David Harp, creator of the Instant Harmonica Kit for Kids and author of Instant Blues Harmonica for the Musical Idiot, Instant Flute, and Instant Guitar, will give a free workshop from 1 to 4 this afternoon at Mostly Handmade, 1622 Orrington in Evanston. All three instruments will be demonstrated, and the harmonica kits will be for sale. More at 864-0845.
Lunch comes after dinner this evening when Randolph Street Gallery presents Lydia Lunch in one performance only of her autobiographical tale Incriminating Evidence, 8 PM at 756 N. Milwaukee. The themes are universal ones–“truth, beauty, and filth.” $6, $5 for students and gallery members. Info at 666-7737.
Rockome Gardens sponsors its 12th annual quilt show 10-5 today through July 5, Route 2 five miles west of Arcola (which is about 30 miles south of Champaign on Interstate 57). Quilt auctions will be held at 2 today and tomorrow (all new handmade quilts), with a quilt market planned for next weekend. The park is located in the heart of Amish country and is known for its rock and flower gardens. Admission is $4.25, $2.75 for kids 4-12; 217-268-4216 for information.
The Pullman Art Festival runs from 10 to 6 today and tomorrow in the park adjacent to the lovely Hotel Florence, 11111 S. Forestville. Visitors can shop among the arts and crafts, antiques, and collectibles, take a walking tour of the first planned company town in the United States, and view the restoration of the hotel. Free; details at 568-2994.
The Buddhist Temple of Chicago presents what must be one of Chicago’s oldest summer festivals–the 42nd annual Natsu Matsuri–from noon to 8 PM today and tomorrow at 1151 W. Leland. Japanese culture will be showcased in a variety of media–fashions from Toshiro, a puppet theater, and music, flower arranging, ice carving, and, of course, a bountiful array of food. Admission is free; more at 334-4661.
Kick off your Fourth of July celebration at the Beverly Bank’s fireworks festival, which will be held from 6 to 10 tonight at 1357 W. 103rd Street. One of the main events is the table setting contest, with prizes going for the most rustic, the most elegant, and the most patriotic, with judging scheduled for 6:30 to 7. There will also be band music, a dance contest, a puppet show, clowns, and a pyrotechnic finale. Free; more at 881-2200.
Chicago Filmmakers’ “Spoken Word Cafe” presents Milwaukee poets Antler and Jeff Poniewaz, along with a screening of the Jack Kerouac-narrated Pull My Daisy (1959) at 8 this evening, 6 W. Hubbard. The tie-in between the poets and the movie seems to be the fact that both Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti think Antler’s work is swell (as do the Walt Whitman Association, which gave him the Walt Whitman Prize in 1985, and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in New York, which gave him the 1987 Witter Bynner Prize); the poets appearing are best friends, share ecological concerns, and read together frequently. $5, $4 for members, students, and seniors: 329-0854.
More than 45 dealers will participate in the Saint James Antique and Collectible Holiday Decoration Show and Sale, 9 to 5 today at the Du Page County Fairgrounds, Edgewood Road, four blocks north of Roosevelt, in Wheaton. Shopping this show strikes me as a clever way to get a start on your holiday shopping, as 75 percent of the merchandise will be Christmas related; you can also stock up on ephemera for Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, or your holiday of choice. $3; 386-5319.
Gay and Lesbian Pride Week culminates with the 18th annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade, stepping off at 1 PM from a different corner this year–Halsted and Grace. The parade will proceed down Broadway to Clark, ending at Clark and Diversey. More than 60,000 marchers and spectators were estimated at last year’s parade, which makes for lots of solidarity and a big traffic jam. A rally and music fest will be held in Lincoln Park near Diversey after the parade, with the mayor expected to say a few words. Information at 348-8243.
In these parlous times, the term business ethics seems as likely to appear as an example of an oxymoron as it is the topic of a conference. That notwithstanding, Loyola, the Society for Business Ethics, and the Institute for Business Ethics at DePaul are sponsoring the sixth annual Conference on Business Ethics, 9-4 today and tomorrow at DePaul, 2323 N. Seminary. The ethics of insider trading, the definition of lying, and South African divestment will be among the topics considered. $25, with info at 670-3020.
David Buchanan, guest speaker at the Lincoln Park Pacer’s monthly meeting offers a performance class for runners: those wearing running shoes are eligible for an analysis of their running form. The meeting is at 7 PM at the Cultural Arts Center in Lincoln Park, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. Free; 728-8849 for information.
Facets Multimedia presents the American premiere of Jerzy Skolimowski’s Hands Up!, a film he made in 1967 that was banned in Poland until 1981: it will be shown 7 and 9 tonight and at 7:30 tomorrow night, 1517 W. Fullerton. Skolimowski will be on hand to discuss the movie after tomorrow’s screening. $5, $3 for Facets members; further information at 281-4114.
Millionaire inventor and philanthropist George Eastman commissioned Batiste Madalena to paint original posters for the weekly offerings at his Rochester, New York, movie palace. Madalena painted 1,400 pieces between 1924 and 1928; when Eastman sold the theater in 1928, the artist rescued a pile of 225 or so paintings from the trash heap and held on to them until 1973, when he sold them to a Los Angeles filmmaker. Twenty-five of the gouaches will be on view and for sale starting today, 11-5, through August at the Richard Gray Gallery, 301 W. Superior. Free admission; details at 642-8865.
Craig Owens, former editor of Art in America, lectures on AIDS Culture at 8 tonight at the Axe Street Arena, 2778 N. Milwaukee; Jerry Bordowitz’s video titled Closing the Bathhouse will be screened, as well. This evening’s program complements the gallery’s current exhibit, L’Amour Fou: Art by Gay and Lesbian Artists, which is on view through July 5. Free admission; 252-6082.
North Park Village Nature Center and the Chicago Astronomical Society team up to bring the universe into focus: free star watches are planned for 9:30 tonight, July 5, and July 15 and for 9 PM on July 29, 5801 N. Pulaski. Several large telescopes will be set up in the nature center’s parking lot, weather permitting: call 725-5618 one hour before to find out whether the sky is clear. Other information at 583-8970.
Texas artist Chapman Kelley is the creator of Chicago Wildflower Works, two giant ovals encompassing more than 66,000 square feet and planted with wildflowers at the north end of Grant Park between Randolph and Monroe. Kelley also does watercolors, and an exhibit of his wildflower paintings goes on view today through August 9 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Lake Cook Road east of Edens in Glencoe. The paintings are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds slated to benefit the Wildflower Works. Hours are 8 AM to sunset; admission is free, with a $2 parking charge for each car; 835-5440.