Friday 2

Latino Youth is an alternative high school located near Pilsen and Little Village. With its creative and dedicated faculty, Latino Youth offers counseling, job placement, and a variety of educational and vocational programs. The school has moved into new facilities on Cermak Road and is throwing a party to raise funds for rehabbing. Its Building a Second Chance Celebration will feature Miami Vice star Edward James Olmos, music by the Mexican ensemble Cuerdas Clasicas, the McDonald’s Hispanic Heritage Art Contest exhibition, a special viewing of the Day of the Dead show, and a silent auction of original works by Latino artists, including local sensation Alejandro Romero. It starts at 5 PM at the Mexican Fine Arts Museum, 1852 W. 19th St. Tickets are a tax-deductible $25. Call 277-0400.

Released from the pressure of competition, the athletes involved in the Panasonic Gymnastics ’88 Victory Tour will be putting on a show just for fun. Watch for Northbrook’s bronze-medal winner, Phoebe Mills, to repeat her Olympic routine. Also featured will be Curtis Hibbert, the Canadian star who won the first gymnastics medal for his country–which was also the first gymnastics medal won by a black athlete–at last year’s World Championships. Also on the bill are other performers from the Soviet, American, and Canadian teams. The defying of gravity begins at 7:30 PM at the Rosemont Horizon, 6920 N. Mannheim Road in Rosemont. Tickets are $15 and $17.50 at the Rosemont box office or through TicketMaster, 559-1212. There’s a $2.50 discount for seniors and kids under 12. For information call 635-6600.

Saturday 3

Rather than battle the maddening crowds in the Loop when you go Christmas shopping, take the el to the Igloo Theater, where Annette Paskiewicz has organized Staging a Sale, a one-day show of unique art gifts. Featuring a group of 15 area artists and their wares–including leather handbags by Paskiewicz, decorated shoes by Gena Parkhurst, and handmade jewelry by Mary Black–the show runs from 10 to 6 today at 4022 N. Sheridan. Prices range from $10 to $300. Call 878-4821.

In 1973, when Augusto Pinochet overthrew Salvador Allende, the democratically elected president of Chile, the general envisioned an eternity of military rule. After years of unrest Pinochet finally submitted to a plebiscite; to his surprise, the Chilean people voted overwhelmingly to hold elections. Eyewitness Report: The Elections in Chile is a talk with slides by William Crotty, a professor at Northwestern University who was an observer during Chile’s recent referendum. It starts at 7 PM at the New World Resource Center, 1476 W. Irving Park. It’s free, but a hat may be passed. Call 348-3370.

Willie Gault, the Bears’ former lightning-fast receiver, may have been onto something when he started taking ballet lessons. Sentience, a new “movement performance” company, combines such diverse disciplines as ballet, football, and t’ai chi ch’uan in its show tonight, On the Line. Company members will move along to everything from Scott Joplin to Top 40, and the final tune will include a dance-along with the audience. Start tapping your toes at 8:30 at Link’s Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. Tickets are $10. Call 281-8953.

Sunday 4

As part of the DuSable Museum of African American History’s monthly story-telling program, traditional African folktales for children will be presented today by storyteller Bonita Edwards, beginning at 2 in the museum, 740 E. 56th Place. The program is free with museum admission: $2 for adults, $1 for students and seniors, and 50 cents for children under 12. For more call 947-0600.

Performance poet Jean Howard’s last piece, “Psychopoetica”–about fear, death, and mortality–was appropriately staged in a former funeral home. For tonight’s The Act of Lunacy, Howard appears to have picked another perfect setting: the Green Mill, lounge, home of the crazy cats who run the Uptown Poetry Slam. The mike is open at 7; Howard will follow at 8 as the featured artist; and two finalists will slug it out at 9 for the Winter Slam Championship Bout. It’s $3 at the door, 4802 N. Broadway. For more call 878-5552.

Monday 5

The 1959 Aeolian-Skinner organ at Saint Pauls United Church of Christ has 92 sets of pipes totaling more than 5,500 individual pipes. They range in size from less than one inch to 32 feet long, and create quite a wall of sound. They’ll be getting a workout tonight when the American Guild of Organists presents a candlelight concert of Advent and Christmas carols and readings. Featuring a choir and organists Sammie S. Hill Jr., Lee McGinty, David R. Lornson, and Roger D. Stanley, the concert begins at 7:30 PM at Saint Pauls, 2335 N. Orchard. It’s free, but an offering will be taken. For more call 935-0079.

The trend may be toward torch singers such as Denise Tomasello and Barbara Wilson, but Irish balladeer Karen Morrissey can make ’em laugh and cry the old-fashioned way. She’ll be appearing from 9 to 1 tonight at Kitty O’Sheas, the authentic Irish pub in the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan. Kitty’s has a full Irish menu and plenty of Guinness on tap. There’s no cover and no minimum. Call 922-4400.

Tuesday 6

Club Lower Links’ diversified programming brings in writers on Tuesdays. Today’s readings are from new texts by Stephen Lapthisophon and William Fuller, two renowned locals. Fuller is the author of The Coal Jealousies; his new book, byt, is forthcoming. Lapthisophon isnt merely concerned about words and what they sound like, but also what they look like: his Domestic Security in America is included in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s permanent collection of artists’ books. Show time is 8 PM, and there’s a $3 cover. The club is downstairs at 954 W. Newport. For details call 248-5238.

Wednesday 7

When she was involved with Travelers and Immigrants Aid and later with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Caryn Berman was the energy behind some of the most organized, and more creative, approaches to the AIDS epidemic. Now the coordinator for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s AIDS Advisory Council, Berman continues her grass-roots-oriented efforts and has brought together more than a dozen organizations for a community forum on AIDS. Among the groups are the Pilsen Catholic Youth Center, the Better Boys Foundation, the city’s Department of Health, the Hispanic AIDS Network, the Kupona Network, Catholic Charities, and the North Lawndale Network’s “Better Babies Association.” The forum runs from 8 to 1 today in Room 509 of the Chicago Circle Center, 710 S. Halsted. It’s free. Call 996-4654 for details.

Thursday 8

“Experts” are beginning to realize that the people who live in public housing usually know more about running their buildings than most managers in municipal programs. Public Housing: Is Tenant Management the Solution? is the topic of today’s free noon forum at Columbia College. It features a panel that includes three public-housing residents who are changing the way their housing developments operate. Also on the bill is a screening of clips from the award-winning documentary on public housing Fired-Up! It all takes place in the Ferguson Theater at the school, 600 S. Michigan. For more information call 663-1600.

When Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (is that oxymoronic or what?) candidate squeaked by in summer’s presidential contest, the talk on the street was that he’d actually lost but had been saved by vote fraud. With a lack of popular support, a decline in world oil prices, and an almost certain recession in the United States, President Salinas is in for a rough ride during the next few years. Mexico’s Uncertain Future is the title of a presentation by John Coatsworth, a professor at the University of Chicago and the author of two books on Mexican economic history as well as a forthcoming one on U.S. relations with Central America. His free lecture, which is part of the library’s “Society in Focus” series, begins at 12:15 PM in the Cultural Center theater, 78 E. Washington. Call 269-2830.