Friday 3/6 – Thursday 3/12


By Cara Jepsen

6 FRIDAY Corporate globalization exports jobs, bankrupts governments, undermines democracy, and destroys the environment. That’s the mantra of Kevin Danaher, who edited the provocatively titled essay collection Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama: Global Capitalism and the Downsizing of the American Dream. Danaher, who’s worked on several books about the global economy, will discuss his latest today as part of a nationwide “democracy teach-in” that has fairness-minded folk hosting debates, art exhibits, workshops, and so forth at campuses across the country. He’ll speak at 4:30 in room 22 of the University of Chicago’s Social Sciences Research Building, 1155 E. 59th. It’s free. Call 773-955-2047.

7 SATURDAY The idea of an international day for women was first suggested at the beginning of this century by feminists calling attention to women’s lack of political and economic rights. You can commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day (which is actually on Sunday) by attending a conference on those hard-won rights today from 9 to 5 in room 1001 at the DePaul University Loop Campus, 1 E. Jackson. Workshop topics include affirmative action, sexual and racial discrimination, incarcerated women, economic injustice, reproductive rights, and immigration. A $5 to $10 donation is suggested; child care is available. There’s also a march and rally on Friday starting at 4:30 in front of the Daley Center; a social will follow at the DePaul location. Call 312-641-5151 for more information.

Today’s Gear Up: AIDS Ride Expo ’98 will address bicycle maintenance, training, avoiding injury, and, most important, figuring out how to raise the $2,300 minimum needed to participate in this year’s 500-mile Twin Cities/Wisconsin/Chicago AIDS ride. The festivities will include a helmet-decorating contest and fashion show as well as panel discussions with survivors of previous rides. The free expo is geared toward both confirmed and potential riders and runs from 11 to 5 at the Hokin Student Center of Columbia College, 623 S. Wabash. Call 773-880-8812.

8 SUNDAY When Women & Children First opened in the late 1970s, owners Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon could barely squeeze 75 people into the tiny Armitage Avenue bookstore. At their current location, in Andersonville, they’ve accommodated crowds of more than 300 for the likes of Alice Walker, Susan Faludi, Margaret Atwood, and Amy Tan. Today they’ll mark their expansion next door and celebrate International Women’s Day with a Champagne Reception for Chicago Women Authors; the guest list includes Julie Parson-Nesbitt, Yvonne Zipter, S.L. Wisenberg, Jennifer Berman, Susan Hahn, Anne Calcagno, and Lisa Douglass. The reception is from 1 to 3 at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark; the day begins at 10:30 with a half hour of stories and songs for children. Both events are free. Call 773-769-9299. Related happenings taking place nearby include Footsteps Theater Company’s presentation of the stage-combat show Warrior Queens at 2 at 5230 N. Clark. Tickets are $14; call 773-878-4840. At 3 visiting Northwestern professor Marika Lindholm will speak on “Women’s Power, Resources, and the Making of the Swedish Welfare State” at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark. It’s free, but donations are welcome; call 773-728-8111. Finally, at 4 social activist Bernadine Dohrn will lead a free discussion of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale at Ann Sather, 5207 N. Clark. Call 312-427-2060 for more.

9 MONDAY In 1984, the late Polish filmmaker Kryzysztof Kieslowski’s first script with Krzysztof Piesiewicz produced the story of a lawyer who continues to keep track of his family and colleagues after his death. It sounds like the plot of a wacky sitcom, but it resulted in the meditative, seldom-screened No End. The two Krzysztofs went on to make The Decalogue, The Double Life of Veronique, and the “Three Colors” trilogy: Blue, White, and Red. The pair were planning to collaborate on a new trio of films based on heaven, hell, and purgatory when Kieslowski died of a heart attack in 1996. No End screens tonight at 7 at the University of Chicago’s Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th. Admission is $3. Call 773-702-8575.

10 TUESDAY Poet Gwendolyn Brooks’s refusal to become complacent is evident in the opening lines of “A Song in the Front Yard”: “I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life. / I want to peek at the back / Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows. / A girl gets sick of a rose.” The Illinois poet laureate will read from her work tonight at 6 at the Terra Museum of American Art, 664 N. Michigan. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 312-664-3939.

11 WEDNESDAY Imagine that you’re driving down the Kennedy when without warning a speeding black Ford Explorer with darkened windows jumps into your lane. You jam on the brakes and barely regain control of your souped-up beater. But instead of merely flipping the young driver the bird, you launch a series of futuristic weapons from your dashboard to take him down. That’s what happens, more or less, to the dueling drivers in Harlan Ellison’s 1969 out-of-control road-rage story “Along the Scenic Route.” A dramatic reading of the tale will be presented tonight along with a handful of other expedition horror stories as part of WBEZ’s newest “Stories on Stage” installment, Trips We Wish We’d Never Taken. It’s at 7:30 in the theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. Tickets are $12. Call 312-397-4010.

12 THURSDAY One can be almost certain that when CPA Rhonda Nixon discusses The Money Game: How to Keep More of What You Make she will not suggest that you haggle about the hefty $12 fee being charged to hear her speak. She’ll discuss frugal finances today from 12:30 to 3 at the Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect in Park Ridge. You can save $2 if you sign up and pay two days in advance; call 708-455-6101 for more.