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Friday, February 1

Delmark Records, which originated in Saint Louis in 1952, has featured some top blues artists over the years, including Sleepy John Estes, Little Brother Montgomery, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Yank Rachell. The label's founder was Bob Koester, who later moved to Chicago and opened the Jazz Record Mart, the jazz lovers' paradise that's been at Grand and State for nearly 30 years. Koester's a writer as well; he'll be "in conversation" with local blues maven Ralph Metcalfe at the Public Library Cultural Center at 12:15 today. It's free, in the Preston Bradley Hall of the center, 78 E. Washington. Call 346-3278 for details.

Respected documentarian Christian Blackwood makes an appearance at the Film Center tonight. He's best known for his takes on filmic personalities as diverse as Sam Fuller and Roger Corman, Edith Head and Volker Schlondorff; tonight he'll talk about his films and show All by Myself (at 6), about performer Eartha Kitt, and Motel (at 8), about three southwestern motels, their owners, and the people who stay there. At the Film Center, in the School of the Art Institute, Columbus and Jackson. It's $5, $3 for Film Center members. Call 443-3737 for details.

Saturday 2

One of the artists freed by Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution--figuratively, at least--was Oldrich Kulhanek, etcher and illustrator. His work was political enough in the early 70s to get him jailed for "defaming the Soviet Union and its representatives." Lately he's turned to lithography and drawing; a recent work shows a series of bloated but menacing faces, each nicely punctuated with an uncomfortable, misplaced clown nose. A survey of his work from 1967 to the present opens today at the Jacques Baruch Gallery, 40 E. Delaware (944-3377), and runs through April 3. The gallery is open 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday; a free opening reception today goes from 2 to closing.

Pravda is gone, but Rave, a new record store and bookstore on the street level of Cabaret Metro, has taken its place. It'll be run by Metro owners Joe Shanahan and Joe Prino, along with Ric Addy, proprietor of the Uptown bookstore Shake, Rattle, and Read. It opened yesterday, but today is the free in-store appearance by the Replacements, in town for shows last night and tonight at the Aragon. Heartthrob Paul Westerberg, pals Tommy Stinson and Slim Dunlap, and new drummer Steve Foley will sign records and gab at 2 PM. Rave is at 3730 N. Clark.

Sunday 3

For some, it was the Jazz Age; for others, it was the golden age of undies. The 20s and the 30s, says Evanston Historical Society costume curator Janet Messmer, "were the first to popularize the wearing of thin, filmy lingerie in chiffon and crepe de chine and to introduce the brassiere and the pajama to a lady's list of accessories." Messmer will give a talk today to accompany the opening of the society's "Everything's Peachy: We're Feeling in the Pink," a winter costume exhibition of ladies' unmentionables. Messmer's talk and the reception following are at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood in Evanston, starting at 2. It's free; call 708-475-3410 to reserve a seat.

What barriers are faced by African American broadcasters? Three panelists will discuss them at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in a forum called African American Media Ownership. The moderator is Dr. J. Fred MacDonald, the author of Blacks on White TV; participating are the Broadcast Capital Fund's John Oxendine, Ray Nunn from Harpo Productions, and Charles Sherrell, president and general manager of WBEE radio and chairman of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters. Things get under way at 2 PM. The museum is at River City, 800 S. Wells. Admission is $3, $2 for students, $1 for kids under 13 and seniors, and free for MBC members. Call the museum at 987-1500 for details or reservations.

Monday 4

Mount Saint Helens, the pyramids of Egypt, the Chrysler Building, and the Badlands of South Dakota are some of the sights you'll see in Marilyn Bridges: The Sacred and the Secular, an exhibit of more than 60 black-and-white aerial shots taken by Bridges from a single-engine Cessna. The exhibit is at the Museum of Science and Industry, in the balcony above the front entrance (next to the "Brain" exhibit) through the end of March. Admission to the museum, 57th and Lake Shore Drive, is free; it's open 9:30 to 4 weekdays, 9:30 to 5:30 weekends and holidays. Call 684-1414.

Tuesday 5

Little Fanny Glessner--the daughter of Chicago Symphony Orchestra patrons John and Frances Glessner--made a touching, if somewhat weird, memorial to the orchestra during conductor Frederick Stock's reign in the early 1900s: she created a miniature orchestra made of 80 eight-inch dolls, each clad in a tuxedo and clutching a tiny instrument. Glessner's "little orchestra" is the centerpiece of From Thomas to Barenboim--Variations on a Theme, an exhibit at the Newberry Library through March 23. The orchestra's eight conductors and its conductor-elect, Daniel Barenboim, are represented in the exhibit with papers, photographs, scores, programs, and other memorabilia. Admission to the library, at 60 W. Walton, is free; it's open Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9 to 5, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9 to 7:30. Call 943-9090 for details.

Former Chicagoan Frank Farrell acted in productions at Steppenwolf, the Goodman, and Second City and collected four Jeff recommendations over the past decade. Now an expatriate in New York, Farrell has devised Homeboy, a 90-minute one-man "theatrical concert" using readings, mime, and video. The theme is "home"; the sources are a variety of texts, from H.P. Lovecraft and John Updike to Dorothy Parker and John Keats. Farrell performs Homeboy tonight and every Tuesday in February at Club Lower Links, 954 W. Newport, starting at 8:30. It's $7. Call 248-5238.

Wednesday 6

The fifth annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition in Rockford is a drive, but it's probably worth it to see three-person teams try to create something approaching art with five-ton blocks of snow. The teams work on their sculptures starting at 9 AM today through Saturday; that morning, they're allowed some last minute touch-ups before judging begins at 11 AM. The awards ceremony is at 1:30 PM. The sites are in Sinnissippi Park, at 1401 N. Second St. in Rockford; they're lit at night for viewing (some teams will work evenings, too). It's free. Call the Rockford Park District for information: 815-987-8692.

Thursday 7

A trash harvester, a "nonstick hypodermic needle," and an antitheft device for car cassette players are 3 of the 14 things that have made the finals in tonight's Inventors Showcase. Winners will be announced and local inventors will show off a galaxy of ingenuity from 6 to 9 at the Archicenter Gallery, 330 S. Dearborn. It's free. Call the council at 939-3328 for details.

Alderman Helen Shiller will try to rock the Riviera tonight at a reelection rally. The Vanessa Davis Band provides the entertainment. Tickets are $25, "or whatever you can afford." The Riv is at 4746 N. Racine. Things get under way at 6 and go to 9. Call 868-0374 for more information.

For decades V.S. Naipaul has examined the cultural psyche of the third world in books like Among the Believers, a chronicle of Islamic beliefs in the Middle and Far East. His newest work, India: A Million Mutinies Now, looks at social unrest in the second largest country in the world. Naipaul will read from the book in the Illinois Room of the Chicago Circle Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S. Halsted, tonight at 7. $5 gets you in. Call 413-5180 for details.

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