Friday 10/11 – Thursday 10/17
By Cara Jepsen
11 FRIDAY You’re invited to bring symbols of hate–a toy gun, a swastika, a picture of a church on fire, words on paper–and bury them in a coffin at today’s Elimination of Racism and Hate Crime Day (last year’s participants floated hurtful words down the Chicago River). It’s part of the YWCA’s Week Without Violence, which winds up tomorrow with Replacing Violence With Sports and Fitness Day. The burial’s at noon at the James R. Thompson Center plaza, 100 W. Randolph. It’s free. Call 372-6600 for more.
Anyone who’s spent time sipping joe at Earwax has gotten a taste of sideshow art–those banners advertising exhibitions of the weird and extraordinary. Unconcerned with representing reality, most artists never even saw their subjects, creating fantastical depictions that rarely resembled the actual attraction. The flashy form’s legitimized at Carl Hammer Gallery’s Freak Show: 20th Century Sideshow Banner Art exhibit, which features works with such subjects as “the monkey girl” and “the tattooed woman.” It opens tonight from 5:30 to 8 and runs through November 2 at the gallery, 200 W. Superior. It’s free. Call 266-8512.
Novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer has branched out into children’s books in recent years. Tonight he’ll read from A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears and The Man in the Ceiling in an audiovisual presentation (slides of the books’ illustrations will be shown) designed for adults and children ten and older. The program includes a screening of Feiffer’s Academy Award-winning short film Munro. It’s at 6 in the Fullerton Auditorium at the Art Institute, Michigan and Adams. Tickets are $10, $3 for children. Call 368-0905.
12 SATURDAY More than 75 comics creators–including Chris Ware, Jessica Abel, Terry LaBan, Josh Neufeld, and Ivan Brunetti–will be guests at this year’s Underground Press Conference and Independent Comics Exposition. The event features seminars, workshops, panels, open-mike poetry, and dealer tables. Authors and artists will talk about subjects ranging from electronic publishing to grassroots distribution to grant writing. It’s today from 10 to 5 on the second floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (use the Randolph Street entrance). Admission is $3. A networking party takes place tonight at 8 at the Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division. Admission is $5. Call 528-1983 for more.
Today’s the second-to-last Saturday you can catch the Loop Tour Train this season for a free tour of the city’s downtown area. The 40-minute tour is guided by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and includes a brief history of the el. Trains depart from the Randolph/Wabash station at 12:15, 12:55, 1:35, and 2:15; it’s recommended you arrive 15 minutes ahead of time. Tickets are free but must be obtained in advance from the Chicago Office of Tourism Visitor Information Center at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (use the Randolph Street entrance). Call 744-2400 for info.
13 SUNDAY Today’s NOW-sponsored Young Feminist Vision Conference offers workshops on such topics as reproductive rights, election work, self-image, affirmative action, violence against women, and adjusting to the work environment. It’s from 9 to 3 in the Student Services Building of the University of Illinois at Chicago, 1200 W. Harrison. Admission is whatever you can afford from $5 to $20. Call 578-9351 for info.
The House Rabbit Society Conference promises to give the lowdown on every aspect of bunny care from litter training to the special needs of older rabbits. The daylong event features workshops (“Bunny Basics,” “From Cage to Free Roam,” “Parasites”), roundtable discussions (“Ask a Vet,” “Grieving”), exhibits, a raffle, and a buffet lunch. It’s today from 10:30 to 5 at Koehneke Community Center at Concordia University, 7400 Augusta in River Forest. Tickets are $14, $10 for kids. Call 708-771-8300 for directions, 847-831-2691 for more info.
14 MONDAY Most of us have been ripped off at least once in our lives. And most of us have done nothing about it. Today’s seminar on Consumer Fraud Issues: Car, Home, Telephone will outline common problems faced by consumers and the recourses available. It’s from 12:15 to 1:15 in the Chicago Authors Room of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. It’s free; call 747-4090.
15 TUESDAY Motivational speaker and very rich self-help author Deepak Chopra will be dishing out more of his advice tonight as part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Presents series. The author of such books as Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success will speak at 8 at Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan. Tickets are $30. Call 294-3000 for tickets or info.
16 WEDNESDAY A photo by France’s Olivier Blaise shows a worker elephant–used to carry logs through the jungle in the Bay of Bengal–swimming underwater, using its trunk as a snorkel. In Lucian Perkins’s photo for the Washington Post, a bald Chechen boy stares out the back of an old bus, his hands pressed flat against the glass. These are two of the winning shots presented in Eyewitness 1996, an exhibition of the best press photos selected by the World Press Photo Foundation. The traveling show, which includes 175 photos from around the world, opens today from 9:30 to 4 at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th and Lake Shore Drive. It’s free with museum admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $2.50 for children 5 to 12, free for kids under 5. Call 684-1414 for info.
Wanna be the next RuPaul? Dare to dream at tonight’s Night of 100 Drag Queens audition. Participants (both queens and kings) who wish to try out for the October 31 fund-raiser should bring an in-character photo of themselves, a tape or CD of their performance music, and (if available) a videotape (you don’t have to dress up for the audition). It’s from 5 to 8 at Sidetracks, 3349 N. Halsted. It’s free, but you must make an appointment to audition; call 477-9189.
Senator Paul Simon, Jane Byrne, Mortimer Adler, Paul Hoover, Studs Terkel, Sugar Rautbord, Norman Mark, and Carol Kleiman will be among the 38 writers present at tonight’s fifth annual Chicago Authors Party. The free event promises no speeches, no readings, no slamming, and no hard sell–just the authors and their books. It’s from 5:30 to 7:30 at Gypsy Restaurant, 211 E. Ohio. Call 944-1300 for more.
17 THURSDAY Today’s a popular day for book hawking. The day’s lineup of lines starts with blues legend B.B. King, who’ll promote Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B.B. King at noon at Borders Books and Music, 830 N. Michigan; call 573-0564. Then Jay Leno will sign copies of his new memoir, Leading With My Chin, from 12:30 to 1:30 at the book department in the lower level of Marshall Field’s, 111 N. State; call 781-1000. Finally, Dave Barry touts his latest humor book, Dave Barry in Cyberspace, at 7 at Borders Books and Music, 2817 N. Clark; call 935-3909. All the appearances are free.