakers From Chicago’s Mexican Community reveals how Mexican culture’s pre-Columbian roots are manifested throughout North America. Through traditional and modern printmaking forms, including computer-generated work, the show salutes contemporary Mexican printmaking as well as influential work from the 30s and 40s associated with the collective Taller de Grafica Popular. The exhibit features works by 33 artists, including Leopoldo Mendez and Alfredo Zalce, two of TGP’s founders. The show can be seen today through January 31 at the School of the Art Institute’s Betty Rymer Gallery, 280 S. Columbus. The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 to 5. Admission is free. Call 443-3703.

By showcasing the work of 15 artists Textile as Narrative/Ritual aims to demonstrate how language, symbol, process, and form are used to convey messages in the medium. As a companion to this exhibit, the work of four nationally known textile artists–Marna Goldstein Brauner, Jan Janeiro, Michael Olszewski, and Bhakti Ziek–is also on display. There’s an opening reception tonight at 5. The free show runs through January 27. It all happens at ARC gallery, 1040 W. Huron. Call 733-2787 for details.

Court Theatre artistic director Charles Newell and Shakespeare scholar David Bevington have conflated scenes from Willie’s two Henry IV plays to create King Henry IV: The Shadow of Succession, a look at the relationship between the king and his son, Prince Hal. Previews begin tonight at 8 and the production runs through February 11. Show times are 7:30 on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 and 7:30 on Sundays. Court Theatre is at 5535 S. Ellis on the University of Chicago campus. Tickets are $16 to $29; student, senior, group, and subscription rates are available. Call 753-4472.


The indisputable wisdom that “after all, tomorrow is another day” is one of the many charms of the sweeping Civil War epic Gone With the Wind. The classic film version of Margaret Mitchell’s novel, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, shows today at 2 in the Chicago Cultural Center theater, 78 E. Washington. It’s free. Call 744-6630.

The twitching, paranoid psychosis of Captain Philip Queeg forever changed the meaning of “a pair of steel balls,” as evidenced in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, a contemporary morality tale played out as a courtroom drama. Adapted for the stage by Herman Wouk from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Caine Mutiny, the production opens tonight at 7 at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells. The show runs through February 10 with performances at 8 on Fridays and Saturdays ($16.50), 3 on Sundays ($14.50), and 8 on Thursdays ($12.50). Student, senior, and group rates are available. Call 943-8722.


The Kohl Children’s Museum ends a weekend-long celebration of Elvis Presley’s birthday today with a performance by James Elvis and the Burning Love Band at 2. The museum is open between noon and 5 and admission is $4, $3 for seniors. Children under the age of one get in free. The museum is at 165 Green Bay Road in Wilmette. Call 708-256-3000.

An exhibition at the Chicago Historical Society examines the rich history and cultural makeup of two far-north-side neighborhoods. Rogers Park/West Ridge: Rhythms of Diversity focuses on the area’s ceaseless waves of settlers, many of them immigrants–from the Potawatomi Indians to the Indian/Pakistani community that now thrives along Devon Avenue. The exhibit not only looks at the area’s past, considering for instance how natural features have influenced community development, but also peers into its future, examining how the residents of today and tomorrow will pursue their visions of the neighborhood. The show runs Sundays from noon to 5, Mondays through Saturdays 9:30 to 4:30, through August 4 at the museum, Clark and North. Admission is $3, $2 for seniors, $1 for children under 18. Call 642-4600.


Painter and printmaker Alice Wright Uhlmann describes her work by saying, “I paint more of what I feel about a subject rather than what I see. Some think of it as a recollection or reaction to a subject, a memory image: some images recognizable, some suggested.” You can catch a 50-year retrospective of her work today at Loyola University. The free show runs through February 19 at the school’s fine arts gallery, Loyola Avenue at the lake. Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 to 4:30. Call 508-2820.


Robert Hass, America’s poet laureate and an English professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and Thulani Davis, a poet, novelist, and librettist, will read from their work tonight and discuss the importance of the arts in strengthening communities. This free event, Making Art and Building Communities: Reflections on the Poetic Economy, is part of Columbia College’s series of programs called “Democratic Vistas: Towards a New American Arts Policy”–which deals with issues more vital than ever considering the increasingly draconian cutting of public arts funding in this country. It starts at 6 in the lower-level auditorium of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. Call 663-1600, ext. 5664.


Anyone with retail experience has encountered impossibly disgruntled customers, the worst of whom have been known to destroy their purchases rather than exchange them on unsatisfactory terms. The Chicago-area chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will host a discussion by Rose Ann Anschuetz, who owns a direct-marketing company, titled The Customer From Hell–What Do I Do Now! Attendees are encouraged to bring their own horror stories. Appetizers will be served. Raise a ruckus about subpar hors d’oeuvres and see what happens. The event is today at 6 and costs $20 for association members, $25 for everyone else. It takes place at the Embassy Suites-Woodfield, 1939 N. Meacham Road, in Schaumburg. Call 322-0990.

Learn how to keep your pesky sinuses from draining and causing pressure and congestion. Dr. Robert Kern, an ear, nose, and throat specialist, discusses sinus survival–preventive measures, self-care techniques, and medical options to help keep your sinuses in line. The talk is $10 and takes place today at 6 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Preregistration is required. For location information and to register call 908-8400.

Percussionist Jerome Cooper delivers the second installment of the Empty Bottle’s new Wednesday night jazz series tonight. Programmed by guitarist and Reader contributor John Corbett and the ubiquitous saxophonist Ken Vandermark, the series aims to present a combination of overlooked local talent, including trumpeter Rob Mazurek and pianist Jim Baker, and groundbreaking national artists, including guitarist Joe Morris and trumpeter/saxophonist Joe McPhee. It’s $6 and starts at 10 at 1035 N. Western. Call 276-3600 for more information.


Winslow Homer’s serenely unsettling 1864 painting On Guard–which pictures a young boy playing war, protecting a field from an advancing band of destructive crows–is this month’s “collection cameo,” a work selected from the permanent collection of the Terra Museum of American Art for a 30-minute lecture. D. Scott Atkinson, the museum’s curator of collections and exhibitions, will give a lecture on the painting following a luncheon at noon. It’s $20, $15 for museum members, students, and educators. The museum is located at 664 N. Michigan. The deadline to register for the event is January 9. Call 664-3939.