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Friday 16

Naperville residents Beth and Jim Arient were interested in contemporary folk art long before it was recognized as a legitimate creative form; for a decade or so, they have been making frequent weekend trips to Kentucky, Mississippi, and the like to visit folk artists and fill up their station wagon with various objets. They have not only built one of the largest collections of 20th-century American folk art, but also have come to know some of the country's best known artists personally, including the Reverend Howard Finster (of Georgia) and Chicagoans William Dawson and Derek Webster. An exhibition of folk art from the Arients' collection opens 5 to 7 today at the Northern Illinois University Art Gallery, 212 W. Superior, and runs through November 14. It's free; gallery hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday; for more details, call 642-6010.

Poet Inka Alasade, five-time Green Mill Poetry Slam champ, likes to chant her political/romantic verse to the reggae beat of drums and bass. Tonight, she shares a double bill with performance artist Brendan deVallance, whose latest work is about a desk. The show starts at 8 at the N.A.M.E. Gallery, 361 W. Superior. Admission is $5, $4 for gallery members, students, and seniors; reservations recommended. 642-2776.

Saturday 17

If your natural looks aren't frightening enough for the upcoming holiday, try the Halloween Mask-Making Workshop, 10 to 4 today at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski. Start by molding plaster in the shape of your face, and then add feathers, beads, artificial hair, lace, or whatever. $20 includes all materials, plus snacks and cider; bring a lunch if you like. Register at 583-8970 or 583-3452.

In 1897, the building at 78 E. Washington was completed and became Chicago's central library. Gradually, the library's collections outgrew the building and were moved to other locations; by 1974, a major renovation was necessary. The city made it an official landmark in 1976 and named it the Chicago Public Library Cultural Center the following year. The center still houses four library collections and presents more than 20 exhibits and 500 programs a year. A Public Library Cultural Center tenth anniversary party starts at noon today with a Talman Dame Myra Hess Memorial concert, in which soprano Jo Ann Pickens sings Ravel, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff. The 1 PM reception features dignitaries, refreshments, birthday cake, and an awards ceremony. Two art exhibitions and several other programs fill out the day, and a variety of celebratory events continue for the next few months. For a complete schedule, call 346-3278.

Sunday 18

Goose Island, now an industrial center, was originally an Irish settlement called Kilgubbin. It was created by the digging of a canal in 1857, and received its current name from a reporter who visited it in the 1860s and saw hundreds of geese, ducks, and pigs wallowing in mud puddles. By 1924, the island and the nearby riverbanks housed such industries as meat packing, chemical processing, and coal manufacturing. Friends of the Chicago River host a Goose Leland riverwalk at 1 today. $5 includes a Chicago River trail map, a badge, and the tour; meet at the Turning Basin Overlook, 1300 W. North. Optional reservations or more info at 427-4256.

For a 24-hour period starting at 6 tonight, hear a group of volunteers at the Daley Plaza Civic Center read aloud the names of famous and not-so-famous gays and lesbians. The Mayor's Committee on Gay and Lesbian Issues planned the rally--called Naming Ourselves--hoping to make Chicagoans aware of gay contributions to history and to raise money for a slew of community organizations, not necessarily only those that address gay concerns; anyone can sponsor a volunteer for a certain amount per minute he or she reads, and the money each volunteer raises goes to a group the sponsor names. A special midnight reading will name people who have died of AIDS. For info: 744-1545.

Monday 19

Learn to distinguish a pirouette from a pas de deux with tonight's Francis W. Parker School class, What's It All About, Mikhail? Waynne Warren, director of the Second City Ballet, leads a discussion and analysis of classical ballet movement, with demonstration by dancers Ellen Coleman Ingram and James Locklear. The program runs 7:30 to 9 at the Second City Ballet studio, 314 W. Institute, second floor. $25; register at 549-5904 or 549-5905.

The 24-member China Folk Song and Dance Ensemble performs tonight at 8 at the Auditorium Theatre, 70 E. Congress. Tickets are $5-$20; reserve 'em at 225-6683 or 922-2110.

Tuesday 20

San Francisco artist Doug Hall treats turbulent weather both literally and metaphorically in his video Storm and Stress, showing at 7:30 tonight at the School of the Art Institute, Columbus at Jackson, room 57, a discussion with the artist follows. This screening is the third of a six-Tuesday series, Video on the Air, featuring works and lectures by visiting artists at the school. Free admission; 443-3700 for details.

Wednesday 21

An estimated 20,000 homeless people vie for about 1,650 beds each night in Chicago. Every year, 600 of them pass through the Dehon House, a 35-bed shelter run by three nuns. Artist Ellen Meyers's documentary about the Dehon House, Just Keep Going, shows tonight at 6 and 7:30 at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton. Meyers says her film doesn't present shelters as a solution to homelessness; instead, it challenges stereotypes of the homeless. The requested donation is $5-$25 on a sliding scale; a reception with Meyers follows each screening. 929-0577 for more info.

Psychologist Robert Noone explains Family Ties: How We Become Who We Are tonight at Old Saint Patrick's Church, 718 W. Adams. His talk is the first in the church's five-Wednesday dinner and lecture series, The Quality of Your Life: Your Family of Origin. Dinner, at 6, costs $5 and requires reservations; the 7 PM lecture is free and doesn't; a 5:30 mass precedes both; and you can come to all or part of the evening. The series continues through November 18. Info and reservations at 782-6171.

Thursday 22

The Pawnee Earth Lodge at the Field Museum simulates an Indian dwelling from the 1850s, when the Pawnees still lived on the Nebraska plains. (In the 1870s, they moved to Indian Territory in Oklahoma.) To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Field Museum's Pawnee Earth Lodge, a group of Pawnee elders and artisans--some of whom attended the lodge's opening ceremonies--will visit the museum today through Sunday, October 25. They'll also dance and demonstrate crafts. The lodge is open 10 to 1:30 today and tomorrow, and 11 to 3 Saturday and Sunday; dance performances are at 10:30 today and tomorrow, and at 2 Saturday and Sunday. Lodge activities are free with regular museum admission; more at 322-8854.

The folks at Fur Fest '87 aren't selling just any old skins: a small number of the 1,500 for sale were donated by Chicago celebs. The sale runs today through Saturday, October 24, at the Midland Hotel, 172 W. Adams. The donated new and used furs are priced 40 to 70 percent below retail; proceeds benefit the Five Hospital Homebound Elderly Program. Sale hours are 11 to 8 today, 10 to 8 tomorrow, and 10 to 3 Saturday. 472-6556 for details.

Chicago streets have lost almost 45,000 trees over the past seven years. In response, the Open Lands Project has (1) created NeighborWoods, a volunteer tree-planting program that will put its first trees to root this fall at various sites, and (2) organized today's talk on Using People Power to Create Urban Forests, 11:30 at Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk. The speakers will be Andy and Katie Lipkis of TreePeople, a Los Angeles group that mobilized volunteers to plant one million trees for the 1984 Olympics. $30 includes lunch; make reservations at 427-4256.

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