Since graduating from the School of the Art Institute in 1987, award-winning photographer Joe Ziolkowski has been all over town. His ironic, often quirky self-portraits in A Year in the Life of Joe Z . . . are evidence of that. The free exhibit at N.A.M.E. Gallery, 700 N. Carpenter, is supported in part by the NEA and runs through January 27. An opening reception starts at 6 tonight. The gallery’s regular hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday. Call 226-0671.
When Joan Silber published her first novel, Household Words, the Tribune said, “Unqualified praise goes to this rarity: an extraordinary novel about ordinary people.” Silber’s work is filled with nuance and heartbreak. She and hometown fave Maximo Chernoff, whom Silber calls “a fine, inventive talent,” will present new works at 7 tonight at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior. Sponsored by Key Street, with a grant from the Chicago Office of Fine Arts, it’s $3. Seating is limited. For more information call 266-2350.
Fate dealt the family of Ukrainian dissident Eugene Sverstiuk a particularly bad hand: Eugene was left paralyzed after an accident, and his daughter Hanusia, who was born shortly after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, developed a brain tumor. All the proceeds from the bazaar held by the Coalition of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations for the Greater Chicago Area will go to the Sverstiuks, who recently arrived in the U.S. The bazaar features handcrafted children’s clothing, toys, ceramics, wall decorations, and other artwork. It runs from 9:30 to 7 today and tomorrow at the Home of Ukrainian Seniors, 2357 W. Chicago. There’s no admission charge. For more call 384-2628 or 969-1117.
Real estate tax reassessment is hitting the north side, stunning residents with monstrous new bills. You can find out all the details by attending Your New Real Estate Tax Bill: Can Anything Be Done?, a talk by Leonard F. Amari, former general counsel of the Cook County assessor’s office. The workshop begins at 9:30 AM at 1103 W. Webster, and it’s absolutely free. Seating is limited. Call 281-1870.
“I think of my art as a monument to my people,” says Gerard Rancourt Tsonakwa, who is featured with his wife, Yolaikia Wapitaska, in Tsonakwa and Yolaikia: Legends in Stone, Bone, and Wood, a new exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History. Abnaki Indians from Quebec, they make wooden masks, stone sculptures, and carved miniatures from deer antlers. “Antler, like bone and horn, represents the seed of new life,” explains Yolaikia. “Shed seasonally by the deer, it suggests the regenerative powers on earth.” The show runs through February 19 at the museum, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive, in the Webber Resource Center for Native Cultures of the Americas, and may be viewed from noon to 5 on weekdays and 10 to 5 on weekends. it’s free with regular museum admission: $3 for adults; $2 for seniors, students with IDs, and children 6 through 17; and $10 maximum for a family. Thursdays are free. For details call 922-9410.
After eight years of fun, the experimental-music ensemble Liof Munimula is about to make its vinyl debut with The Jonah Syndrome. Avant-garde, multimedia men Michael Zerang, Don Meckley, and Daniel Scanlan will play with radios, guitars, typewriters, banjos, maracas, “garbage” electronics, and much more at tonight’s record-release party. Carl Watson will read fiction, and Reader cartoonist P.S. Mueller will emcee. It starts at 9 PM at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont, and it’s free. Call 281-8788 for more.
For those worried about both etiquette and political correctness, Christmas cards designed by imprisoned Puerto Rican patriots may be just the thing. They’re available–along with embroidery, cosmetics, calendars, posters, records and tapes by Puerto Rican artists, and mountain-grown Puerto Rican coffee–at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s Christmas sale. Today’s hours are from 10 to 3 at 1671 N. Claremont. The sale runs through December 24. Call 342-8023.
The Museum of Science and Industry’s 47th annual Christmas Around the World Festival gives local choirs an opportunity to strut their stuff. Today’s performance schedule features the River Grove School at 10 AM; the Worthwood and Worth Combined Fifth-Grade Chorus at 10:45; the Pulling Family at 11:30; the Curie High School Intermediate Mixed Chorus at 12:15; the Saint Isaac Jogues Youth Choir at 1; and the Hicks Piano Studio at 1:45. The museum is located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. The music program is free, as are museum admission and parking. For details call 684-1414.
Women use many racial, ethnic, and sexual-orientation labels to distinguish among themselves. Moving Beyond Labels in the Women’s Community is the title of tonight’s program at Kinheart, which will explore what women have in common underneath the labels. The women-only session begins at 7:30 at 2214 Ridge in Evanston. It’s $3 for members, $2 for students and women who earn less than $10,000 a year, and $5 for all others. For more call 491-1103.
When Mayor Harold Washington died last year, the fifth floor of City Hall had a display of gifts he’d received during his first term in office from heads of state, diplomats, community leaders, and private citizens. This collection of Washington memorabilia has been moved to the Public Library Cultural Center, where it will be on exhibit through June 30. The gifts will eventually be on permanent display at the Harold Washington Library Center when it’s completed in 1991. The Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, is open from 9 to 7 on weekdays, 9 to 6 on Friday, and 9 to 5 on Saturday. Admission to the exhibit is free. Call 738-7634 for more.
“Most adults simply fail to recognize their own power,” says Paul Kelly, a Greater Alliance of Prevention Systems coordinator and a featured speaker at today’s community alcohol/other drug prevention training seminar. “The training seminars help adults to understand how influential they are in helping kids stay drug free.” The free workshop begins at 10 AM at the Bobby Wright mental-health center, 9 S. Kedzie, For more call 722-7900.
“Whether photographing a fossil tooth, a desiccated monkey, or a bog woman, I feel a sense of privilege and responsibility,” says Rosamond Wolff Purcell, whose graceful photographs of preserved animal specimens will be on exhibit at the Field Museum of Natural History through February 26. “I think of the animals as expressing in various ways life after death.” You can see Illuminations: A Bestiary free with the regular museum admission, which is $3 for adults; $2 for seniors, students with IDs, and children 6 through 17; $10 maximum for families. Everyone gets in free on Thursdays. The book on which the show is based is available at the museum store for $19.95. The museum, on Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive, is open 9 to 5 seven days a week. Call 922-9410 for details.
Chicago Sun-Times film writer Roger Ebert has long argued for the critical recognition of director Russ Meyer’s films, including Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Super Vixens. And no wonder. Ebert authored Meyer’s 1970 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. According to Ebert, Meyer wanted this film to have “music, mod clothes, black characters, violence, romantic love, soap opera situations, behind-the-scenes intrigue, fantastic sets, lesbians, orgies, drugs and (eventually) an ending that tied everything together.” Ebert’s prize is screened tonight at 8:15 at the Film Center of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Admission is $5, $3 for members. Call 443-3737.