When the Sandin Image Processor was developed at the University of Illinois in the late 1970s, it gave local video artists a unique and powerful tool with which to create and shape images. As a result, Chicago video has always had its own bold and experimental language. New Video–Chicago, the Video Data Bank’s current program, proves the continuing influence of the SIP, of which there are only a handful in the world. Tonight’s free screening–featuring seven artists, including Miroslav Rogala and Jeanine Mellinger–begins at 7 at the School of the Art Institute’s Gallery 2, 1040 W. Huron. For more info, call 443-3793.
J.S.G. Boggs has never claimed his drawings are money, but his uncanny reproductions of paper currency have been gladly and knowingly accepted by many merchants. In 1986, the Bank of England accused him of counterfeiting; when the trial hit the tabloids, it generated the kind of publicity real money can’t buy. Acquitted of all charges, Boggs will present Making Money: It’s So Simple at the Randolph Street Gallery tonight; he plans to make and then spend his “money” with the audience’s help. Tomorrow’s lecture, The Truth About . . ., will address money, sex, and art. Both performances begin at 8 at 756 N. Milwaukee. Admission for each show is $6, $4 for students and RSG members–only real U.S. currency, please. Reservations can be made by calling 666-7737.
Harry Golden Jr. of the Sun-Times made the city budget his personal beat in the he 21 years he covered City Hall. But when he died last summer, Golden left no heir to his obsession with the way government spends our money. The Citizens Information Service of Illinois knows it can’t fill Golden’s shoes, but it’ll try to unlock a few of the 1989 budget’s secrets when it sponsors The City Budget Process: What You Don’t Find Out at a Public Hearing. The free workshop runs from 9 to noon today in room 2 on the fourth floor of the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. For more information, call 939-4636.
“It is incorrect to classify the revolt of the Negro as simply a racial conflict of black against white, or as a purely American problem,” wrote Malcolm X in 1965. “Rather we are today seeing a global rebellion of the oppressed against the oppressor, the exploited against the exploiter.” Playwright and actor Charles Pace brings the civil-rights leader to life in a one-man show, Malcolm X, at 7:30 PM at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in room 250 of the Behavioral Sciences Building, 1007 W. Harrison. Tickets are $8, $10 at the door, $4 for students and the unemployed. “all 922-3915 or 276-5626.
When Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion vanished from National Public Radio’s feature lineup, Scottish singer Jean Redpath lost one of her regular gigs. But fans can catch her hire when she performs tonight at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 909 W. Armitage. Show time is 7:30 and tickets are $12, $10 for members, and $8 for Seniors and kids. For more, call 525-17793.
Karate is usually associated with Japan, but its origins can be traced to China more than 500 years ago. The art was refined in Okinawa in the 1600s, when the government forbade the carrying of weapons. Today it’s an all-American sport. Dozens of men, women, and children representing all levels of expertise, from white to black belts, will compete at the Regional Karate Tournament, beginning at 9:30 this morning in the Illinois Room of Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted. Admission is $5, $4 for University of Illinois at Chicago students, $3 for high-schoolers and children. Call 996-5795 or 283-8200 for details.
If the folks in the Revenue Department are really serious about getting parking-ticket scofflaws, they might stop by Catch a Rising Star tonight. Headliner Margaret Smith, a hometown girl and graduate of Second City, has been telling fans she moved to New York when she realized her parking fines totaled more than. $2,000. A David Letterman favorite, Smith has also appeared in The Blues Brothers, The Blob, and the recent Vibes. She’ll be performing at 8:30 at the club, located at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker. Tickets are $8 with a two-drink minimum. Call 565-4242.
Commercial artist Gregory Gaymont has hung out at Outtakes–the River North bar and gallery that has two enormous fish tanks with more than 400 exotic fish–long enough to get to know most of its staff, clientele, and marine life. Figuring it was time for a family portrait of sorts, Outtakes managers let Gaymont go wild with a Polaroid SX-70. The resulting show, Outcasts, includes 15 funny and warm instant photographs of the club’s employees, regulars, and fish. The show runs through November 1 at the gallery, 16 W. Ontario; hours are 4 to 2 Sunday through Friday, 4 to 3 AM Saturday. There’s a $3 cover Friday and Saturday, $2 on Sunday. For more, call 951-7979.
Using figurative images, symbols, text, dates, names of actual places, and biblical quotations, artist Muriel Nezhnie has produced an emotional collection of Images of the Holocaust, her current show at, Saint Xavier College. Widely exhibited, Nezhnie has spent ten years creating tapestries, drawings, paintings, and prints for this project. Today’s free opening reception at 3:30 will also feature a lecture by the artist. The show runs through November 5 in the SXC Gallery in the main campus building, 3700 W. 103rd St. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 to 5; and Saturday, noon to 5. Admission to the gallery is free. For more, call 779-3300, ext. 210.
Duane Jones, who played the last survivor in George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead, is the bloodhungry lead of Ganja and Hess, a dark and smoky 1973 classic of black horror cinema directed by Pill Gunn. The Film Center of the School of the Art Institute presents this film with the director’s original African-music sound track as part of its horror-genre series. Chuck Kleinhans lectures at 6 PM; the film follows. It’s all at the school, on the corner of Jackson and Columbus. Admission is $5, $3 for Film Center and Art Institute members. Call 443-3733 for more.
Established in 1965, the Assistant Directors Training Program is a joint venture of the California branch of the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, two of the most powerful film organizations in Hollywood today. So when the program’s administrator, Elizabeth Stanley, comes to town to discuss breaking into movies, she knows what she’s talking about. An Evening With the Assistant Directors Training Program includes straight talk on the required biweekly seminars and 400 days of on-the-job training. Sponsored by the Community Film Workshop, tonight’s meeting starts at 6 at 1130 S. Wabash. It’s free. For more, call 427-1245.
When Gil Thorp fan Matt Shaughnessy put together a silver-anniversary yearbook of the popular sports comic strip and gathered hundreds of fans at Justins bar and restaurant in 1983, Thorp creator Jack Berrill proclaimed Justins America’s official Gil Thorp establishment. Five years later, the popular north-side bar will be Honoring 30 Years of Gil Thorp beginning at 6:30 today. Shaughnessy has put together another collection of Thorp favorites that go back to 1958, titled Best of Gil Thorp, Volume II, which should serve as an invaluable source for tonight’s trivia game. There will also be a Gil Thorp look-alike contest and other activities. There’s no cover. Justins is at 3358 N. Southport, Call 929-4844.
Love him or hate him, there will probably not be another media manipulator as good as Ronald Reagan in the White House for a long time. As he stumps for George Bush, Reagan makes clear how uncomfortable both presidential nominees are in the spotlight. The Reagan magic is sure to be considered in tonight’s lecture by Dr. Doris Graber, Media Power in Campaign ’88. It’s free and begins at 7:30 at Governors State University, Route 54 and University Parkway in University Park. For more, call 534-5000, ext. 2422.