Friday 18

Jackets Required is an enormous display of odd book and record jackets curated by collectors Ric Addy and Joe Brill. The items on display range from potboiler paperbacks depicting a full range of garish social ills–drugs, sexual problems, you name it–to a spectrum of cool and loopy record jackets, from classically styled Prestige offerings to spoken-word numbers promising a priest’s advice for troubled teens. The hundreds of selections, some for sale, will be up for the next few weeks at the Torchlight Cafe, 3358 N. Lincoln. The bar opens at 7 nightly; it’s free to go look. Call 404-9588 for more.

The shores of Kenya’s second-largest lake, Lake Naivasha, are home to a veritable menagerie: giraffes, hippopotami, impalas, monkeys, gazelles, and oodles of different birds. But with civilization encroaching, asks David Harper, can these animals survive? Harper, a professor at England’s University of Leicester, will give a lecture and a slide presentation about the lake at a 7:30 PM meeting of the Chicago-area Earthwatch group at the Chicago Academy of Sciences, 2001 N. Clark. It’s $5; call 708-964-5046 for more.

It’s a fine state of affairs when a serious artist like Ice-T gets hounded out of record stores, yet a man guilty of aesthetic crimes far more numerous and serious–Lee Greenwood–is elevated to the status of political icon. Country star Greenwood, of course, is the author of “God Bless the U.S.A.,” a song that unites the ultraschmaltz of “(You’re) Having My Baby” with a pandering patriotic appeal suspiciously similar to the brand proffered for a dozen years now by scoundrels name of Reagan, Bush, and Quayle. You can listen to Greenwood–or just marvel at the sociological scariness of the audience–at 8 tonight at Skokie’s Centre East, 7701 N. Lincoln. Tix are a mighty steep $26.50 and $23.50. Call 708-673-6300 for more.

Saturday 19

Say what you will about the vast chasm of ability that separates Bill Clinton and Dan Quayle, they both married women smarter than they are. The dynamic and cool Hillary Clinton will be in town today to top off the Cook County Democratic Women’s Walk to Help Women Run Government Walk-a-Thon. The 5K walk begins at the Columbia Yacht Club, Wacker and Lake Shore Drive on the lakefront, at 10. The $10 registration fee goes toward supporting Democratic women candidates. Following the walk there’ll be a fun, though presumably somewhat sweaty, rally back at the yacht club, with both Clinton and Carol Moseley Braun as the featured speakers. Call 486-2592 for details.

One of the dirty little secrets of the publishing world is that almost every product–newsletter, magazine, or book–designed to “help writers” in writing, editing, or getting published is a rip-off. A rare exception is Art Plotnik’s Elements of Editing, a sober, useful, and sensible guide. Plotnik is associate publisher of the Chicago-based American Library Association: he’s reported, taught writing, and even cops to having written nearly two dozen sex novels. His newest book, Honk If You’re a Writer: Unabashed Advice, Undiluted Experience, and Unadulterated Inspiration for Writers and Writers-to-Be, relates Plotnik’s own experiences and provides suggestions on writing better, submitting manuscripts, and handling publishers. He’ll be in the seventh-floor Chicago Authors Room of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State, at 2 PM as part of the library’s Chautauqua-Chicago program. It’s free; call 747-4740 for info.

Sunday 20

With Hulk Hogan retiring and the Ultimate Warrior sidelined, the World Wrestling Federation Title Match tonight at the Rosemont pits Macho Man Randy Savage against the scary-sounding comer Razor Ramon. Also on the bill: a bout between Big Boss Man and Nailz and a tag-team title match between the Natural Disasters and Money Inc., along with the usual supporting fare, including British Bulldog vs. the Mountie, Tatanka vs. Shawn Michaels, Crush vs. the Berzerker, and Virgil vs. the Model Rick Martel. It all starts at 7:30 at the Rosemont Horizon, 6920 Mannheim; tickets are $18, $15, $12, and $9. Call 708-519-0700 for more.

Monday 21

Sarah Weddington, the preacher’s daughter who grew up in a small town in Texas and then went on to argue Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court, tonight will discuss A Question of Choice, her story of the Roe battle and the decade-plus of attacks that followed. She’ll talk and sign the book at 6:45 at Women & Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark. It’s free; call 769-9299.

Far more than the critically lauded Pennies From Heaven, Martin Scorsese’s underappreciated big-budget antimusical New York, New York exploded the conventions of the 40s-style, happy-faced song-and-dance epic. In addition to knowing winks at A Star Is Born, notably Liza Minelli’s wraithlike take on her mother’s role, the film offers a classic louse-cum-hero in Robert De Niro, and finally (rather unsubtly, it’s true) reminds us that are no happy endings. The long but compelling movie plays at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton, at 7:30 PM through Thursday. It’s five bucks, three for members. Call 281-4114.

Tuesday 22

Confused as to what to do about Operation Rescue hoodlums terrorizing abortion clinics? Fight back! Tonight at HotHouse, the New World Resource Center sponsors Clinic Defense: Strategies and Tactics, a discussion that’ll feature some local activists and veterans of the Operation Rescue wars in Buffalo, Houston, and Wichita. It’s free, at 6:30 at 1569 N. Milwaukee. Call 348-3370 for more.

The organizers of the second annual Video Poetry Festival are at somewhat of a loss to explain the medium: “MTV with a poem,” they suggest, or “a commercial for the soul.” Anyway, the festival stretches over three nights this week, beginning tonight with Bob Holman, a noted poet and video maker. He’ll strut his stuff live and on screen at the Center for New Television, 1440 N. Dayton. Tomorrow, the first National Poetry Video Slam gets under way at HotHouse, 1569 N. Milwaukee. The idea seems modeled on local poetry slams: the poets show their video work and the audience’s reaction–recorded on an applause meter–determines who wins. On Thursday the festival winds down at the Center for New Television with a national screening of a panoply of video shorts produced by a nationwide open call for submissions. Admission to each event costs $5; all showings start at 7:30 PM. For info call 951-6868 or 235-2334.

Wednesday 23

If you didn’t get your fill of poetry at the Video Poetry Festival, try good old-fashioned unadulterated print at the city’s 38th annual Poetry Day celebration. The event, sponsored by Poetry magazine, the 80-year-old Chicago-based monthly, and the Modern Poetry Association, has National Book Award winner Adrienne Rich as its guest of honor. She reads at 6 tonight at the First Chicago Center, Monroe and Dearborn. It’s $10, $5 for students and seniors. Call 280-4870 for details.

Thursday 24

Corporate types take note: Quill Corporation capo Jack Miller will address the question Are shifting values threatening ethics in the workplace? at a morning meeting sponsored by the cheerfully oxymoronic Center for Ethics and Corporate Policy. Miller, say the folks at the center, “will both enlighten you through personal experience and challenge you to match your moral beliefs to your behavior.” He’s the breakfast speaker at 7:30 at the Continental Bank shareholders room, on the 21st floor of 231 S. LaSalle. It’s $20, $15 in advance, $12 for center members. Call 922-1512 for info.

George Will–Hunnish rightist, Reagan toady, baseball sap, rock ‘n’ roll hater, megapretentious quote dropper, prude–has but one redeeming quality: his seemingly boundless contempt for George Bush. You can question him on this point–or just throw tomatoes–as he signs his new book Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and the Recovery of Deliberative Democracy at the downtown Kroch’s & Brentano’s, 29 S. Wabash, at 12:30 this afternoon. It’s free. Call 332-7500 for more.