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Friday 5/16 – Thursday 5/22


By Cara Jepsen

16 FRIDAY Conservative broadcaster Paul Harvey could learn a thing or two from former Channel Five news anchor Carol Marin; last year she received the Chicago Headline Club’s Ethics in Journalism award for refusing to read promotional copy within the context of the news. This year the CHC will honor her with a special award for, well, you can guess what for. The handoff takes place tonight at the annual Peter Lisagor Awards banquet recognizing excellence in journalism. The keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize-winning Seattle Times investigative reporter Deborah Nelson. Cocktails are at 5:30, dinner is at 6:30 at the Chicago Athletic Club, 12 S. Michigan. Tickets are $30 and you need a reservation to attend. Call 773-714-5437, extension 3.

17 SATURDAY Twenty percent of the city’s population is Latino. Thirty-eight percent is African-American. Together they make up a majority, yet the two groups rarely work together to influence public policy. Two years ago, in the wake of sweeping changes to affirmative action, immigration, and welfare policies, the African Americans and Latinos in Cities Collaboration Research and Action Project was formed to identify possible avenues of communication between minority groups. The organization sponsors a free conference today called Building on the Dialogue: Black and Latino Relations in the Chicago Region. It’s from 8 to 5 at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Circle Campus Center, 750 S. Halsted. Call 312-996-8700 for more information.

Greer Larson Savage is an advice columnist, therapist, hypnotist, and motivational speaker. She’s also one of performance artist and writer Cheryl Trykv’s most enduring characters. She’ll show up tonight when Trykv performs on a double bill with fellow performance artist Rennie Sparks, who promises to spin yarns about three distinctive women who are losing it in three very different ways. The Rennie & Cheryl Show is at 8 tonight and next Saturday at the Lunar Cabaret, 2827 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $7; for reservations call 773-327-6666.

18 SUNDAY During the Civil War, 7,000 Confederate POWs were crammed into Camp Douglas on the city’s south side. The prison’s muddy ground and bad water bred typhoid and other diseases that became deadly epidemics. Thousands of those rebel soldiers are buried in a mass grave at Confederate Mound in Oak Woods Cemetery; nearby are the marked graves of some of their Union guards. Today from 10:30 to 12:30 local historian Al Walavich will lead a walking tour of Oak Woods Cemetery, which also includes burial sites of famous Chicagoans such as Harold Washington, Jesse Owens, and Enrico Fermi. Meet at the Chicago Historical Society, Clark Street at North Avenue, and a bus will take you to the cemetery, or go directly to the Oak Woods, 67th and Cottage Grove. It’s $8; call 312-642-4600 to make a reservation.

19 MONDAY More than 4,200 bikes are stolen in Chicago each year. The 1,000-odd ones that are recovered usually don’t find their way back to their owners, ending up at one of the city’s bike auctions instead. Why? Because they’re not registered with the police. Today people from the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation will be on hand to help register your bike when you take your two-wheeler to today’s free Bike to Work Day rally. You’ll also be able to gorge on a free breakfast, get your blood pressure checked, look at bike displays, pick up some accessories, and try your luck at a bike raffle. It’s from 7:30 to 9 at Daley Plaza, Clark and Washington Streets. Call 312-744-3315 for more.

20 TUESDAY Writer’s block is no problem for David Mamet: when he hits the wall he simply tries his hand at another form. “I just like to write,” he says. “And I reap all sorts of rewards from it….If I can’t do it one way, I’ll do it in another.” In addition to plays and screenplays, he’s also produced essays, nonfiction, a novel, a story for children, and several children’s plays. Today he’ll discuss his work in an onstage conversation with Goodman Theatre Arts in Education director Richard Pettengill. It’s at 6 in the Rubloff Auditorium of the Art Institute. Tickets are $10 to $35. Call 312-987-4344.

21 WEDNESDAY What’s the matter with kids these days? Not much, according to Eco.hood, a 20-minute video about urban environmentalism made by ten kids from the Elliott Donnelley Youth Center. Last summer they shot footage of several youth-fueled projects around the city, including Washington Park’s wetlands restoration and kids from Bridgeport’s Fellowship House cleaning up the shoreline on the Chicago River near Bubbly Creek–so named because it’s where the stockyards used to dump animal carcasses. Eco.hood will be shown tonight at 9:30 on Chicago Access Network Television channel 21; their Web site, which includes maps, interviews, and stills from the video, is at www.iit.edu/-livewire/. Call 773-862-5331 for more.

22 THURSDAY In a new biography The One Best Way: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency, Robert Kanigel tells the story of the first efficiency expert and “patron saint of the assembly line,” who at the turn of the century dissected and timed workers’ tasks and then broke their work down into several jobs. “In Taylor’s vision, man and machine worked together like clockwork. In that vision lies the great paradox of modern life. Each day we reap the material benefits of the cult of the workplace efficiency that he championed; yet we chafe–we scream, we howl, we protest–at the psychic chains in which it grips us.” That might strike a chord with white-collar workers who are slaves to their Filofaxes, cell phones, and E-mail. Tonight at 7 Kanigel will discuss Taylor’s life and influence at Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. It’s free. Call 312-573-0564 for more.