In his introduction to John Lennon's In His Own Write & A Spaniard In the Works, Paul McCartney wrote, "He had written a poem for the school magazine about a hermit who said: 'as breathing is my life, to stop I dare not dare.' This made me wonder right away--'Is he deep?'" The answer, of course, is yes. Lennon paintings and drawings are funny, lively, and rather ingenious. His widow and best pal, Yoko Ono, will introduce the John Lennon Art Collection on exhibit at the Merrill Chase Gallery with an appearance today at 6 PM at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan. No charge. Call 564-2000 for more information.
Writer Stephen Dobyns, the lanky, laid-back plot master behind the popular Saratoga mystery novel series, is also an award-winning poet. Reading his poetry, Dobyns is Witty, self-effacing, and supremely entertaining. This is a dont miss, tonight at 8 at the Poetry Center of the School of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Tickets are $5, $4 for SAIC students and staff. For more information, call 443-3711.
According to the song, Heaven is a place on earth, and in Chicago that means vintage clothing and unique accessories at this open-only-once-a-month store. The selection is nearly as mind-boggling as the store's patrons. Everything is 75 percent off at this Last Laugh Leftovers sale, noon to 6 PM, at the store's new digs, 2223 N. Clybourn. For more information, call 929-9645.
To get maple syrup from a tree, you bore a hole three inches deep and three and a half to four feet from the ground. If that sounds too simple, try the Training Class for Maple Syrup Harvesting, the last session before spring for those who are interested in maple sugaring. Learning how to tap a tree will give you a head start for the Seventh Annual Maple Syrup Festival on March 20. This free class starts at noon at North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski. Call 583-8970 to register (adults only, please).
If you think of barbershop quartets as four- or five-part harmony, think again. At the 27th Annual Barbershop Show, the headline group is a 160-man chorus, whose members range from high school students to retirees. They are the current international barbershop harmony champs, and they're a delight for the ears. Come hear at 8:15 tonight at the Auditorium Theatre, 70 E. Congress. Tickets range from $7 to $12. For more, call the 24-hour Chicagoland Barbershop Hotline at 461-9791.
I.F. Stone: A Portrait is a colorful, affectionate look at the radical Washington journalist by a Chicagoan 52 years his junior. In the book, Stone speaks about Korea, the McCarthy era, and other past times and places. Author Andrew Patner, erstwhile associate editor of Chicago magazine and currently a law student at the University of Chicago, will be signing copies of the book today from 2 to 4 at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. For more information, call 684-1300.
The AIDS Alternative Health Project (AAHP) isnt trying to compete with traditional medicine, but it is able to supplement it. The professional staff helps AIDS sufferers with treatments of acupuncture, Rolfing, naprapathy, herbal remedies, and nutritional counseling. The clinic, which serves 170 regular clients and has a waiting list, is staffed entirely by volunteers, but there are expenses. Folksinger Corky Siegel, actor James O'Reilly, the bands Wilderness Road, Ono, and Maestro Subgum and the Whole, poets John Starrs and David Hernandez, the LaSalle Street Choir, pianist Eddie Balchowsky, and members of the Remains Ensemble and the Cold Chicago Theatre Project will all be doing their respective things to help raise some funds tonight at the Peoples Church, 941 W. Lawrence, from 7 to midnight. Tickets are $10; more info at 327-6437.
Since 1946, the Norfleet Brothers have been calling out and responding to the sweet sounds of gospel music. They have released five albums and have appeared in numerous festivals. They're no strangers to Chicago--many gospelphiles will remember them from ChicagoFest. They're back today at 5:30 at the theater in the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, for a free concert. Call 346-3278 for details.
Catherine Mackinnon, one of the big names in the feminist antipornography movement, will be here to talk politics and push her new book Feminism Unmodified as part of the regular Tuesday night programs at Women & Children First, 1967 N. Halsted. It's free and starts at 7:15. Call 440-8824 for more information.
It wasn't as though the Dead Kennedys played hummable tunes, but lead singer Jello Biafra is a superstar in his own right. Charged with a variety of illegalities after an LP by the band was found to have "indecent" images on the inner sleeve (actually a kind of impossible, symmetrical orgy of genitals), Biafra has been fighting for the First Amendment and winning fans and converts ever since. He'll be speaking tonight at 7:30 at Tech Auditorium, 2145 Sheridan Road in Evanston, sponsored by the Activities and Organizations Board of Northwestern University. Admission is $4, $2 to NU students. For more information, call 491-2380,
A healthier pregnancy means a healthier baby, say the experts, which is why Northwestern Memorial Hospital is offering Exercise Classes for Pregnant Women in their 12th to 40th weeks. The exercises will tone stretched muscles, reduce joint strain, correct posture, and relax you. They won't include aerobics, jazzercize, or jogging. What a relief. Classes meet for six weeks, beginning tonight at 5:15 and 6:15 at 215 E. Chicago. $30 per series. For more, call 908-7432.
Women complain that, while they're up for safe sex, they still have to talk their partners into a simple thing like using a condom. Caryn Berman, AIDS Activities Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has some helpful hints on Safe Sex for Women, a women-only discussion at noon today. Sponsored by Key Street, Inc., the talk costs $3 at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior. Call 266-2350 for details.
The heartbreak of Alzheimer's disease has been amply portrayed in the mass media, perhaps leaving us with a sense of helplessness and despair. There are, however, new techniques to detect and even prevent the disease, which will be part of tonight's lecture Alzheimer's Disease New Discoveries, 7:30 at Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge in Evanston. Admission is $5. To register and get more information, call 492-3700.
Some ancient Greeks thought that homosexual love was more noble than heterosexual love. You may learn more about this when Professor Sir Kenneth Dover speaks tonight on Greek Homosexuality and the Anthropologists: Some Recent Views. Dover, an expert on things classical, is sponsored by Loyola University. The talk is free and starts at 8 at the Crown Center, 6525 N. Sheridan. For more info, call 508-3650.