Friday 17

Commemorate the life and death of Jane Austen with members of the Chicago chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America at 12:15 this afternoon in Washington Square Park, across the street from the Newberry Library at 60 W. Walton. The author died July 18, 1817, leaving an oeuvre of only six novels that, for all their gentility, stir up fierce passions among devotees. Free; more at 787-0835.

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park toasts the author’s love of Paris and his birthday with a two-part Bastille Day/Hemingway Fest. The first installment consists of a street party from 6 to 10 tonight centered on Poor Phil’s restaurant, Pleasant and Marion in Oak Park: food, beer and wine, and music will be served up with a French accent. Admission is free, with details at 848-0871. Part two occurs on Tuesday, July 21 (the actual birthdate), at 7:30 at the Carleton Hotel, 1110 Pleasant in Oak Park. Wine, cheese, cake, and champagne will be served, and John Garrick will give a talk titled “Hemingway’s Spain of 50 Years Ago: The Background of For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Free for foundation members, $10 for guests; 645-4593 or 386-5314.

The Lake Michigan Federation’s annual Moonlight Sail begins with a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 this evening at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club, Wilmette Harbor in Gilson Park, Wilmette. Private sailboats will leave the club at 6:30 and return at 9; a gourmet box supper will be served on board. $30 donation, with reservations at 263-5550.

The Plank Road Folk Music Society presents Bound for Glory, a tribute to Woody Guthrie, at 7 tonight at the Kiwanis Park pavilion, 8820 Brookfield Ave. in Brookfield. Guthrie wrote more than a thousand songs between 1932 and 1952; presumably tonight’s entertainment will represent the tip of the iceberg. Free; BYO lawn chair or blanket: 485-7344 or 387-9312 for details.

Saturday 18

Center Theater is having a garage sale from 10 to 8 today in the parking lot of Weinstein’s Funeral Home, 1300 W. Devon. Merchandise will range from clothing to household stuff, theater memorabilia, and the handcrafted wares of several jewelry makers. $2 admission, which includes a raffle ticket; more at 508-0200.

Express-Ways Children’s Museum is throwing its second annual Teddy Bear Jamboree from 1:30 to 3 this afternoon, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. The event is sponsored by the North American Bear Company, which will have a surprise in store for every child who turns up with bear in tow; new museum members who join in July receive a 20-inch teddy. Suggested admission: $2, $1 for children. More at 281-3222.

The Council of the Newberry Library Associates sponsors the 1987 Bughouse Square Debates at 4 this afternoon in Washington Square Park, across from the Newberry, 60 W. Walton. Calliope music and a popcorn stand will contribute to the atmosphere of an old-time day in the park listening to soapbox orations, but the debates and topics will be extremely modern: state rep Barbara Flynn Currie versus Sally S. Whalen on maternity leaves and ACLU director Harvey Grossman versus former state rep Cal Skinner on AIDS contact tracing. Leon Despres begins the polemics with an intro to the square’s history. Free; more at 943-9090, ext. 310.

The Near Northwest Arts Council presents a series of art events titled Face the Street, which will take place outdoors each Saturday night through September 5. A subseries of film screenings called Nocturnal Projections kicks the series off at 8:30 tonight, 1520 N. Damen; work by independent filmmakers Bruce Posner, Tom Palazzolo, Kenneth Anger, and others will be shown. Free; more at 278-9724.

Sunday 19

The Saturday Night Poets present Cavemen and Tupperware, an original poetry performance (not to be confused with a reading) about life and jobs at 7 tonight at No Exit, 6970 N. Glenwood. Free, although donations will be accepted. Info at 338-7873.

Monday 20

Ravinia presents an extremely promising evening of jazz that features Edward Wilkerson’s Eight Bold Souls and the Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet, 8 PM in the Murray Theatre. Downbeat calls the latter “the finest acoustic jazz group playing today,” and there are those who think the former’s Breakthrough album was one of the best of 1986. $14, with info at 728-4642; Ravinia is located at 1575 Oakwood in Highland Park.

Tuesday 21

A codirector of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Adult Sexuality Program will talk on Marital Conflict and the Dual Career Couple from noon to 1, 215 E. Chicago. It’s free, if you are. More at 908-7014.

According to Ada P. Kahn MPH and Linda Hughey Holt MD, menopause should not be the chapter to come before senility in medical textbooks. The authors of Midlife Health: Every Woman’s Guide to Feeling Good, the two will talk on that topic at 7:15 this evening at Women & Children First, 1967 N. Halsted. Free; 440-8824 for information.

The Broadway production of the Gershwin musical My One and Only opens for one week only at 8 tonight at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State, Tommy Tune stars with Stephanie Zimbalist and veteran tap dancer Charles “Honi” Coles in this frothy 1927 romance. The show and the theater itself sound like good ingredients for a swanky evening out. Tickets are $11 to $35; reserve at 853-3636.

Wednesday 22

PG. Wodehouse is represented in two separate venues this evening. He takes top billing as the author of Jeeves Takes Charge, which opens at 8 tonight and continues through August 30 at the Royal-George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. The piece is described as “a one-man, two-act, 12-character, award-winning tour de force direct from London’s West End”; it was conceived and adapted by Edward Duke, who plays all 12 roles. Tix are $16.50-$19.50; reservations at 988-9000.

Wodehouse wrote the book (with Guy Bolton) for Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, which opens at 8:30 tonight at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Roosevelt and Butterfield roads in Oakbrook Terrace. This was the first of Porter’s many musical comedy hits: the plot is lighter than air, of course, as are the music and lyrics. Set on a transatlantic luxury liner, the plot originally included a disaster at sea that was scratched when a real disaster at sea made the libretto seem a little tacky. $14-$22; reserve at 530-8300.

Thursday 23

A six-week session of self-protection classes for women begins tonight under the auspices of the not-for-profit group Chimera, Inc. The course stresses “simple psychological, verbal and physical skills which help women feel safe and confident,” and age and athletic ability are no object. Class will meet Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse. $40–though there’s a $20 discount for women under 18 and over 60. Details at 939-5341.

The farmers from neighboring counties and states who pour in for the Daley Civic Center farmers’ markets set up stalls of fruits, vegetables, and flowers so entrancing that it’s hard to believe you’re not in a foreign marketplace. The markets are held from 7 to 3 every other Thursday, including today, at Washington and Dearborn. Information at 346-3278.

When it’s too hot to even turn the pages of a novel, consider having someone else do it for you, sort of. Northwestern’s department of performance studies presents a staged adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, to be presented in three episodes in the Wallis Theater, 1979 Sheridan in Evanston. Episode one will be performed at 8 tonight, July 24 and 25, and August 12; and at 3 PM August 15. Episode two is scheduled for 8 PM July 30 and 31, August 1 and 13, and at 4:45 August 15. And episode three will play at 8 PM August 6, 7, 8, 14, and 15. $3 for each installment; more at 491-7282.