Friday 20

Chicago filmmaker Chuck Olin produced Box of Treasures with the U’Mista Cultural Society to document efforts to preserve and revitalize the culture of the Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia, Canada. This and two other documentaries open the American Indian Film Festival tonight at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tonight’s program, which also includes Abnaki: The Native People of Maine and Our Sacred Land, is shown at 7 and 9:15; other programs in the festival are scheduled January 21-24. Tickets are $5 per program or $20 for the whole festival, with half of the proceeds going to the American Indian Health Service in Chicago. For more information call Facets at 281-4114 or the American Indian Health Service at 883-9100.

Washington, DC, will be aglitter tonight with inaugural balls. Things are likely to be a little funkier at the Peace Museum’s Inaugural Bawl dance party, which starts at 8 PM. The party is a benefit for Neighbor to Neighbor, which is working to end U.S. involvement in El Salvador. Attendees are invited to dress up as their favorite right-wingers–costume suggestions include Fawn Hall, Ollie North, Roy Rogers, and Tammy Faye Bakker. There will be dancing and a cash bar. The Peace Museum is located at 430 W. Erie; tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Call 772-7782 for details.

Individually, David Murray, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, and Hamiet Bluiett are known as four of the finest saxophone players working today; collectively, they’re the World Saxophone Quartet, specialists in the art of ensemble improvisation. They perform tonight at 8 at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage, as part of the JAM Productions and Goodman Theatre “New Music Series.” Tickets are $15; call 559-1212.

Saturday 21

The recent success of the animated feature The Land Before Time served to stir up the already substantial interest among kids in dinosaur life, so it’s good that the Chicago Academy of Sciences is bringing back its Dino-Rama! exhibit. Ten moving dinosaur models, ranging from 5 to 15 feet high, “live” in a junglelike environment. Children can also do hands-on activities, such as piecing together dinosaur bones and digging for fossils. Dino-Rama! opens today at 10 and will be on display through March 27. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM daily; admission is $4 for adults, $2.50 for children and seniors. The Chicago Academy of Sciences is located at 2001 N. Clark; for more information call 871-3466.

It’s a sin to tell a lie, but don’t tell that to the folks at ExpressWays Children’s Museum. They’re sponsoring the first Liars Contest for Kids today and tomorrow from 1 to 2:30. In addition to performances of tall tales by storytellers Sandy Royster and Woody Haid, there will be prizes for the biggest, silliest, funniest, and “most gentle” lies (George Bush would be proud). Suggested donation for museum entry is $2 for adults, $1 for children. The museum is at 2045 N. Lincoln Park West; call 281-3222 for more information.

Sunday 22

Prejudice has it that Native American culture died long ago, but it didn’t. Today the Mitchell Indian Museum at Kendall College, 2408 Orrington in Evanston, opens Paint, Bronze, and Stone, a collection of painting and sculpture by contemporary Native American artists. There’s a reception from 1 to 4, and the exhibit continues through March 31. Admission is free, and museum hours are 9 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 PM Sunday. Call 866-1395.

As thousands gather in front of their televisions to watch the Super Bowl today, McCormick Place will be the site of Super Bowl Party ’89, described as “the world’s largest indoor Super Bowl party.” A 35-foot screen to watch the game on, unlimited food and drink, entertainment, and prizes are all part of the package. Tickets are a tax-deductible $125, with proceeds going to Little City, the Palatine-based residential community for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The action begins at 2:30 today in the McCormick Place’s Chicago Room, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive; for information call 282-2207.

Monday 23

You can walk through a life-size ancient Egyptian tomb at the Field Museum of Natural History. The museum’s permanent exhibition Inside Ancient Egypt is a detailed reconstruction of Egyptian life and death, and includes a marketplace, a living marsh, and tomb chambers excavated in 1908. The museum is located on Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive; the admission fee is $3 for adults, $2 for children, senior citizens, and students. Museum hours are 9 AM to 5 PM seven days a week. Call 922-9410 for more info.

If you need help or have help to offer, Volnnteer Link, an ongoing program organized by WBBM AM, and the United Way Crusade of Mercy, is designed to match volunteers with local nonprofit organization s that need them. The Volunteer Link phone line–787-3000–is open today through March 31 from 3 to 7 PM only to take calls from potential volunteers and from service agencies working in such areas as homelessness and hunger, literacy tutoring, youth and senior citizen needs, health care and child abuse.

Tuesday 24

The weather is fine for ice-skating at the Park District’s Daley Bicentennial Plaza skating rink, 337 E. Randolph in Grant Park. The 80-by-130-foot rink, maintained by an underground refrigeration system, is open from 9 AM to 10 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 6:30 PM Saturday and Sunday; admission is $1.25 for adults and 75 cents for children, and skate-rental and skate-sharpening services are available. For more information call 294-4790.

John Coplans was a major advocate of artistic exploration as founding editor of Artforum magazine. A Body of Work: Photographs by John Coplans consists of black-and-white nude self-portraits in which the 67-year-old artist and critic exposes his body to the camera’s scrutiny as a way to investigate the glory and stigma of age. The show is on display in the Art Institute, Michigan Avenue at Adams, through April 19. Museum admission is free today and every Tuesday from 10:30 AM to 8 PM. Museum hours the rest of the week are 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; 10 AM to 5 PM Saturday; and noon to 5 PM Sunday, with a suggested admission donation of $5 for adults, $2.50 for children, students, and seniors; 443-3600.

Wednesday 25

Playwright and director Nick Ward had just been born in Australia when the National Theatre of Great Britain was established in 1962. Now he’s director of the two productions that the troupe is presenting on its seven-week American tour. Formally redubbed the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain last year, the company opens its Chicago engagement at 7:30 tonight with Apart From George, an experimental contemporary comedy-drama written and directed by Ward; the play alternates with Ward’s staging of Shakespeare’s Macbeth through February 4. Apart From George plays tonight and February 1 and 3 at 7:30 and January 28 at 2:15; Macbeth plays at 7:30 PM January 26-28 and February 2 and 4, and at 2:15 January 29. All performances take place at the U. of I. theater, 1040 W. Harrison. Tickets are $ 18 for each show, or $33 for both; for reservations call 996-2939 or 996-3187.

Thursday 26

The Lyric Opera has successfully made its way through some troubled financial waters in the past few years, so it’s fitting that the city is renaming the Madison Street bridge in the opera troupe’s honor. Acting mayor Eugene Sawyer and Lyric’s general director, Ardis Krainik, preside over a free Lyric Opera Bridge Party today at 6:55 at the corner of Madison and Wacker Drive to celebrate the bridge’s renaming. Call 332-2244 for more. Also today, inside the Civic Opera House, a backstage tour will be given of dressing rooms, the wig and makeup departments, the orchestra pit, and other behind-the-scenes areas. The tour, which costs $12.50 per person, goes from 5:30 to 7:30; a cash bar and light meals are available before and after. (Tours are also scheduled for January 29 from 1 to 4 PM and February 4 from 11 to 2.) Reservations are necessary; call 332-2244, ext, 222. The Civic Opera House is located at 20 N. Wacker.