Friday 16

The local chapter of the World Lithuanian-American Youth Association will sponsor a Freedom Rally for Lithuania from 11 to 2 today at Daley Center Plaza, on the corner of Washington and Dearborn streets. It’s free. Call 245-1672.

About 500,000 Vietnam veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. But because diagnosing the condition requires vets to virtually relive the original trauma, most don’t bother to seek treatment–only about 37,000 vets have applied for government help for PTSD. Yet more than 50,000 vets, many of whom may have suffered from PTSD, have committed suicide–about as many as died in the war. Patience Mason, the wife of a Vietnam vet who suffers from PTSD and the author of a new book on helping vets cope, will discuss living with PTSD from 6 to 9 tonight at the Brickyard mall, 6464 W. Diversey, and from 9 to 11 tomorrow morning at the Vet Center, 1607 W. Howard. Both workshops are free. Call 764-6595.

The award-winning writer Katha Pollit, whose poems and essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, and Paris Review, will read selections from her most recent book, Traveller, as well as newer poems. The reading is at 8 tonight at the Poetry Center, in the performance space of the School of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Tickets are $7, $4 for students and seniors. Call 955-1408.

Saturday 17

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which ended slavery in this country. Mary Frances Berry, of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, will speak about the critical years after the amendment’s passage in The Struggle for Freedom: African Americans and the Constitution, 1868-1868. It’s part of the Public Library Cultural Center’s celebration of African American History Month. The free presentation runs from 2 to 4 at 78 E. Washington. Call 269-2926.

After years of touring colleges and coffeehouses playing feminist folk songs, Kristin Lems can still break into refrains about the EPA, nuclear power, or sexism. But since she started working with kids in the Urban Gateways program and became a mom, she’s mellowed some. Lems has just released Sharing, a children’s album. She’ll play songs from it at today’s children’s concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and she’ll be joined by Peggy Lipschutz, who did the book of illustrations that accompanies the LP. Lipschutz will interpret Lems’s songs and stories with spontaneous drawings during the show. It starts at 2 at 909 W. Armitage (525-7793); $5 for adults, $3 for kids.

Sunday 18

According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless three million Americans now become homeless every year. In Chicago some 40,000 people are on the streets. Some of their faces appear in Homeless in America, a compelling photo exhibit that ends today at the Field Museum of Natural History, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive (922-9410). Hours are 9 to 5. Admission is $3, $2 for kids and seniors.

Talent scouts from Busch Gardens, the 300-acre entertainment park in Tampa, Florida, will hold auditions from 9 to 6 today at the Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe. They’re looking for singers, dancers, musicians, actors, comics, technicians, and seamstresses. Tryouts are limited to two minutes and you have to be at least 18 to apply. For details call 813-988-5171, ext. 302.

George Dunne’s the head of the Cook County Democratic Party, Carole Migden’s the head of the San Francisco Democratic Party. Dunne likes lesbians; Migden likes lesbians. But that’s about where the similarities end. Migden, who is openly lesbian, wouldn’t ever call gays “cupcakes,” as Dunne did a few years ago. IMPACT, a local political action committee geared toward gay and lesbian issues, has invited Migden and Tom Nolan, an openly gay member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, to discuss the role of gays and lesbians in local government at the third annual IMPACT dinner. There will be a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 7 at Hilton and Towers, 720 Michigan. Tickets are $125. Contributions of $250 or more entitle you to a VIP reception with Migden, Nolan, and local gay hotshots. Call 880-2308.

Monday 19

Pianist Dave Remington headlines today’s noon jazz show at Andy’s. Stick around and catch the Chuck Hedges Swingtet at 5, then the Sewer Rats at 8:30. There’s a $3 cover from 5 to 8, but it’s free at all other times. Andy’s is at 11 E. Hubbard. Call 642-6805.

The Rue de fleurus poetry reading series, named after Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein’s Paris salon, debuts at Paris Dance tonight. At 8 Diane Gomez, a former editor of Third Woman magazine, will read from her work. She’ll be followed by feminist scholar Marie Kuda, who will read from and talk about the work of Carolyn Forche. There’ll be an open mike afterward. It’s $2 at 1122 W. Montrose. Call 769-0602.

Tuesday 20

The Pilobolus-influenced dance troupe ISO, whose name stands for “I’m Still Optimistic,” has worked on videos with some of rock’s darkest voices, including John Fogerty and David Bowie. And the Bobs, an a cappella group that does songs by the Beatles, Elvis Costello, and Led Zeppelin, features four guys, none of whom is named Bob. The two acts will perform alone and together through Sunday at the Civic Theater, 20 N. Wacker. Show times are 7:30 tonight, tomorrow, and Friday; 6 and 9:30 Saturday; and 3 Sunday. Tickets range from $16 to $20. Call 346-0270.

Wednesday 21

Early in 1864 George N. Barnard was hired as an official Union Army photographer under the command of General William T. Sherman; that September he photographed Atlanta as Sherman’s troops destroyed it. After the war Barnard set up several studios, including one in Chicago that burned in the 1871 fire. More than 200 of Barnard’s portraits, landscapes, and war photos are on display at the Chicago Historical Society, Clark at North, through May 30. The museum is open 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 Sunday. Admission is $1.50 for adults, 50 cents for children and seniors. Call 642-4600.

The Literacy Council of Chicago, which helps some of the 650,000 adult Chicagoans who don’t know how to read or write well enough to function in society, will hold its main fund-raising event tonight. A Toast to Literacy, an auction of more than 80 books signed by celebrities–including Richard Nixon–starts at 5:30 PM on the top floor of the Leo Burnett Building, 35 W. Wacker. Tickets are $40; cocktails will be served. Call 372-3446 for more information.

When Don Kirshner put together the Monkees, all he really had in mind was big TV ratings, big record sales, and big piles of cash. He had no idea he would create cultural icons. When he did realize it, he tried again, and came up with the Archies. But they never came near the glory of his first effort. Devoted Monkees fans might want to check out The Many Faces of the Daydream Believers, a performance-art tribute to the band that greed conceived. The Rococo Rodeo show hits Club Lower Links, 954 W. Newport, at 9 tonight. Tickets are $4. Call 248-5238.

Thursday 22

Free tours are offered of the 1893 Romanesque Newberry Library, designed by Henry Ives Cobb, every Thursday at 3 and every Saturday at 10:30 AM. Located at 60 W. Walton, the Library has some of the world’s finest research collections. Call 943-9090, ext. 310.

Jews were critical in the labor movement, the civil rights movement, the fight for universal education, the conservation movement, social welfare, and senior care. Where Is the Jewish Voice Now? That question underscores the new eight-part lecture series sponsored by the Central Synagogue. Beginning tonight with a talk on the “Jewish Political Perspective” by WBEZ political analyst Robert Weinberger, the series will feature presentations the last Thursday of the month through September, at the synagogue’s adult-education center, 30 E. Cedar. The free programs start at 8 PM and will be followed by receptions at 9:30. Call 787-0450.