If you ask the computer at the Museum of Science and Industry's new IBM Sports Gallery about major league leaders, chances are you'll spot a few Cubs in the top tens. Key into its "Hall of Famers" program and you'll see both still and motion footage. The exhibit runs through September 14 at the museum, 57th and Lake Shore Drive. Doors are open daily 9:30 to 5:30. Admission and parking are free. For more, call 684-1414.
Why labor for somebody else when you can work for yourself? Today James Paradiso, owner of School Product Consultants, gives a free noon talk on Exploring Entrepreneurship at the National College of Education, 18 S. Michigan. On August 19, he will be back to talk about building a business plan. For more information, call 621-9650, ext. 2206.
Marc PoKempner, P. Michael O'Sullivan, Art Shay, and Paul Sequeira are among those whose photographs of the Democratic convention and other events of 1968 will be exhibited through August 28 at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont, as part of its Chicago 68/88 . . . Visions of Dissent series commemorating the convention and its legacy. Recent work by photographers Loren Santow, Bill Stamets, Deborah Fletcher, and others documenting current political events both local and national will also be on display. The series will include film screenings and a performance of William Russo's multimedia piece The Civil War. The photo exhibit opens 5 to 8 tonight with a reception for the 16 artists, and will be followed by seven short documentaries about the convention riots and related subjects. Admission to the reception is free; the 8 o'clock screening costs $4, 3.50 students and seniors. Call 281-8788 for more information.
This will be the first Bud Billiken Parade in a while without Harold, but since no black pol would miss it for the world, all the pretenders to the throne, declared and undeclared, will be there. Look for Acting Mayor Sawyer, aldermen Danny Davis and Tim Evans, city treasurer Cecil Partee, and state comptroller Roland Burris, among others. The show starts at 10 AM at 35th Street and will wind down South King Drive to Washington Park. Everyone's invited to join in. For more, call 225-2400.
The Chicago Access Corporation was created--after much political wrangling--to maximize community use of cable TV. But in order to get your own cooking show or dance documentary on the air, you must be certified as a producer. Find out how to get on cable and become a subculture-media superstar by attending a free orientation session today at 10 AM or 1 PM at the CAC, 322 S. Green; reservations are not required. Call 738-1400 for details.
Step through the doors at Goodies, the self-described fun store, and you might think you've dropped back in time. It's got bin after bin of vintage toys from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, including the inch-long peewee harmonicas from which you-know-who took his name. When Michael Jackson came to town, he stayed in the store for hours. You can also grab a stool at the old-fashioned soda fountain in the back, where they serve peanut-butter shakes and egg creams. Located at 3631 N. Halsted, Goodies is open Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from noon to 8, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10. It's closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Call 477-8223 for more.
The Lakeview Learning Center, located in the heart of New Town, is like a little United Nations. Nearly all of its 2,100 students, many of whom are neighborhood residents, are foreign-born. They are attracted by the center's free day and evening GED and ESL classes, and adult basic education and citizenship-exam preparation courses. The center will be holding registration today through September 2 at the school, 3310 N. Clark, from 9 to 6:30 Monday through Thursday, and 9 to 1 on Friday. For more, call 549-7550.
The free noon programs under the Picasso celebrate the music of the 80s all week long, starting today with Ronnie and the Rockets. The Great Pretenders, the Solutions, Bud Hudson and the Hornets, and American English round out the week's schedule. Bring your lunch and your blue suede shoes to the Daley Plaza at the corner of Washington and Dearborn. For more, call 346-3278.
When Nelvia Brady ran the Chicago Public Schools' desegregation efforts a few years ago, she got high marks even from community leaders who hated her boss, Ruth Love. A sensitive but sharp manager, she included Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans in desegregation efforts. She was also the only top administrator who left when Manford Byrd Jr. took over as superintendent. Currently the interim chancellor of the City Colleges, Brady makes her first public appearance in her new post at a free community forum at 7 tonight at Kennedy-King College, 6800 S. Wentworth, answering questions on the colleges' budget. It's a great opportunity to get to know her and other City College administrators. Call 855-3033 if you want to register to speak or if you have any questions.
Meeting the Challenge: Black Women Historians and History Makers is an all-day conference designed to spotlight the work of black women researchers, as well as the role of black women in history. It begins with a luncheon at 12:30 at the Chicago Hyde Park Hilton, 4800 S. Lake Shore Drive, that features Dr. Marie Johnson, associate dean at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The luncheon cost is $9. Seminars and presentations are scheduled from 3 till 6:30 at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 57th Street and Cottage Grove. The conference is free. For more, call 333-1155.
Since 1973, the Horizons Social Service Agency has been serving the city's gay and lesbian community with counseling, referrals, and information. Staffed by professionals and a trained volunteer force, one of the organization's most successful projects has been the Horizons Youth Group Drop-In, which is free and open to any young person who wants to talk to or just hang out with other lesbian and gay kids. It's held every Wednesday night at 7:30 at the Rodde Center, 3225 N. Sheffield. For more, call 929-4357.
Every day but Sunday the Latvian Folk Art offers a unique look at Baltic culture, celebrating the life and art of the people of Latvia, now an occupied Soviet territory, with a wide-ranging display of costumes, tools, jewelry, and crafts. Open from 9 to 2, the museum is located at 4146 N. Elston. Admission is free. Call 588-2085 for more information.
Does the Constitution really protect everybody? After a recent Supreme Court decision handed control of student publications to school administrators, many people decided the right of free expression had been suspended for America's younger citizens. Censorship: A Controversial Issue in the Classroom is the title of a panel discussion among a school administrator, parent, teacher, student, lawyer, and scholar about efforts to ban books, restrict student writing and expression, and control curriculum and teaching practices. The fireworks start at 5:30 in the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; admission's free. For more, call 269-2926.