Jack Denst Designs, a joint that specializes in custom-colored, hand silk-screened wall coverings, is having a By-the-yard Sale, which it holds every ten years or so to get rid of its leftovers that, Denst recommends, you can turn into Ravinia tablecloths, chic drawer liners, elegant kites, or wrapping paper. The hours are noon to 9 today, tomorrow, and Sunday at 1935 N. Lincoln. More at 721-5515.
An exhibit titled Hooray for Yiddish Theater! opens from 10 to 5 today and continues through November 14 at the Spertus Museum, 618 S. Michigan. Costumes, props, playbills, posters, letters, and reviews will be on display; The Golden Age of Second Avenue, a film narrated by Herschel Bernardi, will also be screened daily. The exhibit is free with admission to the museum: $3.50, free on Fridays. Details at 922-9012.
More than 100 commercials from 22 countries, which won prizes at the Cannes International Advertising Film Festival, will be presented as a feature-length film titled Cannes Goods, 7 and 9 tonight at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton. You have through August 27 to catch the show. $5, $3 for Facets members; 281-4114.
Kids' stuff, and lots of it: The Lynda Martha Dance Company performs The Little Tailor at 11 AM as part of the Ravinia Festival's Young People's Program, half a mile north of Lake Cook on Green Bay Road in Highland Park. Tix are $ 1, available at the gate: 726-4642.
Bozo the inimitable will be at North Riverside Park, 7501 W. Cermak in North Riverside, today: he'll cavort and carry on and give away autographed photos from 1 to 3. Free; info at 442-7605.
Navy Pier offers several amusing options, among them some educational ones: free classes in figure drawing, sculpture, watercolor, and Tai Chi will be given at noon, 1, and 3 (Tai Chi at noon and 1 only) today, with classes in drawing, watercolor, assemblage, and mask making at the same times tomorrow. The final installment of the Storytelling Festival on the Lake, featuring Ed Stivender, Jun May, and Shanta today and Ed Stivender, Jim May, and Andrew Leslie tomorrow, will be held from 3 to 5 both days. And finally, Canadian puppeteer Roderick Rennick will give a performance of Animal Krackers, also at 3 today and tomorrow. Everything is free; Navy Pier is at Grand and Lake Michigan, and you can get details at 443-3777.
The 11th annual Wicker Park Greening Festival will be held from noon to 6 today and tomorrow, with an entrance at Damen and Schiller streets. Tour the neighborhood, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, stroll through 15 houses and 12 gardens, and take in a piano concert on the porch of the lovely house at 2138 W. Pierce that's meant to conjure up the days when Paderewski used to drop by. There will be lots of other entertainment, not to mention food and garage sales. $8 admission; info at 252-6039 or 227-6047.
DAGMAR (Dykes and Gay Men Against the Right) is convening a 24-hour vigil at Governor Thompson's House, Clarendon and Hutchinson, to protest recent bills sent to the governor by the state legislature that the group believes engender panic about AIDS and ignore the need for research, education, and health care. Music, poetry, and theater will be part of the event which starts at 3 today and ends at 3 tomorrow. Information at 427-2533.
If a tour of Wicker Park doesn't satisfy your appetite for viewing late 19th-century architecture, tour the 1500 block of Jackson Boulevard in a Chicago Architecture Foundation-sponsored outing. Meet at 2 PM at the southeast corner of Laflin and Jackson for a one-and-a-half-hour stroll that will include an inside look at a restored house from the 1870s and a visit to the Church of the Epiphany. $4, free for CAF members; 782-1776.
Robert Shaw conducts the Grant Park Symphony and Chorus, along with mezzo-soprano Delores Ziegler, tenor David Kuebler, and bass Andrew Schultze, in Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and Mozart's Mass in C, 7 PM in the Petrillo Music Shell, Jackson and Columbus in Grant Park. It's free, with details at 819-0617.
Club 950 presents the Night of the Living Barbie--a dance tribute by Kariography and the Tights Dance Company set to the Barbie theme song ("Barbie Sings," ca. 1961) and a fashion show (the living dolls will strip their gear if audience members want to make on-the-spot purchases). You wont want to miss Barbie's Movie Museum, which features mini sets of Jaws and Barbie, Psycho Barbie, Attack of the Killer Hamsters, and others. The performance is at 10 PM and admission is free; 472-3129.
Children over seven and their parents are invited to Pioneer Participation Day in the Illinois Pioneer Life Gallery, 10 to noon at the Chicago Historical Society, Clark at North. The museum describes it as a "hands-on journey back to the lives of Illinois pioneers" that will include carding wool, spinning yarn, and weaving. It's free with admission--$1.50 for adults, 50 cents for kids and seniors. 642-4600 for information.
Denizens of the summer-long fiefdom of King Richard's Faire will do their stuff from noon to 1 in the Cathedral Commons at Rush and Huron. King Richard and Queen Katharine will reign over a horde of swordsmen, jugglers, minstrels, mimes, and more. BYO lunch or purchase a box lunch from Vie de France for $3.50. The entertainment is free; more at 787-6410.
The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council's County Fair opens from 5 to midnight today and runs through August 31 on the fairgrounds at 47th and Damen. There will be lots of attractions for kids and grown-ups, as well as those in between--more than 200 rides and attractions, concerts by the likes of the Buckinghams, Sha Na Na, Rick Saucedo, Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, Rare Earth, and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and (supplementing the more traditional carnival food) a mini Taste of Chicago. Gate admission is $2 and an unlimited ride ticket costs $5. Info at 943-7795.
When the Latino Film Festival screened Paul Leduc's Frida in June, it was a sellout and many people were turned away, so the festival folks have decided to bring it back for one night only at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. Frida screens at 6:30 and 9; the director and his daughter Valentina Leduc, who plays the young Frida, will be present at both screenings. Tickets are $5.50; details on advance purchase at 327-3184.
Dancin' in the Street, billed as an All-Star Motown Revue, hits the stage of the Riviera Night Club at 8 tonight for one show only. Eddie Kendrick and David Ruffin (formerly of the Temptations), Martha Reeves (as in Martha and the Vandellas), and Mary Wells will be there to blast out their hits and fill you with yearning for your lost youth. We are talking major dance party. $16; 559-1212 for details.
One of today's special events for families at the Field Museum is Caution: Dinosaur Crossings, which enables visitors to compare their own bad feet to the footprints of dinosaurs. This activity lasts from 9 to 2:30 and is free with admission to the museum, which costs $2 for adults, $4 for families, $1 for students, and 50 cents for seniors, The museum is located at Roosevelt Road and Lake Shore Drive; 922-9410.
The Huron Theater presents Milan Stitt's The Runner Stumbles, a mystery and love story about a priest and a nun based on a 1911 Michigan murder case, opening at 8 tonight and continuing through October 4 at the Bailiwick Theater, 3212 N. Broadway. Tickets are $12-$15; 935-5533.
Chefs for the 38th annual Saint Demetrios Greek-American Festival estimate that they will serve more than 10,000 pounds of shish kebab, chicken, gyros, and lamb between 5 this evening and midnight this coming Sunday. Help them meet their quota, 5-11 today, tomorrow, and Saturday and noon-midnight Sunday on the church grounds at 2727 W. Winona. Admission is $2 Saturday and Sunday, free until then: 561-5992.