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Friday 16

In 1973, a determined group of women artists in Chicago put together Artemisia Gallery, a co-op designed to increase awareness of women's art and to create a forum for ideas. Over the last 15 years, a long roster of prominent artists has exhibited there, and Artemisia can now boast that it has one of the city's most innovative spaces. Tonight's 15th anniversary party will open a retrospective, which includes 100 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by women. Artemisia is at 341 W. Superior. The opening starts at 5 and it's free. Call 751-2016 for more.

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were strictly a singles group--racking up hits with "Lady Willpower," "Woman, Woman," and "Young Girl." When AOR radio hit its stride in the 70's, the Union Gap vanished. You can relive yesteryear when the Union Gap headlines, along with Chicago's Buckinghams ("Hey Baby 'They're Playing Our Song'") at Oktoberfest, the annual German celebration at Hans Bavarian Lodge, 931 N. Milwaukee in Wheeling. The fest starts at 6:30 PM; no one under 21 admitted. Tickets are $15.95 if you want dinner, $9 for just the show. For more, call 541-0190.

Saturday 17

Two reps from two major auto manufacturers will give a free Know Your Own Car Clinic at 10 this morning. They'll give you tips on how to make minor repairs yourself and will suggest where to get help without dropping your life's savings, at the Halsted Auto Diagnostic Clinic, 9948 S. Halsted. A light breakfast will be served. You must register; 881-9230.

Bill Monroe, the jazzy mandolinist known as "the father of bluegrass," has been playing his brand of swing since the 30s. Tonight's appearance at the Old Town School of Folk Music may well be his last show in Chicago, so don't pass up this opportunity to see a legend in the flesh. The foot stompin' starts at 7:30 and 10:00 at 909 W. Armitage. Tickets are $12, $8 for seniors and kids. Call 525-7793 for details.

The MoMing Dance & Arts Center--established in 1974 by dance, literature, music, visual, and theater artists--has a reputation for eclectic and exciting talent showcases. This weekend, all the local and out-of-town artists who have ever performed at MoMing have been invited back to show off their new stuff. Tonight, the Akasha, Concert Dance, and David Puszh Dance companies will perform excerpts from their repertoires. Show time is 8:30 at 1034 W. Barry; a reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $10. Call 472-7662 for more.

1988, NOT 1968! is the battle cry tonight for the Progressive Students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who'll be celebrating the start of the fall semester with dance music of the 80s and politically correct stands against racism, sexism, homophobia, and war. It's only $2 at Axe Street Arena, 2778 N. Milwaukee, beginning at 9 PM. Don't even think about requesting a Motown medley unless you're ready to ask for INXS too. Call 235-9423 for more information.

Sunday 18

Put a number of spiders together and they will eventually eat one another. That makes it hard to raise much spider silk--the strong, elastic stuff they make webs with, which is also used for the cross lines in the eyepieces of microscopes, telescopes, telescopic gun sights, and surveyor's transits. You can find out more during Dan Joyce's Spider Walk, a hunt for local species and their webs. There will be a short talk and slide show just before the hikers leave the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, at 1 PM. It's $1; preregistration is recommended. Call 583-8970 for more.

The Concertante di Chicago, our town's conductorless chamber orchestra, will be sharing Purcell, Britten, Haydn, and Handel works this afternoon in their fall concert. The music starts at 3 at DePaul University's concert hall, 800 W. Belden; $17.50, $12.50 for seniors and students, $10 for children. For more, call 853-3636.

Monday 19

If you've always wanted to quit smoking it but have been afraid you'd swell up like a balloon, this may be the program for you. Ex-smokers Anne Kinnealey MD and Pamela Byrne lead Saint Francis Hospital's Smoking Cessation Program for Women, giving special emphasis to weight control while quitting. The four-session workshop is $75, and starts tonight at 6:30 at the Center for Women's Health, 1800 Sherman in Evanston. For more, call 492-3700.

The presence of straight women in predominantly lesbian environments raises a variety of issues--the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival program book dedicated two pages to the matter--many of which will be discussed tonight when Kinheart hosts Heterosexual Women in the Women's Community, a discussion for women featuring panelists from several women's organizations. The session starts at 7:30 at 2214 Ridge in Evanston. It's $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers, and $2 for students and low-income women. There's more information at 491-1103.

Tuesday 20

With school back in session, many kids have already had a medical once-over. Neither the public schools nor the archdiocese requires a foot exam, but Dr. George Tsatsos is offering free no-obligation foot examinations for children up to 14 years old through September. He's located at the Ankle and Foot Center of Six Corners, 4060 N. Milwaukee. Call 725-7177 for an appointment.

Wednesday 21

The successful entrepreneur provides the creative genius and inspiration to get a company started. But once it's rolling and cash flow permits, it may be time to delegate duties. Hiring Executives for Developing Companies is the topic tonight at 6 at the MIT Enterprise Forum of Chicago get-together. It's free to members, $2 for nonmembers at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, seventh floor. Call 782-4951.

It's got to be a little ironic, given Richard Dent's and Calvin Thomas's recent problems, for the coach to be hosting Mike Ditka's Special Team Against Drugs. Ditka will be joined by all-pro Dave Duerson, who would presumably pass a drug test. Proceeds from tonight's event at Ditka's/City Lights, 223 W. Ontario, go to STOP, Duerson's summer programs for children, and to Ditka's Special Team. The festivities start at 6. Tickets are $35 in advance, $45 at the door, and include a chance for a fab door prize. Call 280-7660 for more.

Thursday 22

The Community Revitalization Tax Act of 1988 could restore some of the tax incentives for rehabbing that were lost in 1986. If the act passes Congress, rehabbing could spread even faster than it's spreading now. The Chicago Board of Realtors is offering a seminar on the whole process: Rehab for Profit, an all-day affair from 8:30 to 4:30 at the board's offices, 430 N. Michigan. It's $120. Call 329-8506.

Thursdays are free at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, so pack your lunch and watch the divers feed the fish and turtles in the coral reef exhibit at 11 and 2 today. It's not too crowded these days--the kids are back in school--unless you count the aquarium's 8,000 aquatic residents. The aquarium, located at 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., is open daily 9 to 5. Call 939-2438 for more.

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