Given the strong showing by the right wing ARENA Party in El Salvador’s elections, the dedication of the annual Good Friday Walk for Justice to the memory of Archbishop Oscar Romero seems particularly appropriate. Members of ARENA, including former president Roberto D’Aubuisson, have been linked to the 1980 murder of Romero, a strong advocate of human rights in Central America. The commemorative walk, which is sponsored by the Eighth Day Center for Justice, begins at noon at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on the corner of Clark and Van Buren and ends at Tribune Plaza on Michigan Avenue. Stops along the route represent the 14 stations of the cross, and meditations on various causes will be offered at each. It’s free. For details call 427-4351.
A catalogue of Walker Evans photos in the Smithsonian identifies each photo in the collection with a short utilitarian description. Jin Lee has taken some of this prose, mounted it on a white background, and framed it in white–to force the viewer to imagine what the photo looks like. Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photos depict spectators inside movie houses; the theater and people are visible, but the screen is white. Lee and Sugimoto are two of eight featured artists in Problems With Reading Rereading, a new show at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery that encourages spectators to consider how they interpret and evaluate art. The free opening reception is tonight from 5 to 7 at the gallery, 215 W. Superior. Viewing is free Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 to 5:30 and Saturday from 11 to 5:30. The show runs through April 22. For more call 951-8828.
Thuy Thanh Vu came to the U.S. more than ten years ago as a Vietnamese boat person. Today she’s a reporter with the San Diego Union and a spokesperson for refugee concerns. As the mother of four and recipient of the National Organization for Women’s 21st Century Woman award for community service, Vu is a role model for the modern Southeast Asian woman. She’ll be the keynote speaker at today’s traditional celebration, Trung Sisters Day, which begins at 10 at Truman College. According to Vietnamese legend, the Trung sisters raised an army of mostly women who drove invaders out of Vietnam in 40 AD. Today’s free festival also features traditional rituals, a flower-arranging exhibit, a fashion show of traditional costumes, and Vietnamese food. It’s at the college, 1145 W. Wilson. Call 728-3700.
In The Gathering, a play about the last hour of the Last Supper, the disciples bicker about who’ll lead the movement after Jesus is gone. It’s an appropriate scene to consider during the first election since the death of Harold Washington. Written by Rolf, Eric, and Josephine Forsberg, the play ends its tenth-anniversary run tonight at 8 and 10 at the Lincoln Turner Building, 1023 W. Diversey. Tickets are $9 and reservations axe a good idea. Call 477-8022.
The Moosehead Bar & Grill has a reputation as a hot night spot, but it’s a pretty good joint on Sunday mornings too. The New Orleans-style brunch features lots of shrimp, crayfish, jambalaya, gumbo, hush puppies, corn bread, tarts, and cobbler for $10.95–and that includes a glass of champagne and the John Redfield Trio playing jazz. Brunch runs from 11 to 2:30 at 163 W. Harrison. Call 922-3276.
Bea Nettles wrote Breaking the Rules: A Photo Media Cookbook, considered by many to be the bible of photographic alternative processes–experimenting with, among other things, pinhole cameras, xerography, and magazine rubbings. But for all the boldness of her techniques, Nettles has been surprisingly tame in her choice of subject matter. “Life’s Lessons: A Mother’s Journal,” the project she worked on while on a 1988 National Endowment for the Arts grant, continues her focus on her experiences as a parent. The work is featured in “Photography Illinois: Barbara Crane, Robert Heinecken, Kenneth Josephson, Nathan Lerner, Ray Metzker, Joyce Neimanas, Bea Nettles and Charles Swedlund,” which runs through May 12 at the State of Illinois Gallery, 100 W. Randolph. There’ll be a reception for the artists from 5 to 7 PM on Friday, March 31. Viewing is free Monday through Friday from 10 to 6. Call 917-5322 for more.
When Jerry “Iceman” Butler won a seat on the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 1986, the downtown papers said his nickname came from his cool singing style. But Butler, who had several hits in the 60s–including “Find Another Girl” and “Only the Strong Survive”–actually got the name because he had an early ambition to be an ice sculptor. He gave up that dream when he and his boyhood pal, Curtis Mayfield, recorded “For Your Precious Love” in 1958, which The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll considers the first soul record. Butler is performing at the plush Moulin Rouge in the Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus, through April 2. Show times are 9:30 PM Tuesday through Thursday, 9 and 11 Friday and Saturday, and 9:30 Sunday. Tickets are $20 and $22, $15 for the late shows on the weekend. Call 565-7440.
“Bobbie Ann Mason is one of those rare writers who, by concentrating their attention on a few square miles of native turf, are able to open up new and surprisingly wide worlds for the delighted reader,” says critic Robert Towers in the New York Review of Books. Mason’s turf is western Kentucky, where she grew up. Though she now lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Mason says her tales will continue to take place in the Bluegrass State. Mason reads from her new collection of short stories, Love Life, at 7:30 tonight at Barbara’s Bookstore, 2907 N. Broadway. The book’s $17.95, but the reading’s free. Call 642-5044 for more.
The Columbian Exposition of 1893 left an architectural legacy in Jackson Park. It also left an intellectual treasure in the papers that were presented at the Congress of Ideas, which ran at the same time. So when Chicago was in the running for the 1992 World’s Fair, the Illinois Humanities Council talked with academic and civic leaders about putting together a project patterned after the Congress of Ideas to be called Chicago Seminars on the Future. Community groups squashed the notion of a 1992 World’s Fair, but the seminars idea survived. The first of nine is today, with belief and religion as its topic. “Belief in 1893 had to do with two religions, Christianity and Judaism,” says the council’s Eileen Mackevich. “It had to do with understanding ourselves. But today we begin with the idea of understanding other people’s beliefs. We think that’s especially important given that the fastest growing religion in the United States is Islam.” Two years in the planning, the free seminar runs from 10 to 4 at the Chicago Access Corporation, 322 S. Green. Panels will feature guests such as former alderman Reverend Dick Simpson and former president of the Board of Education Reverend Ken Smith. For details call 939-5212.