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Friday 20

AIDS may be fatal, but many who have it have formed an energetic, activist community. That's why the Chicago AIDS Symposium '87 will be different from any other AIDS conference: it's the first gathering on this scale with organizational input from people dying of AIDS. Cosponsored by the Chicago AIDS Symposium Foundation and the Health Law Institute of the DePaul University College of Law, the conference will feature workshops on AIDS patient concerns, legal and ethical issues, as well as treatment advances and scientific updates. James O. Mason, the current assistant surgeon general and director of the Centers for Disease Control, is the keynote speaker. Although not as charismatic as his boss, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Mason has been instrumental in pressuring the administration for increased AIDS funding. The symposium starts at 8:30 AM at the American Red Cross, 43 E. Ohio. Registration is $65. A $15 postconference reception will be held at 5:30 at the Museum of Surgical Science, International College of Surgeons, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive. Symposium attendance is limited to 225, so call first: 341-8383.

Forget that Bolivia is the world's cocaine center and that it's experienced more than 200 government changes in its 162-year history, most of them coups d'etat. When the Pan American Council celebrates Bolivia: The Beating Heart of South America, it'll seem more like "Heidi in the Andes." During a slide presentation, count on Bolivian consul Dr. Jaime R. Escobar to talk about his mountainous country's other exports, including tin, cattle, coffee, and corn. Also on the program are Tapuy, a Bolivian folk music group, folkloric dancers, and a presentation of Bolivian regional costume designs. The dinner, however, is strictly North American: beef, rice, vegetables, dessert, and coffee. It's all for $22.50 at the Executive House's 71 Club, 71 E. Wacker, beginning at 7 PM. For reservations call 248-1789.

Last year, the Chicago Sting lost seven of its first eight games and set the stage for a losing season. So far this year, the soccer franchise is even: It beat Minnesota on the Strikers' home field and almost overtook the 1987 MISL champion Dallas Sidekicks. Tonight, in the home opener against the Saint Louis Steamers, the Sting has a chance to post a winning record. Look to new goalie Chris Vaccaro to provide sparks. And stick around after the game, when soul man Ray Charles hits the field for a victory concert. The action's at the Rosemont Horizon. Kickoff is at 7:35 PM. Tickets go for $8-$25, and include both the game and concert. They're available at the Sting box office, 8600 W. Bryn Mawr; at the Horizon, 6920 N. Mannheim, Rosemont; Ticketmaster outlets; or by phone: call 693-KICK to charge it.

Saturday 21

The Evanston-North Shore chapter of the National Organization of Women combines the great American traditions of politics and fun with its Third Annual Turkey of the Year Awards Celebration. Among last year's winners, deposed presidential chief of staff Donald Regan got top honors for saying American women wouldn't support sanctions against South Africa for fear of losing their diamonds. This year, it looks like a toss-up between philandering presidential aspirant Gary Hart and philandering television minister Jim Bakker. The suspense will be resolved at 7:30 tonight at the First Baptist Church, 607 Lake in Evanston. $10 is the suggested donation. For more information, call 475-0680.

Sunday 22

Leni Riefenstahl may forever wander Africa taking photograph after photograph of exotic animals in the wilds, but she will never live down her most notorious artistic achievement, Triumph of the Will, a Nazi propaganda film commissioned by the Fuhrer himself. Many years later and in spite of its pointed pan-Aryan politics, Riefenstahl's 1934 film is considered by many the classic, archetypal documentary. The German Cultural Center sponsors a free screening tonight, as part of its "Between the Wars, 1919-1939" series at the University of Chicago's International House, 1414 E. 59th St. The film starts promptly at 8. For more information, call 753-2274.

Monday 23

Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped more than two million tons of bombs on Laos, making farming--the profession of 85 percent of all Laotians--a near impossibility. The displaced Laotians have trickled to the United States, struggling to maintain their culture and religion. Here they've often been greeted with derision and violence. Blue Collar and Buddha is Taggart Siegel's documentary on the Laotian experience in nearby Rockford, Illinois, where the exiles have erected a Buddhist temple on a farm on the outskirts of town. It premieres at the Getz Theater, 72 E. 11th St. Showtime is 7 PM and it's free. For more information, call Siegel at 528-6563.

Robert Gober doesn't throw in everything but the kitchen sink in his work; in fact, sinks are his work. A minimalist sculptor who has created such mixedmedia works as The Silly Sink and The Ascending Sink, Gober's art has a whimsical touch of Dada. He lectures tonight at 7 in the auditorium of the School of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Admission is $3 for the general public and free to students of area colleges. For more about Gober and his presentation, call 433-7284.

Tuesday 24

You could pick up a painting, photograph, or other original artwork by a junior Georgia O'Keeffe, Ivan Albright, Leon Golub, or Donald Felton for relatively nothing. O'Keeffe and the boys are all alumni of the School of the Art Institute, where today's students and tomorrow's famous artists will be displaying their artistic innovations as part of the Second Annual Holiday Art Sale. It's all in the Board of Trade Room at the school (the museum entrance on Columbus Drive) from 1 to 7, then continues tomorrow from 11 to 3. Admission is free and proceeds from sales will benefit the starving young artists and the student union. More information is available at 443-3713.

Wednesday 25

Sharing It is a triple treat at the Goodman Theatre: the annual run of A Christmas Carol, the kickoff of a holiday food drive, and an invitation for children to join the costumed cast in decorating the Sharing It tree. Bring canned goods to the show and then stick around for the fun. Kids will get a surprise treat. The good times roll at 7:30 tonight at the Goodman, 200 S. Columbus. Tickets range from $16 to $27, with a $2 discount for children under 12. Group rates are also available. Call 443-4940 for information.

Remember the innocent little puppet show in The Sound of Music? Nine students from the puppetry workshop at the Logan Square unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago will perform The Rock House Kids, a collaborative play about peer pressure, drug use, and teenage pregnancy. Yes, it's a long way from Maria and the little shepherd boy. The Logan Square kids made the puppets themselves and had a hand in the stage and scenery construction. The club is at 3228 W. Palmer and curtain time is 7:30 PM. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 523-5083.

Thursday 26

Not Just Pasta is the kind of trendy eatery that Tribune columnist Mike Royko loves to hate. On any given night, there are at least a couple of sporty foreign cars waiting outside. But inside, owner/chef Ed Krajewski cooks up real spaghetti as well as some unreal delights. Royko might want to stop by today when Krajewski opens shop at 10 AM for his second annual Thanksgiving Buffet and Fund-Raiser for the Needy. The traditional turkey will be served for free until 4 PM. Area merchants are pitching in with money and food. Last year, Not Just Pasta fed 225 people; this year Krajewski is gearing up for nearly 400. Donations are welcome. Not Just Pasta is at 2965 N. Lincoln and information is available at 348-2842.

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