Friday 11/7 – Thursday 11/13


7 FRIDAY “I can’t put on a resume that I’ve been raped, beaten, and sexually abused by men,” says former prostitute Brenda Myers. “You can’t get a job with that.” Myers spent 25 years working the streets before coming to Genesis House for help seven years ago. Now a leadership development coordinator for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the chair of the CCH’s Prostitution Alternatives Round Table, and a leader of Exodus, a group of former sex workers who help their peers get out of the life, Myers is angry at the dehumanizing way she was treated while she was a prostitute. “People acted like they could do whatever they wanted to me, from people on the street to the court system, where they shuffle you around like a bunch of cattle.” Today at 12:15 she’ll give a free talk titled Prostitution: Not a Profession at the University of Chicago’s Center for Gender Studies, 5733 S. University; bring your own lunch. Call 773-702-9936 for more.

Curator Olga Stefan says the artists included in the new exhibit Palpable Disequilibrium: Contemporary Art in Romania are barely recognized in their own country. “They’re really marginal. No one understands it, and there’s no real market for art–especially contemporary art.” Stefan, who immigrated to Chicago from Bucharest in 1983, has chosen political work for this show of interactive, site-specific installations. “It’s all dealing with how a country and artists and the general public in Romania is dealing with the political, economic, and social instability the country is going through right now.” Those attending tonight’s opening are encouraged to bring an object featuring a globe for Lia Perjovschi’s installation, Endless Collection. She and her husband, Dan, will be joined by fellow artist Matei Bejenaru and Indiana University political scientist Aurelian Craiutu for a free roundtable discussion on art and politics tonight from 6 to 8. It’ll be followed by a reception that runs until 10, all at LIPA gallery, 160 E. Illinois. The exhibit’s up through December 7. Call 312-329-0812 for more.

8 SATURDAY According to the Justice Department, some 630,000 people will be released from prison this year–including 30,000 in Illinois. Where the ex-cons will land, their level of rehabilitation, and whether society is prepared for their return are some of the topics to be covered at the Community Renewal Society’s fifth annual State of Race and Poverty Conference, Repentance and Reconciliation: The Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Into Our Communities. The conference, with a keynote speech by Seventh District congressman Danny Davis, takes place today from 8 AM to 1 PM at Covenant United Church of Christ, 1130 E. 154th in South Holland. General admission, including breakfast, is $25, $15 for students and seniors ($10 if you don’t want to eat). Call 312-427-4830.

The four dozen photos in the exhibit Dancing the Revolution: Images From Today’s Grassroots Progressive Movement are more “movement oriented” than simply antiwar, says contributing photographer Chris Geovanis. She, Joeff Davis, and Garth Leibhaber have shot scads of photos during labor and antiglobalization actions, in addition to antiwar protests like the one that took over Lake Shore Drive in March. All the images in the exhibit were originally posted on Chicago Indymedia’s open news forum at There’s a free opening reception for the exhibit, which runs through November 30, tonight from 7 to 8:30 at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo. Call 312-446-4939 for more information.

The Bay Area-based zine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture has been around since 1996, but until this week its creators had never thrown an event in the midwest. Tonight at 8 editor and publisher Lisa Jervis, editorial and creative director Andi Zeisler, and ad sales director (and frequent contributor) Marisa Meltzer will read from the latest issue–which includes an interview with Iranian-born comics artist Marjane Satrapi (author of the recent “graphic memoir” Persepolis), an open letter to celebrity dieter Carnie Wilson, and an irreverent quiz titled “Which Coppola Are You?”–at Quimby’s, 1854 W. North (773-342-0910). The team will also appear from 1 to 2 today at an open house at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark (773-769-9299). Both events are free; for more information visit

9 SUNDAY In 1998 Reader critic Carol Burbank called award-winning playwright and performance artist Heather Woodbury’s one-woman, 100-character, eight-act What Ever “a soap opera on acid” in which “the ten main characters ramble through their cross-country love affairs and vision quests while a cast of 90 whirls around them, complicating their voyage with drunken binges, mistaken identities, ghostly hauntings, drug rehabs, and midlife crises.” Now Woodbury’s taken the action from the stage to the page with her new book, What Ever: A Living Novel. She’ll sign copies tonight at 5 at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark. It’s free; call 773-769-9299. She’ll perform act five–because “it puts the audience right in the middle of the action”–Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11 and 12, at 7:30 at the Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets are $15, $10 with purchase of the book; call 773-327-5252 or see the Performance Critic’s Choice in Section Two for more information.

10 MONDAY “I maintain my childlike faith that music can change the course of history,” activist and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello told Rolling Stone last month. He was referring to the 13-city Tell Us the Truth Tour, in which Morello–performing solo as the Nightwatchman–will be joined by a shifting lineup of musicians and speakers who will address issues of fair trade and media consolidation and encourage attendees to register to vote. The Chicago bill also includes acoustic sets by folkie Billy Bragg, bluesman Lester Chambers, REM bassist Mike Mills, and rapper Boots Riley. The all-ages show starts tonight at 7:30 (doors open at 6) at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tickets are $25; call 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212. For more on the tour see

11 TUESDAY Shortly after the Silent Film Society of Chicago started up five years ago, contemporary silent filmmakers from around the country began petitioning the group to screen their works. “We said it’s not what we do,” explains program director Dennis Wolkowicz. But after getting a slew of inquiries he decided to stage a festival of new work in the spirit of the original silent era–complete with accompaniment by SFSC regular Dennis Scott on the organ. A dozen or so new films, along with a couple of 1920s shorts (“to give it a little balance and see what the audience thinks”), will be shown tonight at Try It Quiet: New Silent Films for the 21st Century. It starts at 7:45 at the Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln, and will be introduced by actress and SFSC member Karin Hansen. Tickets are $8 in advance ($7 for students and seniors), $10 at the door. Call 773-205-7372 or see for more information.

12 WEDNESDAY Playwright Stuart Flack wrote (and titled) his drama Homeland Security–about the relationship between an Indian-American physician and his Jewish-American girlfriend–before the September 11 terrorist attacks. Later he added a new opening scene, in which the couple is detained for questioning at O’Hare after visiting the Middle East. The play’s running at Victory Gardens Theater through November 23; tonight at 7 Flack will be joined by Illinois ACLU legal director Harvey Grossman and University of Chicago law and ethics professor Martha Nussbaum for a free discussion called Straight Talk–Homeland Security. It’ll be moderated by Tribune editor Charles Madigan and takes place at the theater, 2257 N. Lincoln. Call 773-549-5788, ext. 109, for more. For information on Homeland Security, see the Theater listings in Section Two.

13 THURSDAY Mark Rosenthal was a zoology undergraduate in 1967 when he took a summer job as an animal keeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo and discovered a mouse-ridden cache of historical papers in the basement of the lion house. Now the zoo’s large mammal curator, Rosenthal (with coauthors Carol Tauber and Edward Uhlir) has written The Ark in the Park, a history of the zoo based in part on those papers. Just out from the University of Illinois Press, Ark starts with the gift of two swans from New York’s Central Park 135 years ago and includes the zoo’s years of television glory under director Marlin Perkins and Otto the gorilla’s great escape. Tonight at 7 Rosenthal will present a free slide show on the evolution of the zoo at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake in Oak Park; call 708-383-8200, ext. 6915.