Friday 12/6 – Thursday 12/12


By Cara Jepsen

6 FRIDAY Tonight’s Symposium on Human Rights in Guatemala looks at one of the worst track records in the western hemisphere. The panel includes Daniel Matul of the Guatemala Maya League, whose two brothers were assassinated in 1982, and Mario Polanco, director of GAM, Mutual Support Group for Families of the Disappeared, who was kidnapped and tortured in 1993. It’s from 7 to 9 in Lecture Center B at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 803 S. Morgan. It’s free. Call 773-509-9782 for more.

For nearly 50 years Handel’s Messiah has been performed in the beautiful Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. This year the holiday classic will be conducted by Randi Von Ellefson and performed by the Rockefeller Chapel Choir, the University of Chicago Motet Choir, and the Symphony of the Shores. It’s tonight at 8 and Sunday at 2 at the chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn. It’s $12; call 773-702-2100.

7 SATURDAY Two of Chicago’s most famous landmarks–Marshall Field’s on State Street and the Loop el–are the focus of the Chicago Historical Society’s State Street and the Loop Tour, which includes a lecture and slide show, a walking tour of the State Street shopping district, and an el tour of Loop architecture. It’s today from 2 to 5:30; meet at the State and Randolph entrance at Marshall Field’s. The $20 fee includes refreshments; participants must register in advance. Call 312-642-4600.

8 SUNDAY For 31 years the Cabrini Green Tutoring Program has helped develop educational skills for hundreds of inner-city youth. This year children were asked to depict their heroes, dreams, fears, and emotions. Their artwork has been combined by mixed-media artist Nancy Drew to create the exhibit Just Around the Corner. Today the young artists will be recognized at a free reception from 2 to 4 at the Real Nancy Drew store, 700 N. Michigan. The works will be on sale at the store through January 1. Call 312-467-4980.

“My main interest was how people made and spent their money rather than how interesting the 1950s were per se,” playwright Jez Butterworth told London’s Time Out magazine about his black comedy Mojo. “That’s what sets the pace for fashion and change. And these were pretty explosive times: the young were spending large amounts of cash and new markets–drugs, booze and music–were opening up.” His play–which examines the seductions of American pop culture during the early days of rock by following the lives of six Brit-trash youth in 1958 London–opens tonight at 7 and runs through January 19 at the Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted. Tickets are $31.50 and $36.50. Call 312-335-1650 for tickets.

9 MONDAY Can your boss dock you for a break you haven’t taken? If money is stolen at work, do you have the right to refuse to take a lie-detector test? Is audio and video surveillance of employees legal? Today the Chicago Bar Association will discuss employee rights at this month’s free Law at the Library session. It’s from 12:15 to 1:15 in the Chicago Authors Room of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. Call 312-554-2010.

It took French filmmaker Jacques Tati ten years to raise the money to complete the elaborate glass-and-steel set he used in his 1968 film Playtime–and it nearly cost him his career. Considered one of the masterpieces of contemporary French cinema, the film follows the protagonist M. Hulot as he goes to different public and private spaces–airport, mall, hotel, restaurant, nightclub–and examines the excesses of technology and consumerism. Reader film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum will discuss the relationship between Tati’s vision of the physical world and his theory of democratic comedy at tonight’s screening of a restored 70-millimeter stereo print. It’s at 7 in the Rubloff Auditorium of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Tickets are $6; call 312-443-3733.

10 TUESDAY With downsizing the corporate strategy du jour, it’s not surprising that many people are starting to work for themselves. But being your own boss creates a new set of financial headaches–not least of which is what to do about taxes. Your friend, the IRS, is holding a free (rest assured you’ll pay later) Small Business Tax Workshop, which includes advice about record keeping, pensions, and how to pay Uncle Sam. It’s today from 8:30 to 3 at the Internal Revenue Service, 230 S. Dearborn, room 2382. Call 312-886-7802 for info.

11 WEDNESDAY The Chernobyl nuclear-plant explosion in 1986 blew a nuclear cloud over surrounding countries including the neighboring republic of Belarus, where an estimated 70 percent of the power plant’s poisons rained down on the countryside. More than 2.2 million Belarussians were exposed to lethal levels of radiation, and some 40,000 children are critically ill from the fallout. Many of the younger victims have used art therapy to help deal with their illnesses. Some of their work–one piece, Poor Birds!, shows a radioactive cloud moving toward a nesting bird–is being shown in the exhibit The Children of Chernobyl: 1986-1996. It’s on view today from 11 to 6 and runs through January 31 at the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Design and Architecture, 6 N. Michigan. Admission is $3, $2 for students and seniors. Call 312-251-0175.

12 THURSDAY It’s no secret that many employers don’t list openings in the help-wanted ads. So how do you find out where the jobs are? Tonight career counselor Linda Lipinski will discuss How to Be a Job Lead Detective and uncover the hidden job market. Participants will also have access to Women Employed’s 800-employer job bank. It’s from 5:45 to 7:15 at Women Employed, 22 W. Monroe, suite 1400. It’s $20. Call 312-782-3902.