Hot Tix, the day-of-show discount theater ticket outlet, is marking its tenth anniversary by expanding--into locations at the Rose Record stores at 1634 E. 53rd St., 820 W. North, and in four suburbs (Downers Grove, Vernon Hills, Naperville, and Orland Park). It's also holding Hot Tix Day today at all the outlets; the League of Chicago Theatres will be giving out a free pair of tickets every ten minutes from 10:10 to 6 at the booth at 24 S. State and from 10:10 to 3 at the Evanston booth, 1616 Sherman, and periodically at the six new outlets. Call 977-1730 for more info.
We didn't see it, but we heard David Copperfield's latest stunt involved being bound and chained to a burning raft, then left to drift over Niagara Falls. Apparently he's nevertheless in good enough shape to perform his rocked-up, glitzy brand of magic tonight through Sunday at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. Current stunts include the "sensuous Brazilian Water Levitation" and something called the "Head Mover." Copperfield also does some old-fashioned sleight of hand in the middle of the audience, with fans and some large video monitors keeping a close eye on him. David Copperfield: Magic for the 90s plays tonight and tomorrow night at 5:30 and 8:30, Sunday at 1 and 4. Tickets are $22.50-$27.50. Call 443-1130.
The annual Evanston Historical Society Flea Market--antiques, jewelry, furniture, books, toys, and housewares--runs from 9 to 4 today at the Charles Dawes House, 225 Greenwood in Evanston. Admission is $1. Call 708-475-3410 for details.
The work of the late painter and collagist Romare Bearden traces a course from pastoral landscapes and interiors that recall North Carolina, where he was born in 1912, to fast-action photomontages taken in inner-city Pittsburgh and Harlem. "The dreamlike quality of the collages evokes Bearden's preoccupation with the mysteries, rituals, and spiritual forces at work in daily life," says the gang at the Museum of Contemporary Art, where the first major retrospective of his work opens today. Memory and Metaphor: The Art of Romare Bearden, 1940-1987 comprises more than 100 of Bearden's watercolors, oils, and collages; they'll be at the museum, 237 E. Ontario, through November 10. It's open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 to 5, Sundays noon to 5. Admission is $4, $2 for students, seniors, and children under 16; call 280-2660 for details.
Cat training, of course, is an unlikely, even surreal concept. Nevertheless, Pet Care Plus, at 2037 N. Clybourn, promises to produce "renowned cat trainer" George Ney today to help you "learn to teach your kitty to perform!" Yeah, right. Ney will do two demonstrations, at noon and 3 today. Call 348-0550.
Andrew Solomon's The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost tracks the extraordinary changes in Russian cultural life wrought by Mikhail Gorbachev's slow but definitive easing of restrictions on artistic expression, and analyzes how the freedoms have born bittersweet fruit for the nation's artists. Solomon will be at Stuart Brent Books, 670 N. Michigan, from 2 to 4 this afternoon to talk about his book. It's free. Call 337-6357 for more.
Participants in two sides of Harold Washington's life--the advisers who assisted in his 1983 mayoral campaign and members of the media who covered it--will talk about the late mayor's relationship to the media at a seminar today at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 800 S. Wells. Washington's press secretary Grayson Mitchell, Sun-Times columnist Vernon Jarrett, MBC capo Bruce DuMont, and three other panelists start talking at 2. It's the kickoff event for Harold Washington: On the Air, an exhibit running through November; included are more than 100 hours of tapes of broadcast coverage of Washington and a number of special events. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5; admission is $3, $2 for students, $1 for seniors and kids under 13. Call 987-1500 for more info.
We 'R' Us . . . That Lesbigay Play addresses gay-related themes and issues through skits, comedy, and music. Written by locals J. Scott Ament and Herb Tums, it sold out its original run last year at the Zebra Crossing Theatre and is being remounted for a one-night stand tonight as a benefit for Open Hand Chicago, which provides meals for AIDS patients. Tickets are $20 for the 7:30 show tonight at Remains Theatre, 1800 N. Clybourn. There's a reception with music and door prizes after the play. Call 271-4175 for details.
Procol Harum was famous for the dime-store Latin of its name, its grandiose vision of rock, and Keith Reid, the band's full-time lyricist. (He was the guy responsible for "I was feeling kind of seasick / The crowd called out for more.") The band--complete with singer Gary Brooker but without, at least on this leg of its reunion tour, guitarist Robin Trower--plays the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, tonight at 7:30, its first Chicago show in more than a decade. Tickets are $18.50. Call 472-0449.
Ironically, the current undertaking by the Center on Deafness is The Sound of Music. The actors, students at the clinic, will sign their lines and lip-synch to songs as offstage actors fill in the missing voices. The director of the center, Patricia Scherer, who's been teaching drama to deaf kids for more than a decade, maintains that musicals are a key part of learning: "Since music and rhythm were used in deaf education as a means of teaching speech, I felt convinced that it could also be used as a way to help deaf children understand the musical plays in our culture and as a way to express themselves rhythmically. Then the plays became beautiful, like ballets performed on the hands." The musical runs for two weeks starting today at the Josephine Lewis Theatre, 1979 Sheridan Road on the Northwestern campus in Evanston. Performances are at 10:30 AM Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 PM Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 PM Sundays. Tickets are $10, $5 for children, and $2.50 for the handicapped. Call 708-297-1022 (that's the TDD number as well) for more information.
An impressive assembly of distinguished university presidents will be on hand to help kick off the University of Chicago's centennial-year foofaraw with a recessional today at 12:30 on the campus's main quadrangle, behind the administration building at 5801 S. Ellis. Lord Jenkins, the chancellor of Oxford; Harvard president emeritus Derek Bok; Edward Levi, a president emeritus of the University of Chicago and a former U.S. attorney general (under Ford); and current U. of C. prez Hanna Gray will be on display, and other party paraphernalia--bagpipe music, a 22-foot-tall inflated phoenix--will fill the quadrangle. Classes are out and offices closed today; more events fill out the upcoming week. Call 702-9192 for details.
Witold Rybczynski's new book, Waiting for the Weekend, contains tons of info on the wonderful two-day period. For example, he found the first known use of the word in print in an 1879 copy of an English magazine called Notes and Queries. "In Staffordshire, if a person leaves home at the end of the week's work on the Saturday afternoon to spend the evening of Saturday and the following Sunday with friends at a distance, he is said to be spending the week-end at So-and-so." The man who turned this implausible subject into a surprise critical hit speaks at Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells, at 7:30 tonight. It's free; call 642-5044.