Friday 3/7 – Thursday 3/13


By Cara Jepsen

7 FRIDAY Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, but today a series of speakers will address everything from ways different countries exploit women to the plight of Puerto Rican political prisoners. The speakers will be along the route of this afternoon’s March for Justice commemorating the 86th annual celebration. Interspersed with the serious stuff will be musicians and other performers. The march is from noon to 1:30 and will start at Federal Plaza, Jackson and Dearborn, and end at the James R. Thompson Building, 100 W. Randolph. It’s free. A related conference with workshops and panels runs tomorrow from 9 to 1 at Loyola University, 47 E. Pearson. It’s $5. Call 773-278-6706.

One of the best ways to break into Hollywood is to write your way in–you know, write a great screenplay, get it produced, get offered a directing gig. The workshops at the CineStory Scripts Session Weekend are designed to show aspiring and seasoned writers alike the ins and outs of the flick industry; participants at this year’s event include screenwriters Scott Rosenberg (Beautiful Girls, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead), Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day), and Barbara Turner (Georgia), as well as directors, producers, VPs from film production companies, and other Hollywood bigwigs. They’ll address such topics as “How to Make a Development Executive Your Friend” and “The Writer’s Hard Choices: Ethics Versus Money.” It’s today from noon to 11, tomorrow from 9 to 7, and Sunday from 9:30 to 5:30 at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson. Admission to the workshops is $150 to $295 (student discounts are available). Call 312-322-9060 to register.

It’s not the person being auctioned off so much as the date package being offered that attracts people to the Starlight Foundation’s annual Dream Date Auction. Twenty-five bachelors and bachelorettes have created packages that range from a trip to the opera to a ride in a hot air balloon to a romantic weekend getaway. The only drawback, of course, is that if you’re the lucky bidder you’ve gotta take your new date with you (though if you’re attached, they’ll also be auctioning off three trip packages for two–BYOD). Tonight’s auction, hosted by WPNT’s Abby Polonsky, benefits the foundation, which raises money to grant wishes to critically and terminally ill children. Hors d’oeuvres start at 6, and the auction begins at 7:30. It’s at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tickets are $30. Call 312-559-1212 for tickets, 312-251-7827 for info.

8 SATURDAY After hearing that Engelbert Humperdinck’s voice had healing qualities, I ran out and bought some of his stuff for a sick friend. Though the tape made me a little ill, she seemed to feel better. Today psychologist Marcos Reyna Reynoso will show how people can become healthier and reduce stress by finding their own “tone,” in his lecture Music Therapy: An Introduction and Demonstration. The presentation, which will be given in Spanish and translated into English, will run from 1 to 3 at Link’s Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. It’s $20, $15 for students and seniors. Call 773-955-4417.

After Christmas dinner last year, my nephew brought his portable scanner to the table and the whole family sat around and listened to the neighbors’ cell-phone conversations. A few minutes into it, we realized their lives were just as boring as ours. The purloined conversations in Michel Auder’s video Journey to the Center of the Phone Lines are at once banal and illuminating. All real, they include a man making plans with his mistress, two women comparing dates, a divorced couple discussing their daughter’s boyfriend, and two men planning a hit. It screens tonight at 7 and 9 at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $5. Call 773-281-4114.

9 SUNDAY Why let others re-make your film when you can botch it up yourself? Alfred Hitchcock’s superb 1934 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much starred Leslie Banks and Edna Best as a couple caught up in a noir nightmare of international intrigue. Hitchcock’s 1956 version is a lot longer and weaker than the original and stars Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day. Proof that it’s best to leave well enough alone? Viewers can decide for themselves when the later version shows on the big screen this morning at 11:30 as part of the ongoing Hitchcock retrospective at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport. Tickets are $5.50. Call 773-871-6604.

10 MONDAY An elderly woman is revitalized by a bath, a black woman and a white woman discuss skin color, a teenager confesses her insecurities to a toy camera, and a woman descends into drug abuse–these are some of the story lines of the films included in Fifteen Years of Women in the Director’s Chair, a best-of collection of shorts from past festivals. The films screen tonight at 5 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. It’s free; call 312-747-4600.

11 TUESDAY You might want to eat before visiting the Incredible, Edible Garden at this year’s Flower and Garden Show. The show’s delectable flora take up 2,500 square feet and consist of ten good-eatin’ areas grouped by type and flavor, including Stir-Fry, Salad Bowl, Veggie Medley, Posy Pantry, Herb Potpourri, Berry Good Fruits, and the S-S-Salsa Sampler garden, where you’ll find cilantro, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, cayenne peppers, parsley, and basil. Plant doctors will also be available to answer visitors’ gardening questions. The show continues today from 10 to 8 and runs through March 16 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe. Admission is $9, $4 for children under 13. Call 312-321-0077.

12 WEDNESDAY The newest Chicago-based, nationally distributed, and best-named publication to hit the stands is Spelunker Flophouse, a literary magazine containing fiction, poetry, and artwork focusing on the small details of everyday life. Tonight’s release party will feature readings by contributors–including Carolyn Alessio, Jean Prafke, Rick Duffey, Cris Mazza, and Barry Silesky–as well as live music and refreshments. Editors Wendy Morgan and Christopher Kubica will also read from the fictitious “Housekeeper’s Hello” editor’s note, which explains how the periodical’s name evolved from the Black Beetle to Aphid Ambrosia to Alluvium Aristocracy to Alluvium Grail to the Grail to its current appellation. Doors open at 7 (performances begin at 7:30) at the Guild Complex at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. It’s $5. Call 773-465-1033 for more.

13 THURSDAY More than 100 restaurants–ranging from the Billy Goat to Zephyr Ice Cream, from Angelina to Toast, from Ann Sather to King Wah–will donate a portion of today’s receipts to help fight AIDS as part of the fourth annual Dining Out for Life. This year’s recipients are AIDS-Care and Horizons Community Services, two local nonprofits that provide care and services for people living with AIDS. Call 312-782-3463 for a list of participating restaurants.