“Butcher the Coyote into burgers,” “Fuck the Coyote,” and “Coyote = gentrification, paid for by Century 21” are just three examples of the less-than-supportive commentary received recently by the Around the Coyote festival, the art open house held each September in Wicker Park. Around the Coyote is putting the 50 notes–which accuse the organization of assisting in the racing gentrification of Bucktown and Wicker Park–on display, in an exhibition called Anonymus Controversia. You can see the show through June 24 at the Around the Coyote Gallery and even write your own comments on the paper-covered walls. The gallery’s in the Flat Iron Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee, and it’s open daily from 10 to noon and 2 to 5 and on Saturdays from 2 to 6. It’s free. The whole shebang will go up again during this year’s Around the Coyote festival, September 9 through 12. Call 342-9928 for more.
In 1986 Jim Crotty and Michael Lane adopted the collective nickname the Monks (for “Masters of Nomadic Knowledge”) and embarked on a journey across America. They transcribed their progress in a newsletter–written on a solar-powered computer–called Monk. Seven years down the, um, road, they’ve published the best of what is now a nationally recognized publication in a book called Mad Monks on the Road: A 47,000-Hour Dashboard Adventure Across America. The pair will be at Barbara’s Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells, at 7:30 tonight to talk about their work. It’s free; call 642-5044 for info.
Historian and journalist Garry Wills is the star of the ninth annual Printers Row Book Fair, which runs from 10 to 5 today and tomorrow along Dearborn between Polk and Congress and features offerings from booksellers throughout the midwest. Accompanying this literary gold mine are a variety of readings on several stages. Wills kicks things off at the Dearborn Station stage (Dearborn and Polk) with an 11 AM reading. Other highlights include Ed Zotti talking about his relationship with Cecil Adams, erudite author of “The Straight Dope” (main stage at 12:30 today), and a panel on architecture with Stanley Tigerman at 11 AM tomorrow on the Hyatt stage. Everything’s free; call 987-1980 for more.
It’s difficult to get too worked up about the talent lineup for the Star Trek Convention in Harvey this weekend–stars present will be Armin Shimerman, who plays Quark on Deep Space Nine, and Dave Rossi, a production assistant on The Next Generation. Whee. The event also features previews of upcoming episodes of the various Star Trek-related TV shows, news about the new Star Trek VII flick, and previews from other upcoming sci-fi movies. It all takes place at the South Expo Center, 17040 S. Halsted. The joint’s open from 11 to 6 today and tomorrow; admission is $10 per day. Call 818-409-0960.
Chicago Women in Architecture, a 19-year-old group of women architects and design professionals, is presenting an architecture tour via el today. The two-and-a-half-hour trip, on a private CTA car serving hors d’oeuvres and drinks, takes you through the Loop, Lincoln Park, and Hyde Park with commentary by Chicago Architecture Foundation docents. It’s $35, and you must pay in advance. The tour starts at 3 at the Adams and Wabash el station. Call 708-383-2707 for more.
Tokyo artist Natsu Nakajima will give a free lecture and demonstration of the Japanese experimental dance theater called Butoh tonight as part of her five-week residency at Randolph Street Gallery. “This highly expressive discipline,” say the folks at RSG, “grew out of the cultural and industrial turbulence of postwar Japan, rejecting both modern and Western and Japanese cultural forms.” The presentation begins at 6 at the gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee. Nakajima will also be doing a weekend’s worth of performances called Toward Diane Arbus, July 9 through 11 at the gallery. Call 666-7737 for details.
A pair of one-acts by the Parabasis Theater were so well received at the Bailiwick Directors’ Festival this year that the company is remounting them for a month at Sheffield’s School Street Cafe. The pair–Lanford Wilson’s A Poster of the Cosmos and Tongues by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaiken–runs in preview tonight and tomorrow at the cafe, 3258 N. Sheffield. Performances are Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays through July 20. Show time is 7:30. It’s $8; call 274-8351.
Humorist Cynthia Heimel, the Village Voice’s “Tongue in Chic” and “Problem Lady” columnist, hits town for a couple of readings this week. Her previous books include Sex Tips for Girls and If You Can’t Live Without Me, Why Aren’t You Dead Yet?; her new one is the delectably titled Get Your Tongue out of My Mouth, I’m Kissing You Goodbye. She’ll read from it at Waterstone’s Booksellers, 840 N. Michigan, at 6 tonight and at Barbara’s Bookstore, 3130 N. Broadway, at 7:30 tomorrow. Both events are free. Waterstone’s number is 587-8080; Barbara’s is 477-0411.
Twenty-five years ago the Joseph Jefferson Committee was established to review and acknowledge fine local theater. In its first years the committee covered less than ten productions; last year it reviewed 200 of them, by 98 different companies, for its annual awards show. The group’s silver-year anniversary goings-on continue tonight with an $85-a-head Midsummer at the Mansion party that features dinner, drinks, music from the Allen Kaye Orchestra, and entertainment put on by local actors, dancers, and singers. The money goes toward producing a documentary or possibly a book on the history of Chicago theater. It takes place at 6:30 at the Francis J. Dewes Mansion, 503 W. Wrightwood. Call 548-0217 for more.
Pritzker Park is the sliver of grass and trees on State Street just north of the Harold Washington Library. The park and various local schools are presenting a series of Tuesday noon programs; today instructors from DePaul and the School of the Art Institute are presenting Drawing in the Park, a free one-hour session of drawing instruction (art supplies provided). And, with the exception of July 6, various art, music, and story-telling programs will continue weekly until September 28 in the park. Call 456-0117 for details.
“The Breakfast Club With Don McNeill,” says the Museum of Broadcast Communications, “was the cornerstone of the ABC Radio Network for 37 years, originating from Chicago’s Sherman House Hotel and eventually the Allerton Hotel. With bandleader Eddie Ballantine and vocalists Johnny Desmond and Anita Bryant, the program became synonymous with breakfast in America and reinforced Chicago’s leadership role in American broadcasting.” At a morning meeting today, the museum’s Radio Hall of Fame celebrates the 60th anniversary of the show at the Allerton, 701 N. Michigan. Both McNeill and Ballantine will be on hand for the affair, which begins at 10 and includes breakfast. It’s a $60 ticket. Call 629-6023 for more.
If one of your fantasies is to have a picnic on the turf at the new Comiskey Park, the White Sox have a deal for you. You bring a blanket to sit on; the club will supply the food, the White Sox manager and players to schmooze with, and fireworks to cap off the evening. Picnic in the Park costs $150 and your blanket, both of which go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. Things get under way at 6; the park is at 333 W. 35th St. Call 924-1000 for reservations.
Diane Ravitch, assistant secretary of education, noted historian, and author of several books on the quality of education in American schools, speaks tonight at 6 as part of the Newberry Library’s lecture series on Thomas Jefferson. Ravitch will talk on “Jefferson, Education, and the Founding of the University of Virginia,” relating Jefferson’s ideas on education to contemporary American problems. The talk is at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 915 N. Dearborn; it’s free. Call 943-9090, ext. 310.
Arts Bridge, a group that takes from the rich (local businesses) and gives to the poor (arts organizations), is holding its annual fund-raising event at 6 tonight at Cairo, 720 N. Wells. The event, called Arts Oasis, includes dinner, a raffle, and performances by a number of music, theater, and dance groups that are Arts Bridge grant recipients. WTTW’s Marty Robinson and WBEZ’s Neil Tesser emcee. Tickets are $50. Call 907-2183 for more.