Friday 3

When cleaning the closets recently at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the slide librarian discovered a small green metal box containing more than 900 black-and-white snapshots of pre-World War II avant-garde buildings in western and northern Europe–many of which no longer exist. The photos of buildings by architects such as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Aalto, and Mendelsohn had been filed away and never catalogued. No one knows who took them. Two hundred of the photos have been mounted (there are no negatives) and are on exhibit at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria. The show, The Architecture of European Modernism as Photographed by an American Abroad, 1931, runs through March 29. Hours are 10 to 5 Monday through Friday. Viewing is free. Call 996-6114.

The 67 objects in the Art Institute’s exhibit “The Human Figure in Early Greek Art” show one major change that occurred in Greek art, between 1000 and 500 BC–a shift from abstract to naturalistic portrayals of the human figure. Seven scholars will discuss this development in a two-day symposium, The World of Early Greek Art. The symposium begins at 5:30 today with a lecture by Dr. Diana Buiton-Oliver, a curator at the National Gallery of Art, which organized the show. Today’s talk will be in the Rubloff Auditorium in the museum, Michigan Avenue at Adams Street; tomorrow’s sessions run from 10 to 12:30 and from 2 to 4:30 in the museum’s Fullerton Hall. Admission to the Art Institute is a suggested donation of $5; there is no extra charge for the symposium. You must register; call 443-3697.

Daughters of the Muse: Music by Women and About Women will include the religious work of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, who translated her ecstatic visions into music and poetry, and the wordless work of contemporary composer Pauline Oliveras. Tonight’s program by the Oriana Singers begins at 8 at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 545 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. Saturday’s show, also at 8, is at the First Baptist Church of Evanston, 607 Lake; Sunday’s concert, scheduled for 3 PM, is at the Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn. Tickets for all performances are $10, $7.50 for students and seniors. For more call 907-2190 or 262-4558.

Saturday 4

Today’s the last day to see The Seasoned Eye II, a touring exhibit of photos by artists who are age 50 and over. Sponsored by Modern Maturity magazine–which claims to have more readers than TV Guide–the show spotlights work based on the theme of the American Association of Retired Persons, “To serve, not to be served.” Viewing is free at the Northern Illinois University Art Gallery, 212 W. Superior. Hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday. Call 642-6010.

When Mark Howard was a student at Saint Ignatius he appeared onstage as a bunny. He returns today as one of the Trinity Irish Dancers, who will perform dance dramas and traditional jigs and reels in the Traditions of Ireland show at Saint Ignatius Church. Music will be provided by the Drovers. Show time is 2 PM at 6559 N. Glenwood. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and kids. For more call 764-5936.

The Missouri case that’s now before the Supreme Court threatens to undermine a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion, the foundation of any feminist agenda. It’s an issue that will very likely be the subject of many banners and chants of marchers all over the world who are commemorating International Women’s Day today. A Lakeview neighborhood march begins at 3:30 PM, stepping off from the corner of Addison and Fremont. For details call 427-0510.

Sunday 5

The silky ballad style of the Ink Spots (“If I Didn’t Care”) is a classic hybrid of black gospel and white pop music. The group will be singing with the Four Aces (“Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing”) and the Four Lads (“Moments to Remember”) as part of the “Fabulous Fours” show at 8 PM at Centre East, 7701 Lincoln in Skokie. Tickets are $14 and $16. Call 673-6300.

Monday 6

We all know people who wait tables to support their art habits, but a restaurant that supports its staff’s creative efforts? Well, Jerome’s is presenting Behind the Apron VI, a new collection of art by the men and women who schlepp the food to and from its tables. The show debuts today on the dining-room walls at 2450 N. Clark, where it will hang through the summer. There will be a free reception from 6 to 8 PM, featuring appetizers by Jerome’s Catering. The price of the works ranges from $100 to $500. For more call 327-2207.

Sander Gilman has written extensively about the evolution of stereotypes of such groups as blacks, Jews, and women. Drawing from diverse sources–including Manet’s paintings and studies of prostitutes–Gilman explores the roots of many contemporary stereotypes in a lecture entitled The Hottentot and the Prostitute: Race, Gender and Difference in Manet. His lecture begins at 7 tonight in the auditorium of the School of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Admission is $3, free to seniors, and students and staff of area colleges. Call 443-3711.

Tuesday 7

When Dr. Reinhold Aman gets hot under the collar, he’s never at a loss for words. The editor of Maledicta: The International Journal of Verbal Aggression, Aman can swear in about 200 languages. He discusses a variety of negative and offensive words and expressions in a presentation at 12:15 today called Baaad Wooords!!! Slangs, Slurs and *?@#!*s. The free program is in the theater of the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Call 269-2880 for details.

Wednesday 8

There’s a playful spirituality to a lot of the new southwest art. The work of Santa Fe native Gabriella Denton, who describes herself as clairaudient, is typical. Her pieces, which are often funny and brightly colored, refer back to the supernatural cultures of New Mexico. No Accidents, an exhibit featuring Denton originals, will run through April 30 at the Carey Gallery, a new addition to the growing River West art district. Hours at the gallery, 1062 W. Chicago, are noon to 5 Tuesday through Saturday. It’s free to look. Call 924-1884.

The Village Voice called Sue Marx and Pamela Conn’s Young at Heart “an undeniably stirring documentary.” This film about love among the elderly–along with A Token Gesture, Voices in the Attic, Politoons 1 and 2, and Not a Jealous Bone–will open the eighth annual Women’s Film and Video Festival, which is sponsored by Women in the Director’s Chair. The 8 PM show is at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets are $5 per night, $4 for members of WIDC, Filmmakers, the Center for New Television, students, and seniors. For more call 281-4988.

Thursday 9

There are still three guys out there ready to sell their mothers in order to be Da Mare of Chicago. Mayors, Wanna-Be’s and the Media is the topic of a discussion of the most recent chapter in the local soap opera, and features Channel Five’s Renee Ferguson, Channel Two’s Mike Flannery, the Sun-Times’s Steve Neal, and the Tribune’s Thomas Hardy. The free forum begins at noon at Columbia College’s Ferguson Memorial Theater, 600 S. Michigan. Call 663-1600 for details.

Toss a good cause in the path of the Dance Brigade and its five women members will sing, talk, and dance about it. There’s nothing in the group’s repertoire that’s not attached to a social issue, but even if you don’t agree with their politics, they’re worth seeing. They write that they deliberately avoid traditional female-dancer moves, using instead “broad, strong techniques that require physical strength as well as grace.” The group performs tonight and tomorrow at 8 at the Dancespace Performance Center in the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan. Tickets are $10, $8 in advance. Call 744-4404 for more.