"Anyone who says to me 'Do you remember?' simply has my heart," wrote Katherine Mansfield to her sister in 1921, two years before she died of tuberculosis. "I remember everything." She did; her clear memories of her childhood fill her subtle, masterful short stories. Some of the manuscripts of those stories, from the Newberry Library's large Mansfield collection, are on display at the Newberry through September 10, along with many photographs of Mansfield, which show a sweet child's face gradually becoming haunted and hardened. The exhibit is part of the library's celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mansfield's birth, which will include the premiere of a new documentary on Mansfield, Thursday, September 8, at 5:30, City Lit Theatre dramatizations of four of her stories, 6 PM, September 9, and a symposium with Mansfield scholars on September 9 and 10. The library, 60 W. Walton, is open from 9 to 5 Friday and Saturday; 10 to 6 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Admission is free with reservations; call 943-9090, ext. 310.
An 18th-century fukusa, an elaborately embroidered and painted cloth that is draped over a gift in place of wrapping paper, is one of 135 objects from the Katherine and Gilbert Boone collection of Japanese art that is on display at the Field Museum of Natural History through October 2. There is also a set of botany books with woodblock prints, a goldwashed bronze teakettle, maps, dolls, paintings, and textiles. The museum, Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive, is open 9 to 5 every day; admission is $2 for adults, $1 for those under 17, 50 cents for seniors, and free to children under 6; free for everyone on Thursdays. Call 322-8854.
Every year 560,000 people are injured in car accidents in which at least one driver is drunk. Today is national Drive for Life Day, sponsored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Volkswagen, who ask all drivers not to drink and drive today.
George doesnt seem to want to talk about it, but Thomas Roeser does. Roeser, founder of the Republican Assembly of Illinois, will debate 26th Ward alderman Luis Gutierrez in the "Surrogate Presidential Debate 1988: Bush Versus Dukakis." It's part of the third annual Bughouse Square Debates, which start at 4 PM in Washington Square Park opposite the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. There will be three soapboxes and a number of speakers talking at the same time, including former Illinois Supreme Court justice Seymour Simon, 49th Ward alderman David Orr, and labor historian Al Verri. It's free; details at 943-9090, ext. 310.
They gained little or nothing despite the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, and now Iranian and Iraqi leaders are angling to shape a peace plan that their citizens will accept. Now the Israelis and the Palestinians must try to prevent the same chaos. The theological and ethical dilemmas that face Israel are the subjects of tonight's free lecture by Rabbi Gedaliah Dov Schwartz, chief justice of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, titled The Religious Implications of Israel's Returning Land for Peace. The lecture will begin at 9:45 at the Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation, 540 W. Melrose. More at 948-9200.
Why buy daffodil bulbs from Tasmania? Because the trumpets are pink. These and other specialty bulbs from the British Isles and Australia will be sold by members of the Midwest Daffodil Society from 10 to 5 today and tomorrow in the courtyard of the Chicago Botanic Garden, Lake Cook Road east of the Edens, in Glencoe. Iris rhizomes and daylily plants will also be available, and there will be ikebana flower arrangements and a Japanese basket display in the exhibition hall from 11 to 5 today only. Admission is free; parking is $2. 835-5440.
It claims to be the city's biggest neighborhood festival, having three stages, 12 participating restaurants, 14 musical groups, bingo, beer gardens, puppet shows, children's games, fireworks, and numerous performers, including martial arts champions and the Jesse White Tumblers. The eighth annual free Howard W. Carroll Foundation 50 Fest runs from 11 to 10 today and tomorrow in Warren Park, 6600 N. Western. Call 743-5015 for more.
It may be that you have to have played soccer to appreciate the grace and skill of a perfect cross or the exhilaration of a charge from one end of a 130-yard field to the other and then back again. So it will probably take a few more years of lots of kids playing soccer to make the game the spectator sport it deserves to be. Not that there aren't fine matches to be seen; they're just not played by Americans. Today it's the Brasilian Olympic soccer team against Club America, the best team in Mexico, at Comiskey Park, 324 W. 35th St., at 4 PM. Tickets are $15 and $20; 559-1212.
Alfred Nobel--chemist, engineer, industrialist, and writer--invented dynamite while looking for a safer explosive after his brother and four other people were killed when his nitroglycerin factory blew up. Later it was the military use of dynamite that led him to found the international peace prize. A photographic exhibit on Nobel and his achievements will be displayed today through September 23 at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark; there will be a free reception tonight at 6:30. Museum hours are 11 to 4 Tuesday through Friday, 11 to 3 Saturday; admission is a suggested donation of $1. More information at 728-8111.
Many of the orchestral works that are regularly played by major symphonies were actually scored for middle-size orchestras like the Chicago Sinfonietta; when these works are played by a smaller orchestra, the instrumental voices are clearer and the emphasis often shifts to individual sections. A benefit for the Sinfonietta will be held tonight as the friends of the orchestra try to draw in new supporting members. Orchestra members will play trios for flute, oboe, and cello, and refreshments will be served; admission is free, but subscriptions will be available. It's all at the Isobel Neal Gallery, 200 W. Superior, from 5 until 7. Call 366-1062 for more information.
Two of the artists whose works will be shown at Galleria Renata will paint live models in unitards at tonight's opening reception for Figuratively Speaking: A Celebration of the Human Form and Spirit, an exhibit of paintings and sculpture from around the world. Tickets for the benefit reception at 5:30, which will include cocktails, dinner, and music, are $75; proceeds will go to support the AIDS Alternative Health Project. The exhibit runs through September 22 at the gallery, 507 N. Wells. 644-1607.
If your eye ever crawled continuously down or continuously up the stairways of M.C. Escher, but you never quite understood how, head over to the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton in Skokie. Dr. Eli Maor will explain the mathematical principles behind Escher's work in a lecture titled Mysteries of Infinity at 7:30 tonight. It's free; call 673-7774.
Reginald Gibbons claims three books of poetry and the editorship of TriQuarterly. Luis Rodriguez has been published in national papers and magazines, Pat Smith in Kaleidoscope. All three will participate in a poetry reading while you eat and drink under the stars on the terrace at the Red Lion, 2446 N. Lincoln, tonight at 8. Admission is $3; 435-2347.
If you've forgotten what fruits and vegetables that are actually ripe when they're picked taste like, stop at the Daley Plaza farmers' market, where early fall apples, cider, squashes, gladioli, zinnias, snapdragons, and the very last of the peaches and melons should all be available. It runs from 7 AM to 2:30 at Washington and Dearborn streets. Call 744-3017 for details.
Cancer patients and their families are invited to share their experiences with other patients and families in a free self-help group that meets two Thursdays a month starting tonight at 7:30 at the Kellogg Cancer Care Center of Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge in Evanston. More information at 251-2004 or 674-9659.