The Field Museum’s new $2.2 million exhibit, Inside Ancient Egypt, wouldn’t be complete without a new store to accommodate a full line of Egyptian goodies–from authentic antiques to cardboard fakes. Most of the real stuff comes from a private collection that has been in the U.S. for more than ten years. The less serious collector can always buy a T-shirt. The museum is at Roosevelt and Lake Shore Drive; the ancient-Egypt show is free with regular admission–$2 for adults, $1 for children and students with IDs, and 50 cents for seniors. Museum hours are 9 to 5 daily, but the Egyptian store is only open from 10 to 4:45. For more information call 922-9410.
“We’re not necessarily the most subversive artists,” admits Jeramy Turner, whose large-scale allegorical paintings are part of Our Aim Is to Destroy Them, the new show at the NNWAC Gallery. “But this really is some of the most subversive art in town.” Turner, a self-taught artist who moonlights as a security guard, depicts the tragicomedy of the ruling classes in her work. Also included in the show are Dread Scott’s (aka Scott Tyler) photo-based installations. A reception for the artists will be held tonight at 6 at the gallery, 1579 N. Milwaukee. Gallery hours are noon to 5 Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit is free and runs through December 18. Call 477-9832 or 384-5853 for more.
Try a taste of Holland at the Dutch Flea Market, starting at 11 AM at the Heartland Cafe. There will be hot cider, fresh pies, and plenty of books, postcards, tools, vintage clothes, and other items for sale. Sjaak Blaauw, an honest-to-goodness Dutch street barker, will be on hand to do his routine at the children’s toy table from 1:30 to 2:30. Then stay for the auction at 2:30, which features an antique toboggan, a baseball autographed by Mickey Mantle, and a Minnie Minoso baseball card. If you’ve got a few things around the house that you no longer use, bring them down to the flea market and make a quick tax-deductible contribution. All proceeds go to the Family Resource Center, a not-for-profit child-welfare agency. The Heartland is at 7000 N. Glenwood, and the market’s free to browsers. Call 334-2300 for details.
An amazing convention of national and local feminist thinkers–including Bella Abzug, Susan Alberts, Heather Booth, Jacky Grimshaw, Angelina Pedrosa, Irena Klepfisz–will be heard at today’s symposium, Jewish Feminism: A Call to the Future. Sponsored by the American Jewish Congress and Spertus College of Judaica, the all-day affair runs from 9:30 to 4 at the college, 618 S. Michigan. Registration fees are $100 for benefactors and $40 for the general public, but partial scholarships are available. For details call 332-7355.
When Ronald Reagan named Jeane J. Kirkpatrick the chief U.S. representative to the United Nations (an organization for which, until recently, he had nothing but disdain), she was the first woman ever to serve in that post. Her tenure, however, didn’t signal a feminist advancement. Kirkpatrick took Reagan’s macho foreign-policy postures and made them her own. She’ll surely be in good spirits discussing the results of the recent Israeli election as tonight’s keynote speaker at the annual Scopus Dinner of the American Friends of the Hebrew University. Admission to the gala–in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker–is a tax-deductible $200. Reservations are required. There wall be a reception at 6 PM followed by dinner at 6:45. Call 236-6395 for more.
Gypsies enjoy a reputation for natural musicianship, and their passionate repertoire has inspired nongypsy composers such as Liszt, Brahms, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and Strauss. The Zingara Gypsy Ensemble plays folk and classical gypsy music with traditional exuberance tonight at 7 at Southend Musicworks, 224 N. Desplaines. Tickets are $6. For more call 283-0531.
The work of Pulitzer prizewinners Dick Locher, Bill Mauldin, Jules Feiffer, Pat Oliphant, and 70 other cartoonists from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines will be offered in a silent auction during Columbia College’s John Fischetti Scholarship Endowment benefit. The five-day exhibit at the Walton Street Gallery begins with a free reception from 5 to 8 tonight. Locher, Jack Higgins, and Roger Schillerstrom will create sketches during the reception that will be sold tonight in a live auction by WMAQ TV entertainment reporter Norman Mark. The works will be up through Saturday at the gallery, 58 E. Walton; hours are 10 to 8 Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Call 663-1600.
The Mexican-American communities’ “Dia de los Muertos” festivities–some of the events are unique to Chicago–stretch through late November. Pilsen Traditions: The Arts of the Mexican-American Community is the title of today’s panel discussion with Jose G. Gonzalez, Juana Guzman, Louise Ano Nuevo Kerr, Margy McClain, and Victor Sorell. The free forum begins at 7 PM at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1852 W. 19th St. 663-5400.
All eyes focused on John Kennedy Jr. at this summer’s Democratic convention, but there are plenty of other Kennedy kids seeking the political spotlight. Joe Kennedy is already a congressman from Massachusetts, and 21-year-old Patrick Kennedy begins his first term as a Rhode Island state legislator in January. Sure to make her mark is Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Bobby and Ethel’s daughter, whose failed bid for a Maryland congressional seat will not deter her from trying again. Kennedy Townsend is tonight’s featured speaker in the Old Saint Patrick’s Church series “The Challenge of Public Life: Politics as a Vocation.” Her 7 PM talk will be preceded by a 5:30 PM mass and supper at 6 ($5). The church is at 700 W. Adams. Donations will be accepted after the speech. Call 782-6171 to make reservations, which are required.
Most art grants are for not-for-profit groups. But some funding sources, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, have monies reserved for individual artists’ projects. Tonight’s program, Focus on Grants, features three longtime Chicago grant experts willing and able to provide information on individual-artist grant sources and applications. Sponsored by the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, it begins at 7:30 PM at DePaul University’s Stuart Center, 2324 N. Seminary. It’s free. Call 670-2060 for more.
The Altgeld Institute, a new project of the state Democratic party, boasts an executive committee that’s a who’s who of lakefront liberals and black and Hispanic progressives. The group’s first public event, Where to From Here? The Progressive Agenda After Election ’88, will be a panel discussion featuring ubiquitous media wiz David Axelrod and Sun-Times columnist Vernon Jarrett. It should provide plenty of room for both whining and bravado. The admission price of $25 gets you dinner and discussion at 6:30 PM; there’ll be a cash bar and social hour at 5:30. It’s all at the Midland Hotel, 172 W. Adams. 764-3617.
After Jesse Jackson made drugs an issue in the presidential contest, both George Bush and Michael Dukakis spent quite a bit of stump time talking about the drug problem–mandatory testing, zero tolerance, economic sanctions. What neither acknowledged is that we’re probably losing the war on drugs. One way to change that, some experts say, is to decriminalize drugs. Should Drugs Be Decriminalized? is the topic at today’s panel discussion sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, featuring national ACLU executive director Ira Glasser, U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas, Chicago Public Schools drug-abuse prevention coordinator Dr. Rose J. Gordon, Northwestern’s Dr. Lee Gladstone, and Dr. John P. Morgan. The forum begins at 7:30 PM at the Midland Hotel, 172 W. Adams. A cash bar opens at 6:30. Admission is $5. Call 427-7330 for more.