Friday 21

From sermons to rap, from drums to blues, from African legends to urban folktales: In the Beginning Was the Word is an examination of the black oral tradition with professors, rappers, drummers, and storytellers. It’s sponsored by the Organization of Black American Culture and runs from 4 to 6 today at the downtown Public Library Cultural Center auditorium, 78 E. Washington. It’s free. Call 667-0481 for info.

Portraits o’ peaceniks: A fond and compassionate portrait series by photographer Arthur Dahl opens with an artist’s reception tonight at U. of I. Making Peace: Photographs & Interviews With Peacemakers in the United States is the exhibit; the photographs, says UIC prof Dick Simpson, document “the breadth of the movement for peace and justice by so-called “common people’ throughout the United States. In truth, these are very uncommon people using very creative methods to change history itself.” Dahl and Simpson will speak at the reception, which runs from 4 to 7 at the Chicago Gallery, 750 S. Halsted. The gallery is open 9 to 5 weekdays, and admission is free; the exhibit runs through October 26. Call 413-5070 for more information.

The seventh season of the Experimental Film Coalition begins tonight with eight films, ranging in length from two minutes to just over half an hour, in format from animation to stop action to slow motion, and in source from School of the Art Institute film instructor Laurie Dunphy to cartoonist Heather McAdams. Dunphy’s Journalism Conducts a Tour sounds like one of the more interesting; it’s “a serious look at technology and the media, including the cinematic “journagestures’ mass media use to bowl over consumers.” It’s all at the Randolph Street Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee. Things start rolling at 8 PM. It’s $4, $3 for students and members of EFC and RSG. More info at 274- 1845.

Saturday 22

In Hollywood, where Sylvester Stallone makes eight figures per movie, everything is pricey, which is perhaps why Hollywood: How to Break In, a two-day seminar opening at Northwestern University today, costs $195–the thought must be that it’s a small price to pay once you do break in. The seminar is supposed to be intense and information-packed, and features a bevy of Chicagoans and former Chicagoans who’ve made it passably big. Today’s session stars Northwestern’s own Frank Galati, who adapted the script for The Accidental Tourist (and, of course, wrote and directed Steppenwolf’s Grapes of Wrath); William Morris agent Carol Yumkas; and producer Marianne Moloney. All registrants get a free analysis of their film or TV script idea by writer’s consultant David Dworski. Northwestern and G/R Advertising are the organizers. Sessions are at Northwestern’s Annie May Swift Hall, 1905 Sheridan Road in Evanston; they begin both days at 9:30, going until 5 today, 4:30 tomorrow. Registration is $195, $220 at the door. For more information, call 642-8851.

Sunday 23

Recent Reader cover boy Danny Sotomayor is the subject of Short Fuse: The Story of an AIDS Activist, a documentary by Rick Delaup and Sandra Quinn. The film covers a year in Sotomayor’s life, from March ’89 to March ’90, and includes both personal scenes (a friend’s fight with AIDS) and political (the roughhouse arrests of ACT UP demonstrators by Chicago police). The film shows at 2 PM at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont. It’s $5; call 525-9499 or 929-5840 for more information.

Jane Addams’s turn-of-the-century work at the famed Hull House was recounted in her autobiography, Twenty Years at Hull House–and is now the subject of Mark Amenta’s adaptation, in the form of a one-woman show. Jane Addams at Hull House stars Louella St. Ville; the performances tonight and tomorrow night benefit the Jane Addams Center’s child-care, social-service, and community programs; tickets are $25. The shows are at the center, 3212 N. Broadway, and begin at 8 PM. Call 549-1631 for more information.

Monday 24

Want to help Jewel help homeless animals? Call your vet to pick up a special coupon, good today through Wednesday at Jewel Food Stores. Then shop at Jewel and present the coupon at the register; the company has pledged to donate 5 percent of each purchase to Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets, a local animal welfare group. Simple as that. Call 708-584-5354 for more information.

Tuesday 25

Polar bear candids by photographer Theodore Gary, limited-edition weavings, and sculpture from the Northwest Territories and Quebec are on exhibit this week at Orca Aart (ssic), 300 W. Grand. The exhibit joins Orca’s usual collection of sculpture, prints, tapestries, photographs, and baskets from Africa, the Arctic, and the Pacific northwest. The gallery is open Tuesday to Thursday 11 to 2, Friday 5 to 8, Saturday 11 to 5, and by appointment. Call 245-5245 for more info.

When the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse takes its production of Fiddler on the Roof to the Soviet Union next spring, it’ll play at the Turgenev Theatre in Oriel. Turgenev artistic director Boris Golubitsky, who will produce the show there, has been in town recently to do workshops with some of the Candlelight actors and talk up the project; tonight, in a lecture at Roosevelt University on Oriel: The Cradle of the Great Russian Literary Tradition, he’ll switch gears and discuss how Dostoyevski, Tolstoy, and Turgenev–whose “creative beginnings” were in Oriel–still dominate Russian theater. The lecture starts at 6 at the downtown campus, 430 S. Michigan. Admission is $10; make reservations at 341-3636.

Wednesday 26

Bertrand Goldberg, the renowned architect who built both River City and Marina City, speaks tonight at Cafe Tete-a-Tete on the differences between two important schools of European architecture. Austrian Jugendstil Versus German Bauhaus begins at 7 PM at 750 N. Orleans, second floor. The talk is free, but reservations are required; call Gallery Vienna, the organizer of the lecture, at 951-0300.

Thursday 27

The art scene in fin-de-siecle Vienna was dominated by the reactionary dominant Society of Artists. In 1897, a band of Young Turks–notably Gustav Klimt–broke off from the society and formed their own exhibition group. The young painters’ movement became known as Secessionism. A show from the Neue Galerie der Stadt in Linz, Austria, hits town this week at the Block Gallery at Northwestern University. Secessionism and Austrian Graphic Art 1900-1920 features 76 works, by Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele. The show opens today and runs through November 18. The Block Gallery is at 1967 Sheridan Road in Evanston; hours are noon to 5 Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 8 Thursday through Sunday. It’s free. Call 708-491- 4000.

Feeling religious? Jesus Jones plays at Cabaret Metro tonight. Godspeaks opens. Tix are $6; music starts at 7:30. Metro is at 3730 N. Clark; call 549-0203 for hymn numbers.

Feeling trendy? Staffers from the local media are the judges at the 1990 Chicago Voguers’ Ball tonight. Voguers will compete for various “original trophy creations” by eight artists starting at 9:30 (doors open at 8) at the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and the proceeds go to the Howard Brown Memorial Clinic, the AIDS research and social-service agency. Call 871-5777 to charge tickets or 472-0449 for more info.