The United States is still sending money to El Salvador--to the tune of a million dollars a day, the Committee in Solidarity With the People of El Salvador estimates--and the government there is still using it to shoot Salvadorans. Currently before the U.S. Senate is a bill to reduce military aid by 50 percent--and CISPES, God love 'em, says that's still 50 percent too much. At 3 PM today a delegation of 20 community leaders--including aldermen Danny Davis and Jesus Garcia--will march into the Federal Building to talk to Senator Alan Dixon about it. At 4 you can join the chorus outside the building, 219 S. Dearborn, in a protest against U.S. aid to El Salvador organized by CISPES, the Pledge of Resistance, Salvadorans for Peace and Justice, and the Chicago Religious Task Force on Central America. Call 227- 2720 for details.
"Ronald Coyne was seven years old when he stuck a wire into his right eye. An abscess formed in the eye and there was no way to drain it. During surgery the eye was removed and he was fitted with a plastic eye. Sometime later . . . the sister of evangelist T.L. Osborne asked God to restore the boy's eyesight, not knowing it was a plastic eye." Needless to say, little Ronald's sight was restored. At the Friendship Center Assembly of God church tonight and tomorrow night, you can hear his story--a "medically documented, modern-day miracle" that the center says has been told on both Donahue and That's Incredible! Admission is free; start time is 7:30 both nights at the Friendship Center, 5610 N. Glenwood. Call 274-7545.
Today is your last chance to see Resetting the Stage: Theater Beyond the Loop, an exhibit-cum-tribute to innovative Chicago theater over the last three decades. Closing down the show is a panel discussion on the influence of the city's theater teachers. Unique Ties: Theater Teachers and Their Former Students, moderated by Reader contributor Albert Williams, will bring together Byrne Piven, Bella Itkin, Barbara Patterson, and former students of each. The discussion takes place in the Public Library Cultural Center theater, on the second floor at 78 E. Washington, beginning at 2 PM; the exhibit is in the center's G.A.R. Memorial Museum. Both are free. Call 269-2926 for more information; the museum is open 9 to 5 today.
A class in corn husk doll-making starts today at 1 PM at the North Park Village Nature Center; there's a $7 fee for materials, presumably including the husks. The center is at 5801 N. Pulaski; preregister at 583-8970.
"The hardest thing in the world to do was to admit to myself and to others that I would have to give up my daughter, and live among strangers." Those are the words of Bettie, who eventually found a bed at Deborah's Place, a shelter for homeless women just west of Old Town. Deborah's, which also runs a daytime shelter and a transitional housing program, holds its annual Octoberfest fund-raiser tonight; $15 gets you a traditional German dinner, dancing, and music. (There's a raffle too.) It starts at 6 at the Quigley Seminary, 103 E. Chestnut. Call 292-0707 for more details.
Enthusiastic about euthanasia? The Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago presents Looking Ahead: Death and Dying With Dignity. The speaker is Dr. Gerard A. Larue, president of the National Hemlock Society, a nonprofit education group that "endorses the concept of death with dignity"; the occasion is the Illinois Hemlock Society's fifth anniversary. The society meets at 2 PM in the Carlson Auditorium of the National College of Education, 2840 Sheridan Road in Evanston. It's free; call 708-864-0796.
The Second City Children's Theatre presents Leapin' Lizards It's Cinderella (there should probably be a comma in there somewhere, but the theater says no), parodies of four fairy tales. Among the results: "Sleeping Handsome," a western-style "Cinderella," and an operatic "The Three Bears." Performances are today (and every Sunday through November 4) at 2:30 PM at Second City, 1616 N. Wells. Admission is $4; call 929-6288.
Out of nearly a dozen visits to Berlin over the past nine years, photographer John Gossage has crafted three discrete series of shots. The three--"Stadt des Schwartz" ("city of black"), "The Illustrated Life of Goethe," and "LAMF" (after graffiti he saw on the Berlin Wall)--make up The Berlin Project, on exhibit at the Columbia College Museum of Contemporary Photography through October 27. The museum, at 600 S. Michigan, is open 10 to 5 daily, noon to 5 Saturdays. It's free; call 663-5554 for details.
Journalist John Gunther went to the University of Chicago, hung out with Ben Hecht and Carl Sandburg, traveled all over the world, and became perhaps the most famous foreign correspondent of the 30s and 40s through his writing in the Chicago Daily News and his series of travel books (Inside Europe, Inside Asia, Inside Latin America, Inside USA). An extensive exhibit of Gunther's work--including correspondence, manuscripts, and notebooks--opens today at his alma mater. John Gunther: Inside Journalism runs today through January 16; the exhibit is open from 8:30 to 5 Monday through Friday and 9 to 1 Saturday, and admission is free. The Regenstein Library is at 1100 E. 57th; call 702-8705 for more info.
After 30 years in the Loop as the house band at the R.R. Ranch, the Sundowners--C and W practitioners Bob Boyd, Curt Delany, and Don Walls Sr.--roamed wild before opening the Sundowners Ranch out in Franklin Park in what used to be a Ponderosa steak house. But they still visit the city occasionally. They play tonight at Club Lower Links along with western duo the Texas Rubies; each band will play two sets, all beginning at 8. Cover is $6. Lower Links is at 954 W. Newport. Call 248-5238.
Betty White, one of TV's greatest rhymes-with-riches in her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, is now the subject of an extensive career retrospective at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 800 S. Wells. Mary Tyler Moore was the least of it: White has also appeared on Life With Elizabeth (in 1953 and '54), Date With the Angels (1957), The Betty White Show (1977), and, of course, The Golden Girls. You can see her in these programs, in various broadcast interviews, guest-starring on Sonny & Cher and Carol Burnett, even making the game-show circuit (on Liar's Club and as the host of Just Men!), in museum screenings today though September 29. You can watch selected shows in the Kraft Theatre or check out tapes to watch privately. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5, Saturdays 10 to 5. Admission is a suggested $3 for adults, $2 for students, and $1 for seniors and children under 13. Call 987-1500.
Thursday, September 20
When you get 28 orchestras that play nothing but Yugoslavian music together with as many as 3,000 Yugoslavian music lovers, what else can you call it but a Tamburitza Extravaganza? (A tamburitza is a Yugoslavian stringed instrument that looks like a guitar and sounds like a mandolin.) The 24th annual such extravaganza opens at McCormick Center Hotel, 2300 S. Lake Shore Drive, this weekend. Tonight's welcoming dance starts at 8 and costs $5. Fourteen bands play tomorrow night at 7, and the other 14 play Saturday at the Arie Crown Theatre. Both nights starting around 10, all 28 bands will rotate through several smaller rooms at McCormick; concert tickets cost $15 each night and after-hours admission costs $10. There's also a banquet Saturday night at 6:30; the tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $40. A $65 pass gets you into everything, a $50 pass into everything but the banquet. You can call the Illinois Tamburitza Association at 708-339-6299.