Friday 4/11 – Thursday 4/17


by John Sanchez

11 FRIDAY The exhibit Ten Years After: The Warhol Factory might strike some people as opportunistic; former Warhol cohorts–some with established art careers, some without–are showing their own work in commemoration of the artist’s death. But tastelessness and opportunism weren’t crimes in Warhol’s world. He’d probably look around the room and say, “Wow, great,” if he could attend tonight’s opening at the David Leonardis Gallery, 1352 N. Paulina, from 6 to midnight. It’s free; call 773-278-3058 for more information.

John Waters’s mind-expanding Pink Flamingos is back on the big screen–the way it was meant to be seen. At last, a whole new generation of iron-stomached thrill seekers can marvel at such larger-than-life outrages as the chicken fuck, the singing asshole, and, of course, Divine’s most famous snack. To celebrate the 25th anniversary rerelease of the film the Chicago Underground Film Festival is hosting A Tribute to John Waters. The evening begins at 9 and will include music, a raffle for a dinner with Waters, and a rare screening of Love Letters to Edie, a documentary about frequent Waters star Edith Massey. Fittingly, the $10 tribute is at Poop Studios, 1947 W. North; raffle tickets are an extra $5. Call 773-866-8660 for more information.

12 SATURDAY Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bram Stoker’s famous bloodsucker, Draculafest begins at 10 this morning with such literary discussions as “Erotica in Horror” and “Horror in Comics,” as well as book signings by several horror authors, including Elaine Bergstrom, P.N. Elrod, Nancy Collins, and Yvonne Navarro. Later in the day there will be a marketplace, videos, and a lecture on vampire lore. The fest ends at 6 but is followed by a Victorian costume ball at 8. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Scary Lady Sarah and the band Lestat. Tickets for Draculafest are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets for the ball are $25 and must be reserved in advance by calling 800-348-6766. Both events take place at the I.Net, 5243 N. Clark.

13 SUNDAY Most people already know that walking is good for their health. But today you can walk to benefit someone else. Proceeds from the ninth annual MS Walk go to multiple sclerosis research as well as services for the estimated 10,000 people in Illinois who have the incurable disease. The walk starts at John Cannon Drive south of the Lincoln Park Zoo at 9. It’s free to register, but you must raise pledges from sponsors. For more information, call 312-922-8000.

14 MONDAY The Preserve the Pun Society just isn’t convinced that an adult sheep has been cloned–it says researchers are trying to pull the wool over our eyes. Cloning is the theme for the society’s annual dinner, which includes cocktails, games, the announcement of the Punster of the Year, and a special appearance by Norm Gilbert, chairman of the bored of the International Save the Pun Foundation. It’s tonight at the Como Inn, 546 N. Milwaukee. Cocktails are at 5, dinner is at 6. Tickets are $37.50. All certified clones will be admitted free. Call 773-973-3523.

15 TUESDAY The U.S. Postal Service’s new Lincoln Park station is one of seven in Chicago having special tax day curbside service. Volunteers and postal workers will be waiting out front to take your prepared, stamped tax return. And, if the U.S. Postal Service in Chicago lives up to its reputation, they might also set it on fire. You can take your chances tonight from 7 to 11 at 2405 N. Sheffield. The station is open until midnight. Call 312-983-8000 for information on this or other locations.

16 WEDNESDAY Known for a regimen of interdisciplinary care that concentrates on more than just medicine, hospice care for the terminally ill offers services not only to the patient but also to family and friends of the dying. The teleconference Living With Grief: When Illness Is Prolonged focuses on grief and bereavement issues associated with diseases like AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and cancer and will be moderated by journalist Cokie Roberts. The free teleconference will be seen nationwide, and viewers will be encouraged to call in to talk with a panel of experts. It’s today from noon to 3:30 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Wesley Pavilion, 250 E. Superior. Call 312-908-7432 or 847-467-7423 for more information.

17 THURSDAY Until its offices burned down last November, Uptown’s Casa Guatemala provided free ESL, literacy, and computer classes. All of its services have been suspended since the fire, leaving a void in what’s available to Chicago’s fastest-growing Latino community. A fund-raiser tonight to rebuild the center features talks by prominent figures in Guatemalan politics, including author-activist Jennifer Harbury, Archbishop Alvaro Ramazzini, and Manuela Alvarado, the first Mayan woman elected to the Guatemalan Congress. It’s at 7 at Loyola University’s Piper Hall, Sheridan at Devon. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. If you donate $200, you’ll get two seats as well as tickets for the raffle of a Guatemalan weaving and a pre-Columbian mask from Mexico. Call 773-465-2463 for tickets and information.