Today's a big day for Latino artists, starting with poet and literary critic Juan Bruce-Novoa's presentation on Women Chicano Writers. Bruce-Novoa, a sensitive member of the opposite sex, will try to explain why the best Chicano literature today is written by women. The lecture starts at 10 AM in Northern Illinois University's Watson Hall, room 110, off University Circle in De Kalb. It's free. Call 815-753-1681 for more.
Then there's Latina Art: Showcase '87, a slide lecture by Juana Guzman, community-arts coordinator at the Chicago Office of Fine Arts. The critically praised show features 68 works by 22 Hispanic women, including locals Bibiana Suarez and Nereyda Garcia-Ferraz. It's a freebie at 12:15 PM in the theater of the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. For more information, call 346-3278.
The Latin art tour continues at the Latino Arts Gallery presentation of sculptor Roman Villarreal, who's originally from the south side. Villarreal works with found materials from demolished and abandoned buildings in some of our favorite neighborhoods. Today's opening also includes the debut of a new musical composition by Hugo Teruel. The free party's at 5 at 850 N. Milwaukee. Call 243-3777 for details.
Last but not least, Maria Martinez-Canas is featured at the Marianne Deson Gallery, which also has the sculpture and photography of Charles Wilson and Bruce Charlesworth on display. A recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute, Martinez-Canas creates "photo-graphics" that are heavily influenced by early Spanish maps of her native Cuba. The free show opens at 5 today at 340 W. Huron. There's more at 787-0005.
Alfred Stieglitz spent 20 years photographing Georgia O'Keeffe, creating an extensive and unprecedented portrait. The two were lovers, collaborators, and friends. From 1918 to 1922, Stieglitz's camera was particularly in love with O'Keeffe. Nineteen nudes, portraits, and hand studies made between 1918 and 1922, a particularly intense period of the project, are on exhibit in Gallery 15 at the Art Institute, Michigan Avenue at Adams. The museum doors open at 10 today. Suggested admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children, students, and seniors. There's more information at 443-3500.
By kicking off at 4:30 PM it'll be more like "take back the late afternoon," but hundreds are sure to gather today at Northwestern University for a Take Back the Night Rally and March. Designed to protest the fact that women live in fear of violence, the event features speakers and entertainers at the rally and a march across campus. Meet on the Norris University Center lawn, 1999 Sheridan Road in Evanston. Call 491-7360 for more information.
Imagine something that takes up no space but has infinite density, out of which nothing, even light, can escape. That is the theoretical final stage in the death of a massive star: a black hole. Boggle your mind some more with tonight's free lecture--Wonders of the Night Sky--on suspected black holes, the big bang, and other mysteries. It starts at 6:30 at the Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave. in River Grove. For more information, call 456-5886.
A coalition of progressive religious groups spearheaded by Chicago Catholic Women opens the doors today of a new community center at the Susannah Wesley House, the stately home owned by the Epworth United Methodist Church. The festivities begin at 2:30 and include readings by Jorjet Harper, Cheryl R. Miller, and Margarita Castro. The center's at 5249 N. Kenmore. Call 561-5668 for more information.
You know theater people, they give till it hurts. But the giving will be rather painless when the Theatre Building hosts a much-needed blood drive in its lobby from 4 to 8 today. Donors must be at least 17, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and should have eaten well before coming. The whole process is easy, safe, and downright civic minded. Roll up your sleeves and come down to 1225 W. Belmont. Call 929-7367 for details.
Go ahead, admit it. The calendar isn't the first thing you read in the Reader. You turn first to Zippy, the original conehead. The genius behind the comic strip, Bill Griffith, will be signing copies of his new Zippy collection, Kingpin, at 5 today at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Call 684-1300 for more. Only 100 copies per customer.
A lot of folks say that Leanita McLain, the brilliant Tribune editorialist, committed suicide because of the frustrations and pressure of being a successful black woman. Perhaps with that in mind, the Employment Services Department of the YWCA is offering Black Women in the Workplace, a four-week workshop designed to help reduce emotional, psychological, and career-related stress among black working women. This isnt for dilettantes--the session will deal head-on with racism and sexism in everyday life. It's $50 for Y members, $60 for nonmembers, and starts at 5:30 tonight at the Y, 180 N. Wabash, third floor. For more information, call 372-6600.
More than 12 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis--whether from injury, infection, or from hereditary or unknown causes. But arthritis sufferers can overcome at least some of the pain by exercising. Saint Francis Hospital offers a helpful six-week arthritis and stiffness class that will alleviate pain and stiffness. Classes start at 3 today in the hospital's School of Nursing classroom, 355 Ridge in Evanston. The sessions are $47 and require your physician's written consent. Call 492-2243 for more.
All you writer wannabes can learn from, or at least fawn over, a trio of local publishing insiders--successful freelancer Laurel Sorenson, Chicago magazine top dog Hillel Levin, and Crain's news editor, Don Nelson--at the Independent Writers of Chicago panel on Marketing Yourself to Magazines. Networking begins at 5 (whatever else you do, look sharp) and the program is at 6 at the Inn of Chicago, 162 E. Ohio. Nonmembers pay $8. For more information call 951-9114.
Chicano critic Juan Bruce-Novoa isn't the only sensitive guy in town talking about women and literature. William Dodd, who is working on a doctorate on the treatment of women by male protagonists in literature, will be kicking off a discussion group series today at Governors State University on Women, Violence and the Hero in Classical American Literature. He'll be doing feminist duty on The Scarlet Letter, Huckleberry Finn, and many others. The group will meet on Wednesday of every other week, starting today at 7 at GSU, University Parkway and Cicero, University Park. There's a $25 fee. Call 534-5000, ext. 2310 for more.
Do you ever get the feeling that churches have it too good, with their tax-free status and exemptions? The Constitutionality of Uniquely Religious Exemptions is the fifth in a series of annual lectures sponsored by the DePaul University College of Law Center for Church/State Studies. Charles M. Whelan, a Fordham University School of Law prof and consultant to the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Catholic Conference, will speak at 2:30 today at the University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe. It's free. Call 341-8591 for more information.