Today’s your last chance to see the Field Museum’s Tibetan butter sculpture demonstration. Sonam Dhargye, a Buddhist monk hailing from India’s Gyuto Tantric U., sculpts an array of Tibetan gods to note the Tibetan New Year, which starts Monday. Museum organizers say this is the first time the elaborately painted oleo-based art has been publicly displayed and demonstrated in the U.S. on such a large scale. Catch Dhargye in action from 10 to 4:30 in the Stanley Field Hall of the museum, Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive. It’s free with admission to the museum, which is $4, $2.50 for kids, seniors, and students. Call 922-9410 for more.
Rosa’s celebrates its eighth anniversary this weekend, starting tonight with a party for Mississippi Heat, the all-star blues aggregation that’s just released a new CD called Straight From the Heart. A reception starts at 8, then the band plays all night. It’s $6. On Saturday night the party continues with music from slide guitarist Homesick James. That’s $7. And on Sunday Rosa’s salutes Maxwell Street with a flea market from 5 to 8, a screening of the documentary And This Is Free at 6, and music from Maxwell Street regulars like Jimmy Davis, Cookin’ Sherry, Willie James & the Maxwell Street Blues Band, and the Iceman Robinson Band. Admission is free, but there’s a $5 cover after 8 PM. Rosa’s is at 3420 W. Armitage; call 342-0452 for info.
Horace Cayton was a pioneering black sociologist and author of the noted study Black Metropolis. Today he’s the subject of The Life and Legacy of Horace Cayton, a free one-day seminar running from 12:30 to 4:30 at the Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted. Participating panelists include Jackson State prof emeritus Margaret Walker, author of Jubilee and a friend and colleague of Cayton’s; novelist Cyrus Colter; Irma Jackson Wertz, Cayton’s wife in the 1930s; Northwestern sociology professor Aldon Morris; and Richard Hobbs, author of The Cayton Legacy. Call 747-6910 for more.
Time’s running out to see Manufacturing Consent, the in-depth portrait of the ideas of Noam Chomsky, the ground-breaking linguist and radical political philosopher. Chomsky first gained notice in the late 1950s with his revolutionary ideas about language; he turned the field of linguistics on its head by positing a grammatical “deep structure” so complex as to indicate an innate faculty for language in humans. In recent years Chomsky has become more noted for his political analyses. The film, directed by Canadians Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, lets Chomsky present his views at length, focusing on his contention that the cheerleading media “manufacture consent” for authoritarian governments and harmful public-policy measures on behalf of corporate interests. The film shows today at 3 and tomorrow at 6 and closes its run next weekend with shows at the same times at the Film Center, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Admission is $5, $3 for members; call 443-3737.
Hometown boy, former Art Institute student, and ACT UP and Gran Fury member Tom Kalin will speak after a screening of his acclaimed film about homosexual child-killers Leopold and Loeb, Swoon, at University of Chicago’s Max Palevsky Cinema, 1212 E. 59th St., tonight at 7. It’s $5, $3 for students, free to Renaissance Society members. Call 702-8575 for more.
Poems from Minuchiri, Attar, Rumi, and Sa’di highlight a free reading of classic Persian poetry by actress Kate Goehring at 1 today at the Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood. A tour of the museum’s ongoing exhibition, Art of the Persian Courts, follows. Call 702-0200 for details.
“We’ve been declared a national treasure by the Polish government,” says Cracow Philharmonic director Gilbert Levine. It’s “a wonderful designation to have, but that and $1.15 will get you a ride on the subway.” A fire last year destroyed not only the orchestra’s home, but its music library as well. Rebuilding will be no easy task in a baby capitalistic country where orchestra members make in the neighborhood of $60 a month. The ensemble stops here on its “emergency tour,” a nine-city American fund-raising trip, for one afternoon show at 3 in Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan. Tix run from $15 to $60; call 435-6666.
A short history of attempts to integrate the armed forces has obvious interest these days. Check out Blacks in the Military: Real Problems to Real Progress, a free lecture by Loyola staffer and retired Army lieutenant Lawson Pride Jr. and student and Navy reserve petty officer Vanessa Ruth Villafuerte. It’s at 11:30 AM in the Fordham Room of Seidenburg Hall at Loyola’s downtown campus, 41 E. Pearson. Call 915-6158 for more.
While on the one hand the subject of William Shawcross’s new book, Australian press baron Rupert Murdoch, marks a departure from his better-known previous one (Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of Cambodia), he does seem to have a taste for low-rent megalomaniacs who find themselves in positions of far too much power. The author will talk about his new book, Murdoch, at 5 PM in the Sullivan Room of Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan; it’s $5. Call 341-3510 for details. He’ll also give a free talk on the subject of the “information revolution and the business of information” in the business department of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State, at 12:15 PM. Call 747-4400 for info.
Experimental choreographer Joe Goode says his new work, Convenience Boy, is “about life in a disposable culture, about the cult of immediacy–Convenience Boy is himself a high priest of this culture. He does everything fast with no attachments. He is a comic figure who has detached himself from human connection to the furthest degree.” Goode, a San Francisco-based daring young dancer and performance artist, hits town for 8 PM performances Thursday through Saturday at the Dance Center, 4730 N. Sheridan. Tickets for those are $12 Thursday and $14 Friday and Saturday, with discounts for students and seniors. But you can also see him for free today at a preview and discussion at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State, at 12:15. Tonight he’ll lead a master class in dance composition at the center. That’s from 4:30 to 6:30, and it costs $10. He’ll teach other advanced technique classes this week as well; call 271-7804 for more.
Ragdale, the writers’ colony in Lake Forest, has a large contingent of African writers in-house, this the result of an ongoing fellowship program. Two of them–playwrights Femi Osofisan and Dominic Taylor–will read from works in progress at 7 tonight at Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark. It’s $4; call 708-234-1063 for details.
Clayton Eshleman’s translations for Cesar Vallejo’s Complete Posthumous Poetry earned him the first National Book Award given to a translator of modern poetry; the citation saluted his “seventeen-year apprenticeship to perhaps the most difficult poetry in the Spanish language.” Eshleman, translator of many other poetical works and author of ten books of his own poems, is an English prof at Eastern Michigan University; he’ll read from his new translation of Vallejo’s Trilce at 8 tonight at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., as part of the Hyde Park Poetry Series. Also reading: local poet Carlos Cumpian. It’s free; call 684-1300.
Green on Thursdays, say the makers of a documentary of the same name, refers to a practice of the 1800s in which gay men would wear green ties one day a week to identify themselves to one another. The film, directed by Dean Bushala and Deirdre Heaslip, premieres tonight; it tracks the recurring beatings, stabbings, and shootings endured locally by gays and lesbians even after the passage last year of the Chicago Hate Crimes Act (which gave sexual orientation protected status along with ethnicity). The film also includes videotext segments by Charles Christensen, music from Ellen Rosner & Camille, and still photography from the likes of Allen Nepomuceno, Paul Vosdic, and Paul Roesch. It plays at 8 tonight at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport. Tix are $15, $40 if you want to go to the reception afterward. Call 227-7676 for info.