School of the Art Institute prof Santa Barraza, whose work draws heavily on the traditions of Aztec “memory books” (codices) and Spanish religious art (retablos), gives a free talk today on how Hispanic female artists use the image of the Lady of Guadalupe. La Lupe, con Safos starts at 4 in the Courtyard Gallery of the Catholic Theological Union, 5401 S. Cornell. Through April 28 an exhibit of Barraza’s work, Retablos, Codices and Drawings, will be on display at the gallery weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30. Call 753-5319 for more.
The organizers of Bizarre-o-rama promise you’ll be able to find “everything any self-respecting fetishist, lover of leather, or bondage enthusiast would ever want” at their Fetish Fair & Bazaar. Dungeon Dynamics will show off a new line of handmade stocks, and House of Whacks will present a complete selection of rubber and latex clothing. Lots of other vendors will proffer everything from jewelry and art to games and videos at 5145 N. Milwaukee from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $5. Call 588-8242.
Bailiwick Repertory, for years based out of the Jane Addams Center Hull House on Broadway and then in the Theatre Building on Belmont, is attempting to raise money for its new home, the Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, with Night of 100 Stars II. The annual fund-raiser includes drinks, food, and performances by an all-star lineup that includes Alexandra Billings, George B. Smart III, Honey West, Dan Stetzel, Gene DeLuca, and Meg Martin. The casts of Fairy Tales and In the Deep Heart’s Core, Joseph Sobol’s interpretations of the work of W.B. Yeats, will also perform, and there’ll be a sneak preview of Pope Joan, which begins previews tomorrow. Tickets are $50, though $75 gets you a reserved seat and your name in the program. Things get under way at 7 PM. Call 883-1090.
The self-described “progressives, leftists, revolutionaries, ex-hippies, radicals, and activists” of the Progressive Investment Group encourage you to “be economically literate” and do some good by investing in socially responsible businesses. They’re holding a seminar called Money-Making for Activists from noon to 2:30 today in room 200 of DePaul’s Schmitt Academic Center, 2323 N. Seminary. It’s $3. Call 973-3663 for details.
Argentine feminist Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979), a friend of Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset, created a literary magazine called Sur, in which she published Spanish translations of Nabokov, Faulkner, Sartre, and her friend Virginia Woolf. Ocampo and Woolf also carried on a long and thoughtful correspondence, and in A Dialogue of Two Cultures Pauline Brailsford and Carole Gutierrez bring their letters to life in a staged reading at 2 today in the Arthur Rubloff Auditorium of the Chicago Historical Society, Clark and North. Admission is $5, $3 for CHS members or students and faculty of Columbia College, the show’s cosponsor. Call 642-4600.
Shaw Chicago, a group of confirmed G.B.S. heads, tackles one of the Irish dramatist’s biggest works–or at least part of one of his biggest works. The full eight-hour production of Back to Methuselah, which covers the whole span of human evolution and then some, can test the patience of even Shaw’s most determined devotees, so only acts one and five will be performed. (A bridge written by Shaw links the two parts.) The play opens today at 3 and continues Sundays at 3 and Mondays at 7 through March 27; at the Chicago Cultural Center studio theater, 77 E. Randolph. Admission is free but you have to make reservations at 744-7648.
The increasing worldwide interest in Finnish folk music has been sparked by an ensemble called Varttina, four female singers who put a contemporary spin on traditional material. Since their latest CD, Aitara, has a more rock-based sound, they’ve been touring with six backup musicians, including a drummer. Their current U.S. tour ends with a show tonight at 8 at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage. The Celtic group Arcady opens. Tix are $16 to $20. Call the Old Town School of Folk Music at 525-3655 or the Park West box office at 929-5959.
The documentary Towards a Lasting Peace: Gerry Adams in America looks at the IRA cease-fire and the Sinn Fein president’s recent visit to the U.S. The Irish American Student Organization shows it at several venues this week: today at noon in room 613 of the Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted; tonight at 7 at the Beverly branch of the Chicago Public Library, 2121 W. 95th St.; tomorrow at 7 PM in room 206 of Loyola’s Skyscraper Building, 6363 N. Sheridan; Thursday at 7 PM at the Sulzer Library, 4455 N. Lincoln; and next Friday, March 17, at 5:30 PM at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Agape House, 1046 W. Polk. All screenings are free, though the group wouldn’t mind donations. Call 296-6377 for more.
William Petersen, star of many Chicago stages as well as movies like To Live and Die in L.A. and Manhunter, receives the Chicago Film Critics Association’s “Commitment to Chicago” award tonight for his contributions to the city’s film and theater community. The critics group–which includes most local heavy hitters–will give out awards in 12 categories; 1994’s usual suspects–Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, Hoop Dreams–compete. The evening starts with cocktails at 5 at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tix are $75. Call 509-8155.
Authors Jane Hirschmann and Carol Munter deplore the “bad body fever” that makes too many women think their figures aren’t attractive. Their new book, When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies, explores themes they promote through their organization, the National Center for Overcoming Overeating. Tonight at 7:30 they’re not just reading but speaking out against the “dieting industry, the media, and a society which continues to measure women against an absurd ideal of physical perfection.” It’s at the Old Town Barbara’s Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. Call 642-5044 for details.
Don Crabb is a one-man computer cottage industry: he writes a syndicated Sun-Times column, contributes to many computer magazines, hosts a radio show on WGN and a cable-access show called MacTV, teaches at the University of Chicago, and oversees a line of books called the Don Crabb Macintosh Library. He’ll talk about his newest work, Guide to Macintosh System 7.5, and demonstrate the multifaceted new operating system at 1 this afternoon at the University of Chicago Bookstore, 970 E. 58th. It’s free. Call 702-8729.
Oliver Sacks’s books of case histories, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings, detail the exotic mental places a fractured mind can go. He speaks about his latest book, An Anthropologist on Mars, tonight at 6 at Breasted Hall in the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th. Call 684-1300 for more.
At a Poetry Center of Chicago event this evening Studs Terkel will offer a sampling from his new book, Coming of Age, a look at the aging process. It starts at 6 in Fullerton Hall of the Art Institute, Michigan and Adams, with Lisel Mueller reading a poem in Terkel’s honor. Afterward he’ll answer questions. It’s $5, $3 for students, seniors, and Art Institute members. Call 368-0905.
Overlooked Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte and his masterpiece Paris Street, A Rainy Day–the oversize painting of a quotidian Parisian street scene that normally greets visitors at the entrance of the Art Institute’s Impressionist collection–aren’t so overlooked anymore thanks to the museum’s ongoing retrospective. Gloria Groom, an associate curator in the Art Institute’s European painting department and one of the organizers of the exhibit, talks about the artist tonight at 6 at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago, 810 N. Dearborn. It’s $10, $7.50 for Alliance members. A reception follows. Call 337-1070.
Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels–a 15-year-old troupe that includes dancers with and without physical disabilities–makes its first appearance in Chicago this week. Founder Mary Verdi-Fletcher, whose spina bifida hasn’t limited her career as a dancer and choreographer, gives two free lecture/demonstrations at 2:30 and 6:30 today at Columbia College’s Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash. Tickets to the group’s full performance tomorrow night at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, cost $8. Call 663-1600, extension 669.