Taste of Chicago continues today with food and music beyond quantification. The musical headliners tonight are all part of a show called Superstars of the Sixties, and for once it’s not quite all hyperbole. Tommy James, John Kay and Steppenwolf, and the Guess Who, each of whom racked up significant numbers of high-quality Top 40 hits in the late 60s and early 70s, all play at the Petrillo Bandshell, Columbus and Jackson, in Grant Park after 6. At the secondary stage at Balbo and Columbus, from 11:30 AM on, you can see Beggar’s Alley, Midnight Court, Rude Beat League, Hi-Fi and the Roadburners, the Slugs, and Big Guitars From Memphis. Admission is free. Call 744-3370 for more information.
Grudge match is hardly the term for the long-awaited showdown between Sergeant Slaughter and Hulk Hogan. It was bad enough that the Sergeant was an outspoken supporter of that dirty dog Saddam Hussein; worse was his response when the Hulkster overwhelmed him in their last meeting in the ring: he snuck back into Hogan’s dressing room and threw hot oil in his face, charring the Hulk’s stony visage. Even in the anything-goes world of all-star wrestling, this was too much: the moment, fortuitously caught on camera, enraged Hulk fans. The pair’s meeting tonight–a championship title match for the World Wrestling Federation–should be accordingly gritty. It’s the main event on a bill that also includes Rowdy Roddy Piper facing “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, a tag-team bout between the Legion of Doom and the Nasty Boys, Hacksaw Jim Duggan versus Colonel Mustafa, and more. (The lineup is subject to change.) The whole not-to-be-missed shebang starts at 8 at the Rosemont Horizon, 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont. Tickets are $9-$17. Call 708-635-6600.
Marshall Field’s, getting in on the patriotism boom, is sponsoring the city’s July 3 fireworks bash in Grant Park, “Field’s Fireworks: A Salute to the Military.” Pledge of Resistance, the industrious political action group, plans to demonstrate today against such war glorification at noon at the State and Washington corner of the Field’s State Street store. The Pledge is looking for people to picket, cut up their Field’s credit cards, or just yell. It’s free. Call 663-4399 for more information.
A more thoughtful if less exhilarating response to some of the same problems is being offered by the Coalition for New Priorities. Tonight at 5:30 at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1130 Ridge, the coalition is offering “an alternative commemoration of our nation’s birth” consisting of two talks by noted activists. Former Georgia legislator and longtime political activist Julian Bond talks on The True Meaning of Patriotism, UIC professor and economic theorist Joseph Persky on Two Visions of July 4, 2020. The talks are free; there’s also a $25-a-head reception starting at 4. Call 372-7867 for details.
“Scleroderma” literally means “hardening of the skin,” but that’s just one of the disease’s symptoms: it also produces pain in your joints and an overall weariness, and it can make moving difficult. Like lupus, it can, in advanced forms, attack the lungs, stomach, or esophagus as well. The Scleroderma Foundation of Greater Chicago is presenting Scleroderma: A Wholistic Approach today; there’ll be a research update (no one seems to know what causes it or what cures it), info on treatment and coping, and a presentation from a patient and cartoonist named Karen Berndt, who’ll show some of her work in a presentation called “Laugh Therapy.” It’s free and runs from 1:30 to 3:20 at the Rothschild Building of Humana Hospital, 2816 S. Ellis. Call 922-3532.
Mayor Daley and 25 other assorted pols will be marching side by side with people who enthusiastically practice sex acts still illegal in many states today at the 22nd annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. It starts at 2 at Halsted and Roscoe: the route is north on Halsted to Broadway, down Broadway to Diversey, and then east to Cannon Drive and into Lincoln Park. It’ll be Richie’s third parade and it’s free to watch. Call 348-8243 for details.
More resistance to the coming holiday and its attendant foofaraw: “On July 4, we will be subjected to what promises to be an obscene orgy of self-congratulation over the successful slaughter of the Iraqi people. Awash in yellow ribbons, drenched in red, white, and blue–in the name of celebrating the uniqueness of America’s freedoms, eyes will be averted from those unfortunate images of horror and degradation that define the new world order.” So sayeth the Politically Correct Terrorist Committee, whose presentation tonight, Liberated Zone, is an evening of poetry, performance, and music featuring Richard Wold, Kahil El-Zabar, Kaja Overstreet, Jimi Jihad, Anita Loomis, Luis Rodriguez, Virginia Meredith, and the Reader’s own Achy Obejas; the affair will be emceed by the Right Reverend Sister MC Fresh P. Things get under way at 8:30 at Club Lower Links, 954 W. Newport. It’s $5; call 248-5238.
There’s free poetry from an Uptown Poetry Slam champion tonight at Estelle’s, 2013 W. North. Cindy Salach–who’s also a founding member of the Loofah Method and a member of the Bob Shakespeare Band–will read her poetry tonight at 8:30. It doesn’t cost anything. Call 486-8760 for more info.
“These artists have all moved beyond the “wow, gee whiz’ aspects of three-dimensional art,” says Loren Billings, director of the Museum of Holography. “They deal with abstract forms in a more classical way, but at the same time in a manner unapproachable in other art forms.” Interpretations of Space, a new exhibit of work by five holographic artists–from the “visual haikus” of Rudie Berkhout to the “pulsed holography” of Charles Lysogorski, which actually records live action–runs through next January at the museum, 1134 W. Washington; hours are 12:30 to 5 Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $2.50. Call 226-1007.
When WXRT asked Paul Westerberg, the tattered genius behind the Replacements, to do a free Fourth of July concert in Grant Park, he demurred–until the addition of one of his favorite bands to the bill persuaded him. Now the show–with the super, supersonic bar band NRBQ–is a genuine event. The Replacements started as a grimy thrash band in Minneapolis in the early 80s; but as Westerberg’s songwriting prowess grew they matured into arguably the signal American rock ‘n’ roll band of their time. They’re frequently glorious live. NRBQ (the name stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet) is a decades-old act who’ve hardly ever sold a record but whose friends in high places (like Westerberg and R.E.M.) have kept them in the news. Opening the show is Chicago’s Material Issue, whose major-label debut, International Pop Overthrow, has sold more than 200,000 records to date. The show starts at 2 in the Petrillo Music Shell, Jackson and Columbus in Grant Park. Call 777-1700 for more info.
Need more music? After the Replacements, zoom out to FitzGerald’s fabulous American Music Festival, now in its tenth year at the rock ‘n’ roll roadhouse, 6615 Roosevelt in Berwyn. There’s music inside the club and outside under tents for the next four days, 5 PM to 1 AM tonight, 5 PM to 3 AM Friday and Saturday, and 2 PM to 11 PM Sunday. Tonight in the tent, the Lester Stephens Traditional Jazz Band plays at 5, and Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans play sets at 7, 9, and 10:45; inside, soul duo Bobby King and Terry Evans play at 8 and 9:45; closing are the Skeletons at 11:15. It’s $8; call 708-788-2118 for details.