Friday 3/3 - Thursday 3/9
By Cara Jepsen
3 FRIDAY Your money or your life? That, essentially, is what citizens living under "corporate capitalism" have to decide, according to social critic David Korten, who believes that our culture must be radically restructured to create "truly democratic, market-based, life-centered societies." Korten, the author of several books on the effect of big business upon our lives, will elaborate on those themes at a lecture tonight at 7:30 at the "Building the Spirit of Democracy and Economic Justice" conference. Tomorrow morning at 9:15 he'll sit on a panel about democracy and the global economy. The conference runs through tomorrow at the First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn; registration is $50 per day, but tonight's lecture is free. Call 773-324-4100 to sign up.
There's no romance in Rebecca Gilman's new play, Boy Gets Girl, in which an overeager guy won't take no for an answer after a blind date. Previews start tonight at 8 (the regular run begins March 13) at the Goodman Theatre, 200 S. Columbus. Tickets are $29; call 312-443-3800.
4 SATURDAY One hundred teams are scheduled to compete in the National Cheerleaders Association's Windy City Classic, including squads from Buffalo Grove, Glenbrook South, and Maine South high schools. It's today from 9 to 6 (with awards ceremonies at the oddly specific times of 12:10 and 4:46) at Navy Pier's Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand. Admission is $10 to $15. Call 800-622-2946.
Members of the local chapter of the Animal Defense League spend their Saturday afternoons downtown in front of Neiman Marcus holding antifur protests. This week they'll reconvene afterward at the Autonomous Zone for a recruitment meeting aimed at "anyone who has ever had any interest in helping animals." A Voice for the Voiceless--An Introduction to the Animal Defense League takes place at 5 at 2012 W. Chicago. It's free, but reservations are recommended. Call 847-297-3596 and press 6.
From 1870 to 1980, members of the Illinois House of Representatives were elected using a cumulative system in which voters were given three votes to fill three seats in their districts. According to Illinois Citizens for Proportional Representation, the system made it easier for political minorities to get into office. Several groups trying to bring it back are sponsoring a Drive to Revive Cumulative Voting, a dinner dance featuring keynote speakers (and former U.S. representatives) Abner Mikva and John Anderson. The speakers start at 7 (dinner is at 8; dancing is at 10) at the Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph. Tickets are $70, $25-$50 for those with low incomes. On Monday, March 6, there will be a state hearing on an amendment to revive cumulative voting. It starts at 11 AM in room 16503 of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph. Call 312-587-7060 for more information on both events.
5 SUNDAY The Glessner House's "rusticated granite exterior" created an uproar among the well-heeled residents of Prairie Avenue when it was completed in 1887. Today at 2 School of the Art Institute professor Tim Wittman will address the theme of nature in architect Henry Hobson Richardson's work in a slide lecture at the Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie (312-326-1480). Admission is $6; reservations are recommended.
Mahalia Jackson rose from modest means in Chicago to become the "Queen of Gospel Song" by combining the syncopation of blues with the music she heard in church. Her rags-to-riches story forms the basis of the Black Ensemble Theatre's Mahalia (The Life and Music of Mahalia Jackson). It'll be performed Friday at 8 and today at 4 at the Chicago Historical Society, Clark at North, in conjunction with the society's ongoing exhibit on gospel music, "That's Good News!" Tickets are $12, $5 for kids. Call 312-642-4600.
6 MONDAY Who was Kazimierz Pulaski? The Revolutionary War hero founded the U.S. Cavalry and fought the British at Washington's retreat from the Battle of Brandywine, saving the future president from possible capture. And that's why a lot of people don't have to work today. Polish consul general Ryszard Sarkowicz, Polish-American community leaders, and kids in ethnic costume join a free celebration of Pulaski's life complete with food and drink at 1 in the student lounge at Truman College, 1115 W. Wilson. Call 773-907-4782 for more.
A California teenager who stabbed a fellow cheerleader to death in 1984 and 1950s Wisconsin serial killer Ed Gein have more in common than murder, says James Benning, who filmed the settings of their crimes for his 1986 movie Landscape Suicide. "I discovered a matching form of isolation in both the cold landlocked landscape of Wisconsin and the suburban, car-dominated noncommunication of California," he says. His film will be shown tonight at 7 with Barbara Hammer's Sanctus at the University of Chicago's Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th (773-702-8575). Admission is $3.
7 TUESDAY In 1950 U.S. soldiers machine-gunned several hundred civilians under a bridge in the Korean village of Nogun. University of Chicago history professor Bruce Cumings, who cowrote the 1988 book Korea: The Unknown War, says it was not an isolated incident. Tonight he'll give a free lecture called History and Memory of the Korean War: Why Did the Nogun Village Massacre Surprise Us? from 5 to 7 in the Chicago Authors Room of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. Call 312-747-4600.
In its new documentary, Stop the Land Grab, the community-activism group Chi-Town Low Down suggests that evil politicians and developers have a master plan to destabilize and displace the city's poor communities, then build up their former neighborhoods. The video will be shown tonight at 7 on Chicago Access Network TV, cable channel 21. It'll be followed by a live call-in talk show on the subject. Call 312-738-1400 for more.
8 WEDNESDAY George Balanchine's opulent 1929 ballet The Prodigal Son was the last he choreographed for Sergey Diaghilev and marks the peak of his work for Paris's Ballets Russes. Today Balanchine scholar Nancy Goldner will give a free slide lecture about Balanchine's dance, which the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago will perform March 16 through 19. Goldner's presentation starts at 2 at the Art Institute's Rubloff Auditorium, 111 S. Michigan. Call 312-739-0120 for details.
9 THURSDAY Pianist Kenneth Drake plays period music on antique instruments or their replicas. He hits town this week with an 1816 Broadwood identical to one given to Beethoven in 1817. Drake will lecture about his work from 9 to 11 AM on Monday and Tuesday, March 6 and 7, and will give a free recital on the Broadwood tonight at 7:30 at Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan. It's all free. Call 312-341-3783.