The Chicago Latino Film Festival kicks off with a reception from 5 to 8:30 tonight in Columbia College's Lighting Studio at the Getz Theater, 72 E. 11th. The films continue through next weekend at the Getz. Filemon y la Gorda (an animated short), The Blue Bouquet (another short), and The Return of Ruben Blades will be screened at 8 tonight. Of special note is the Chicago premiere of Frida, planned for 6:30 and 9, Wednesday, June 24, at the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln ($5.50 admission). Tonight's reception is free; tickets to most movie programs are $4, $3 for seniors and students. Details at 782-4211.
The first ever Francis W. Parker Rummage Sale will be held from 9 to 4 today, 330 W. Webster. I would anticipate some fairly high-class stuff in the way of clothing, household goods, books, and furniture. More at 549-0172.
The third annual Printers Row Book Fair will be held from 10 to 6 today and tomorrow in the 600 and 700 blocks of South Dearborn. Many Chicago authors will read from and autograph their books, all the steps of making books will be demonstrated, antique printing presses and paper marblers will perform, and there will be plenty to eat and drink. Info at 744-4213.
Funny Face Place, a group of clowns, present their fourth annual Clownfest from noon to 6 today at the Sunshine Activity Center, 4842 W. Diversey. This sounds like your archetypal kiddiefest--puppet shows, clown skits, a magic show, balloon sculptures, pizza and hot dogs, a dunk tank, and more. Proceeds go to the center, which helps parents and guardians care for mentally handicapped adults. $1; 50 cents for children 12 and under, seniors, and the handicapped; a $3 package includes 12 game tix. More at 283-7023.
The Institute of Business Designers sponsors an auction of Merchandise Mart samples at 1 today in the Expo Center on the second floor of the Apparel Center, Orleans at the Chicago River. Viewing begins at 11; there will also be a clipboard auction (with written bids) and a "red tag sale." $5 admission; details at 675-1150.
Fathering Education Services presents a free seminar on Legal Rights for Fathers and Their Children, 1-4 PM at the Erikson Institute, 25 W. Chicago. It's aimed at divorcing dads, divorce lawyers, social service personnel, and wives of men with kids from previous marriages. Reserve a space at 524-8182.
Lill Street Studios and Faction 13 present Faction 13 Unveiled at the studios at 1021 W. Lill. A collective runway show of artists' clothing and works about clothing (performance, commentary, film, photography, painting) will be staged at 7 and 10 tonight, with music and dancing following the second show; works will also be on view and for sale from noon to 4 tomorrow. $5 admission to tonight's events, $4 in advance: 477-6185.
If you're groping around for a manly pastime suitable for Father's Day, check out the fifth annual Corvette, Replica, and Sports Car Show from 10 to 5 today at the Volo Antique Auto Museum and Village on Route 120, half a mile west of U.S. 12 in Volo. Festivities include a display of 250 cars, a roast pork and beef barbecue, and a 50s and 60s music revival featuring an Elvis impersonator. $4 admission, $2 for kids 4-12, free for those under 4. More at 815-385-3896.
Add a historical touch to your Father's Day outing at a gathering of the Casventum Flag Throwers at 2 this afternoon at Promontory Point, 55th Street and Lake Michigan. The 25-member troupe hails from Santa Gemina, Italy, and will entertain in medieval costumes. they will play trumpets and drums, as well as indulge in a bit of medieval battle flag throwing. Free; more at 922-3307.
Dancers teach dance this summer at the Lynda Martha Dance Company's Dance Institute. Patti Eyler of the Chicago City Ballet teaches ballet starting at 5:30 today at the institute, 927 Noyes, Evanston; other teachers include Amy Osgood (modern) and Russell Sultzbach (ballet). Classes are $6 per session or $50 for ten. For other times and dates call 475-1770.
Max Ophuls's Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948), a classic in the women-who-love-too-much genre, will be screened at 7 and 9 tonight and tomorrow at Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton. Joan Fontaine was never lovelier; Louis Jourdan is the caddish musician she yearns for. Admission is $3, $2 for members; 281-4114.
Leslie Hindman, president of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, lectures on The Art of Antique Buying at 7:30 tonight at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski. All aspects of buying and selling at auction will be covered. Reservations at 582-6500; $2 donation for refreshments.
Seven people billing themselves as the Performance Ranch, which they describe as "a rodeo of the mind," present a night of comedy at Holsteins, 2464 N. Lincoln. Beverly Hill Cow II: The Herd Is On! starts at 8:30 and admission is $2; 327-3331.
Apparently you're never too old to get allergies, but can you lose them at any age, too? Find out at a talk titled Allergies: What Is Old, What Is New, and What Is Changing, 12:15 at the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Max Samter, retired director of the allergy institute at Grant Hospital, is the guest speaker. Free; 269-2820.
The Greater State Street Council marks the city's 150th birthday with Celebrate on State Street, 10 AM to 8 PM today and tomorrow; State Street will be closed to traffic and open to lots of other stuff, such as an arts and crafts show, a balloon launch (3,000 balloons, many with gift certificates to State Street merchants), food booths, and lots of music and dancing in the street. Not to mention a battle of the bands. The fun takes place between Adams and Lake; more at 782-9160.
For the first time since its reopening, public tours of the Chicago Theatre will be given, in conjunction with the "Celebrate on State Street" festivities. There will be a theater tour, organ recital, and silent film with organ accompaniment at 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, and 7:30 today; a theater tour and organ recital will also be given at 3 PM only tomorrow. $5; advance reservations are not necessary. Information at 236-4300.
The Chicago Sociological Practice Association features a talk by Robert Travis on The Sociology of Film Criticism this evening at Monday's restaurant, 401 N. Michigan. Travis, a PhD candidate in sociology at the U. of C. and a research assistant at the American Bar Foundation who also teaches and writes about film, will look at the critic's role in shaping perspectives, as well as at the social forces that influence the critics. A cash bar opens at 5:30, followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 and Travis's talk at 7:30. For those who register in advance, dinner is $20, $15 for members; dessert and coffee only is $10 and $7.50; add $5 if you decide to register at the door. Information at 996-9354.
Enrique Arias of the American Conservatory of Music directs a program of Music From Spain and the New World, a concert of music of the 15th and 16th centuries for voices and lute, at 7 this evening at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. Free, but reservations are requested: 943-9090, ext. 310.