Friday 2

Harry Truman refused to acknowledge the independence movement in Puerto Rico. In 1954 a handful of Puerto Rican liberationists decided to take their message directly to Truman by crashing the U.S. Congress and shooting him from the Senate floor. The bunch, including Lolita Lebron, missed Truman, who was at the podium, by a mile. They were arrested, tried, and convicted of various charges, including seditious conspiracy. Although the independentistas, failed, the island’s radical Left considered them martyrs and made their attempt on Truman a rallying cry. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center will observe the 36th anniversary of the attack on Congress by the Nation alists with a special program of historical videos. Dinner’s at 6 and the program’s at 7 at Cafe Teatro el Batey at 1671 N. Claremont. Dinner costs $3; there’s no admission fee for the videos. Call 342-8023 for reservations.

You’ve heard her on A Prairie Home Companion. Now you can catch Jean Redpath and her traditional Scottish songs live at 7:30 tonight at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. Tickets are $17 for the front row, $15 everywhere else. Members of the Scottish Cultural Society get a $2 discount. Call 708-234-4554 or 708-629-9375.

The Cook County Democratic Party endorsed State’s Attorney Cecil Partee in his bid for reelection. The do-gooders, from IVI-IPO endorsed unknown challenger Ray Smith. Progressive 31st Ward alderman Raymond Figueroa, who’s sick of being on the losing side in elections, skipped over former school board president Raul Villalobos to back Alderman Patrick O’Connor, one of the former Vrdolyak 29. You can make up your mind about who to vote for by coming to a debate between the Democratic candidates for Cook County state’s attorney at 8 tonight at Congregation Kol Ami at Water Tower Place, 845 N. Michigan, in suite 913E. Partee won’t be there, but the others will. Come in through the Chestnut Street entrance. It’s free. Call 664-4775.

Saturday 3

Chicago Catholic Women will hold a healing service for women who are survivors of rape, incest, or other violence and abuse, at 6 PM at 5249 N. Kenmore. The service will be followed by a get-together. It’s all free. Call 561-5668.

There will be quite a cultural smorgasbord at tonight’s Polka Fifties Dance. Eddie Blazonczyk and the Versatones will provide Polish polkas, and Limbo Jimbo Skraba will host a Caribbean-style limbo contest. There will also be a Hula Hoop competition and a jitterbug contest. Doors open at 8:30 at the International Polka Association, 4145 S. Kedzie. The music starts at 9. Admission is $4 in advance, $5 at the door. Call 254-7771.

Sunday 4

Women entering the new Pregnant Female Chemical Dependency Treatment Program will get individual and group therapy, medical and psychological consultation, family counseling, parenting skills training, nutritional guidance, and posttreatment referral. Located at Haymarket House, 120 N. Sangamon, the program has 22 beds for pregnant women. It’s part of the alcohol- and drug-treatment center run by the Chicago Clergy Association. There will be a free open house today from 1 to 4. Call 226-7984.

In La Nik a Wet, a performance by Belgium’s Le Theatre de Banlieue, two characters dance, whisper, shout, sing, and even play bebop on a bunch of rusty metal buckets, basins, tubing, and funnels. The play, by Isabelle Lamouline and Alain Mebirouk, is about communication. Today’s show is the last of the current run atthe International Performance Studio, 1517 W. Fullerton. Curtain time is 3 PM. Tickets are $12 to $15. Call, 281-9075.

Monday 5

UPI White House bureau chief Helen Thomas–the gruff woman who sits up front during presidential press conferences–will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual Harper College Women’s History Week celebration. A Washington legend, Thomas has covered the administrations of every president since Kennedy. Thomas, who’s possessed of a very dry sense of humor, will talk about her life as a journalist and the status of women in the media. Dinner’s at 7; Thomas’s presentation begins at 8 in Building A of the college, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. Tickets are $16 and must be reserved in advance. You can get a full schedule of the week’s activities by 397-3000, ext. 2560 or 2272.

Tuesday 6

How do the media use sexual imagery and when is it offensive? The issue of Sexual Imagery in Art and Advertising will be tackled tonight at a panel discussion sponsored by the Art Encounter group. On the panel will be Tim Kane, an advertising executive whose ad campaigns have used sexual imagery; Jim Rose, a gallery owner who has exhibited controversial art; and Tom Torluemke, an artist who has a hard time getting his sexually explicit work exhibited. The program begins at 7:30 at Parkes Hall, behind the Alice Millar Chapel, at 1870 Sheridan Road in Evanston. Tickets are $7, $5 for members, students, and seniors. Call 708-328-9222.

Wednesday 7

Felicia Langer is a Polish-born Jew who survived the holocaust, emigrated to Israel in 1950, and eventually opened a law office in West Jerusalem. She has established a controversial practice defending Palestinians in the West Gaza Strip; her book With My Own Eyes is an account of Israel’s human-rights violations. Langer will speak at 7:30 tonight; her talk is sponsored by the Northwestern University Students for Middle East Understanding, the Palestine Human Rights Campaign, the Palestine Sohdarity Committee, and the National Lawyers Guild. It’s at Norris Center, 1999 Sheridan Road Evanston; admission is $5. Call 987-1830.

Modawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie, a Chicago resident who just happens to be the chief master drummer of Ghana, brings his African American Unity Ensemble, a combo of African drummers and dancers, to kick off Club Lower Links’ new “International Dance Music Series,” which features six concerts of music from five continents. The club promises to clear the floor for dancing. Show time is 8 PM at 954 W. Newport. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Series tickets are $25. Call 248-5238 for a complete schedule.

Thursday 8

Legacy: Four Generations is a one-woman theater piece that chronicles the lives of women in an American Indian family. Each generation is represented by monologues created by Shirley Duggan, a writer and activist on women’s and Indian issues who grew up on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota. The piece ends with a ceremonial dance. The free performance is at 5:30 PM in the theater at the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. For more information call 346-3278.

The Mountain is Lauri Macklin’s new collaborative dance and theater work about life in the corporate world. Macklin’s collaborators are visual artist Michael O’Brien, who organized the wacky Pax Excellence Miniature Golf Course; Lou Mallozzi, who founded the Experimental Sound Studio; and performance artist Michael K. Meyers, whose work has been widely praised for its innovations. The work, which will be performed this weekend and next, debuts at 7 tonight at MoMing Dance & Arts Center, 1034 W. Barry. Show times are 8 on Friday and Saturday, 3 on Sunday. Tickets axe $10, $8 for students and seniors. Call 472-9894.