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Friday 11

"Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna man you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allen Poe . . . I am the eggman . . . goo goo goo joob," sings Olga who really is the walrus. Those may not be her exact words, but she's inviting everyone to the Fish-mas Party and an open house for her new winter home at the Brookfield Zoo, 3300 S. Golf, Brookfield. The festivities begin at 10 this morning and admission is free. More information is available by calling 485-0263.

Flashy Trash, the funky little vintage haberdasher in the former Lesbian-Feminist Center, moves quite literally across the street to 3524 N. Halsted, a gigantic 3,500-square-foot renovated factory, just in time for the holidays. It even has a parking lot now. The cash register will be ringing from noon to 8 Sunday through Thursday, and till 10 on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 327-6900.

When Senegal, the tiny French-speaking country on Africa's west coast, became independent in 1960, its first president was a well-known philosopher and poet, Leopold Sedar Senghor, who loved the arts. Senghor's nephew, Maurice, founded the National Dance Company of Senegal, featuring dancers, acrobats, stiltwalkers, and musicians who represented traditional Senegalese culture. The company performs tonight and Saturday at 8, and Sunday at 3, at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. Tickets are $22.50, $18.50, and $9.50. Seniors and children under 12 get $4 off. Group rates are also available. For more information, call 922-2110.

Saturday 12

No doubt you've always thought your kitty was the cat's meow. Here's a chance to prove it: The Lady Beresford Cat Club Christmas Cat Show features a nonpedigreed category based on "uniqueness, beauty, condition and personality." If your cat won't cut it, there's a category for cat-cage decoration. How can you lose? Pack your pussycat and go to the Du Page County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester in Wheaton, from 9 to 6. Adult admission is $2.50, kids and seniors $1. Cats are free. Information is available from Ileane Breslin at 335-3208.

If it's true that behind every great man there's a great woman, then here's a double treat: Jackie Jackson and Jeanne Simon, the greats behind Illinois' presidential aspirants, will headline the Chicago Catholic Women's Annual Fundraiser Luncheon. Food will be served from noon to 2 at Ann Sather's, 929 W. Belmont, and tickets are only $20. Call 786-0014 for details.

While Chicago Filmmakers struggles with its new, but as yet unfinished space in Lakeview, activities such as its Low Budget Feature Fllmmaking workshop with critically acclaimed independent moviemaker Jon Jost, must go on. This one's at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, from 1 to 3 today. It's $15 for the general public and $10 for Filmmakers members. For more information, call Brenda Webb at 329-0854.

Sunday 13

The Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan, is one of those grand temples with Tiffany stained-glass windows, beautiful woods, and finely detailed ornaments. Frederic Clay Bartlett murals decorate the sanctuary. All in all, the city, state, and national historic landmark is the perfect place for a sing-along Handel's Messiah, beginning at 3:30 today. There is no charge to join in; scores may be purchased at the door. If you're not a parishioner, be sure you call ahead; 225-4951.

There's always good political discourse going down at the Chicrick House, where many of the black community's pols and pundits hang out. This time there's a party, too. Look for Channel Nine's Mary Doe, Channel Five's Art Norman, Cook County Commissioner Jerry Butler, and the Staple Singers, among others, to headline tonight's Christmas Celebration for the Needy. Dont miss the always sizzling Chicrick Red Hot Revue and Lenny Lynn either. It starts at 6 and goes to 10 at 2512 S. Michigan. There's free food; suggested donation of $5. For more information, call 326-1515.

Monday 14

Educar, Prevenir, y Movilizar--"educate, prevent, and mobilize"--is the first-ever Chicago Latino AIDS conference. A joint effort of the Hispanic AIDS Network and the department of health, the free conference is packed with workshops designed to help Latinos understand and prevent AIDS in their communities. It begins at 8 this morning at the Congress Hotel, 520 S. Michigan. Call 227-0416 or 641-6444 for details.

It's an Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jewish-style, when the bride is haunted by the spirit of a former lover posing as her groom. The Dybbuk, by S. Ansky, is a Jewish classic--tense and elegant, performed tonight by the National Jewish Theatre, 5050 W. Church, Skokie. Performances begin at 7:30 Wednesday and Thursday, Saturdays at 8:15, and Sundays at 2 and 7:30. The show runs through January 10, 1988. Tickets are $14 to $17. For more information, call 675-5070.

The Joseph Holmes School of Dance, the educational branch of the late choreographer's critically acclaimed dance troupe, has trained dancers with the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, the Joel Hall Dancers, and the Hubbard Street Dance Company. The teaching tradition continues with special workshops in beginning, intermediate, and advanced master classes taught by guest artists Thea Narissa Barnes and Steve Rooks, principal dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Classes at all levels will be held every day this week, beginning today. The school is located at 735 N. Sheridan; each class costs $10. For a complete schedule, call 975-3505 or 883-4422.

Tuesday 15

From abstract artist to eroticist, to doomsday visionary, to political expressionist, painter Janet Cooling has had a dynamic, challenging career, all of it chronicled in Janet Cooling: Ten Year Retrospective. Curated by Pat Murphy, the free exhibition continues through February 14, 1988, at the Beacon Street Gallery, 4520 N. Beacon, Monday through Friday from 10 to 5:30, Saturday, 10 to 5. More information is available at 561-3500.

Visa and MasterCard accounts are bulging, the IRS is around the corner, and you've barely cracked your Christmas gift list. It's stress city, right? Wrong: Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers Biofeedback for Stress Management, a free lecture at noon at the Galter Carriage House, 215 E. Chicago, Room 206. Call 908-7014 for more information.

The Society for Contemporary Art sponsors a lecture tonight by the eccentric and enigmatic Robert Wilson, the brains behind Atalanta, the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down, Hamletmachine, a multimedia adaptation of Richard Wagner's Parsifal, and Einstein on the Beach, the groundbreaking collaboration with Philip Glass. Wilson starts talking at 6 in the Rubloff Auditorium, the Art Institute, Michigan and Adams. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for seniors, faculty, staff, and students of area colleges, and free to members of the Society for Contemporary Art, faculty, staff, and students of the School of the Art Institute. For more information, call 443-3630 between 10 and 2 on Monday, Tuesday, or Friday.

Wednesday 16

The new vaudeville is here, complete with rats that bowl and opera divas, when performance artist Brigid Murphy presents Milly's Orchid Show. An eclectic bag of treats, the show premieres tonight at 8 in the Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln. Admission is $4. More information is available at 248-5943.

Thursday 17

Stephan Mazurek directs the Itinerant Theater Guild in a production that dramatizes four short stories from The Neon Wilderness by Chicago's own Nelson Algren. Productions are Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 20 at the Rainbo Club, 1150 N. Damen. Admission is $3 and showtime is 7:30. More information is available by calling 489-5999.

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