By Cara Jepsen
One of the most difficult adjustments for an artist is going from studying art in school to making it for a living. For the past year Artemisia co-op members have eased the transition with their mentorship program, working with nine local women on everything from grant writing, publicity, and presentation to finding out what galleries want from artists. Breadth of Vision features the work of the nine artists, in media ranging from textiles to painting to installations. Tonight’s free opening reception is from 5 to 8 at Artemisia Gallery, 700 N. Carpenter. Call 226-7323.
Last year’s 12 Monkeys was loosely based on Chris Marker’s 1964 black-and-white classic La jetee, which follows a man’s decision to live in the past and consists almost entirely of still photographs. Tonight’s Memory, History, Consciousness: The Video and Television Work of Chris Marker includes Berlin 1990, which looks at daily life in recently reunified Berlin; Tarkovsky, a profile of the Russian director; and Chat ecoutant la musique (“Cat Listening to Music”), starring Marker’s cat. The program shows at 7 and 9:15 tonight and tomorrow and at 5:30 and 7:45 Sunday at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $5. Call 281-9075.
Today is one of the last days Chicago motorists can buy their 1996-’97 city sticker without paying a $30 late fee–not that the $60 the city charges for most vehicles isn’t already highway robbery. To make it easier to take your money, the city clerk’s office is holding a vehicle sticker sale. In other words, the office will process registration renewals from 9 to 2 today at 121 N. LaSalle, room 107. Bring a checkbook and a completed renewal application. Stickers will also be sold at a handful of aldermanic offices throughout the city. Call 744-5670 for more.
Only 2 percent of American households don’t have a television. But Jean L. Lotus, editor of the White Dot, wants to change that. In the zine’s premiere issue, which appeared this spring, she discussed her family’s decision to go without TV. “Our biggest fear was not missing our favorite shows. It was social ostracism. “Eccentrics! Prudes!’ Admitting you have no television is like saying you have no indoor plumbing.” The summer issue features stories on watching TV in other people’s houses, starting a book group, and making dinner without turning on the TV. Copies will be available at the White Dot’s Picnic for TV-Free Chicagoans. It’s from 11 to 2 today at Morrie Mages Playground, Lake Shore Drive at Irving Park Road (look for the white balloons). Admission is free (zine subscriptions cost $8 for four issues), but BYO food. Call 883-8655.
Riding with 10,000 other bicyclists may not produce the same heady rush as riding alone on deserted city streets in the middle of the night, but that’s how many people are expected at today’s L.A.T.E. (Long After Twilight Ends) Ride, a noncompetitive 25-mile tour of the lakefront, downtown, and north side. Registration starts at midnight Saturday, and the ride begins at 1:30 AM today at Buckingham Fountain, at Columbus and Congress, in Grant Park. The $25 registration fee, which benefits Friends of the Parks, gets you a map, refreshments at rest stops, and a sunrise breakfast. Riders must wear helmets. Call 918-7433.
Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church–at its current location for the past 50-odd years–celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Its 35th annual Greek Festival today benefits the church and features live music, games, miniature golf, a raffle, and, of course, food. The festival runs from noon to 11 at 5649 N. Sheridan. Admission is free until 2; after that it’s $2 for adults. Call 334-4515.
Russ Meyer started making movies as a child after his mother pawned her wedding ring to buy an eight-millimeter camera. During World War II he filmed General Patton’s army plowing through Europe. After the war he took photos for men’s magazines like Playboy, which led him to feature films–his first was 1959’s The Immoral Mr. Teas. Meyer is best known, of course, for his large-busted central characters. But what, other than testosterone, makes Meyer’s mind work? You may find out tonight when the Psychotronic Film Society views the 1987 British documentary The Russ Meyer Story, which includes an interview with his onetime collaborator Roger Ebert. It shows at 8 at the Liar’s Club, 1665 W. Fullerton. After the screening Psychotronic head honcho Michael Flores spins stripper music from the 1950s and ’60s. Both the film and the music are free. Call 509-4958.
Thomas Moore, best-selling author of Care of the Soul and Soul Mates, argues that our reliance on facts and rationality has taken away our sense of magic and awe. To get back in touch with the soul, says Moore, people must become reenchanted with beauty, craft, nature, and art. Moore will speak on “The Soul in Our Work” today from 7:30 to 9 AM at Old Saint Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams, and “The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life” from 6:30 to 9 PM at Saint Vincent DePaul Church, 1010 W. Webster. It’s part of A Day With Thomas Moore at DePaul University, Moore’s alma mater. The morning program costs $15 and the evening $10; if you go to both it’s $20. Call 782-6171.
The collaboration between composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham was unique in its longevity–they worked together off and on for 45 years. This was all the more remarkable given that sometimes one didn’t know what the other would do until they went onstage. Elliot Caplan’s 1991 documentary Cage/Cunningham explores their work and its impact. It shows at 5 today in the theater of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. It’s free. Call 346-3278.
This spring’s rain has produced a bumper crop of foliage that ensures worse allergic reactions for everyone. For people interested in finding out what all that sneezing and itching means, the Swedish Covenant Hospital is offering a free allergy check. Tests will be available for allergies to dust mites, ragweed, and grass, as well as food, including milk and peanuts. It’s from 9 to noon today at the Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Family Practice Center in the Anderson Pavilion, 2751 W. Winona. It’s free, but appointments are required. Call 907-9880.
Nowadays you don’t even need to pack a meal to enjoy a picnic under the stars at Ravinia: the festival will prepare your dinner and deliver it to your lawn seats–for a fee, of course. All you need to do is show up with the requisite candles and ground covering–unless you choose the $22 Instant Ravinia package, which includes a lawn chair rental with your box dinner. Now, if only they’d provide shuttle service from the city. Tonight Itzhak Perlman joins conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a performance of selections from Berlioz, Rouse, and Brahms. The concert starts at 8 at Ravinia Festival at Green Bay and Lake Cook Roads in Highland Park. Tickets are $8 to $50. Call 728-4642.