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Artist Guy Paizy uses stereoscope–an optical device that brings two identical images together to form one 3-D image–and double images created with mirrors to allow viewers to “step into” his current installation at the School of the Art Institute’s Gallery 2. Paizy’s exhibit is just one of the four opening there tonight: there’s also a sound installation of reinterpreted pop love songs by D. Travers Scott, an installation by M.W. Burns that uses public-address systems to fill the gallery with recorded voices, and Chips Off a New Block, a juried exhibition of computer-generated and -referenced imagery. The free reception for all four runs 6 to 8 at 1040 W. Huron. Regular gallery hours are 11 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday, and all of the above run through June 22. Call 226-1449.
Most Chicago guide books feature Graceland Cemetery on the north side as the preferred resting place of local luminaries but unjustly neglect the south side’s Oakwood Cemetery. More a park than a graveyard, Oakwood has more than half a dozen lakes, immaculately kept lawns and gardens, a chapel, and the largest mass grave of Confederate soldiers north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Enrico Fermi, Jesse Owens, Ben Wilson, Ida B. Wells, Flukey Stokes and his son “Wimp,” and a bunch of former mayors (buried under skyscraper monuments and elaborately designed crypts) are there too. The most modest tombstone, however, belongs to Harold Washington. A marble rectangle simply lists his name, the years of his life, and the legend “He loved Chicago.” Oakwood staffers say he still gets between 5 and 30 visitors each day. The Chicago Historical Society sponsors a tour of Oakwood Cemetery today from noon to 4:30 PM. It starts with tea in the Society Cafe, at North Avenue and Clark Street, and then proceeds to the south side. It’s $18, $15 for CHS members. Call 642-4600.
Cicadas have the longest life cycle of all insects–either 13 or 17 years, depending on what family they belong to. After they hatch, baby cicadas burrow beneath the earth and suck juices from plant roots. When they emerge, they do it en masse. Thousands upon thousands of 17-year cicadas are scheduled to deluge the Chicago area, particularly the suburbs, in the next few weeks: they’ll shed their brown husks, fly around until they find a mate, have babies, and drop dead by summer’s end. You can find out more by attending tonight’s lecture on cicadas by University of Chicago entomologist Dr. Monte Lloyd, probably the world’s most renowned cicada expert. It starts at 7:30 at the Chicago Academy of Sciences, 2001 N. Clark. Admission is $6, $4 for members. Call 549-0775.
Five years after Live Aid, Ethiopia is again caught between civil war and widespread famine. Much of the food supplied by foreign governments and humanitarian groups continues to sit in the Red Sea port of Massawa because delivery routes are blocked by skirmishes between government and rebel troops. The Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago, which organized today’s Ethiopian Walkathon for Famine Relief, hopes to raise both funds and public awareness. The walkathon, which will be led by Channel Five’s Art Norman and Channel Two’s John Davis, starts at the Margate Field House, 4921 N. Marine. Registration begins at 1:30 PM. Walkers need to have a minimum of 50 cents per kilometer in sponsorship money lined up; the route is ten kilometers. Call 728-0303 for sponsorship forms and other info.
Stuart Rosenberg, the man behind WBEZ’s eclectic Fleamarket, says 3 Mustaphas 3 is the only band he’s ever booked whose contract mandates a working refrigerator onstage and that claims to be from “the mythical town of Szegerely.” Tonight it teams up with local bands Big Shoulders, whose debut blues-rock LP was just released by Rounder Records, and the Drovers, who combine traditional Irish music with rock and roll, for the free season-opening concert at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Show time is 5 PM. Call 761-7784.
Back in 1964, the late Al Weisman picked up a flag, gathered a bunch of neighborhood kids, and marched around the block to celebrate Memorial Day. Those were the beginnings of the Wellington-Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society parade, the New Town fest now in its 27th year. One of the kids marching in the original parade was Weisman’s son Tony, who took over as parade marshal after Weisman died in 1974. This year, Tony will be introducing a new marshal –his five-month-old son Adam. The parade kicks off at 11 AM from the corner of Pine Grove and Wellington and makes its way down Sheridan Road to Diversey Parkway. The Jesse White Drum & Bugle Corps will provide the beat. The parade ends at Saint Joseph Hospital, where marchers will receive surprises from the Sisters of Charity and be entertained by the Jesse White Tumblers. It’s all free. Call 327-4924 or 664-5051.
The AIDS Pastoral Care Network will sponsor a candlelight vigil for people affected by AIDS–including people with AIDS and HIV-related conditions, loved ones, families and friends, and those who have died–featuring a church service at 6:30 tonight at Saint Clement’s, 642 W. Deming, followed by a candlelight march at 7:30 to the Wellington Avenue Church, 615 W. Wellington. It’s free. Call 975-8057.
When he received his diploma at this year’s School of the Art Institute graduation ceremony, “Dread” Scott Tyler refused, amid a chorus of boos from the audience, to shake the hand of Tony Jones, the school president who banned Tyler’s controversial flag-on-the-floor piece from this year’s senior thesis show. Tyler then handed Jones a manila envelope containing an American flag. The hostility between Tyler and Jones and the controversy surrounding Tyler’s famous piece is the subject of Flag-Stomping in America, a video documentary by 1985 SAIC graduate Mark Blottner. It’ll be screened along with Blottner’s The Age of Consent at 8 PM at the Tete-a-Tete Cafe, 750 N. Orleans. Cafe service starts at 6 and reservations are recommended (the place only seats 60 people). Admission is $5. Call 649-9343.
Tonight’s Hidden Leaves: A Celebration of Asian American Poetry, part of this year’s Asian Heritage Month celebration, draws from sources both past and present: Vivian Choy, Dwight Okita, and Reader theater critic Mary Shen Barnidge will read from their work. Okita and his mother, Patsy, will perform a poetry “duet,” including excerpts from the diary she kept while incarcerated in the World War II California detention camps for Japanese Americans. And William Hohri, an activist in the Japanese redress movement, will read from actual congressional testimony regarding the camps. The program begins at 7 PM at Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark. Admission is $4. Call 883- 5219.
Heats in tonight’s Deja Vu Derby turtle-racing extravaganza are scheduled to run 8 to midnight, but keep in mind that it sometimes takes hours for turtles to move a few feet. Fifty-four weekly winners–that is, the turtles’ human sponsors–will be competing in the second annual contest, held at 2624 N. Lincoln. Ken Campbell (currently featured in Second City Northwest’s Warsaw Pact in Its Own Juices will be the race announcer. Owners of the winning turtles get a trip for two to Las Vegas and other prizes. Admission is $1. Call 784-3084.
Most performers save their comments until after the show, but Kelly Michaels and Lane Alexander, the two dancers behind am/FM (short for alexander michaels/Future Movement), a synthesis of tap and modern dance, will be around for about a half an hour before the scheduled 8 PM curtain call for tonight’s performance to talk about their work. The show’s in the Northeastern Illinois University auditorium, 5500 N. Saint Louis. Admission is $5. Call 878-6218.