Not long ago, Lori McNeil shocked the world of professional tennis by whipping third-ranked Chris Evert in the U.S. Open. Since then she has proved she is no flash in the pan. Consistently ranked in the top ten, McNeil has been a competitor in every Grand Slam event. That she's one of only a few blacks in the game is not the only thing that sets her apart from her mostly country-club-bred peers. McNeil, daughter of a U.S. serviceman, learned her game playing in municipal-parks programs. The Chicago Park District will hold tryouts today for its Junior Development Tennis program, one of the finest city-sponsored programs in the country for young tennis aspirants. The Park District is looking for up to 50 boys and girls who want advanced-level instruction. Tryouts begin at 10:30 AM for those 14, years old and under, at 2 PM for those 15 to 18 years old at eight parks around the city. Call 294-4790 for details.
Oppression is oppression, whether it's in Central America or South Africa. That's the message of tonight's video extravangaza, Get Up, Stand Up. Featuring videos by Bob Marley, Ruben Blades, Talking Heads, Eurythmics, Stevie Wonder, and many others, this fund-raiser is sponsored jointly by the Committee in Solidarity With the People of El Salvador and the Chicago Committee in Solidarity With South Africa. It starts at 8 tonight at the Riviera, 4746 N. Racine. There will also be personal video messages from Jesse Jackson, British rocker Billy Bragg, and others. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 922-3915 or 477-1970.
Denizens of Michigan City tend to think their town's last great achievement was when Elston Senior High School won the 1966 state basketball championship; among other things, there's a sand brick from an Elston restroom on display in the Old Lighthouse Museum in the town. Moraine Valley Community College is sponsoring a trip today to historical Michigan City, Indiana. Included is a visit to the museum, the 38-room Barker mansion, and the Civil War-era Canterbury Theatre. The bus leaves at 8 AM from the 700 Building on the campus, 10900 S. 88th Ave. in Palos Hills. You'll be back by 4:30 PM. Lunch and transportation are included in the $25 fee. Call 371-3800 for more.
Ever since the predominantly Japanese-American congregation of the Christian Fellowship United Methodist Church and the mostly white Ravenswood United Methodist Church merged, church attendance has gone up, and church-school programs and service projects have expanded. The harmonious congregation will celebrate its union with an old-fashioned church bazaar--with a twist. Hot dogs will be sold next to teriyaki chicken, corn on the cob next to sushi. Plants, handmade clothing, and homemade baked goods will also be sold, and there will be games, door prizes, and raffles--all at the Ravenswood Church, 4511 N. Hermitage, from 11 to 9 today. Call 561-2610 for more.
For a brief time in the late 60s a handful of Czech filmmakers produced a number of fine films. That period is often referred to as the Czech Film Miracle. It'll be a miracle of another sort when seven of them--Milos Forman, Ivan Passer, Jan Nemec, Jiri Weiss, Vojtech Jasny, Arnost Lustig, and Josef Skvorecky--get together for the first time since the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia for a Czech New-Wave Reunion, today's panel discussion sponsored by Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton. The filmmakers and writers, who all live in exile and most of whose work has been banned in their native country, will also show some of their films over the weekend. The panel reunion starts at 4 PM; admission is $6, $4 for Facets members. For more details and a schedule of films, call 281-9076.
There will be more than 70 booksellers and publishers displaying their wares along the 600 and 700 blocks of South Dearborn Street from 10 to 5 today during the Printers Row Book Fair. More than 30 authors will read from their works, and there will be music, a raffle, demonstrations of bookbinding and calligraphy, as well as the chance to vote on the new Public Library design. Everything's free. For more information, call 987-1980.
Cats long ago passed dogs as America's preferred pet, but every summer animal-adoption agencies are flooded with batches of cuddly little kittens and full-grown cats. The Anti-Cruelty Society has declared June Adopt-a-Cat Month, and they're making adoptions easy by offering a "goody bag" filled with cat-care info and cat-food coupons for each new pet owner. The Anti-Cruelty Society is at 510 N. LaSalle and is open for adoptions seven days a week, noon to 5. The fee to adopt a cat or kitten is $30, which includes a spay or neuter procedure, a vet exam, initial shots, ID tags, a collar, and a carrier. For more, call 644-7507.
Back in the 60s, the National Organization for Women expelled a young writer from the organization when she declared she was a lesbian. She didnt take it lying down. Rita Mae Brown--author, screenwriter, and activist--challenged the women's group and set in motion a dialogue among women of all sexual persuasions. These days NOW is a forceful voice for lesbian issues. The dialogue between heterosexual, bisexual, and lesbian women continues tonight at 7:30 at Kinheart, 2214 Ridge in Evanston. Representatives from various women's and lesbian organizations will discuss Lesbian in the Women's Community. Admission is $5, $3 for Kinheart members; open to women only. Call 491-1103 for more information.
Once completed, We the People will be the largest mosaic-tile mural in the U.S. Employing 30 Latino artists and more than 150 youth apprentices, the mural will cover the 690-foot outside wall of the Cook County Correctional Facility, which runs from California to Sacramento avenues. The mural will be funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts; 47,000 pounds of ceramic tile have been donated. The construction of the mural will be celebrated at a free reception at the Latino Arts Gallery, 850 N. Milwaukee, from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight. Look for corporate types and politicos, including Cook County sheriff James O'Grady. Champagne and appetizers will be served. Call 243-3777.
Philip Roth and Erica Jong may have convinced you that the Jewish erotic tradition is one of paranoia and guilt, but it isn't. Professor Howard Shwartz will pluck hot and heavy tales right out of the Talmud, midrash, and medieval folklore--even a few little biblical tidbits--to show you just what Erotic Tales From the Jewish Tradition are really about. The noon lecture is at Spertus College, 618 S. Michigan; admission is $10 and includes a kosher lunch. For more, call 922-9012, ext. 222.
As adults, the offspring of alcoholics often become substance abusers. They may have trouble being emotionally intimate, and may be resentful, angry, or mistrustful. The third Regional Adult Children of Alcoholics Conference will tackle these issues and more today through Saturday at the Woodfield Hilton and Towers, 3400 W. Euclid in Arlington Heights. There will be lectures and workshops on shame and abandonment, self-parenting, intimacy, forgiveness. Registration for the entire conference is $210; the registration fee for today's program, noon to 5, is $55; the fee for Friday and Saturday, 8 to 5, is $85 each day. For more, call 1-800-851-9100.
With Sally Ride off in a scientific think tank, NASA had to come up with another woman astronaut to carry the PR load. Marsha S. Ivins, who has never actually orbited, will speak about The U.S. Space Program and the Next Shuttle Launch today. Ivins, a mission specialist, will talk about the training of flight crews, foreign competition, payload technologies, and the colonization of the moon. There will be an informal reception at 5:30, dinner at 6:30, and Ivins will talk at 7:30--all at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson. Tickets are $25 per person. Call 372-3760 for reservations and, more information.