Years ago, when property reassessment wasn't the political hot potato that it is now, Cook County Treasurer Ed Rosewell started an open-forum program that allowed everyone who came to talk to him one-on-one about their tax bills. "It gives people a chance to make complaints or suggestions to me personally, and I think it's good therapy for all concerned," Rosewell says. He can't change the tax totals, but property owners may want to blow off some steam today. Rosewell will be available between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM at the county offices at 16501 S. Kedzie in Markham, between 1:30 and 3:30 at the county offices at 1500 Maybrook Square in Maywood, and from 4 to 6 at the courthouse at 5600 Old Orchard Road in Skokie. City dwellers will get a crack at him between 8 AM and 6 PM on Monday at his office in the County Building, 118 N. Clark. It's all free. For more call 443-4250.
"In my work, you always have to do something to the object to get something more out of it. You know, push a button, move a lever--something," says Jim McManus, who was trained at the Art Institute and is now a maintenance man for a retail chain. One of his pieces, which is now placed outside a window at Artemisia Gallery, is a podium with video-game handles that manipulate a white surrender flag. The podium faces the Loop. McManus, whose work is among the new pieces being shown at the gallery through August 26, will be at tonight's free opening reception, from 5 to 8 at 700 N. Carpenter. Viewing hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday. For more call 226-7323.
Manfio Castilla, a native of Colombia, won first place in last year's Artist's Sidewalk Chalk-Coloring Content with a powerful political piece titled Please Free Us. Guy Atchinson came in second with his portrait of a sewer demon. Dreamerz, 1516 N. Milwaukee, will be sponsoring the sidewalk-art competition for the third year in a row between 1 and 5 today, There's no entry fee. Prizes in the adult division are $300 for first place, $150 for second, and a $100 bar tab for third; winners will be announced at 6. There are prizes for kids, too. Call 252-1155.
War, which started out as Eric Burdon and War, hit it big in 1970 with the weird talk-song "Spill the Wine." By 1972 the band had shed Burdon, layered the rhythms, and come up with powerful message songs like "Slippin' Into Darkness" and "The World Is a Ghetto." Four of the original members are on a national tour that stops tonight at P.J. Flaherty's, 2531 W. 95th in Evergreen Park. Show time is 10:15. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For more call 423-3046.
Tadashi Uchimoto, who was in a Japanese concentration camp in California during World War II, will be part of today's special anniversary program commemorating the victims of the Hiroshima bomb. He will talk about the deaths of family and friends in Japan, and will be joined by Susumo Kudo, a Japanese student studying and traveling in the U.S., who will discuss the aftereffects of the bomb on Japan and its people. It's free and begins at 10 AM at the Third Unitarian Church, 301 N. Mayfield. Call 626-9385.
The Rainbow Family Gathering is offering a free meal to the homeless and hungry today. You can volunteer to help serve and clean up during the picnic anytime between noon and dusk near the Garibaldi statue in Lincoln Park, just south of the zoo by the Free Speech area. For more information call 835-3455.
Abiogenesis, Inc., the nonprofit dance-and-theater performance group, is concerned with serious planetary issues such as the disappearance of endangered species and the possibility of war. Today's free program features excerpts from Species I Have Known, which premiered this year at the Chicago Academy of Sciences, and Yooks and Zooks, an adaptation of Dr. Seuss's allegorical story about the arms race. The curtain goes up at 5:30 PM in the theater of the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Call 346-3278.
"There's no aspect of life in which hypnosis wouldn't be helpful," says Larry Goldberg, an optometrist who has used mild hypnosis to help some of his patients adjust to contact lenses. Goldberg is on the national board of the Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis, whose local chapter sponsors monthly workshops and discussions. Tonight Jacqueline Tschetter, director of Inner Universe Services, talks about an altered state of consciousness she calls "wakeful dreaming." The workshop begins at 8:30 at the Leaning Tower YMCA, 6300 W. Touhy in Niles. It's $3, free to AAEH members. Call 674-3479.
Artist Arnulf Rainer got his first critical recognition in the 1950s with his "overpainting," a method of defacing art by adding monochrome layers of oil paint to existing works. Recently, he has overpainted photographs of death masks, parts of his own body, and friends. In addition to overpaintings, the current retrospective of Rainer's work at the Museum of Contemporary Art (running through October 15) features body paintings and a crucifixion series. The museum (at 237 E. Ontario) is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5, Sunday noon to 5. Admission is $4, $2 for students and seniors; free on Tuesday. Call 280-5161.
From 1 to 4 every afternoon through Friday, the Chicago Academy of Sciences is featuring Mammoth Movie Madness, a lineup of dinosaur film classics that includes Maia the Dinosaur and the claymation feature Dinosaurs. A free video of Maia will also be given away every day. The academy, 2001 N. Clark, is open daily from 10 to 6, until 8 Saturday and Monday. The movies are free with museum admission: $1 for adults, 50 cents for children and seniors. The special "Wild and Woolly" exhibit admission is $4 for adults, $2.50 for kids and seniors. Call 871-3466.
"Normally, you'd expect somebody to come in with a really shabby pair of shoes and then expect a free foot exam. But it doesn't really work that way at all," says Dr. George Tsatsos of the Ankle & Foot Center of Six Corners. Every summer he asks people to drop off shoes for the homeless in exchange for a free foot exam. "So I give about ten free visits, but I collect at least 50 pairs of shoes. And they're in pretty good shape." Tsatsos gives the shoes to Catholic Charities and several local halfway houses. Tsatsos's office, at 4060 N. Milwaukee, is open from 9 to 5 today. Hours vary other days, so call ahead; 725-7177.
In 1888 Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre opened, unfinished, for the Republican convention. But by late 1889 the Democrats were in control, and President Benjamin Harrison presided over the official gala opening. Since then, the auditorium has seen servicemen bowling on 14 lanes erected on the stage during World War II, the founding of Roosevelt University, and Harold Washington's first formal fund-raiser. Originally intended for opera, the auditorium is acoustically perfect--Frank Lloyd Wright called it the "greatest room for music and opera in the world, bar none!" Award-winning photographer Ron Nielsen has put together an exhibit of 21 photos of the theater. The Auditorium Theater: In Celebration of 100 Years opens today at Tekno Gallery of Photography, 100 W. Erie, and runs through October 26. Viewing hours are 10 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. It's free. Call 787-8193.