In September 1985, Chicago photographer Anne Fishbein took a trip down what's left of Route 66, the legendary federal highway that once ran from the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Jackson to Santa Monica, California. The results can be seen in her current exhibition Route 66, which includes photos of the 66 Bar near Joliet, old-timey Galena, Kansas, and treacherous mountain stretches in Arizona. The show opens tonight, with a reception for the artist from 5 to 7:30, and continues through July at Printworks, 311 W. Superior. Hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday; for more information, call 664-9407.
I kinda doubt that any of these folks cut hair for a living, but they're endorsed by the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. A female quartet, two male quartets, and a male chorus--all from Wisconsin--perform tonight at the Bismarck Hotel, 171 W. Randolph. The audience can sing along during parts of the program, which starts at 8:30, and a cash bar should ensure the proper loosening of vocal cords. Free; details at 461-9791.
Although slavery was declared illegal on January 1, 1865, many plantation owners forced their slaves to remain in servitude for as much as six months longer, to finish the spring planting. Chicago Black United Communities and the Black Independent Political Organization are celebrating the actual end of slavery with a Jun-Jun Day celebration and parade. (Jun-Jun stands for the freedom date: the sixth day of the sixth month.) The parade leaves from 48th and Calumet at 11 AM, and about 12:30 it should arrive at 330 E. 37th, the headquarters of CBUC and BIPO, where journalist and activist Lu Palmer will speak. Free; more info at 548-2000.
The Brandeis Used Book Sale will include such gems as a 1571 copy of Cicero in Latin, the cookbook collection of "a noted Chicago hostess and gourmet cook," books with memorabilia of both Chicago world's fairs, and extensive science fiction and children's book collections. The sale starts tonight at 6 and continues daily through June 14, at Edens Plaza Shopping Center, Lake Avenue at the Edens, Wilmette. Some rare books will be offered through a closed bid auction, and one table will be devoted to signed books. Opening night admission is $4; free all other days. For hours or an auction list, call 724-9715.
Free classes in drawing, sculpture, watercolor painting, mask making, sunglass construction, and more are offered at Navy Pier starting today. The drop-in classes will be held noon to 3 every Saturday and Sunday through August 23; some are given in Spanish. A complete list of programs or more info is available at 443-3777.
The Chicago Transit Authority celebrates its 40th birthday this year; in its honor, the Prairie Avenue Gallery is showing Chicago Transit, an exhibition of the work of several local artists as well as photographs, and artifacts from the CTA's archives. Today's opening reception includes a multimedia presentation on train history. The reception runs 1 to 5 at the gallery, 1900 S. Prairie. The exhibition continues through July 12; hours are Friday through Sunday, 1 to 5, except Saturday, June 20. Free admission; 842-4523 for details.
Incidents of domestic violence take place every 18 seconds, according to FBI statistics, which explains the 18 kilometers the participants in today's Sport-A-Thon will walk, run, bike, or roller-skate to raise money for Lifespan, a group that fights such violence. Lifespan provides counseling, referrals to shelters, and legal advocacy for women and children, as well as speakers to community groups, schools, and churches. Today's fund-raiser starts at 9 AM at Shelter Number One on the North Branch Bicycle Trail at Golf and Harms roads, Morton Grove, but it's best to be there by 8:30. Info at 824-0382.
See more than 50 of the city's public sculptures--by Calder, Chagall, Picasso, and others less well known, on a Chicago Architecture Foundation bus tour beginning today at 1. The tour starts at the ArchiCenter, 330 S. Dearborn, lasts four and a half hours, and costs 17. Call 922-3432 for reservations and info.
Yodeling--the singing in which high and low notes are rapidly alternated--is usually associated with fresh-faced Swiss guys in lederhosen, but it also is found among African pygmies, Australian aborigines, and mountain people in North and South America and China. Alpine yodeling may have originated as an imitation of an instrument called the alphorn, and the passages in songs in which yodeling occurs are called Jodlers. Now that you know the basics, you're ready to see Heidi Siewert do some Austrian yodeling tonight at the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Yes, it's her real name; she was born in Romania, educated in Austria, and is now considered one of the top American yodelers. The concert starts at 5:30, and it's free. More at 346-3278.
Chicago architect John Wellborn Root died of pneumonia in 1891, just as his firm was drawing up initial plans for the Columbian Exposition of 1893. Experts believe not only the appearance of the fair, but the future of Chicago architecture was altered by Root's death. Three panelists will debate the importance of Root's contributions tonight at 6 at the Arthur Rubloff Auditorium at the Art Institute, Michigan Avenue at Adams. The free discussion, titled The Genesis of the Chicago School: The Case of John Wellborn Root, is part of a series of programs introducing the Art Institute's new permanent exhibition of architectural history entitled "Fragments of Chicago's Past." More at 443-3949.
There used to be a wall in New Town with the words "Dream/Fast" scrawled across it in big letters. The building has since been demolished, but playwright Dwight Okita has written a play around the enigmatic phrase. In it, two young men speculate on what they would do if left with only one day to live before an impending nuclear holocaust. "I think it means stop dreaming," says one of them. "Like when you want to lose weight quick, you fast, right?" Scenes of the two men are interspersed with dance, music, and poetry performances. Dream/Fast opens tonight at 8 at Igloo, 3829 N. Broadway, and runs Tuesdays through June 30. Tickets cost $5; reserve them at 975-9192.
It's Alive, the movie in which "it" is a snarling, mutant baby who kills grown-ups, screens tonight at 6 at the Film Center of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. The film is part of a month-long retrospective of the work of Larry Cohen, who has directed such other flicks as Black Caesar, The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, and God Told Me To, which follows It's Alive at 8 PM. Admission is $4.50, $2.50 for members; 443-3733.
Israeli singer Ruthi Navon performs tonight at the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 1977 Sheridan Road, Evanston. Showtime is 7:45, and tickets cost $10 in advance, $12.50 at the door. (Students and seniors are admitted for $5 in advance, $7.50 at the door.) Details at 491-5441.
Watch local artisans put together guitars, violins, dulcimers, and other stringed instruments from 11 to 1:30 today at the State of Illinois Center concourse, 100 W. Randolph. This instrument-making demonstration is presented as part of Tuning the Wood, an exhibition of instruments at the State of Illinois Art Gallery on display through July 10. The demonstration is free; 917-5321 for more.
384 plays were submitted earlier this year to a contest held by the Victory Gardens and Body Politic theaters; fourteen were chosen to be part of The Great Chicago Playwrights Exposition, which opens tonight with Nicholas Patricca's Gardinia's 'n' Blum. Dennis Zacek, the artistic director of Victory Gardens, calls the exposition "the realization of a dream." It includes two full-length works, three programs of short plays, and two pieces-in-progress, performed at both theaters, which share a building at 2257-61 N. Lincoln. Tickets run $10-$17; 871-3000 for reservations.