The beautiful and venerable Second Presbyterian Church at 1936 S. Michigan–a national landmark, built in 1874–is the site and beneficiary of a big rummage sale today, the seventh annual version of an event the church modestly claims is the largest spring rummage sale on the near south side. The usual galaxy of treasures and junk–all donated by parishioners–goes on sale today from 8 AM to 6 PM; tomorrow the sale goes on from 8 to 2. It’s free to get in. Call 225-4951 for details.
What do playing tennis, working on a computer, and playing a musical instrument have in common? A chance of injury, say the organizers of a seminar on sports and performing-arts medicine today. (Hmmm–some of us work on computers just to avoid that sort of thing.) The seminar is sponsored by the Northwestern University alumni association; it features a trio of doctors from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago lecturing, giving an audiovisual presentation, and answering questions. Five dollars gets you admission to the two-hour seminar–which starts at 6:30 PM–and refreshments. It’s at Northwestern’s Chicago campus, in Wieboldt Hall, 339 E. Chicago. Call 503-8397 for details.
What with the impending death of the American newspaper it’s not a good time for journalists of any stripe, but photojournalism still has its romantic appeal. A selection of Columbia College faculty and alums, along with some professional photographers, will be around today to give a seminar on photojournalism designed for people who are thinking of entering Columbia’s program. Host is John White of the Sun-Times,who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1982 for feature photography. It’s at Columbia’s Ferguson Theatre, 600 S. Michigan, from 9 to 1:30 today. It’s free. Call 663-1600 ext. 320 for details.
If you’ve had Jane Austen on your mind recently, the gala annual meeting of the Illinois chapter of the Jane Austen Society might just be your ticket. Love, wills, and politics in Austen; how the market economy emerging in the 1800s affects love and friendship in Austen novels; and the subtextual satire of popular fiction in Pride and Prejudice are three of the seminar subjects. There’ll also be a short, more informal monograph on “travel by coach.” It’s a daylong affair, beginning at 9 (registration is at 8) at the Ambassador West, 1300 N. State. $35 includes lunch and light breakfast. Call 248-9548 or 708-540-6421 for more information.
“The melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic constructions of Steve Tibbetts’s music incorporate elements from around the world. Imagine the sensibilities of the Dalai Lama, Margaret Mead, and Jimi Hendrix spicing a sonic crockpot and you begin to understand,” writes Chris Worthington of the Edge of the Lookingglass nightclub. Tibbetts jazzes around with his guitar and plays around with tapes as pal Marc Anderson knocks about on various percussion instruments, including the African kalimba and the Indian tabla and berimbau. The pair are making a celebrated return engagement to the cozy and friendly Lookingglass, 62 E. 13th St., tonight at 11. Tickets are $12; call 939-4017.
Chicago Day celebrates the centennial of a number of local institutions–the Art Institute, the University of Chicago, and so forth–founded between 1889 and 1893 by holding a “free day” of exhibits, music, and tours at the institutions. There are oodles of new exhibits, and music ranges from African drummer Midawo Gideon Alorwoyie (at the Field Museum, Roosevelt Road and Lake Shore Drive, at 3 PM) to David Hernandez & Street Sounds (at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn, at 2 PM) to the Red Rose Ragtime Band (at the Chicago Historical Society, Clark and North, at 2 PM). Admission to these–and to the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Jane Addams’ Hull-House Museum, the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, and about seven more–is free. Call 230-4880 for details; tour buses leave from most participating institutions (not the botanic garden or the Wright home) every ten minutes between 11:45 AM and 5 PM.The buses are free too, and come complete with commentary.
Robert Conrad, Chicago native and onetime star of the fabulous TV series The Wild Wild West, appears at the Museum of Broadcast Communications tonight to talk about his three decades in Hollywood. Conrad’s other TV work wasn’t hugely memorable (Baa Baa Black Sheep?), but his private production company, A. Shane Productions, has produced a bevy of hit TV movies, including Will, G. Gordon Liddy. Conrad speaks at 5:30 tonight at the museum, 800 S. Wells in River City. It’s $3, $2 for students, $1 for seniors and children under 13. Call 987-1500 for details.
Indiana University professor Sumie Jones speaks tonight on The Myth of Ideal Beauties: Edo Period Courtesans and Women of the 90s–part of a series taking place on Tuesdays, not Wednesdays as this space reported two weeks ago–at the offices of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 310 S. Michigan. Admission is $5; refreshments will be served at 5:30, the talk begins at 6. Call 263-3049 for reservations.
Mordecai Richler, a successful humorist, novelist, and essayist for more than two decades, speaks at the Mayer Kaplan Jewish Community Center tonight. His talk tonight, “From Duddy Kravitz to Solomon Gursky: A Humorist’s Viewpoint,” starts at 7:30 at the center, 5050 W. Church in Skokie. It’s $12. Call 708-675-5070 for more information.
Art Chicago ’91–an international gallery invitational held in Chicago to coincide with Art Expo–opens tonight with a pricey preview at the ExpoCenter, 350 N. Orleans. The $125 ticket benefits the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. You get an advance look at exhibits in a 100,000-square-foot showroom, food, drinks, and entertainment, all from 6 to 10 PM. This year is the show’s second, and public viewing begins tomorrow; the ExpoCenter is open noon to 8 Thursday, noon to 10 Friday, noon to 8 Saturday, and 11 to 6 Sunday. Tickets are $12, $7 for students, seniors, and groups larger than ten. Admission for Friday evening is $5, and there are two-day ($20) and four-day ($30) passes available as well. Call 908-6023 to reserve tickets for tonight. Meanwhile, Art Expo opens Friday at Donnelly Hall, 411 E. 23rd St.; 160 galleries from around the world will exhibit through Tuesday, May 14, and Art Chicago is running a shuttle bus between the two sites. Call 787-6858 for more information.
Films about the Rolling Stones now number almost a dozen, ranging from scary, moody classics (Gimme Shelter, Ladies and Gentlemen, Cocksucker Blues) to more pallid efforts like the recent Let’s Spend the Night Together (and one assumes whatever video documentation there’ll be of the group’s 1989 outings will go in this category). Two interesting but not-often-seen submissions are on the agenda of the Psychotronic Film Society tonight. Charlie Is My Darling (the title refers to drummer Charlie Watts) is a sometimes static but frequently amusing one-hour look at Stonesmania on a 1965 tour of Ireland. (It’s kind of a weird antimatter version of A Hard Day’s Night.) Stones in the Park is a British TV documentary on a 1969 free concert in London’s Hyde Park that turned into something of a wake after the death of Brian Jones; Mick Jagger reads a couple of verses of Shelley in his honor, and new guitarist Mick Taylor makes his live debut with the band. Fabulous live footage. The two films will be shown at Industry, 640 W. Hubbard, at 7 and 9 tonight. It’s $5. Call 738-0985 for details.
No Shades of Grey is an hour-long documentary on racism by filmmakers Ron Boyd and Michael Niederman. Billed as “a work in progress on racism in America,” it’s designed to be a forum for the views of “normal” people–black and white–about the problem, to give voice to fears and thoughts other than those of the experts and academics. It premieres at the Center for New Television, 912 S. Wabash, at 7 tonight. It’s $2; Boyd and Niederman will be there to talk about the film afterward. Call 427-5446 for more information.