Mike Tyson was just another kid from the streets when he started, and there may be another like him at the Park District's 17th annual Boxing Show, which starts tonight at 7 at the Hamlin Park field house, 3035 N. Hoyne. The 10- to 18-year-old amateurs, who've been trained in the Park District's program, will fight 12 bouts; trophies will be awarded to the winners. It's free. For more information, call 294-2314.
Count on witty repartee at Guild Books' first annual Halloween Dead Authors Party, a gala benefit for the store's reading series. Dress up as your favorite long-gone scribe or literary character and be prepared to read a bit of prose. Judges will give away prizes for the best costumes and readings. The party's at the Near Northwest Arts Council Gallery, 1579 N. Milwaukee, third floor, beginning at 8 PM. Tickets are $5 and available in advance at Guild Books, 2456 N. Lincoln. Call 525-3667 for more.
There have been a lot of hot rock films--Performance, Wild in the Streets, Tommy--but none of them has quite matched the staying power of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the campy drag musical that has haunted midnight screenings for 13 years. Made on a shoestring and featuring Susan Sarandon in her presuperstar days, Rocky Horror and its mostly improvised audience participation still amaze. The 400 Theatre, 6746 N. Sheridan, will show a new print of the cult classic tonight, Saturday, and Monday, along with a special live half-hour preshow at midnight. The film starts at 12:30; doors open at 11:30. Admission is $5. Call 764-9100 or 764-3815 for more.
A recent trend in photography has been toward large-scale works that play off or appropriate advertising images. Mike and Doug Starn take a different approach--crumpling, tearing, and taping together photographs--and are redefining the photographic collage. The 27-year-old identical twins work collaboratively and have received considerable critical attention this year. Their show, Options 34, opens today at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 237 E. Ontario. The brothers will give an informal talk and a tour of the exhibition at 2 PM. Museum hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday. Admission to the museum is $4, $2 for students and seniors. Call 280-2660.
How does glasnost affect workers in the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe? Is glasnost real? British socialist Chris Harman will try to answer such questions in his free lecture--Glasnost: Can Gorbachev Reform Russia?--at 8 tonight at the International Conference Center, 4750 N. Sheridan. Harman, a central-committee member of Britain's Socialist Workers Party and editor of the party's newspaper, is sponsored by the International Socialist Organization, SWP's American cousin. Call 666-7337 for more.
At the Parkview Pet Shop's annual Costume Party for Pets, top prizes in recent years have gone to a frog decked out as Zorro and a horse that almost passed for Michael Jackson's twin. You and Fluffy can try for this year's trophy, or you can just come and have fun watching. The party's held outside the store at 2222 N. Clark. It starts at 1 PM and it's free. For more, call 549-2282.
Many American Indian stories, which were passed down orally, have never been written down. Alice Rubio, who is a professional storyteller, will share one of them--a story about autumn--today at 3:30 on WFMT's "The Storytellers" series. A traditional Celtic story will also be told. They're free on your radio at 98.7 FM. For details, call 565-5000.
The Aleph is the of a new bookstore dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, horror, and rare titles. "It means infinity," says owner Tiger Heise, a rabid SF fan who's been dealing in used books for years. This is the first regular business day for Aleph, 831 Main in Evanston, which will be open tonight and regularly on Monday from 6 to 9. It's also open 6 to 9 on Thursday, 11 to 5 on Saturday, and by appointment other days. For more, call 869-6410.
According to the Irish, the jack-o'-lantern--the flickering light that sometimes mysteriously appears over marshes is the light of a man named Jack, who is destined to walk the earth holding up a light until Judgment Day because he was too miserly to enter heaven and played too many pranks on the devil to enter hell. Tonight there will be jack-o'-lanterns, ghosts, witches, and lots of bumps and noises at the Fifth Annual Saint Alphonsus Youth Club Haunted House. Located at the Theatre, 2936 N. Southport, the spook-filled chambers are open from 7 to 11 PM. Adults pay $2.50, kids 13 and under pay $1.50. All proceeds go to the youth club. Call 348-2564 for more.
The 1980 census count showed an increase in the city's Hispanic and black population. But that reality didn't increase either group's representation on the City Council. Chicago being Chicago, it took a court fight to get the politicos to redraw the ward map according to the new population clusters. The upcoming 1990 census may show new changes that should be made. Who Gets Counted in the 1990 Census and Why It Counts is the title of a presentation of the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs that runs from noon to 2 at the American National Bank, 1 N. LaSalle, second floor. Members get in free, nonmembers pay $2. Lunch is available to everyone for $3. To make reservations, call 782-3511.
If the big international film fest is just too tony for you, try the Experimental Film Coalition's Onion City Film Festival. For the fifth year, the fest offers a feast of underground fare--from the raw to the sublime. More than 60 films will be screened in a six-day cinematic orgy, beginning tonight at 6 in the loft of James Bond (seriously) at 1550 N. Milwaukee. Seating is limited and reservations are a good idea. Tickets are $3 a night or $10 for the series. On November 7, the Onion City judges will screen award winners and selected goodies at the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute, Columbus and Jackson, at 6 PM; admission will be $4.50. For a full schedule, call 252-5681 or 869-7664.
Fess Parker, who starred in TV's Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, was one of the better-known Hollywood cowboys. He'll be talking about the good ol' days this afternoon as part of the Museum of Broadcast Communications' new exhibit, Who Shot the Sheriff? The Rise and Fall of the Television Western. Parker will appear from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the museum, 800 S. Wells. Admission to the museum is a suggested donation of $3, $2 for students, $1 for seniors and children under 13. For more, call 987-1500.
Lawyers have often been portrayed on TV and in films in ways that barely resemble reality. Bill Kurtis, an attorney and Channel Two's award-winning news anchor, presents Changing Images in the Legal Profession as part of the Media and Law Conference at the John Marshall Law School. Kurtis will lecture and show a video of clips from such popular TV shows and films as Perry Mason, The Paper Chase, Night Court, Body Heat, and Jagged Edge starting at 6:30 tonight at the law school, 315 S. Plymouth. Admission is free. For more, call 427-2737.