Friday 21

Desperately seeking George: The Maine Township Commission for the Constitution Bicentennial will award $1,000 to the winner of today’s George Washington look-alike contest, to be held at 1 PM in the Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard in park Ridge. The winner will participate in the opening festivities Of the Commission’s Labor Day weekend Freedom Fest. Info at 297-2510.

The Midwest Buddhist Temple’s 32nd annual Ginza Holiday will be held from 6:30 to 10 tonight, 11:30-10 tomorrow, and 11:30-9 Sunday, 435 W. Menomonee. Japanese classical dances, folk dances, and taiko drum performances will be featured, along with demonstrations by master craftsmen and martial artists and a sale of merchandise from the Far East. Not to mention chicken teriyaki, udon, Sushi, and, of course, corn on the cob and snow cones. Admission is $2, free for kids under 12; 943-7801.

The Illinois Masonic Hospital Fund 531 has been established to provide AIDS patients with some of the niceties of life–a movie, a magazine, a haircut. Comedian Ed London, who volunteers with the program, is also donating his talents to tonight’s Comedy for a Cause, 7 to 9 tonight at the Roxy, 1505 W. Fullerton. The Roxy is donating the liquor, and Jim Guth of Chicago Caterers will donate food, so the entire $25 admission charge will go to Fund 531. Details at 951-7575.

Saturday 22

All-you-can-eat sweet corn cooked in a steam tractor engine is free with admission to the Seven Acres Village Cornfest, 9-6 today and tomorrow at the village and musuem, 8512 S. Union Road in Union. You can also pan for gold at the Sweet Phyllis Gold Mine, take in the Wild West Show, and visit the wild west town and antique photo exhibit. Admission is $4.50, $2.25 for kids (the under-five set is admitted free, as are those children under 12 dressed as cowpersons). Union is 55 miles northwest of Chicago off the Northwest Tollway; information at 902-1640.

The DuSable Museum of African American History is holding a Carnaval Festival from 1 to 8 today in Washington Park, one block west of 57th and Cottage Grove. Featured entertainment will include Panama, Entourage, Mambo Express, Som Brasil, the West Indian Dance Company, and more; also planned are a Brazilian Carnaval market, a traveling zoo, and kids’ activities. Dressing up in masks and costumes is encouraged. Admission is free; details at 947-0600.

More than 200 dealers will set up shop along the South Dock and Midway when Navy Pier hosts the Kane County Flea Market, noon-6 today and 9-6 tomorrow, Grand Avenue and the lake. Antique furniture, vintage clothing, and gewgaws and gimcracks by the kabillion will be for sale. $2 admission; more at 744-4219 or 377-2252.

The Morton Arboretum sponsors the Special Consensus bluegrass band in concert at 6 this evening. Concertgoers can picnic on the lawn beforehand, starting at 4:30; bring lawn chairs or blankets. Tickets are $6 at the west gate, which opens at 4 PM. The rain date is tomorrow; call 719-2465 if the weather looks threatening. The arboretum is located off the East-West Tollway on Route 53 in Lisle.

Sunday 23

The 12th annual Antique Auto Show and Festival starts at 10 AM at the Volo Auto Museum, Route 120 in Volo. More than a hundred cars are on display in the museum, and lots more will turn up for today’s event, at which you can admire Muhammad Ali’s million-dollar Mercedes (tastefully appointed with mink carpeting and gold and silk brocade upholstery and inlaid here and there with gold and gems), Eva Braun’s 540K Mercedes (she was mistress to the more famous Adolf Hitler), and Elvis’s Lincoln limo–definitely a little something for everybody. A country and western band will play, and brats, corn, roast beef, and beer will be served. Admission is $4, $2 for kids 4-12 years old; 815-385-3896 for details.

Monday 24

A fifth birthday benefit for Bailiwick Repertory will be held at 7 this evening at 3212 N. Broadway. A champagne reception with dessert buffet starts the proceedings, with a reprise of some of the theater’s greatest hits planned for 8–Margo Buchanan recreates her role of Pirate Jenny from Threepenny Opera, Phebe Bohart and Tom Kelly will sing “Home” from The Wind in the Willows, Sarah Minton performs “Not a Day Goes By” from Unfinished Business, and more. The group will also preview their upcoming greatest hits, including Animal Farm, scheduled to open in the fall. $25, $40 per couple; reserve at 883-1090.

Guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who played on Howlin’ Wolf’s classic Chess recordings, drops by B.L.U.E.S. for a couple of sets tonight, 2519 N. Halsted. There’s a $3 cover, with info at 528-1012.

Tuesday 25

The Comet Clasico Internacional pits Mexico’s All-Star soccer team against Brazil’s Club Flamengo at 8:30 tonight at Hanson Park, Fullerton and Central. Warm up for the featured international action at 5:30, when reunited members of the 1981 champion Chicago Sting team play the Chicago Latin All-Stars. Tix are $12 in advance, $14 at the gate, $6 for kids under 12; if you arrive clutching a proof-of-purchase label from Comet, Biz, Downy, Zest, or Ivory, however, tickets are half price (one label required per ticket). Tickets at 559-1212.

Chicago Women in Film sponsor a discussion titled How Producers Turn Out Award-Winning Pieces at 6:15 this evening in Columbia College’s Ferguson Theatre, 600 S. Michigan. Karen Miller of WBBM TV, Leonard Aronson of WMAQ TV, educational and corporate film producer Chuck Olin, and Jane Kaihatsu, who was production manager for the feature film Living on Tokyo Time, are the featured speakers. Networking begins at 5:30. $2 for members, $10 for others: 864-5660 or 236-3618 for details.

Wednesday 26

The 43rd Ward Republican barbecue and auction fundraiser suggests that being one of them is a fairly trendy undertaking: a Cajun buffet dinner will be served, New Orleans jazz will be played, and it all happens from 6 to 9 tonight at the Hunt Club, 1983 N. Clybourn. You don’t even have to be that rich: $35 covers food, beer, and soda. Information at 477-6443.

Home economist Drusilla Banks of the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service gives a canning workshop from 7 to 9 tonight at the Rogers Park branch of the Chicago Public Library, 6907 N. Clark. The focus will be on the tomato and versions thereof–salsa, pickled green tomatoes, tomato juice, and stewed tomatoes among them. A relish and pickle workshop is planned for 7 to 9 September 2, also at the library. Both programs are free; reserve a place in either or both at 267-9838.

Semifinals for the ImprovOlympic start at 8 tonight and continue at 8 tomorrow and 10 Friday night at CrossCurrents, 3206 N. Wilton. This is Charna Halpern’s and Del Close’s sixth year of presenting competitive comedy matches and it features several newcomers. The finals will be held at 10 on Saturday, August 29, at CrossCurrents. $5 for the semis, $7 for the finals; 880-0199 for reservations.

Thursday 27

Spice up the end of summer with an Ethnic Dining Adventure, wherein culinary authority Edward Robert Brooks conducts a five-installment tour of Ethiopian, French, Pakistani, Cuban, and southwest American cuisine. The first dinner meeting is at 6:30 this evening at the Discovery Center, 2930 N. Lincoln, with subsequent dinners planned for the same time on consecutive Thursdays through September 24. After dining, students may discuss the meal with the chef. Tuition is $90, which covers the five dinners, tax, and tip. Register at 348-8120.