The Koln Jazz Haus hails from Cologne, Germany, the capital of German jazz. More than 100 musicians created the nonprofit cultural center/concert hall/recording studio for cutting-edge and improvisational jazz; a part of the Koln contingent hits town this weekend for two nights of jazz blowouts at Southend Musicworks. Tonight “flute acrobat” Michael Heupel opens for the Franck Band, a fusion quintet; tomorrow percussionist Christoph Haberer opens for the tour’s stars, the five-man Koln Saxophone Mafia. The shows are $8 and start at 8 at Southend Musicworks, 1313 S. Wabash. Call 939-2848 for details.
If you find even avant-garde jazz too refined, too tasteful, too, well, unsatanic, you have an alternative–Clash of the Titans, an all-star tour of three of the loudest, most unpleasant heavy-metal bands in the world. Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth play at the World Music Theater tonight in the headbanger event of the summer. The show starts at 6:30; tickets are $22.50-$25 for the pavilion, $12.50 for the lawn. The World’s at 19100 S. Ridgeland in Tinley Park; call 708-614-1616 for info, 559-1212 for tickets.
Naked Brunch is a multimedia tribute to William Burroughs, author, icon, and sometime movie star. Organizers are promising rare audio and video tapes, poetry and performance art, and free food (the “brunch” part). The $10 tickets benefit F.A.C.T. (Fight Against Censorship Today), a local arts rights group. It starts at 8:30 at Club Lower Links, 954 W. Newport; call 248-5238.
The trouble with arguing with religious wackos is that the minute you start, you’re on their turf–they win even if they lose, if you see what I mean. Case in point: a free lecture today by the Reverend Ralph B. Conrad, who’ll debunk the biblical passages that antigay fundamentalists use to condemn homosexuality. He assures you that God Says It’s OK, if that’s what you need to hear, at the Metropolitan Community Church, 615 W. Wellington, at 3 PM. It’s free. Call 472-8708.
Walter Dudycz: Vietnam veteran, Republican state senator, and–performance artist? Yes, argues filmmaker Nell Lundy: “As with many artists, he has a keen interest in interpreting texts and in audience participation.” She’s referring to the dopey demagogue’s antics during the “Dread” Scott Tyler affair at the School of the Art Institute, captured nicely in her 36-minute documentary No Rights Implied. In the film, you can see Dudycz inciting a credulous crowd to violate the U.S. Constitution by preventing Tyler from saying what he thinks (“Go to the flag! Go to the flag! If you see it on the ground, pick it up!”) and belligerently questioning the motives of anyone who disagrees with him, even a sweet little old lady (“Are you a citizen of America?”). What better time to review the affair than on Flag Day? Lundy’s award-winning film shows tonight on the always interesting Image Union TV show, on Channel 11 at 10 PM. Call 583-5000 for more info.
We just read press releases; we don’t translate them. Le dejeuner mensuel du Groupe des Jeunes meets at the Creperie, 2845 N. Clark, at 11:15 and 1 today. “Venez retrouver vos vieux amis et vous en faire de nouveaux!” says the Alliance Francaise de Chicago. Despite the title, there’s no age restriction–the point is just to come and eat and talk French. It’s free, but you pay for your lunch. Call the alliance at 337-1070 for more information.
“You can’t read / You can’t write / So what you gonna do with your life? / Got no job / Got no money / Got three kids and a wife.” That’s a line from a more than a passable blues written and sung by a group of Uptown street kids. They were hired for the summer by the Uptown People’s Learning Center to write and produce a musical; Uptown Sounds, an hourlong documentary by the husband and wife team of Denise DeClue and Robert Schneiger, follows the kids and the center’s staff through bleak beginnings and nonstop turbulence to an unlikely success. Uptown Sounds will be broadcast today on Channel 11 at 4 PM. More at 583-5000.
The bells on the Theodore C. Butz Memorial Carillon get their first workout of the year tonight as the Chicago Botanic Garden kicks off this year’s Garden Carillon Series, which brings in carilloneurs from all over the country plus the Netherlands and France. Dutchman Carlo van Ulft starts things off. Through August 12, there’ll be concerts every Monday night at 7; between September 1 and 29 they’ll be every Sunday at 3. The Botanic Garden is on Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, half a mile east of the Edens. Admission is free; parking is $3 a car. Call 708-835-5440 for more info.
Director-actress-choreographer Amy Greenfield’s 1990 film Antigone uses mime and modern dance to tell Sophocles’ tale. “Greenfield translates the histrionic, declamatory style of Greek theater into a fusion of movement and visual language that, except for the haunting contemporary musical score, recalls early silent cinema,” says Reid Schultz of Facets Multimedia. “This brave, intelligent, and sexually charged film acts as a perfect metaphor for our generation’s continued struggle with AIDS, dysfunctional families, and the continued search for true love.” The film’s Chicago premiere is tonight through Saturday at 7 and 9, Sunday at 5:30 and 7:30. It’s $5. Facets is at 1517 W. Fullerton; call 281-4114.
Isn’t having a free public meeting about agoraphobia sort of a contradiction in terms? Former victims of agoraphobia and a related problem called panic disorder will talk about their symptoms and their recovery tonight at a presentation of the Panic/Anxiety/Phobia Clinic of Chicago. A couple of experienced psychologists from the clinic will be on hand to answer questions. It’s in the Walton Room of the Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton, at 7:30. Call 642-7952.
Ray Charles got born, played piano, lost his sight, went pro, and did heroin; along the way he invented soul music. He can sing soul, R & B, and rock as good as anybody, country and western and MOR schmaltz better than most (you assume his heart really isn’t in it). Charles, the Raeletts, and the Ray Charles Orchestra will assay all these genres with characteristic exuberance at Ravinia tonight at 8. Tickets are $20-$25 for the pavilion, $7 for lawn seats. Ravinia is at Lake Cook and Green Bay roads in Highland Park. Call 728-4642 for information.
“Andy is a gawky teenager with a bad complexion living with his distracted parents in Charlotte, N.C., in the late ’70s. He collects presidential campaign buttons and signed portraits, counts President Carter among his pen pals, and lobbies his school to promote a penmanship contest. He is a nerd, surely, but he is also gay, an awareness of which unfolds so naturally . . . that an affecting message of tolerance is silently and eloquently conveyed.” So writes Publisher’s Weekly on Ken Siman’s first novel, Pizza Face. Siman reads from his book tonight at Barbara’s Bookstore, 3130 N. Broadway, at 7:30. It’s free. Call 477-0411.
Visitors to the Art Institute of late have missed much of the museum’s 20th-century collection–La Grande Jatte, the Picassos, the Albrights. The entire modern-art wing was behind construction barriers for two years as the museum attempted a massive reorganization of its 20th-century holdings. Modern Art 1900-1950: The Collection Reinstalled is the result–what the museum calls “an installation worthy of a first-rate museum of modern art.” About 400 works, new and old, are on display in 16 rooms, and this is just the first phase; part two, covering 1950 to the present, opens in 1993. Both will remain on display indefinitely. The Art Institute is at Michigan and Adams; it’s open 10:30 to 4 daily, 10:30 to 8 Tuesdays, 10 to 5 Saturdays, and noon to 5 Sundays. Admission is $6, $3 for students, seniors, and children, and free on Tuesdays. Call 443-3515 for details.