If the names Hubcap, Broadripple, Cherryland, Pavichevich, and Mishawaka mean something to you, you’re probably a microbrewery fan. One of Chicago’s proudest purveyors of homegrown hops, the Goose Island Brewing Company, is hosting the second annual Midwest Brewers Oktoberfest this weekend in two tents behind the Goose Island world HQ at 1800 N. Clybourn. Thirty brewers from all over the country will sell their wares tonight from 5 to 11 and tomorrow from noon to 11. The $10 admission includes five tickets redeemable for food and drink; you buy more as you need ’em. There’ll also be free soft drinks for designated drivers and live music from a spectrum of local bands Saturday night as ‘XRT broadcasts its Local Anesthetic Showcase from the site. Call 915-0071 for more.
Chicago Filmmakers is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a move from Lakeview to Wicker Park. The new digs for the not-for-profit organization, which shows experimental and independent film and videos and political documentaries, is 1543 W. Division; the old place, on Belmont, had code problems and an ever-increasing rent. The new joint opens with a bang tonight: a benefit and grand opening party curated by Heather McAdams. The cartoonist and weird-film connoisseur will show some of her favorite films and videos, including Greg Nickson’s Chump Change and Tom Palazzolo and Jack Helbig’s Thinking of Her. There’ll also be music from John Connors, the Handsome Family, and others. Things get under way at 8; admission is $10. Call 384-5533 for more.
Last year an international beach cleanup led by D.C.’s Center for Marine Conservation saw 150,000 volunteers cleaning up three million pounds of debris. Today, Friends of the Parks is holding a Great Lakes Beach Sweep, and volunteers are needed to clean south-side beaches from 12th Street to 98th Street from 9 to noon, armed with gloves, plastic bags, and notebooks–to document exactly what kind of trash is there. To participate, call the group at 922-3307.
After you’re rested up from beach cleaning, reward yourself at another environmentally friendly event, the Green Tie Ball. It’s the second annual fund-raiser for the Chicago Gateway Green Committee, which is devoted to “the beautification and maintenance of the greater Chicago area.” The ball begins at 8 and includes dinner, an open bar, dancing, a raffle, and a midnight fireworks display, all in a tent outside the Merchandise Mart, at Orleans and the river. Tix are $60, $75 at the door. Call 616-6932 for details.
WBBM’s daylong Skyline Tour of Chicago today benefits the station’s Wreath of Hope charity. The idea is to get behind-the-scenes peeks at some usual and unusual local landmarks during a six-hour bus tour. On the schedule: the Helene Curtis building, the headquarters of Marilyn Miglin cosmetics, the Chicago Stock Exchange, the mayor’s office, the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the Sheraton’s presidential suite, and CBS’s Chicago headquarters. The tour costs $37.50 and goes from 10 to 4; there’s no lunch per se, but there are light eats at five of the stops, so you won’t starve. Call 951-3749 to order tickets ahead of time; if you’re buying tickets today, organizers recommend you get to the CBS building, 630 N. McClurg Court, around 9:30.
Illinois Archaeological Awareness Week starts today, and the Chicago Archaeological Society and the Loyola Anthropology Club have teamed up for a day of celebratory activities and lectures. You can see people make stone tools, wander through exhibits of finds unearthed by the society, and attend mini slide lectures on all sorts of subjects from 10 to 5 at Loyola’s Sullivan Center, 6525 N. Sheridan. There’ll be activities for kids, too. It’s all free. Call 271-3905 or Anne Grauer at 508-3464 for more.
Elektra Lialios, the five-year-old daughter of artist Freedom Lialios, died last week from a form of cancer called neuroblastoma. To help out with the medical costs and “celebrate Elektra’s life,” a group of family friends has organized an event tonight called For Freedom (A Benefit). It starts at 6 at the HotHouse, 1565 N. Milwaukee. The $15 ticket ($10 for students) gets you performances by Lynn Book, Jenny Magnus, and Andy Soma and music from Example: None, the Aluminum Group, and others. There’s a raffle and a silent auction as well. Call 829-7641 for more.
