Friday 11/29 – Thursday 12/5


By Cara Jepsen

29 FRIDAY Geese in Flight, Stars, Mountain Railroad, Trip Around the World, Sunshine Diamond, Country Bride, Flying South, and Log Cabins are not the products of some Laura Ingalls Wilder acid trip. They’re some of the names given to the Amish quilts and wall hangings on display at this weekend’s Amish Quilt Show and Sale. The event also includes handmade dolls, pillows, baby quilts, place mats, and rugs. It’s tonight from 5 to 9, tomorrow from 11 to 5, and Sunday from 11 to 4 at the Marriott Hotel, 50 N. Martingale in Schaumburg. Admission is $1; call 847-272-1275.

Marshall Field’s ZooLights Festival at Lincoln Park Zoo features juggling elves, more than 100,000 lights, a laser-light show, appearances by Nutcracker characters, carolers, the world’s largest cup of hot chocolate (335 gallons), ice sculptures, and enough activities to make you wonder what the long-term effect will be on the inhabitants’ nervous systems. It kicks off tonight from 6 to 10 at the zoo, 2200 N. Cannon, and runs through December 31. Tickets are $6, $4 for children 4 through 12, and free for kids under 4. Call 312-742-2283.

When Louise Seger first heard Patsy Cline, she called her local Texas radio station ten times a day to request her songs. When Cline came to her town in 1961, Seger was the first person inside the concert hall. Cline saw her and the two struck up a conversation that resulted in a correspondence that lasted until Cline’s death in 1963. Their friendship provides the framework for Northlight Theatre’s Always…Patsy Cline, a musical tribute to the singer featuring a four-piece country and western band and Megon McDonough in the lead role. Tonight’s preview at 8 is pay-what-you-can night; it’s at Northwestern University’s Ethel M. Barber Theatre, 1979 South Campus Drive in Evanston. Call 847-869-7278.

30 SATURDAY Remember when Al Franken and Tom Davis received equal billing as writers and performers during the late-70s heyday of Saturday Night Live? Franken went on to create Stuart Smalley, impersonate Pat Robertson, and write a couple of books, including the best-selling Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations. What has Davis been up to? Don’t expect to find out tonight when Centre East presents An Evening With Al Franken. Shows are at 6:30 and 9:30 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie, and include an opening performance by the vocal group AC Rock. Tickets are $27; call 847-673-6300.


1 SUNDAY This year’s Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade will feature more than 17,500 participants–from Harley riders to their BMW brethren to pierced hipsters on Nortons. Rain or shine, the procession starts at 10:30 at 83rd and Western and makes its way north on Western to Foster, where it will arrive around noon. It’s free (you may make a toy donation at either end); call 773-866-8697.

The Chicago Historical Society observes World AIDS Day with its sixth annual A Day Without History, an event honoring people with AIDS or HIV who’ve had an impact on Chicago. The program includes readings by authors Ana Castillo and Achy Obejas, theater director Edward Thomas-Herrera, and poet Cin Salach. It’s at 2 today in the Arthur Rubloff Auditorium of the Chicago Historical Society, Clark and North. It’s free with museum admission ($3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, $1 for children). Call 312-642-5035, ext. 383. For more on area observances of World AIDS Day, see the Section Two listings under Galleries & Museums.

2 MONDAY On June 29, 100 anti-Klan activists showed up at Daley Plaza to protest a KKK demonstration taking place the same day. The two groups came head-to-head, police intervened, and several anti-Klan demonstrators were beaten and arrested. The charges against six of the protesters have been dropped, but three of them go to trial today: Gene Herson, labor coordinator of the Partisan Defense Committee; Refuse and Resist supporter Jeff Lyons; and Dennis Glass, who faces charges of assault and battery against a police officer. The Partisan Defense Committee, which organized the protest, invites the public to demonstrate and fill the courtroom to show its support for the defendants. It’s at 8:30 this morning at Cook County Circuit Court, 1340 S. Michigan. It’s free; call 312-454-4931.

3 TUESDAY If it gets built, Seoul’s Hankang City Tower will be the new tallest building in the world, 140 stories high and 1,650 feet aboveground. But just how high can the new generation of towering edifices go? That question and others will be addressed tonight when the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois holds a dinner meeting to discuss Skybusters! Structural Engineers Discuss Ultra Tall Buildings. The featured speaker is Mahjoub Elnimeiri, architecture professor at IIT and president of ELN Structural Engineers. The bar opens at 5:15, dinner is at 6, and the program starts around 7. It’s at the Como Inn Italian Restaurant, 546 N. Milwaukee. It’s $30, $15 for students. Reservations are required; call 312-372-4198.

You’re likely to find trouble–or at least disappointment and a high phone bill–when you go looking for love on-line. Then again, Rush Limbaugh met wife number two in cyberspace. (Then again…) Those who’d like to be like Rush can learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff tonight when relationship coach Paige Grant leads a workshop on How to Find Love On-Line. It’s from 6:45 to 10 at DoubleTree Guest Suites, 198 E. Delaware. It’s $59 in advance, $69 at the door. Call 773-388-2452.

4 WEDNESDAY Do a few more Democrats in Congress mean increased funding and less censorship for the arts? Or will the president’s much-discussed move to the center foil any potential positive impact? Tonight NYU professor Todd Gitlin, author of The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars, will address The Impact of the November Elections on America’s Cultural Wars. His speech will be followed by a panel that includes School of the Art Institute dean Carol Becker, journalist Salim Muwakkil, and Democratic strategist/patron of the arts Lewis Manilow. It starts at 6 in the ballroom of the SAIC, 112 S. Michigan. It’s free; call 312-663-1600, ext. 5985.

5 THURSDAY With avant-garde vocalist Diamanda Galas, the band Wire, musician Lenny Pickett, and fashion designer Manolo among the wide range of artists who’ve collaborated with choreographer Stephen Petronio, it’s no surprise that the rebellious Petronio is known for a skewed, hard-hitting choreography that has more in common with rock culture than modern dance. The Stephen Petronio Company performs tonight at 8 at the Dance Center of Columbia College, 4730 N. Sheridan. Tickets are $14 and $16. Call 773-989-3310 for more.