December 30 Through January 1

We know this issue is dated January 2, but here are a few suggestions to help you get through post-holiday inertia.

Chicago painter Barbara Jaffee is interested in how viewers interpret her work; in fact, she tries to use her art to “further explore the relationship between perception and understanding.” An exhibition of paintings by Barbara Jaffee opens Tuesday, December 30, at Artemisia, 341 W. Superior. Meet Jaffee at a reception on Friday night, January 9, from 5 to 8. Admission to the gallery is free; info at 751-2016.

Ingmar Bergman’s film version of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute shows Tuesday, December 30, at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Show time is 7:30; admission is $5, or $3 for Facets Cinematheque members. More at 281-4114.

Help victims of contra war have a happier new year by attending the Vietnam Veterans Against War New Year’s Eve Party, at 3935 N. Marshfield. Admission is $5; additional donations and items such as aspirin, bandages, and diapers are encouraged. Details at 327-5756.

Sugar Blue and his harmonica will entertain New Year’s Eve at Wise Fool’s Pub, 2270 N. Lincoln. The $ 10 cover charge includes food and noisemakers. The first show begins at 9:30; 929-15 10 for info.

More blues, this time from the Black Ensemble, at a special New Year’s Eve performance of Chicago Blues, 4520 N. Beacon. A soulfood dinner will precede the play at 6, the show starts at 7:30, and a party and dance follow at 9. Tickets are $25; reservations and more info at 281-9329 or 769-5199.

Friday 2

“Abuse from me is like a blessing from Mother Teresa,” says comedian Judy Tenuta, who’s developed a routine out of verbal flagellation. She especially lets the men in her audiences have it, favoring the terms “love slave” and “stud puppet.” She attributes her acidic style to ( 1) growing up with seven siblings in Oak Park and (2) never getting the roles she auditioned for at the University of Illinois. Tenuta lashes insults tonight and tomorrow at Byfield’s, 1301 N. State, at 8 and 10:30; $7 cover charge and two-drink minimum. More at 787-6433.

Saturday 3

The porpoise of this film is clear — in fact, all of them are. Dolphins, showing today and Sunday at the Shedd Aquarium, features an underwater birth scene, examples of several different dolphin species, and footage of dolphins in the open ocean. It plays every half hour, starting at 10: 30; admission is $2, $ 1 for children 17 and under, 50 cents for seniors; 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive; 939-2426.

Mitch Messer claims much of the city’s violence — gang warfare, spouse and child abuse, teen suicide, and murder — happens because “we are not taught how to manage our anger so that it can be expressed in nonlethal ways.” In an effort to reduce violent crime, he started the Anger Clinic, where he teaches people how to 11 manage” their anger so they can help others do the same. Today’s session is Self Esteem: How We Lost It and How We Can Get It Back, from 2 to 4 at the Garland Building, 111 N. Wabash. Admission is $10; details at 263-0035.

Sixty works by untrained 18th- and 19th-century American painters will appear in American Naive Paintings From the National Gallery of Art, opening today at the Terra, Museum of American Art, 2600 Central Park, Evanston. Gallery hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 Sunday; admission is $3, $1.50 for students and seniors. Info at 328-3402 or 664-3939.

Sunday 4

The Community Renewal Chorus and All God’s Children will sing hymns, carols, and folk songs as part of their 17th Annual Christmas Vespers today at 4 at the Casa Central, 1335 N. California. Listeners will be encouraged to sing along; the Chorus Handbell Choir also will perform. Free, an offering plate will be passed around; 236-4830.

Learn to worship the ground we all walk on: a walking tour examining Chicago’s geology leaves from the Field Museum, Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive, today at 11:30 AM. Free; details at 322-8854.

Monday 5

Swing, bebop, bossa — find out what these and other jazz terms mean at Jazz Standards with Bruce Altice, a class starting tonight at 8 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 909 W. Armitage. Other classes also start there this week, including those in guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, Irish step dancing, and clog dancing. This session’s fee is $56 if you register before January 3, or $64 after. To register or for details, call 525-7793.

Tuesday 6

Cross-country skiing lessons start tonight at the Daley Bicentennial Plaza, 337 E. Randolph in Grant Park. Lessons begin at 5:30 and 7; registration is $25 for the four-week course, $30 includes ski rental. Details at 294-4790.

Anthony Dubetz has written two books about interpreting dreams and helped found the “Dream HotLine,” a phone interpretation service. Today at 12:15, he presents a slide lecture an dreams at the. Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Dubetz will give tips on how to analyze dreams, talk about the dream theories of Freud and Jung, and explore the effect of dreams on art. Free; 346-3278.

Wednesday 7

I thought you could taste wine from any old angle, but that just goes to show I’ve never taken Franz-Bernard Lickteig’s course In horizontal and vertical winetasting. Lickteig is a teacher and wine consultant and a member of the Society of Wine Educators. The seminar meets tonight at 7 and continues Wednesdays through January 28; Saint Xavier College, 3700 W. 103rd St. The registration fee is $45 ($25 of it goes for “materials”); info at 779-3300.

Thursday 8

Want to know why people don’t fall out of roller coasters when they do loop-de-loops? This and other miracles of acceleration, momentum, friction, and gravity will be explained with activities and experiments at the Raceways exhibition opening today at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street at Lake Shore Drive. The museum is open 9:30 to 4 weekdays and 9:30 to 5:30 weekends and holidays; free admission. 684-1414 for more.