Gretchen Garner, guest curator of the exhibit Reclaiming Paradise: American Women Photograph the Land, will give a slide lecture at 5 PM today at the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. The exhibit includes work by Barbara Crane, Berenice Abbott, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, and many others; it opens tomorrow and continues through August 22 at the Cultural Center. Free; more at 346-3278.
The Museum of Broadcast communication opens to the public today at River City, 800 S. Wells. Things kick off with Roy Leonard broadcasting his show from the museum, 7 AM to noon; at 10, the museum officially opens with ceremonial hoo-ha to be presided over by the ever-popular Don McNeill and Fran Allison in a reprise of "The Breakfast Club"; Chuck Schaden takes over from 1 to 5 to broadcast his WNIB show, "Those Were the Days"; WBEZ's "Prairie Home Companion" will be broadcast within the museum from 5 to 7, followed by a one-hour retrospective of the show. Admission is $3, $2 for students, $1 for seniors and kids under 13: information at 565-1950.
The 16th annual Galena Arts Festival provides the opportunity for a day or two in the country: it will be held from 10 to 5 today and tomorrow on the grounds of the Market House state historic site in the center of this very scenic town. Galena is about four hours northwest of Chicago. Free; info from the Office of Tourism, 800-892-9299.
Metra commuter rail and the Pace suburban bus system provide the opportunity for many Days in the Country, summertime tours of the Fox River Valley and McHenry County that kick off this morning with a Cantigny/River Cruise; lunch will be served on board a paddleboat and the tour will be repeated on July 15. It costs $25; information on this and other jaunts to Aurora, Geneva, Elgin, and the Kane County Flea Market at 322-6770. Reservations can be made in person up to three days before the tours, which range from $20 to $30 and continue into September.
If you have $55,000 to spare on specs, check out the "Panthere"--bejeweled eyeglasses on view and for sale as part of a collection titled Creative Visions that can be seen at Cartier, 630 N. Michigan, 10-5:30 today through June 26. Also on display will be a tiger lorgnette made by Cartier in 1954 for the Duchess of Windsor (a paragon of taste, some of it rather questionable), along with other lorgnettes from the Cartier archives. Free; more at 266-7440.
Walter Williams discusses The American Indian Berdache: A Role Model for the '80s at 7 this evening at the Second Unitarian Church, 656 W. Barry. Williams, an enthnohistorian in the Program for the Study of Women and Men in Society at the University of Southern California, is the author of The Spirit and the Flesh, a history of berdaches--male homosexuals who are honored as sacred people by their tribes. Admission is $3; more at 281-6913.
A book signing with Betsy Hearne, author of Eli's Ghost and editor of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books at the U. of C., will be held from 2 to 4 this afternoon at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. Free; 684-1300.
WBEZ's Flea Market begins its summer season at Navy Pier from 5 to 7 tonight, Grand Avenue and the lake. You can tune your radio to 91.5 FM, or you can drop by the pier for the opening program, which will feature Mayor Washington and Studs Terkel saying apt things about the city's 150th birthday, along with folk singers Claudia Schmidt, Sally Rogers, and Howie Bursen. Admission is free; 761-7784.
Maggie Scarf, author of Intimate Partners, will present a one-day workshop of the same name, subtitled Patterns in Love and Marriage, 8:30-4:30 at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W. Wellington. It's designed for psychotherapists and other mental health workers, as well as for individuals and couples interested in exploring how what goes around in the family of origin tends to come around as we choose partners. Women's Health Resources sponsors the event, which costs $80, $60 per individual for groups of three or more, $50 for Illinois Masonic employees. More at 883-7052.
More than 200 artist-made T-shirts go on sale from 10 to 4:45 today through June 28 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 237 E. Ontario. The ever-popular "Poodle With a Mohawk" by Lynda J. Barry (an MCA exclusive) will mingle with specially created T-shirts by Ed Paschke, Jenny Holzer, and Maris Bishofs; also David Hockney, Karl Wirsum, and Ida Applebroog. Prices will range from $10 to $50; admission to the museum shop is always free, as is admission to the museum on Tuesdays. More at 280-2671.
Tuesday is also a free day at the Art Institute, where The Age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent reigns supreme through September 6, Michigan at Adams. You can sample the trappings of the Ottoman court, then head to the McKinlock Garden Restaurant from 4 to 7 for more courtly pleasures--Jazz in the Garden, featuring the Ray Bailey Quintet with Gloria Morgan. This weekly event continues throughout the summer, there's a new menu and a $5 minimum. More at 443-3626.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications, which opened last weekend, presents its debut exhibit, Jazz on Television, 50 programs outlining the relationship between jazz and television over the years, presented in two-hour packages. Things get started with three programs produced by Robert Herridge between 1957 and 1960, to be shown at 12:15 and 2:30 today and tomorrow at the museum in Paver City, 800 S. Wells; $3, $2 for students, $1 for seniors and kids under 13. The exhibit continues through August, with a complementary jazz seminar series on Wednesday nights through July 29: drop by at 5:30 tonight for an intro to the exhibit by its curator, David Chertok; $5, $3 for members. Following the seminars, Dick Buckley's WBEZ show Jazz Forum will be broadcast from the museum, 8 PM Wednesdays through July 29. More on the very complicated schedule at 565-1950.
I was told recently that Illinois is six weeks ahead of its normal growing season. I don't think that means summer will be kaput by the end of July, but you can monitor its progress by checking out what's blooming at the Chicago Botanical Garden, Lake Cook Road east of Edens in Glencoe. Tonight at 7 Wylie Crawford of the University of Chicago gives a carillon concert that's part of a series titled "Enchanted Evenings in the Garden." Admission is free, but parking is $2 per car. More at 835-5440.
The Chicago International Wooden Boat Festival and Sailboat Show kicks off tonight with a presentation of the Bud Light Laser Show, which is being shown for the first time ever and will be projected on a huge screen on a barge anchored off the South Promenade of Navy Pier, Grand and Lake Michigan. The festivities start at 7, with the laser show billed as the finale; there will be free Bud and wine coolers, music and dancing, food stalls, and a chance to preview boats. $15 admission, with proceeds going to the Great Lakes Festival, which promotes tourism in the Great Lakes area. The festival is open to the public June 19-21, with tix at $5, $3 for students and seniors: 787-6858.