Draw a line between the nuclear plants, waste sites, and assorted “hot spots” in northern Illinois and you’ll have the Nuke Loop. This weekend, Redirected Energies (formerly Citizens Against Nuclear Power and Weapons) has an ambitious tour planned; the group will visit these sites, hold political powwows with residents, and generally dramatize the problems caused by the state’s dependence on nuclear power. Campsites will be available along the tour; the four-day, three-night, pay-your-own-way extravaganza begins with a noon rally at the Henry Moore “Nuclear Energy” statue on Ellis Avenue near 56th Street. Participants will then leave for Zion. To join the tour call 226-3248.
Who Shot JFK? isn’t theater exactly, but it seems too rococo to be dismissed as just a lecture. Bob Harris was a Chicago comedian until the conspiracy bug hit him; he’s spent two years investigating the crime of the century, and has turned his evidence into a dizzying multimedia presentation. That evidence is reported to be convincing, and one reviewer noted that it’s the only theater you’ll see where bibliographies rather than programs are handed out. The show plays tonight at the Roxy, 1505 W. Fullerton, at 8 PM. A donation of $8 is requested. Call 472-8100 for more information.
Mushrooms Beneath the Trees is the title of the first of the Park District’s many September nature walks, and one sure to lift the spores of mycophiles everywhere, even sleepyheads dismayed at the walk’s 8 AM start. Meet at the field house of Columbus Park, 500 S. Central. A “Bird Sanctuary” walk meets at 8 AM tomorrow morning at the seabird house of the Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive; and the don’t-remind-us “Summer’s End” walk meets one week from tomorrow at 8:30 AM on the wooden bridge by the lagoon in Gomper’s Park, 4222 W. Foster. The walks are free. Call 294-2493 for details.
A Japanese tea ceremony, a Pakistani wedding, and free three-minute phone calls to anywhere in the world are a few of the things to expect at the first Asian Fest, today, tomorrow, and Monday at Navy Pier, Grand Avenue and the lake. Food, cultural exhibits, and music and dance from a total of 21 countries will be featured at the festival, which kicks off at 11 today with a parade beginning at Michigan and Van Buren, and includes fireworks at 8 tonight. Admission is $5, $2 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12, and free to kids under 6. Festival hours are 11 to 9 each day; call 624-1223 for more information.
Club 950’s ninth-anniversary celebrations conclude with tonight’s DJ tunes; a free poster will be given to the first 100 people through the door at 950 W. Wrightwood. The dance club’s doors open at 9 PM, with no cover until 10 PM; thereafter, it’s $3. Call 929-8955 for more information.
The lyrical fields in which the Didjits wander are something less than romantic. Consider “Skullbaby”: “Mama had a skullbaby and it SCREEEEEEEEEEM!!! / All night long … / Skullbaby yeh Skullbaby / Na na na na Skullbaby.” Or take “Plate in My Head,” which goes “I gotta plate in my head from Vietnam / I gotta plate in my head / A plate in my head / A plate in my head / A plate in my head / I gotta plate in my head from Vietnam.” The four-man band from Champaign boasts a convulsive guitar attack to support these painful portraits and an occasional killer hook, as in the sultry and smokin’ “Joliet.” The group’s newest release is a two-song single with a scarifying cover called “Lovesicle”–a parody of Prince’s Lovesexy, but with Didjits bassist Joe Evans au naturel center stage. He’s not as sexy as Prince. The Didjits, fully amplified, will make a free in-store appearance at the new Reckless Records, 3157 N. Broadway, today at 4 PM. Call 404-5080 for more info.
If the four chemical bases that make up DNA are assigned four musical notes, the sequence of the bases in a chain of DNA can become a symphony. Today is the last day to hear a synthesizer play the genetic song of the human body, a 25-minute presentation given every hour on the hour at the Museum of Science and Industry. The museum, 57th Street at Lake Shore Drive, is open from 9:30 to 5:30. Admission is free; call 684-1414.
Today’s the deadline for entering the Public Library Cultural Center’s film- trivia contest. Those giving the correct answers to seven questions–which are available at the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington–are eligible for a drawing: six copies of Trivial Pursuit, Volume II will be awarded on September 11. The contest was designed to publicize the library’s monthlong tribute to the movies, “Silver Screen.” The series begins tomorrow with a 12:15 PM lecture by J. Fred MacDonald, “Fifty Years of Film History.” The series will also include a variety of films (Annie Hall, Rain Man, and the premiere of Heist), makeup and special-effects demonstrations, and lectures. It’s all free; all events are at the Cultural Center. For more information call 346-3278.
When gentrification drives the poor out of Uptown, no one seems to care. But when the same economic force raises the taxes in Lincoln Park, all hell breaks loose–and suddenly the papers are full of the news. The Association of Condominium, Townhouse & Homeowners Associations is holding a seminar tonight on the increased tax assessments that have caused such a tizzy on the north and northwest sides this year. “You can deal constructively with the assessment by learning what you can do to fight this increase,” the group promises. A lot of crocodile tears are sure to be shed by people sitting on property worth between a quarter and a half million dollars. The 7 PM meeting is free to members of ACTHA, a steep $10 for nonmembers; it’s held in the safe confines of the northwest suburb of Buffalo Grove, at the Kingswood Methodist Church, 401 W. Dundee. Call 987-1906 for more information.
“Rugby mixes the skill and fitness of a ball-handling game with the rugged strength necessary for making football-type tackles without any equipment. The combination of strength and speed makes for an exciting game at any level.” That’s rugby all right–and players run for two 40-minute halves, with one five-minute break! A glimpse of international-style rugby can be had today at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St., in Tinley Park, when the Irish National Rugby Team faces off against the USA-Midwest Division at 6:30 PM. Tickets can be had for $7 in advance, $8 at the door. Call 281-4182 or 327-5747 for tickets and details.
The Ravenswood Industrial Council–a 150-member business group from the Ravenswood Corridor–is doing its best to revitalize the once-strong factory district. Tonight the council offers a lecture on recent changes in Illinois’ unemployment laws, to be given by Carol A. Gabrielsen, who just happens to be the president of a company called Unemployment Cost Control Service, Inc. The lecture is at 11:45 AM in the Cameo Room of Johnnie Wiegelt’s, 3910 N. Damen. It’s $10 a person, with a cash bar; call 525-9110 for more information.
“A humorous look at the trials and tribulations of the beginning quiltmaker” is how Illinois Quilters, Inc., describes Ami Simms’s talk, “Don’t Make the Same Mistakes I Did.” Simms will speak at 7:30 tonight at the quilters’ meeting at Beth Hillel Congregation, 3220 Big Tree Road in Wilmette. Admission is $4. Call 328-8525.