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MAY
Friday 27

The anger on both sides after Congressman Gus Savage's criticism of the strong support the pro-Israel lobby gave his opponent Mel Reynolds was a sad reminder of how far apart the African American and Jewish communities have drifted since the days of the civil rights movement. Cornell West, chairperson of the Afro-American studies department at Princeton University, will be the keynote speaker at tonight's Black Jewish Relations, a free program sponsored by New Jewish Agenda that also features a commemoration of the solidarity between the two communities in the 60s. It starts at 7:30 at the Ecumenical Institute, 4750 N. Sheridan. Call 338-2037.

David Patton, John Brzenk, and Graceann Swift--the world-division arm-wrestling champions--are the ones to beat at tonight's Yukon Jack Arm-Wrestling Championships. Prizes total $10,000, plus bragging rights. The double-elimination tournament starts at 8:30 at the Champions Sports Bar in the O'Hare Marriott, 8535 W. Higgins. It's free. Call 380-8888.

Saturday 28

If you have a three-foot stack of old newspapers (about 100 pounds) and a bag of aluminum cans, take them over to Uptown Recycling during the center's third annual Tree Exchange Day--and you'll get a free seedling. The center's doors will be open from 8 to 4 today and every Saturday. Located at 4716 N. Sheridan, the center is a not-for-profit organization that accepts newspapers, glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, scrap metal, and computer paper. Call 769-4488.

Law Week '90 kicks off today with a free seminar on senior, consumer, and tenants' rights, among other things, at 9:30 AM at Saint Stephen A.M.E. Church, 2000 W. Washington. Sponsored by the county public defender's office and the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, the annual community project features more than a dozen free workshops on different legal issues in a variety of city neighborhoods. For a complete schedule call the Law Week hot line at 782-3620.

Sunday 29

Private outdoor sculpture gardens are par for the course in New York and Los Angeles, but they're pretty rare in Chicago. Klein Art Works, which recently relocated to the postindustrial netherworld of North Morgan Street, inaugurates its outdoor Sculpture Works exhibit with a Sunday afternoon reception and the work of 11 big-name artists, all but one of whom is represented by friendly competing galleries. Today's party, which should draw plenty of collectors who might not otherwise wander all the way to 400 N. Morgan, runs from noon to 4. It's free. While you're there, check out the indoor exhibition of large ceramic sculpture by Jun Kaneko. Regular hours are 10 to 5:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 to 8 Thursday; and 10 to 4 Sunday. Call 243-7880.

The three-man teams in Jiffy Lube's Best There Is competition have exactly ten minutes to change the oil; install a new oil filter; lubricate the chassis; check and fill the transmission, brake, power-steering, and differential fluids; check the battery water, wiper blades, PCV valve, and air filter; inflate the tires; vacuum the interior; and wash the windows. The quickest error-free team gets a plaque and more than $1,000 in prize money. You can watch the madness for free starting at 1 PM at Jiffy Lube, 700 W. Higgins Road in Park Ridge. Call 263-2500.

A descendant of the Greek kithara, the zither--which looks and sounds like a cross between a guitar, lute, mandolin, and recorder--was very popular in the U.S. in the 19th century. The 29- to 42-string zither is still widely played in central and eastern Europe. The Chicago Zither Club welcomes the Austrian Mixed Chorus and the Neapolitan Mandolins to its spring concert at 3:30 this afternoon in the Nineteenth Century Woman's Club, 178 Forest in Oak Park. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door. For more information call 631-2854 or 708-773-2432.

Monday 30

It's hard to believe Rhona Hoffman has curated a show that lasts justs one night, but that's the time frame for an exhibit featuring new works by one of Chicago's most prolific fine- art and fashion photographers--Skrebneski. The artist will attend a free reception from 6 to 8 tonight at the gallery, 215 W. Superior. Call 951-8828.

MAY
Tuesday 1

Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Ohio, and (soon) Hawaii all have laws that permit adoptees and their families to look through their legal records openly. The American Adoption Congress is holding a rally at 10 AM today at the Daley Center, at the corner of Washington and Dearborn streets, for National "Open My Records" Day. After the rally supporters will file into Daley Center and submit requests for access to birth and medical records by adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, and siblings. You can help with a donation, a signature, or your presence at the rally. It's free. Call 625-4476.

Workers of the world who live in the past unite! The diehards, calling for the downfall of "capitalism and revisionist state capitalism," will hold an International Workers' Day demonstration at 1 PM at 18th and Union streets, then proceed to Harrison Park, at 18th and Wood, for a rally at 2 PM. At 6:30 PM the party faithful will hold a meeting at 301 N. Mayfield. It's all free. Call 348-3370.

Wednesday 2

There won't be reps from the School of the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or the Department of Cultural Affairs at today's Art on the Hot Seat: Lessons in Crisis Management panel discussion. Larry Ter Molen, vice president for development and public relations at the Art Institute, will be there to tackle questions on the recent controversies there and what the staff think they did right, and wrong. He'll be joined by PR directors from Columbia College and Shedd Aquarium. It starts at 5:15 at the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. It's free. Call 744- 9797.

Also at the Cultural Center are Thomas and Tarmo Urb, two brothers who are recent political refugees from Estonia, who will perform a free Estonian folk-music concert. It starts at 5:30 PM in the theater, 78 E. Washington. Call 346- 3278.

The recent restructuring of the Commission on Human Relations folded together the staffs of a bunch of commissions and committees. But the Peace Conversion Commission, which operates out of the mayor's office, was left untouched. What, you didn't know it existed? The group, formed by Mayor Daley to figure out how Chicago could gain from a redistribution of money cut from the Pentagon's budget, makes its first public splash with tonight's town meeting in City Council chambers, The U.S. After the Cold War: Claiming the Peace Dividend. Aldermen, community groups, and the public are invited to make suggestions about what to do with the money--although neither City Council nor Daley will have much say about any cuts. It starts at 7 on the second floor of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle. It's free. Call 372-7867.

Thursday 3

Following this evening's performance of The Castle, City Lit Theater Company will present a panel discussion, Perspectives on Kafka. Presenting their views will be Arnold Aprill, the theater's artistic director; Mark Richard, the associate artistic director; Marvin Mirsky, senior lecturer in the University of Chicago's humanities department; and Rabbi Arnold J. Wolf. The show begins at 8 PM at Live Bait, 3912 N. Clark. Tickets are $14. The discussion is free and immediately follows the show. Call 271-1100.

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