Friday 5/1 – Thursday 5/7


By Mike Sula

1 FRIDAY In 1984, while hiking in the Canadian Rockies, 20-year-old Troy Hurtubise was knocked to the ground by a 600-pound grizzly bear but faced down the beast with a pair of hunting knives. Two years later, inspired by the film Robocop, the scrap-metal dealer from North Bay, Ontario, discovered his calling–to create a bear-proof suit of body armor and wrestle a grizzly in the wild. After donning the fireproof rubber, titanium, chain mail, and plastic Ursus Mark VI, Hurtubise has allowed himself to be pummeled with clubs by drunken bikers, blasted with a shotgun, and repeatedly run over by a three-ton truck traveling at 30 miles per hour. He’s also gone bankrupt in pursuit of his dream, but he still hasn’t squared off with another bear. Peter Lynch’s documentary about the “close-quarter bear researcher,” Project Grizzly, screens tonight at 7 and 8:45 and runs through Sunday at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $7. Call 773-281-4114.

2 SATURDAY The brightest stars in the universe aren’t hanging in the Hollywood galaxy. Rather, it’s the bustling Indian movie industry that’s populated by the world’s most idolized busty babes and muscle-bound hunks. Non-Indians rarely notice this pop-cultural juggernaut, but tonight’s touring Mega Stars concert offers a rare opportunity to observe the phenomenon in person. Three of Bollywood’s biggest names–Kapoor acting dynasty heiress Karisma Kapoor, the brooding Sanjay Dutt, and the colossal Salman Khan–will dance and lip-synch to Hindi movie hits with an ensemble of minor celestial bodies. It starts at 8 at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine. Tickets run from $25 to $200; call 773-465-3344.

Do torts come in chocolate and raspberry? What do criminal lawyers do during all those commercial breaks? How can I get on Divorce Court? There’s no such thing as a stupid question on Ask a Lawyer Day. Volunteer lawyers from the Chicago and Illinois state bar associations are staffing phone lines today from 9 to 2, prepared to provide referrals and bloviate on any legal questions put to them. It’s pro bono. Call 312-554-2001 or 800-252-8908.

3 SUNDAY In every well-funded faith’s Vegas act, it’s important for the atmosphere to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the greatest God in the world.” Thus the preponderance of structurally awesome places of worship the world over. This year’s Sacred Places Tour, presented by the Landmark Preservation Council of Illinois, focuses on four such architecturally and historically significant south-side churches and one equally impressive synagogue, including South Shore’s Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, with its 50-foot German stained-glass windows; the 19th-century Victorian Lilydale Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Roseland; and George Pullman’s greenstone United Methodist Church. The tour takes off from the Van Buren entrance of the Monadnock Building, 53 W. Jackson, at 12:15 and returns around 6. It’s $30 in advance, $40 at the bus. Call 312-922-1742 for reservations.

In our enlightened modern workplace, 10- and 12-hour days are the norm. The Haymarket martyrs would be sorely grieved to hear that. Still, they might be pleased to know that for the 112th anniversary of the riot, at which someone lobbed a bomb at the heat and eight innocent labor leaders were blamed for it, the National Park Service is designating Forest Home Cemetery’s Haymarket Martyrs’ Monument a national historic landmark. A brass band and 60-member chorus will be on hand at the ceremony, as will historians and labor leaders headed up by Don Turner of the Chicago Federation of Labor. Spectators are invited to picnic. It’s free and starts at 2. Call 312-663-4107.

4 MONDAY Some Indian movie fans may still be utterly bedazzled after Saturday’s Bollywood Mega Stars show. So it’s convenient that Indian film scholar Ravi Vasudevan will be around today to put things in a more sobering context. A fellow at New Delhi’s Center for the Study of Developing Societies and author of the forthcoming Melodrama, Modernity, and Nationhood: Problems in Indian Cinema, Vasudevan will give a free talk called “Cinema and Citizenship in the Third World: Issues in Film Study and Political Theory,” in which he promises to ponder issues of stardom. It starts at 8 PM in Northwestern University’s John J. Louis Hall, room 119, 1975 South Campus Drive in Evanston. Call 847-491-3751.

5 TUESDAY Given the prolific growth of the microbrew industry, it was only a matter of time before different ethnicities began to bottle their own culturally specific formulas. In 1996, just in time for Hanukkah, San Francisco entrepreneur Jeremy Cowan created the first batch of suds under the brand name He’Brew–The Chosen Beer. He has since sold about 5,000 cases of his Genesis Ale and has plans for a whole line of brews, including the forthcoming Messiah Stout (“It’s the beer you’ve been waiting for”). Tonight he will explain why “exile never tasted so good,” as well as provide samples of Genesis Ale, at a Beer & Business program sponsored by the business leaders steering committee of the Jewish United Fund’s young leadership division. It starts at 7 at Joe’s, 940 W. Weed. It costs $12 at the door, $10 if you register in advance. Call 312-444-2098.

6 WEDNESDAY In a better world, every day would be National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day. A dense network of screening centers would be just the ticket for those occasions when one finds oneself stuck in the pouring rain without bus fare in the midst of a skull-clutching panic attack, desperate for a soothing dose of propranolol. Alas, like the Great Pumpkin, NADS Day comes but once a year, and beta blockers aren’t distributed. Instead, visitors to the Panic/Anxiety Recovery Center at 680 N. Lake Shore Drive, suite 1325, will be treated to an educational video, a diagnostic questionnaire, and a chat with a licensed mental-health professional about the five major anxiety disorders and their treatments. It’s from 9 to 7 and it’s free. Call 312-642-7952 or 800-800-1453 to make a reservation.

7 THURSDAY In this fallen society, where self-styled sexperts are a dime a dozen, it’s reassuring that there’s at least one who comes from a solid Catholic upbringing. Lisa Palac, former Chicagoan and former editor of Future Sex, has written a memoir detailing her journey from Catholic schoolgirl to antiporn activist to happily married cybersex guru. She reads from The Edge of the Bed: How Dirty Pictures Changed My Life tonight at 7 at Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. It’s free. Call 773-935-3909.