Friday 3/14 – Thursday 3/20


By Cara Jepsen

14 FRIDAY Viewers can look for all the subliminal messages they want to in the oil paintings, drawings, photos, masks, and other works in Form Quality: Artwork by Faculty, Students, and Alumni of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The shrink-art exhibit opens tonight with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 and runs through May 2 at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 47 W. Polk. It’s free; call 312-786-9443.

Watching experimental films is an either/or proposition: either a film blows your mind or bores you to death. Mercifully, most of the films on tonight’s program, Dreaming in the Dark: Recent Films From the Avant-Garde, are short. They include Janie Geiser’s The Red Book, Jennifer Reeves’s The Girl’s Nervy, Scott Stark’s I’ll Walk With God, Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta’s Dervish Machine, and Julie Murray’s Anathema. The program begins at 8 at Kino-Eye Cinema at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. Tickets are $6. Call 773-384-5533.

15 SATURDAY Before you be-come the next Brad Wood, you have to know your way around a mixing board. Or at least pretend you do. This weekend the workshop Recording Studio Techniques promises to take care of the basics: microphones, mixing consoles, signal processors, and analog and digital recorders. Participants also get to act as recordists and engineers in a mix-down session. The two-day workshop is today and tomorrow from 11 to 3 at the Experimental Sound Studio, 5150 N. Paulina. Tuition is $50, $40 for students, and includes two hours of studio access with an engineer/tutor. Registration is limited; call 773-784-0449.

At the beginning of the year Randolph Street Gallery suspended its normal operations to reevaluate its resources and mission and to meet with educational and cultural institutions for advice. Tonight local artists and the public can put in their two cents at the forum Re-Envisioning Randolph Street Gallery. It’s at 3 at the gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee (RSG’s future plans will be announced April 1). It’s free. Call 312-666-7737.

Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Old-school pop singer Donovan will play a free set and sign his new CD Sutras–which he told Entertainment Weekly was recorded “with one [eye] on Buddhism and the other on Tower Records”–tonight at 5 at Borders Books and Music, 830 N. Michigan; call 312-573-0564. Or you can pull out your wallet, sit down, and see him do a full solo acoustic concert tomorrow evening at 7:30 (doors open at 6) at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage. Tickets are $17.50; call 773-929-5959 or 312-559-1212.

With talents that go far beyond playing a drunken lech on the big screen, diminutive Brit-born actor Dudley Moore is also a stage actor, composer, and jazz pianist. A piano- and violin-playing child prodigy, he grew up and toured with the Dudley Moore Trio and later the BBC Concert Orchestra. Tonight at 8 he plays piano with the Lake Forest Symphony in the Mainstage Theatre of the Performing Arts Building at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington in Grayslake. It’s $100; the Arthur-priced tickets benefit the CLC Foundation. For $200, you also get a postshow dessert reception. Call 847-543-2488.

16 SUNDAY What’s going on in city government? Ask 50 aldermen and you’ll get 50 different answers. Today you can find out what 46th Ward alderman Helen Shiller has to say at the Greens monthly meeting and potluck. The group will also discuss plans for Earth Day ’97 and other environmental concerns. The meeting begins at 2, Shiller speaks at 3 at Urbus Orbis, 1934 W. North. It’s free, but bring a vegetarian dish. Call 312-243-5619.

17 MONDAY Colonel Audrey Winfrey of the Army Reserve will receive a congressional certificate of special recognition (hey, whatever happened to medals?) today for outstanding achievement and service in the gulf war at a Salute to Women in the Military. State comptroller Loleta Didrickson will make an appearance. It’s at noon under the Picasso at the Daley Civic Center, 50 W. Washington. It’s free. Call 312-346-3278.

18 TUESDAY In Frederic Tuten’s postmodernist fantasy Van Gogh’s Bad Cafe, Vincent van Gogh’s last love, a 19-year-old morphine addict named Ursula, is not merely a 19th-century gal. She is also a modern-day photographer in New York’s East Village who occasionally shares her bed with another photographer named Louis. Ursula travels back and forth between past and present–and between the two men. Tuten, who has also written The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, Tallien: A Brief Romance, and Tintin in the New World: A Romance will read and sign his book today at 5:30 at the Art Institute of Chicago’s main shop, 111 S. Michigan. It’s free. Call 312-443-3533.

19 WEDNESDAY You can live in the city and see the stars too–as long as you look through a telescope. You may even be able to see the elusive Hale-Bopp comet. If the sky is clear tonight the North Park Village Nature Center will have several telescopes set up for free stargazing at 7:30 in the parking lot near the North Park Village recycling center at 5801 N. Pulaski. Call 312-744-5472.

20 THURSDAY A bevy of female artists, chefs, wine experts, and musicians has banded together for the second annual Taste for Every Palate, which will benefit the Howard Brown Health Center Women’s Program, which provides lesbians and bisexual women with affordable health care. The entertainment includes saxophonist Camille Rocha’s jazz trio and Aria, an a cappella women’s ensemble. The benefit is from 5:30 to 8:30 in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Call 773-871-5777, extension 391.

Children born into a single-parent household are five times more likely to live below the poverty level than children born into a two-parent home, according to Citizen Action of Illinois. Tonight the group will combine hard issues with entertainment at Families Standing Together: Our Family. Our Future!, a reception and panel discussion followed by a concert. Slated to speak are NOW-Chicago copresident Laura Trucano-Harp, founder of the Chicago Nation discussion group and former congressional candidate Steve De La Rosa, and 15th Ward alderman Virgil Jones. Entertainment will be provided by the Bag People and Las Toallitas, and the High Priestess will supply dance music. The reception is at 8, the speakers are at 9, and the music starts at 9:30. It’s at Thurston’s, 1248 W. George. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Call 312-782-7900 for more.