Owner Debbie Tunney says the most popular pies at the Andersonville Ann Sather aren’t war-horses like apple or blueberry but upstarts like raspberry and white chocolate. This disclosure comes on the occasion of the restaurant’s Swedie Pie contest. To enter, show up at 9 this morning at the restaurant, 5207 N. Clark, with a pie ten inches or less in size, the original recipe you made it from, and $10 for the entry fee. Judges will award $350 in prize money to the three pies that tickle their tongues the most. Call 271-6677 for more.
Reader film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum is the author of Midnight Movies (with the Village Voice’s J. Hoberman), an examination of the rise of the cult film, and Moving Places: A Life at the Movies. He also edited This Is Orson Welles, a collection of conversations between Peter Bogdanovich and Welles. Now the University of California Press has just published Placing Movies: The Practice of Film Criticism, a collection of his essays from Sight and Sound, the Voice, Film Comment, and of course the Reader. He’s speaking tonight at 7 at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. It’s free. Call 684-1300 for more.
In Temporary Girl: The Office Christmas Party, the sequel to Lisa Kotin’s Temporary Girl, our heroine helms the switchboard while her coworkers get in all manner of trouble. The multimedia show plays at 8 tonight, tomorrow, and next Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, at Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. Tix are $8, $6 for members and students. Call 384-5533 for more.
It’s American Bandstand redux: Channel 26 and B96 invite all male and female dancers between 18 and 27 to try out for U Dance With B96, which airs on Channel 26 Monday through Friday at 4. Auditions are from 9 to 11 this morning at the station, 30 N. Halsted. Call 266-9600 for more info.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Earth Day the Field Museum presents talks by environmentalist Norman Myers and Chicago Department of Environment commissioner Henry Henderson. It’s at 1 PM at the museum, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive. Admission is $5, $3 for members. Call 322-8854. Friends of the Parks are doing something for Earth Day besides talking about it. At Earth Day Citywide Parks and Beaches Cleanup volunteers will remove litter and graffiti and plant trees and flowers. It’s from 9 to noon this morning. Call Mel Ferrand at 922-3307 for details on how to get involved.
“Too many ghettos in writing, not enough writers in the ghetto” is the motto of Bomb the Ghettos, a free festival designed to encourage young writers, rappers, critics, poets, playwrights, griots, and “shit-talkers.” Organized by the Subway and Elevated Press, Young Chicago Authors, and Upski Wimsatt, a proud graffiti artist whose autobiography cum call to arms Bomb the Suburbs is in its second printing, it’s from noon to 6 today at 735 W. Division. Call 409-3556 for more.
For 28 days beginning on April 19, 1943–the first day of Passover that year–Polish Jews rose up against the Nazis seeking to deport them to Treblinka. Today at 1 the Midwest Jewish Council and the Spertus Institute observe the 52nd anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the 50th anniversary of the Allied liberation of the Nazi concentration camps with a program in the auditorium at Mather High School, 5835 N. Lincoln. Doors open at noon. Admission is free. Call 322-1769.
Today’s your last chance to catch stand-up comic Poppy Champlin’s one-woman show of autobiographical vignettes, A Chocolate Sandwich. It’s at the Footsteps Theatre, 6968 N. Clark, at 2 and 7; tickets are $12. Call 465-8323.
Different people have different views on how best to note the publication of Robert McNamara’s memoir In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, which made headlines recently for the author’s frank admission that U.S. involvement in and management of the Vietnam war was wrong. The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations is holding a $22-a-head lecture ($12 for members) tonight in the grand ballroom of the Hotel Inter-Continental. The hundreds of thousands of Americans and Vietnamese who were killed, maimed, or uprooted as a direct consequence of the crimes McNamara now admits to might recommend a firing squad. His talk starts at 6 PM at the hotel, 505 N. Michigan; it’s preceded by a 5:30 reception. Call 726-3860.
As part of an every-other-week series of talks on alternative therapies for people with HIV/AIDS, Spectrum Center for Integrated Care presents Discovering Flower Essence, a free talk by holistic psychiatrist Dr. Ann Hammon, who contends that “flowers and other natural substances” can enhance physical and emotional well-being. It’s at the center, 1300 W. Belmont, at 7 this evening. Call 880-1460.
In conjunction with a three-day conference on the religious dimensions of the civil-rights movement, Andrew Young delivers the University of Chicago’s second annual “Aims of Religion” address. The former aide to Martin Luther King who went on to become a U.S. representative, U.S. ambassador to the UN, and a two-term mayor of Atlanta talks at 7:30 tonight in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn. It’s free. Call 702-8374 for more.
Author Daniel Baker, who analyzes the gay and lesbian consumer market for his company, Quotient Research, talks about his book Cracking the Corporate Closet: The 200 Best (and Worst) Companies to Work for, Buy From, and Invest in if You’re Gay or Lesbian and Even if You Aren’t tonight at 7 at People Like Us Books, 3321 N. Clark. It’s free. Call 248-6363 for more.
At Literacy Chicago’s annual Toast to Literacy benefit the group will auction off books signed by Newt Gingrich and Alan Alda and other donated goodies, such as vacation packages. It’s from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the Rookery, 209 S. LaSalle. Tickets are $60 per person, $100 per couple. Call 236-0341.
Loyola history prof Harold Platt will deliver Roosevelt University’s Irma Jockwig Miller Lecture on Chicago Metropolitan History today at 6 PM. The free talk, Chicago, the Electric City and the Social Construction of Technology, is at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan. Call 341-3724 for details.
Mexican poet Octavio Paz, winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize for literature, reads tonight at 7 in the Rubloff Auditorium of the Art Institute, Michigan at Adams. Admission is $10. An English translation will be provided. Call the Mexican Fine Arts Center at 738-1503 for more info.
Seminary Co-op Bookstore sponsors two free author appearances tonight. Barbara Ehrenreich, known for her trenchantly written, intellectually rigorous columns, essays, and books, reads from her latest collection, The Snarling Citizen, at 7 in Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. At 7:30 the Guerrilla Girls, a group of radical feminist art provocateurs, will show off Confessions of the Guerrilla Girls, a journal of the group’s war against sexism and elitism in the art world, on the fourth floor of Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis. Call 752-4381 for more information on both events.
Rush-hour commuters at Union Station won’t just be dancing around one another tonight. They’ll also be dancing around San Francisco’s Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Tonight and tomorrow at 6 the troupe will perform The Gates: Far Away Near in the Great Hall of the refurbished architectural landmark at 225 S. Canal. The Paul Dresher Ensemble provides the music. Call 271-7928.