Got some money to invest but hate the thought of putting it in the care of, say, Dow Chemical or Bank of America? A daylong seminar today, Balancing Social and Economic Return: Investing to Make a Difference, might help. The 8-AM-to-7-PM affair–culminating in a talk by author Milton Moskowitz, author of The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America–costs $85, $75 if you’re member of the sponsoring Social Investment Forum. Less committed people might want to check out just the two-hour midday session, “Take Your Values to Lunch,” starting at 11:45; $20 gets you a meal and a guide to responsible investment opportunities for even the smallest investor. You can also attend just the Moskowitz lecutre for $20; it starts at 5:30. The whole shebang takes place at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 350 N. Orleans. Call 800-669-7725 to register.
There are meetings for two gay and lesbian groups this week. The first is tonight, when an organization called Gays and Lesbians Working in Government holds its monthly soiree at Ann Sather, 929 W. Belmont, with guest speaker police superintendent Matt Rodriguez. There’s a reception at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. It’s $10. Call 784-5277 to reserve a spot. On Thursday, a new organization tentatively called the Gay and Lesbian Cultural Workers Group holds its first meeting at 7 at the Randolph Street Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee; founders Therese Quinn and Paul Brenner aim to bring together gay workers from the city’s myriad cultural institutions. Admission is free. Call Quinn at 527-1000 or Brenner at 666-7737 for more.
The School of the Art Institute’s seven-part lecture series on hip-hop and its discontents continues tonight with a talk by internationally acclaimed graffiti artist Lady Pink; the Ecuadoran immigrant now shows her work not only on subway cars and walls in New York City but also in galleries in London and Tokyo, among other places. The talk starts at 6 at the auditorium of the school, Columbus and Jackson. Admission is $3. Call 443-3711 for more.
“Seldom has a poet been more alive,” said the Pulitzer board in awarding Mary Oliver the prize for her collection American Primitive in 1984. Oliver, who also won the National Book Award for her 1992 collection, New and Selected Poems, will read from her work tonight in observance of the 39th annual Poetry Day, the verse celebration sponsored by the venerable Poetry magazine. The reading starts at 6 at the First Chicago Center, southwest corner of Monroe and Dearborn. It’s $10, $5 for students and seniors. Call 280-4870.
The Three Arts Club kicks off its third season of after-work music, Landmark Jazz, at 6:30 this evening with a show by the Manhattan Transfer-esque vocal harmony group Hearing Voices. The series continues once every other month through May. Tickets are $10 per show, or $45 for the five-show series: admission includes hors d’oeuvres and one drink (it’s a cash bar otherwise). The Three Arts Club is at 1300 N. Dearborn; more at 944-6250.
A group of Canadian authors have invented what they say is a new literary genre: sexual gothic. One of them, Susan Swan, defines it as “fiction whose subject is an obsession with the body as double-dealer, the unreliable partner that lets you down in the crunch.” Swan and cohorts Eric McCormack and Barbara Gowdy are coming to town for a night of readings at the Organic Theater, 3319 N. Clark. The authors will be introducing their work, and local actors will be reading it; afterward you can talk to the authors. The evening is a presentation of Stories on Stage and Waterstone’s Booksellers. Things get under way at 7:30; it’s $12. Info at 455-0440.
An open forum sponsored by the Illinois Ethnic Coalition tonight poses the question Ethnic Images in Hollywood: Presumed Innocent or Lethal Weapon? The $15 ticket includes dinner and a panel discussion between Sun-Times TV critic Ginny Holbert, Blacklight Film Fest director Floyd Webb, and the Reader’s own Jonathan Rosenbaum. It’s at Reza’s Persian restaurant, 432 W. Ontario. The evening starts at 5:30. You have to reserve a spot by September 20; call 360-9508.