Friday 3/27 – Thursday 4/2
By Cara Jepsen
27 FRIDAY The Dalai Lama’s sister Jetsun Pema didn’t let sibling rivalry get her down. Besides becoming the first female minister to be appointed by the Tibetan government-in-exile, Pema also founded the Tibetan Children’s Village, which cares for 11,000 refugee children; played her own mother in Seven Years in Tibet; and wrote her autobiography, Tibet: My Story. Tonight at 5:30 she’ll speak at a cocktail reception at Jessica Tampas Photography Studio, 4 E. Ohio. It’s $20. Call 312-664-0052. She’ll discuss her book for free tomorrow at 1 at the Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. Call 312-744-7616.
28 SATURDAY Hard-core birders get up at strange hours and sit in cramped spaces awaiting the objects of their obsession. Backyard birders like me sit in comfortable chairs, look out our windows, and shout and point when we see something colorful fly by. At today’s Birding America III conference, experts will identify exactly what just went by and tell you where to find more of them in or near the Chicago area. It’s from 9 to 3 (registration begins at 8:15) at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe. Admission is $40. Call 773-539-6793.
One of the highlights of the Chicago Stadium was the giant old pipe organ. It was purchased by a nostalgic group of fans, but alas, the pipes were destroyed in a fire six months ago. Yet there are still a number of grand old pipe organs in use in churches around the south side. Today the local Organ Historical Society will visit and listen to four of them as part of its annual Spring Organ Crawl. The free tour starts at 10 at Saint Mary of Perpetual Help, 1035 W. 32nd. Call 708-579-5433.
When Women Employed opened its doors in 1973, the advocacy group sought to dispel the attitude found in an employee handbook of the time, which stated that women were better suited for typing because they had shorter thumbs. Though we’re no longer assumed to be genetically predisposed to keyboards, the fight continues: a quarter century later women still only make about 74 cents to a man’s dollar. Today Women Employed celebrates its past and looks toward the future with its 25th anniversary forum, “Expanding Opportunities for Women in Work…in Life…Into the Future.” The afternoon of panel discussions starts at 1 with a talk by Sylvia creator Nicole Hollander and runs until 5:30 at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza. It’s $55. Call 312-782-3902 for more.
29 SUNDAY You’re a teenage girl who’s been inspired to pick up a video camera. You’re shooting a scene and everything’s going great–until the cops show up and demand to know what you’re up to. Today, in a panel discussion called Media Girls, young video makers will discuss some of the problems they’ve faced, including police harassment on the street, the difficulty of procuring equipment, and working with adults. The discussion will be preceded by a showing of several videos by local artists, including How Boys Treat Girls and Last Summer Fight. The event, which is sponsored by the ongoing Women in the Director’s Chair International Film & Video Festival, starts at 4 at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo. Admission is $7, $2 for those under 18. Call 773-281-4988.
30 MONDAY Long before Kalifornia and Natural Born Killers, director Terrence Malick explored the killer-couple-on-the-run genre with the wonderfully low-key Badlands, starring Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen. Malick’s 1973 masterpiece was inspired by the real-life 1958 murder spree of Caril Ann Fugate and Charles Starkweather. Later this year, Malick will end a ten-year silence with the World War II fable The Thin Red Line. A new 35-millimeter print of Badlands will be shown at 7 and 9 tonight (it runs through Thursday) at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton. Admission is $7. Call 773-281-4114.
31 TUESDAY “We come together about noon at Jerry’s SnakShop. We don’t come for the food, although complaining about the food is one of the pleasures of coming to Jerry’s.” As Catherine Scherer shows in her essay “A Spy in the House of Old Age,” even a bad meal can bring people together. Hers is one of the stories examining the meaning of community that will be performed tonight in “A Sense of Belonging,” the most recent installment in WBEZ’s documentary series Chicago Matters: Our Region, Our Community. The performance starts at 7:30 at the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors. Call 773-753-4472. In case you can’t make it, the show will be aired April 12 at 9 PM on WBEZ, 91.5 FM.
1 WEDNESDAY “The Liszt keeps growing,” says International Save the Pun Foundation president Joyce Heitler. “I can’t Strauss how Verdi important it is to make your reservations early, particularly if you need a Bloch of tickets. To be Franck, I’d be Haydn to make some people sit too far Bach.” That’s fair warning to those who plan to attend the group’s annual dinner, where composer and songwriter Gregg Opelka will be recognized as punster of the year. Attendees will be wearing visual puns as well as slinging the verbal variety throughout the evening. It starts at 6 with cocktails, and dinner is at 6:30 at the Como Inn, 546 N. Milwaukee. The $37.50 admission includes dinner, entertainment, music, and prizes. Call 773-973-3523 to register.
2 THURSDAY At a 1934 rally in support of the antifascist forces
in the Spanish civil war, Paul Robeson said, “The artist must elect to fight for freedom or for slavery. I have made my choice.” The year before, he donated his earnings from his performance in Eugene O’Neill’s All God’s Chillun Got Wings to Jewish refugees fleeing Germany, and in 1945 he worked to get Harry Truman to support an antilynching law. For his efforts Robeson was labeled a communist by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Tonight a panel that includes his granddaughter Susan Robeson will kick off a monthlong film series honoring Paul Robeson’s 100th birthday by discussing his contributions to film and society. It’s from 5 to 6:30 at the Harold
Washington Library Center,
400 S. State. It’s free. Call 312-344-7114.