"Shadows, elusive subjects, are cultivated, tamed. They are lashes, a convict's pride, the ribbons stripling a handsome torso. The threads that enhance a face, a taffeta flounce or lines that rake a plane of dance." These words were written in 1987 by rock's long-lost princess, Patti Smith. They accompany work by her friend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, published in a limited edition by Bellport Press. Many of his pieces--black-and-white studies of nudes and flowers, and new color-dye-transfer prints--are on display at the Betsy Rosenfield booth (1-162) at the Art Expo, the arts extravaganza taking place at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, from noon to 8 PM. The Art Expo will also be open Saturday through Monday, noon to 8, and Tuesday, noon to 6. Admission is $10, $7 for students and seniors. After the Art Expo closes on Tuesday, Mapplethorpe's work will be at the Rosenfield Gallery, 212 W. Superior, through May, Tuesday through Friday, 10 to 5:30, and Saturdays, 11 to 4:30. For more, call 787-8020.
El Teatro de la Esperanza, the bilingual-bicultural all-Latino California theatrical troupe founded in 1970, has performed throughout this country and Europe, offering its unique perspective on Hispanic life in America. Today's show is Teo's Final Spin: Bullet Dancing in Times of War, about a young Hispanic's search for identity as he travels to Central America. Written by Eulalio Cervantes (no relation to Miguel), it will be performed at 12:30 in the Illinois Room of the University of Illinois' Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted. Tickets are $3; group rates are available. Call 996-3095 for more.
In 1985, Randolph Street Gallery, one of the premiere not-for-profit art spaces in the city, suddenly found itself nearing financial disaster. Dedicated to showing and promoting some of Chicago's more daring stuff, RSG began an administrative retooling that included a greater emphasis on fund-raising. But for an alternative space that often features noncommercial work and that tries to support artists with more than just lip service, fund-raising can be trying. Though RSG is enjoying greater financial solvency, its dollar needs remain. With the advent of the mega-commercial Art Expo at Navy Pier--which features mostly non-Chicagoans--RSG presents Chicago Buy the Square Foot, a hot chance to pick up works by a broad spectrum of locals, from the popular Hollis Sigler to emerging young talent such as Michael Badicki. Partying starts tonight at 8 at 756 N. Milwaukee. Admission is $5. For more, call 666-7737.
If dads are sick of ties, moms are probably kind of tired of flowers. And chocolates, you know, aren't particularly healthy. But what's a child to do? The Womens Gym, the health and fitness center founded in 1985 by women for women, offers an alternative for Mother's Day: Mother's Spa Day, a health fair for older women that runs all day today. Half-hour classes and demonstrations include a martial arts demo, a nutrition talk, aerobics for large and older women, and weight training. The $5 admission fee includes use of the steam room, sauna, and whirlpool, towel and locker rental, and refreshments out on the sun deck. A massage by gym staffers will also be available. The fun starts at 10:30 and goes until 4 at the gym, 1212 W. Belmont. For more, call 549-0700.
Is the camera really a cold eye on reality, as photojournalism might imply? Hardly. These little boxes of light and dark can tell lies. Witness the famous photograph of Hitler meeting actress-director Leni Riefenstahl. In the original, both the fuhrer and communications director Joseph Goebbels are groveling for Leni's affection, but in the published version, Goebbels was miraculously erased from the little pastoral scene. Convincing Lies: Photography as Unfaithful Witness is N.A.M.E. Gallery's juried exhibition of works that undercut the medium's assumed objectivity. The free opening is at 1 today; the show runs through May 27. N.A.M.E. is at 700 N. Carpenter. For more information, call 226-0671.
You can be an armchair traveler in awfully good company with Lutheran General Hospital's Seniors' Health Program, where seniors share vacation slides, memories, and stories. Today's 10 AM itinerary features William Frantz's trip to Connecticut, upstate New York, and Pennsylvania. It's only $1 to attend at the Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine. These are popular programs, so call ahead for reservations at 975-5056.
Every 18 seconds, a woman is battered in America. According to the FBI, one in every three male-female relationships involves violence. It costs society $100 million a year in medical bills alone to repair the damage, and, according to corporate sources, businesses lose three to five billion dollars annually due to absenteeism resulting from domestic violence. In Chicago, Family Rescue is one of the few places battered women can go. This 36-bed facility at 3234 E. 91st St. helps women and their families become emotionally and economically self-supporting. To keep its doors open, however, Family Rescue needs funds. The Chicago Cubs Wives for Family Rescue will host a Celebrity Bartender Night, featuring many of their husbands, after the game (around 5:00) at Slugger's Sports Bar and Grill, 3540 N. Clark. Admission is $1; all door revenues and tips go to Family Rescue. Call 375-1918 for more.
When former U.S. Court of Appeals judge Robert Bork got nominated for the Supreme Court and then bounced by the Senate, his surname became a verb meaning "ousted" on Capitol Hill. It wasn't just Bork who got borked, but the president's subsequent nominee, ol' pot-head Doug Ginsburg. Bork himself will get a chance to bork some law students when he sits with Chief Justice Patricia Wald of the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge John Minor Wisdom (helluva name for a judge) from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as judge in the finals of the University of Chicago Law School Hinton Moot Court Competition. The kids will be arguing the constitutionality of the appointment of federal special prosecutors. The battle begins at 8 PM in the law school's Weymouth Kirkland Courtroom, 1111 E. 60th St. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 702-9494.
This year's recipients of the Glynn Sudbury Awards--the IVI-IPO's Gay and Lesbian Caucus honors for community service--are the Gay and Lesbian Town Meeting's cochair Gail Schiesser and the Illinois Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Kit McPheeters. Schiesser, who's now back in law school, is especially deserving. Last summer Town Meeting, the only group in town dedicated exclusively to passing the human rights ordinance, weathered various hostile disruptions by outside political interests. Under Schiesser's leadership, the group finally has a healthy budget, a network of representatives from other citywide organizations, and a viable strategy. When acting mayor Eugene Sawyer pushes for the human rights ordinance in the next few months, he'll be pushing legislation prepared by Schiesser's group and corporation counsel. The award giving is tonight at 6:30 at Paris Dance, 1122 W. Montrose. It's $5 at the door. Call 663-4203 for more.
David Sedaris, a 1987 School of the Art Institute graduate, incorporates a strong visual sensibility into his prose, a funny, self-effacing, and often sensational dive into sexual fantasies, realities, and possibilities. Sedaris reads quickly and wildly, taking the listener with him on a wonderful roller-coaster ride. Along with Christopher McNamara and Ray Waller, he'll be reading from his work tonight at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. It starts at 8 PM and it's $3. For more information, call 281-0824.