Want a tutu or a Roman tunic for a song? Sing a few bars and it's yours. Broadway Costumes is clearing out thousands of costumes and accessories: swords, helmets, dog suits, fur coats, and chain-mail armor. Only specially marked items will go for a tune, though, and only one to a customer; most items will go for $1-$10. The sale runs through Sunday at Broadway Costumes, 932 W. Washington; 9 to 6 today and tomorrow, 10 to 5 on Sunday. Call 829-6400 for info.
More than 3,000 people in Chicago suffer from sickle-cell anemia, a genetic blood disorder. Last summer, scientists reported significant progress in the battle against the disease, but a cure is still far off. In the meantime, the Midwest Association for Sickle Cell Anemia is trying to improve the lives of those with the disease by offering them a variety of programs and services, including scholarships and a summer camp. You can help raise funds for these programs by participating in today's 14th annual Cycle for Sickle Cell Bike-a-Thon from 9 to 4 along the lakefront. Riders start from their homes; there are six checkpoints between Wilson on the north end and 77th Street on the south. You can ride or pledge money. For more details, call 663-5700.
The Palestine Human Rights Campaign (PHRC), a nongovernmental organization of the United Nations, supports all the UN resolutions on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. PHRC backers include individuals and academic, religious, Jewish, civil rights, and Arab-American organizations. The PHRC will hold an all-day conference, The Palestinian Uprising: American Policy and Palestinian Statehood, beginning at 9 this morning at the Kent School of Law, 77 S. Wacker. Admission is $3. Call 987-1830 for more.
The fact that Purna Chandra Das has a job seems to make some of his old pals uneasy. Some even say Purna has sold out now that he's a star with the Bauls of Bengal, an Asian-Indian folk group that fuses elements of Buddhism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism, and Sufi Islam. Most members of the Baul religious sect, to which Purna belongs, lead a hand-to-mouth existence; Purna gave up begging to pursue a musical career. He performs tonight at 9 in the Fine Arts Building (tenth floor), 410 S. Michigan. Tickets are $8. For more, call 283-0531.
There are screenwriters in Hollywood with six-figure incomes who have never had a script produced, but Dan Petrie Jr. isn't one of them. He was one of the pens behind the action megahits Beverly Hills Cop, Shoot to Kill, and The Big Easy. Petrie will be joined by four other television and movie writers to talk about Writing for Film and Television. The free talk starts at 1:30 at the State of Illinois Center, 100 W. Randolph. Call 917-3600 for more.
The sharp-tongued Fernando Prieto, who has been a satirist with the Spanish-speaking Chicago media for a long time, has quite a resume: he's been everything from a door-to-door Bible salesman to an actor to the Hispanic affairs press secretary for Mayor Byrne. The guy can enliven any occasion, including today's Friendship Luncheon given by the Pan American Council to honor the Colombian community in the city. The luncheon will feature the consul general of Colombia, but Prieto, the council's president, will probably be the high point. Lunch starts at 2 at Casanova's Restaurant, 2421 W. Lawrence. Tickets are $15. Call 248-1789 or 878-6692 for more information.
Aldermen Tim Evans and Larry Bloom sit next to each other in the City Council, and their votes are often the same, but there's not much love lost between them. When Mayor Washington finally got control of the council, Evans and Bloom whined so much about the chairmanship of the powerful Finance Committee that the mayor split it in two, giving Evans that seat and putting Bloom at the helm of the newly created Budget Committee. Bloom and Evans are at it again, competing for the mayor's seat--a goal scarcely concealed by either man. Evidently tired of seeing Evans get all the attention at neighborhood rallies, Bloom is strutting out beyond his Fifth Ward borders, ostensibly to hold hearings on the budget gap. He will appear tonight at 7 at the Third Baptist Church, 1551 W. 95th St. It's free, including the parking. If you have suggestions on how to close the gap and want to testify, or if you just want more info on the show, call 744-6832.
John Ford's last film, Seven Women, depended on its female characters, yet for all its "femaleness" and its Chinese settings, this is another western, preoccupied with the traditional clash between individual ambition and a community's needs. Anne Bancroft stars as a hard-drinking, caustic doctor in this 1966 film. It's part of the Film Center's series "Testaments: Final Films by the Great Directors," Richard Pena's last program before he ships off to become director of the New York Film Festival. Show time is 6 PM at the School of the Art Institute's auditorium, Columbus and Jackson. Tickets are $5, $3 for Film Center and Art Institute members. Call 443-3733 for more.
Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push will roll out a barrel of fun for noontime revelers today at 120 S. Riverside Plaza. Their free concert is part of this year's "Wrapping the River in Style" series. Gomulka and his cronies were nominated for the first polka Grammy, were recently inducted into the Polka Hall of Fame, and have a loyal international following, Gomulka also hosts a polka show Sundays at noon on WCEV AM. Riverside Plaza is on the west bank of the Chicago River between Madison and Jackson streets. Call 280-7000 for more.
The architecture firm SITE is probably best known for its startling designs for Best Products, which include one building whose brick facade curls forward at the corners like paper and another whose walls crumble around the top like a ruin. SITE is also responsible for a deceptively normal-looking McDonald's in Berwyn, which upon close inspection looks like a floating flying saucer because of the windows around the wall--at foot level. Sculptor-turned-architect James Wines, a cofounder of SITE, gives a free lecture titled Deconstructivist Architecture? You Must Be Kidding! at 8 tonight at the Graham Foundation, 4 W. Burton. Call 787-4071 for more.
In an interview with Colombian journalist Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez said his writings don't spring from a concept in any literary sense, but from a visual image. He told Mendoza his epic novel One Hundred Years of Solitude started with the image of an old man taking his grandson to see ice exhibited as a curiosity at a provincial circus. The Dreiske Performance Company has taken Garcia Marquez's classic and given it a new spin in Macondo, a theatrical piece based on the book that sprang from the jungles, villages, mountains, and rivers of Colombia. Performances begin tonight and run through July 10: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 3 at the Ivanhoe Theater, 3000 N. Clark. Tickets are $18 on Fridays and Saturdays, $15 for students and seniors; $15 on Thursdays and Sundays, $12 for students and seniors. Call 975-7171 for more.