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Friday 9

The Literary Exchange, a group of African American women writers from all over the city, will hold Conversations Among Sisters tonight. Excerpts from works by black women from the Harlem renaissance and pre-civil-rights years--including Zora Neale Hurston. Nella Larsen, and Dorothy West--will be fashioned into a dialogue for this free program, which starts at 7:30 PM at Women & Children First, 1967 N. Halsted. Call 440-8824.

Alderman Joe Kotlarz drew seven opponents in 1987 in the 35th Ward, so Rudy Clai may just be trying to discourage other challengers. But it sure looks like a family feud gone public. Clai, a former aide to Kotlarz, says he's going to try to unseat his ex-boss. A lifelong ward resident, Clai will make his announcement tonight, which will make him the first official candidate for the 1991 aldermanic elections. Show time is 7:30 at La Villa Banquets, 3638 N. Pulaski. A $50 donation is suggested. Call 725-6611.

Using a bag of potato chips, a hammer, and a few assorted household items, performance artist Terry Galloway takes on topics such as Berlin, camps for crippled children, snakes, detectives in drag, sadomasochistic ventriloquism, and why feet are unhip in Out All Night and Lost My Shoes. Deaf since the age of 12, Galloway says her disability has left her "acutely aware of both the duplicity that language is capable of and the many expressions the body cannot hide." Defying a few stereotypes, Galloway speaks in a clear voice with perfect enunciation. The show makes its Chicago premiere at 8 tonight and tomorrow at Randolph Street Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $6, $4 for RSG members. Call 666-7737.

Saturday 10

Jeff Sweet, the author of The Value of Names, Ties, and Stops Along the Way, returns to Chicago for a one-day workshop, "The Negotiating Stage," in which he'll talk about play writing and using improvisation. He'll also be part of a panel discussion with local playwrights Rick Cleveland, Sherry Narens, Nick Patricca, and Jim Sherman, who'll talk about the growth of collaborative theater here. Sponsored by Theatre Works, the program runs from 10:30 AM to 5:30 at Organic Theater, 3319 N. Clark. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For reservations call 549-6200.

The Acme Arts Society, a new interdisciplinary arts group, sure is ambitious. They've hardly gotten off the ground, yet they have "subsocieties" dedicated to theater, film, writing, and fine art--and tonight they're having an inaugural benefit party at the Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence. The local rock group the Sheevers--which includes AAS member Patrick Murphy--will provide the music. Also on the bill is a reprise of the Chicago Actors Ensemble's Bad Art Auction, a sale of silly paintings, "found objects," etc. Doors open at 8. Beer, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks are free. Tickets are $5. Call 348-6143.

Sunday 11

Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Unitarian speakers will discuss their faiths' concepts of God at today's free Interreligious Symposium at 2 PM in the community hall of the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, 1151 W. Leland. Call 334-4661.

If you looked at Ted Lechowicz's legislative record, you'd think he was antiabortion. But when he announced his candidacy for Cook County Board president, he said he supported a woman's right to choose. Just recently, when he realized he needed something to separate him from front-runner Stanley Kusper among conservative Polish voters, he sent out word he might be antiabortion again. Lechowicz will get another opportunity to take a stand at today's candidate forum sponsored by the National Abortion Rights Action League. Lechowicz, Kusper, R. Eugene Pincham, Richard Phelan, and lone Republican Aldo De Angelis say they'll show or send somebody. The free entertainment starts at 2:30 PM at the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington. Call 644-0972.

Ecologist Lou Gold, formerly a professor at the University of Illinois, will show slides and tell stories about the Oregon wilderness in Lessons From the Ancient Forest: Earth Wisdom and Political Activism. The free talk starts at 7 PM at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge in Evanston. Call 708-328-7266.

Monday 12

When Miriam Santos started as city treasurer--a job that requires her to handle more than $32 billion--she still had projects to finish at her old Illinois Bell job. So she worked half time with the phone company and half time with the city for about four months, which raised a few eyebrows. Santos is now on extended leave from Bell, which allows her to keep her pension there. The ever prudent Santos is the guest speaker at tonight's meeting of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Chicago. The program, which starts at 6 PM, is at the Inn of Chicago, 162 E. Ohio. The $16 admission includes dinner. Call Kathleen Ray for reservations at 295-9400.

Tuesday 13

Government officials keep insisting that Michael Reese Hospital's withdrawal from the city's trauma system won't affect travel time for those who are seriously injured. They say residents in the old Michael Reese territory are still within 20 minutes of Christ or Cook County hospitals. But folks in the Englewood community aren't so sure. Concerned Citizens for Emergency Services are holding a community forum at 7 tonight at the Ogden Park field house, 6500 S. Racine. They'll hear from a series of elected officials, health-care providers, and community activists about what they can do. It's free. Call 488-8135.

Comedian Dick Gregory, who has been involved in civil rights efforts to benefit African Americans, American Indians, women, and the Irish Republican Army, will headline the College of DuPage's Black History Month celebration. Gregory speaks at 7:30 tonight at the school's arts center, on 22nd Street between Lambert Road and Park Boulevard in Glen Ellyn. Tickets are $7, $6 for students and seniors. Call 708-858-3110.

Just in time for Valentine's Day--prose and poetry for the heartbroken by the heartbroken at the Heartbreak Show. Luckily, most of it is funny. David Sedaris, Peggy Shinner, Peter Handler, Jennifer Berman, and S.L. Wisenberg will read from their writings at 8:30 at Club Lower Links, 954 W. Newport. Admission is $3. Call 248-5238.

Wednesday 14

Pianist Carol Lems-Dworkin will choose from more than 40 Scott Joplin rags and operas for today's "Under the Picasso" noon concert, Scott Joplin Revisited, Piano Rags and More. The free show is in the Daley Civic Center, on the corner of Dearborn and Washington streets. Call 346-3278.

The Children's Memorial Hospital White Elephant Shop needs money. It also needs to unload a bunch of politically incorrect furs and fur pieces donated by really generous or really guilty people. So the shop's annual fur sale is on, with prices ranging from $5 for pieces to $850 for coyote coats. Proceeds go to help cover the cost of patient care at the hospital. The sale runs from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at 2380 N. Lincoln. Call 281-3747.

Thursday 15

The stock market's gone haywire, you don't have enough dollars for a real estate kill, and you still want to invest? Author and artist Michael McKenzie will give a free talk this evening--Art as an Investment--about choosing art that's sure to appreciate. If you pick right, your painting, photo, or sculpture can double or triple in worth in just a few years. The seminar runs from 6 to 9 at the Kass Meridian gallery, 215 W. Superior. Call 266-5999 for reservations.

Tonight's appearance by State Senator Dawn Clark Netsch isnt being billed as a campaign stop in her bid for state comptroller. But she and State Representative John Cullerton, who supports her candidacy, will talk about taxes and tax management tonight, so there will be plenty of overlap. Toni Hartrich from the Civic Federation joins the two elected officials on a panel sponsored by Taxpayers United for Fairness at 7:30 at O'Brien's restaurant, 1520 N. Wells. It's free. Call 664-7049 or 878-5965.

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