Friday 12

Practically from the moment he was stricken at his City Hall desk, people have been trying to define The Legacy of Harold Washington. If Charles Branham’s free lecture on that subject today at Northwestern University is true to Harold’s spirit, it will be both biting and fun. It’s part of Northwestern’s celebration of black history month and starts at 4 PM in the African-American Student Affairs office, 1914 Sheridan Road in Evanston. Call 491-3610 for more information.

Remember being told that in polite company one did not discuss religion, sex, or politics? Imagine a conversation with Starhawk, the author of Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex and Politics and Truth or Dare: Encounters of Power, Authority and Mystery. The California (natch) lecturer will read from these tomes and more tonight at 7:30 at the Orrington Hotel, 1710 Orrington in Evanston. It’s $10. She’ll be giving workshops Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM on Healing the Dismembered World for a mere $126. Call the Oasis Center at 274-6777 for a full explanation.

Saturday 13

Don Reger is a mild-mannered Joliet engineer 364 days a year. But one day every year (he boasts it’s the only time) he becomes Rogue Reger, a tough-talking, merciless champ and the world’s greatest hearts player. Count on him to be sneering his way through the competition at the Sixth Annual Cutthroat Hearts Tournament beginning today at 9 AM at the Louis Joliet Renaissance Center, 214 N. Ottawa in Joliet. Sponsored by the International Society of Hearts Players, the tournament guarantees three games to each player for the $7 entry fee; free to onlookers. For more information, call 815-726-1840.

Jeff Spitz wasn’t even out of college when he had a crazy idea for a documentary on a school that had defied its time by dedicating itself to racial harmony. To add to the madness, he approached the producer of TV’s The Gong Show for partial funding. Amazingly, it all worked, and Spitz produced the Emmy-winning The Roosevelt Experiment: An Integrated College in a Segregated City, a historical bio of the late Mayor Washington’s alma mater. The 2 PM screening is part of the black history month schedule at the Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. It’s free. Call 728-8652 for more information.

Surely she’s had other offers, but sculptor Louise Nevelson has only done one stage set in her long career, and that’s the dramatic black-and-gold setting for Christoph Willibald Gluck’s opera, Orpheus and Euridice. You remember these two: she gets bitten by a snake while avoiding rape, then he goes to plead her case in the underworld. It almost works, but for his impatience. Opening tonight, the show runs through February 24 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Show times are 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 3 on Sundays, and 7:30 on Wednesdays. Tickets are $36, $28, and $14. For reservations and other details, call 663-0048.

Sunday 14

The Chicago Area Women’s Sports Association is sure that, given half a chance, women would storm fitness facilities in the city. That’s why it has reserved time today from 1 to 3 at the Brandecker Fitness Center, 1515 W. Monroe, not only to make the point, but also for general exercise, volleyball, basketball, and swimming for any woman looking for gym time at a reasonable fee. Join the CAWSA at 12:45 at the center with $5 in hand and a good, sweaty time in mind. Call 323-4045 for more.

Gerri’s Palm Tavern on 47th Street helped make the south side a capital of nightlife during the 1940s and ’50s. Gerri’s is in the spotlight again as a backdrop for an hour-long TV special, Precious Moments: Strollin’ 47th Street, on Channel 11 (WTTW) at 8. Chicago’s own Kuumba Theatre re-creates the scene, those who lived it the first time around retell it, and the Giants of Jazz play hits of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Muddy Waters.

Monday 15

Talk about a blast from the past. One of the original angry young black men, Stokely Carmichael, now known as Kwame Ture, will pose the question Was the Civil Rights Movement a Success? today at noon after a special screening of Eyes on the Prize, the award-winning documentary about the struggle. It’s another black history month event, it’s free, and it’s in the Douglass Library, room 103 at Chicago State University, 95th Street at King Drive. For more, call 995-2300.

There’s nothing like a friend. When Nancy Reiff, a popular north-side businesswoman and activist, was seriously injured in an automobile accident last September, her pals moved right in to make life easier, They’re still at it, as evidenced by tonight’s special benefit to help Nancy–who has no insurance or income to cover the continuing medical expenses. The show features the Baton Lounge’s drag revue, Cherine Alexander (Miss Continental ’84-85), and a host of other Chicago entertainers. Curtain times are at 8 and 10:30 at the Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark. There’s a suggested donation of $10. Call 644-5269 for more.

Good friends aren’t Nancy’s alone. Rom-Aid will benefit local comic Romie Angelich, whose unexpected medical expenses depleted her funds. Romie’s pals–Greg Glienna, Joey Gutierrez, Mark Roberts, Mike Toomey, and Jim Wiggins, all familiar to comedy-club goers–start the fun at 8:30 tonight at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells. They’re asking for a $10 donation towards Romie’s bills. For more information, call 337-4027 or 528-4007.

Tuesday 16

Way back when, Division Street, with its wide sidewalks and lively shopping areas, was called the Polish Broadway. Today it’s one of many battered roads in the city’s 27-mile boulevard system. Hear all about them at Chicago’s Boulevards: Their Brilliant Pasts and Bright Future, a discussion led by Maria Choca and Arthur Troczyk of the Department of Planning. Sponsored by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, the talk is $4 for council members, $5 for all others. It begins at 5:30 PM at the Traders Building, 401 S. LaSalle. Call 922-1742 for more information.

Wednesday 17

If you haven’t had it with the significance of Iowans, you may want to consider voting for one. Daryl J. Kollman, a scientist and independent presidential aspirant on a “Friends of the Earth” platform, speaks tonight at 7:30 at the Institute of Cultural Affairs, 4750 N. Sheridan. It’s a freebie and will focus mostly on his environmental policies. For more details, dial 225-8464.

Figment of the mass imagination? Weather balloons? Russian spy satellites? John Timmerman of the Center for UFO Studies insists there’s something up there, as he explains in his slide lecture The Mystery of UFOs, presented tonight at 7:30 at the Evanston Recreation Department’s Leisure Learning Center, 1700 Maple in Evanston. It’s only $6. Call 328-0040 for more information.

Thursday 18

Fatal Attraction struck a strong chord in its audience because of its violent depiction of sexual dependency. Was it on the money, or just heightened fantasy? Rachel Lavin, a psychotherapist specializing in addictive behaviors, tackles the issue of Sexual Dependency in the 80s in a provocative noon discussion today at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior. Admission is $3. For more information, call 266-2360.

Ariel Dorfman is one of Chile’s greatest writers, but in a sad tradition, most of his writing has been done since he was forced into exile by his country’s oppressive totalitarian government. Widows, a Dorfman novel adapted for the stage, makes its North American premiere tonight at 7:30 at the UIC Theatre, 1040 W. Harrison. Tickets are $6. The show will run through February 27. For more information, call 996-2939 or 996-3187.