Friday 21

There’s a new exhibit at the Anonymous Museum, the gallery on the fourth floor at 226 W. Ontario that displays only artwork by unidentified artists. 1-900-PIG-NOZ-GIRL is about superficiality: many of the two- and three-dimensional works incorporate reflective materials, and there’s a mirror on the wall for guests. At the exhibit’s opening tonight, you can watch performance art (including some dance-number lampoons) by unidentified artists (of course), drink champagne, and have an aluminum-foil sculpture done of your face. A reception will follow at a restaurant in Lincoln Park, the exact location to be announced at the opening, which runs from 5 to 7 at the gallery. The exhibit will be up for about two weeks; it can be viewed noon to 7 Thursdays or noon to 6 Fridays and Saturdays. It’s all free; call 787-1330 for more.

Before Naked Lunch there was Discipline of DE, Gus Van Sant’s version of William Burroughs’s essay of the same title, which was sort of about the Zen of housekeeping. That film and two other early shorts by Van Sant will be shown together for the first time tonight as part of Since Stonewall, a program of ten short films on gay and lesbian themes made since the late 60s. It’ll be shown tonight and tomorrow at the Blue Rider Theatre, 1822 S. Halsted. Show time is 8 each night; admission is $5, $3 for students and people without jobs. Call 733-4668.

Your Imaginary Friends–the group that brought you And We Really Hate Each Other, Three Shiksas, a Goy, and Four Jewboys, and Call-Waiting for Godot–tonight opens its latest effort, The Best Lies We Ever Told, “a musical screwball noir about the existential dread of a group of pasty white kids in their 20s” featuring live music by a local band called the Moviegoers. It plays at 10:30 Friday and Saturday nights at Puszh Studios, 3829 N. Broadway, through March 28. Tickets are $5; call 327-0231.

Saturday 22

Increase your knowledge of hot steeped beverages at the free tea tasting party Marshall Field’s is holding today from noon to 2. Ninth-generation tea meister Sam Twining, who downs 9 to 15 cups a day, will hold forth on the subject in the gourmet foods section, on the seventh floor at 111 N. State. Call 781-4484.

To make one of his giant multicolored wood-block prints, Lance Warren takes a four-by-four-foot block of plywood, carves an image into it, and prints it in one color. Then he makes another set of cuts in the block, prints with another color of ink, and repeats the process using different colors. The process is called reduction printing, and he’ll give a free demonstration of it–along with his method of using wooden spoons to press the color off the blocks and onto the paper–today from 1 to 3 at Anchor Graphics, a print shop and gallery at 935 N. Damen. An exhibit of Warren’s work will be on display there through March 14; the shop’s open 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday. Call 252-4669 for info.

Sunday 23

The newly formed Coalition Against U.S. Intervention in Cuba holds one of its first events today, a group discussion called What’s Happening in Cuba? Panelists include Tony Jimenez of the Dominican Liberation Party; Otis Cunningham of the Venceremos Brigade; Reinaldo Hernandez, a Methodist pastor from Cuba; and Debra Evenson, a member of the National Lawyers Guild and a recent visitor to Cuba. It starts at 2 at the New World Resource Center, 1476 W. Irving Park. They request a $2 donation; call 348-3370.

Department of sexy-dance crazes: The Argentine Chicago Dance Association holds its monthly tango night tonight from 7 to 10 at Chicago Dance, 3660 W. Irving Park; admission is $5. They also hold classes every Wednesday at 8, same place; details at 267-3411.

Monday 24

You know about surrealism–that artistic movement of the 20s and 30s that produced paintings, mostly by men, full of incongruous objects and Freudian imagery. Well, now independent curator Mary Jane Jacob has organized an exhibit in which women artists have their say; Women and Surrealism features work by female painters and sculptors from around the country–including nine locals–created in response to surrealism. The artists in this exhibit–not unlike, say, Salvador Dali and Max Ernst–use unusual objects (giant brooms and shoemakers’ lasts, to name two) and gender-related symbolism (entwined snakes, for example). The works are currently on display at four locations: Franklin Square Gallery, 900 N. Franklin, open 9:30 to 5 Monday through Friday, through March 6; the 333 North Wacker Gallery, open 11 to 6 Monday through Friday, through March 13; Artemisia Gallery, 700 N. Carpenter, open 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, through February 29; and ARC Gallery, also at 700 N. Carpenter and open 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, through February 29. Admission is free; call Artemisia at 226-7323 for details.

Tuesday 25

Today you can brush up on two pop-culture issues. Rap is the subject of a symposium at the University of Illinois at Chicago that features musician and Yale music professor Willie Ruff; Cheryl Keyes, an African American music specialist and professor of modern languages and intercultural studies at Western Kentucky University; David Powers, an assistant music professor at UIC; Robert Jagers, an assistant professor in psychology and African American studies at UIC; and UIC student and rapper Eric Grover. Things get under way at 1 in the Illinois Room of Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted. It’s free; call 413-5070.

Drug legalization will be the subject of tonight’s debate between William Heffernan, operations manager for Bensinger, DuPont and Associates, a consulting firm for corporate drug testing and drug-abuse treatment, and local legend Richard Dennis, chairman of the board of advisers for the Drug Policy Foundation. The discussion starts at 6:30 in room 30 of Loyola University’s Marquette Center, 47 E. Pearson. It’s free; call 508-2221.

Wednesday 26

Mark Mathabane grew up black in a South African ghetto; Gail Mathabane grew up white in a sheltered Cincinnati community. They met at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and their new book Love in Black and White tells how they overcame their own prejudices and those of the people around them to end up married with two kids. Mathabane, author of the 1986 Kaffir Boy, is supposed to be a pretty entertaining speaker, and today he and his wife will talk about their book, which also includes the results of a survey they did of other interracial couples. The talk starts at 4:30 at the University of Chicago’s Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. It’s free; call the U. of C. bookstore at 702-7712 for more info.

Thursday 27

The Young People’s M’Bira Ensemble is a group of local kids who play the East African thumb piano; they’ll do their thing today at 5:30 in the theater of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. There’s no admission charge; details at 346-3278.

Former junkie, onetime Warhol hanger-on, poet, author (The Basketball Diaries), and occasional songwriter (“People Who Died”) Jim Carroll reads tonight at 10 at Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln. Cover is $10. Call 525-6620.

Ka-Boom! pays tribute to the King tonight with Elvis impersonator Lee Johnson, Elvis art borrowed from the World Tattoo Gallery’s current exhibit, and bowls of bright-colored “pills” and greasy fried chicken everywhere. The cast of Christmas With Elvis will be the guests of honor. Things start up about 10; Johnson goes onstage at 11. There’s a $5 cover. Ka-Boom! is at 747 N. Green; call 243-8600.