The zodiac is the favored motif in a new series of monotypes by Ellen Lanyon now on exhibit at Printworks Ltd. Lanyon, whose hand-coloring technique on prints has become a trademark, also uses collage elements in many of her pieces. She'll be at the reception in her honor, which begins at 5:30 PM at the gallery, 311 W. Superior. The show, which runs through November 25, can be viewed free Tuesday through Saturday from 11 to 5. For more call 664-9407.
Across the street from Printworks, Sazama Gallery opens its second show at its new digs in the large basement space at 300 W. Superior. One of the two galleries of those burned in the SuHu fire that have relocated in the area, Sazama presents Marilyn Propp and her "Interior Visions," a series on canvas and paper featuring repeated characters and a novellike narrative. The show opens with a reception tonight, beginning at 5:30. The artist will talk about her work at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon in the gallery. It's free. Regular hours are 10 to 5:30 Tuesday through Friday, and 11 to 5 on Saturday. Call 951-0004.
They started out slowly, whirling their arms in the air. Then they moved up to damp towels, spinning them just above their heads. Now the students at Bacino's Pizza Dough Spinning School--plus anybody who wants to compete against them--are ready for the restaurant's third annual Pizza Dough Spinning Contest. Contestants get a Bacino's T-shirt and free pizza, and are eligible for prizes that include ten-speed bikes and gift certificates of up to $50, good at Bacino's or other area eateries. It's at 10 AM at Bacino's, 2204 N. Lincoln. There's no entry fee. Call 655-1982.
Peruvian law requires children between the ages of 7 and 14 to attend school, but many isolated and impoverished areas in the mountains and plains don't have schools to attend--no matter how gifted or motivated the local children are. Tonight's Peruvian Arts Society Benefit Dinner-Show, which includes performances by singer Iraida Valdivia and folk group Machu Picchu, may raise enough funds to build a school in rural Peru. The benefit begins with cocktails at 6:30 at the American Legion Hall, 6140 Dempster in Morton Grove. Dinner is at 7:30, show time is 9. Dancing follows the program. Tickets are $19, $15 for anyone under 18; show-only admission is $10. Call 664-2555 or 816-1280.
The Supreme Court's Webster decision didn't overturn Roe's guaranteed right to an abortion, but it did invite states to create guidelines that make getting an abortion more difficult. Ragsdale, the case regarding an Illinois law that would require abortion clinics to meet near-hospital standards, is now on the Court's docket. But if Neil F. Hartigan, a recent prochoice convert, has anything to say about it, the justices will never get to vote on it. Hartigan, who can feel the political winds shifting, has been desperately trying to get an out-of-court settlement. He'll talk about abortion and other issues in the 1990 governor's race when he appears before Congregation Kol Ami at 10:30 this morning in the Grand Ballroom of the Knickerbocker Hotel, 163 E. Walton. Tickets are $11 and include brunch. Call 664-4775.
Twenty-five percent of adults in Chicago would have a hard time reading this sentence. Those same folks have difficulty filling out a job application and figuring out medical instructions, too. You can help, at least a little, by bopping down to Biblioboogie at Barbara's Bookstore. The Cobbler Square space has been cleared for a benefit dance for Literacy Volunteers of Chicago, and you can swing your hips past those racks of poetry, best-sellers, and mystery books; Chicago Beau and His House Rockers provide the rhythms from 6 to 9 at 1350 N. Wells. Tickets are $25. For more call 236-0341.
Indigenous Mexican and European cultures meet in La Voz Hispanica, today's free concert at the Public Library Cultural Center. Cuerdas Clasicas, an 11-member ensemble, will perform love songs and semiclassical music. The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company, composed of a children's group and a young adults' group, will demonstrate a ritual Aztec sun-worship dance and the Jabali, the wild-boar ritual dance. It's at 5:30 in the theater at 78 E. Washington. Call 346-3278.
Nina Hagen, Trio, Peter Maffay, and Ulla Meinecke are some of the German rockers in the spotlight in Rock Extra, a poster exhibit on the history of German rock and new-wave music. The show documents the German rebellion against the dominance of American rock, as Germans increasingly insist on writing and singing in their own language, as well as on introducing folk traditions and current German political and social concerns into the pop scene. The show, which will be up this week only in the Goethe-Institut's library, can be viewed today, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 to 6, and Thursday from 12:30 to 8. The institute is at 401 N. Michigan. There's no admission charge. Call 329-0917.
Two weeks ago a south Loop club was temporarily shut down by local authorities for a series of building-code violations. Or was it because it was about to open an art exhibit that included various pieces of controversial "flag art"? The ACLU and the artists involved believe the show prompted the shutdown. The Chicago Artists' Coalition and the Committee for Artists' Rights will sponsor a forum tonight on how artists can fight the swing toward censorship of artistic expression, Artists Fight Back: Working to Empower Ourselves. The ACLU's Jay Miller moderates a panel that includes Alton Miller, Harold Washington's press secretary, and Alene Valkanas, director of the Illinois Arts Alliance. There's a reception at 6:30 PM, and the forum begins at 7:30; both are at ARC Gallery, 1040 W. Huron. The gallery's current exhibits--"Documents of Censorship" and "Many Voices," which also deal with freedom of expression issues--will be open for viewing. It's all free. For more call 670-2060.
Susana Ruth Berger, who describes her marriage to Puerto Rican poet David Hernandez as a series of episodes from I Love Lucy, pens wickedly witty poetry herself. Born in Caracas to American Jewish parents, Berger has been writing and publishing for 17 years. She'll be joined at tonight's P-Complex Poetry Series by Eduardo Condes, who has read his work extensively in schools and prisons. Open mike starts at 8 at Guild Complex, 2456 N. Lincoln. Admission is $3. Call 525-3667.
Established earlier this year, the Today's Chicago Woman Foundation hopes to raise big bucks and have a grant process in place by late 1990. The group wants to fund organizations and projects that address the needs of women and children in crisis situations, particularly those resulting from abuse, neglect, or violence. Tonight's benefit is a little bizarre for a feminist organization--an all-star male dance competition--but the cause is a good one. Former Chippendale Dino Valentino (we're not making this up) hosts the contest, which starts at 8 in the back room of the Phoenix, 2848 N. Broadway. The show, for women only until 10, is free; a percentage of the bar receipts will go to the foundation. Call 871-4200.
La Musique des Peulhs du Senegal celebrates the history and folk customs of the African Fulanis, who populated West Africa in the 11th century, through mime, vocalizations, and music. Singers, dancers, and musicians using African instruments such as the zoddu (a three-string guitar), the ritti (a lute-shaped violin), and the buba drum will perform in this special daytime program sponsored by the Regal Theater Auxiliary Board. Show time is 11:30 AM at 1645 E. 79th St.; tickets are $4. Call 721-9301.