Friday 20

For three years, photographer Sam Hong and writer Marty Hansen have been documenting Uptown’s influx of refugees and immigrants, its ethnic olio of Vietnamese, Cambodians, Eritreans, Guatemalans, Laotians, Iranians, and more. Behind the Golden Door: Refugees in Uptown, a mix of photos and commentary, is the result of their collaboration. Three days of discussions accompany the exhibition’s opening this weekend at Beacon Street Gallery, 4520 N. Beacon; tonight Bay Duc Vo will play Vietnamese music and Eritrean food will be served, followed by a panel discussion on refugees and a film about Guatemala, The Hidden Holocaust. It all starts at 5:30; admission is free. More panel discussions, a crafts sale, and dance, music, and theater performances fill out the rest of the weekend. Call the gallery at 561-3500 for details.

Brothers gotta stick together, even if the relationship is entirely fictional. David Cassidy hits town tonight to continue his third or possibly fourth comeback attempt (he actually had a near hit last year, but his record company collapsed), and at his side will be the scrappy Danny Bonaduce, who’s gone from his role as Cassidy’s precocious little brother in The Partridge Family to odd altercations involving drugs, the police, and a transvestite. Cassidy will do his rock ‘n’ roll stuff–including, with any luck, “I Think I Love You”–and Bonaduce will do his stand-up act at Park West, 322 W. Armitage, tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $20. Call 929-5959.

The 15th annual Windy City Darts Tournament expects no less than 2,000 people showing up to hurl sharp pointed projectiles this weekend; after all, Chicago is the number-one city for darts in the U.S., reports the National Sporting Goods Association. There’ll be a variety of open events starting tonight at 8:30, tomorrow morning at 11:30, and Sunday morning at 11. Entry fees range from $10 to $16 per person and from $30 to $50 a team depending on the event; it’s free to watch. It’s at the O’Hare Holiday Inn, 5440 N. River Road in Rosemont. Call 286-3848.

Saturday 21

The political process by which male chief executives always display their cojones is at once novel and timeless; many years before George Bush and Ronald Reagan killed innocent people in Panama, Grenada, Libya, and Iraq, Lyndon Johnson and Nelson Rockefeller set the precedent. Rockefeller’s brush with history came with the uprising at Attica Prison in New York; four days after it began, he let state troopers open fire, killing 29. The 20th anniversary of this red-letter day for manhood will be remembered with a conference and rally today at DePaul University’s Schmitt Academic Center, 2323 N. Seminary. Attica Remembered runs workshops with participants in the rebellion and other ex-prisoners from 10 to 5, and the rally and a showing of the documentary Attica start at 7; $5 gets you into one or both, but the scheduled lunch and dinner are extra. Call 235-0070 for more.

The Greenpeacers–part political activists, part pirates–are in town this weekend to call attention to the ongoing pollution of the Great Lakes from incinerators, chlorine from paper plants, and good old-fashioned toxic wastes. The Moby Dick, an 83-foot-long former fishing trawler that has served the group well in its standoffs with everything from Soviet missile cruisers to Norwegian whalers, will be at the turning basin at Randolph and Lake Shore Drive today and tomorrow to help publicize the group’s current campaign; free boat tours are available from 2 to 6 each day. There’s also a blues jam at Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted, from 4 to 8, with the $6 cover going to the Greenpeace campaign. Call 666-3305 for more information.

Sunday 22

The head of a major political party whose ranks are hemorrhaging, whose leadership is running tail, and whose idea banks are just about empty is speaking tonight at the Congress Hotel. What? Ron Brown? No, it’s Gus Hall, president of the once-proud Communist Party USA. Hall, who still hasn’t quite come to terms with his ruling organization’s current setbacks, talks at 2 today in the Windsor Room of the hotel, 520 S. Michigan. It’s $3, $1 for the unemployed. Call 842-5665 for more.

Monday 23

John Coltrane, one of the most innovative saxophone players in jazz history, died in 1967 at age 40; today would have been his 65th birthday. So tonight WBEZ kicks off four days of Coltrane in the evening, with music by him, tributes to him, and his songs covered by other artists. The commemoration runs tonight through Thursday from 8 to midnight; call 372-0500.

Tuesday 24

Two kinds of poetry will be saluted today in Chicago. At Poetry magazine’s annual Poetry Day bash, the guest of honor is W.S. Merwin–frequent contributor to the New Yorker, former poetry editor of the Nation, Pulitzer Prize winner, and noted translator. The magazine, one of the largest and most widely circulated literary journals in the world, was founded in Chicago in 1912; past Poetry Day guests include T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden. It’s $6 to hear Merwin read, $3 for students and seniors, $125 for the cocktails and dinner to follow. It all takes place at First Chicago Center, Monroe and Dearborn, starting at 6. Call 280-4870 for more.

The other kind of poetry–the rather less demanding but potentially more remunerative endeavor of songwriting–is the subject of a seminar today at At the Tracks, 325 N. Jefferson. The busy midwest office of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers is overseeing Songwriter’s Source, and three industry professionals–indie promoter Paul Gallis, RCA regional promo manager Art Turner, and the midwest regional director of Ear Candy records, Andy Janis–will be there to answer songwriters’ questions and dispense advice. It’s free, but seating is limited. It runs from 6:30 to 8:30. Call 527-9775 for more information.

Wednesday 25

Shortly after tonight’s educational forum on hate crimes was scheduled, a gay man was severely beaten with a car antenna at Argyle and Clark. Tonight at the forum, the 48th Ward Gay and Lesbian Coalition is bringing together representatives from the police, the state’s attorney’s office, and the local gay community to talk about the problem. It’s free and starts at 7 at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Call 878-2696 for more.

Thursday 26

More than a quarter of a million records, tapes, CDs, musical instruments, pieces of sheet music, and other musical paraphernalia–all donated–will be for sale at the 14th annual ALS Mammoth Music and Record Mart at the Old Orchard Mall in Skokie. ALS is better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease; the yearly sale raises money for the Les Turner ALS Foundation, which has its local headquarters in Skokie. Some collectibles highlight the sale this year, most notably a personal amp signed by Tom Scholz of the rock group Boston. The whole deal runs for 11 days, starting at noon today with a ribbon-cutting by the venerable Dick Clark. It’s open till 10 tonight, with a first-day admission charge of $5; for the next ten days it’s free, with varying hours. Old Orchard Mall is at Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. Call 708-674-6278.

Orquesta de la Luz is influenced, as most salsa bands are, by megastars Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. It’s toured the world, garnered raves in New York and San Juan, and even charted in Billboard, earning a platinum record. So the fact that the band’s 13 members are all Japanese and don’t speak Spanish (they learn the songs phonetically) much less English obviously hasn’t stood in its way. The aggregation’s Chicago debut is this week, with a gig tonight at 8 at Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn, and tomorrow at 7 at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tickets for either show are $20. Call 266-1944 or 944-7272.