Consider this as much a warning as an entertainment tip: hundreds of people sporting bows and arrows will descend on the Mid America Hunting and Archery Show today, tomorrow, and Sunday in Chicago Heights. Everything the discriminating bow-and-arrow fetishist could want will be there, from supplies, equipment, and tech workshops to special guests, including reps from Pheasants Forever, the National Bowhunter Education Foundation, and Bowhunter magazine. But the weekend's most special guest, of course, will be passe-rock-star-cum-hunting-lunatic Ted Nugent, who'll talk about fresh kill, warn kids of the dangers of drink and drugs, and even play some songs Saturday. The event is open today noon to 9, tomorrow 9 to 10, and Sunday 9 to 5 at the Chicagoland Convention and Trade Center, 160 W. Joe Orr Road in Chicago Heights. It's $6 to get in, $10 on Saturday. Call 708-532-4133.
"New York City. 1989. Raging homophobia. A killer on the loose. Disco dancing till dawn. Performers struggle to survive. Delilah seduces Samson in song. Gender illusionists go shopping. Samson and Delilah, 1991." That's controversial local video maker Charles Atlas's own description of his Son of Sam and Delilah, an unblinking indictment of homophobia that garnered headlines when it was banned by many public broadcasting stations. The video and two other Atlas works, What I Did Last Summer and Because We Must, show at Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton, tonight and tomorrow at 7 and 9, Sunday at 5:30 and 7:30. It's $5, $3 for Facets members. Call 281-9075 for more.
A solo work by Randy Duncan set to Sinead O'Connor's "I Am Stretched on Your Grave" looks like the highlight of the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre's performances in this year's Spring Festival of Dance at the Civic Opera House. The piece, "Unarmed," plays tonight along with three other works by Duncan, the company's artistic director; Keith Lee's tribute to company founder Holmes, "Medley"; and a pair of pieces by Holmes himself. The program starts at 7:30 at the opera house, 20 N. Wacker; tickets are $12-$25. A different show, including three more works by Duncan, plays tomorrow night at 8:30, same place and prices, and there's a benefit dinner preceding the Saturday performance that includes both food and dance; it's $125. Buy tickets at the Civic box office or by calling Ticketmaster (902-1500); call 942-0065 to get dinner-and-dance tickets.
If you believe three recent clippings from the Chicago Tribune, the faddish lit-crit analytical device known as "deconstruction" is fast becoming the dominant philosophy of American higher education. That's absurd, of course; even at the height of interest, deconstructionism had gained a toehold in only a few English departments nationally. But you can perhaps get a more balanced understanding of a complex literary philosophy at a free seminar today at Loyola called Deconstruction and the Politics of Education. On the dais: Smart Harvard deconstructionist Barbara Johnson (author of The Critical Difference), journalistic hit man David Lehman (Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul De Man); and several more. It runs from 9:30 to 6 today at the Crown Center for the Humanities, 6525 N. Sheridan. Call 915-6158 for details.
In The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, locals Denis Mueller (the director) and Carl Davidson (the screenwriter and researcher) reportedly name names. You can see their feature-length exposition of what they say was a right-wing conspiracy tonight at the Center for New Television, 1440 N. Dayton, at 7:30. It's $5; call 951-6868 for more.
In 1940 intercollegiate football was banned at the University of Chicago. What might have been a precedent-setting gesture was instead unfortunately ignored, and the sport continues to flourish on most major U.S. campuses, with the accompanying recruiting scandals and wasted money. A clear-eyed look back at the whys and wherefores of the university's decision is the subject of Stagg's University: The Rise, Decline, and Fall of Intercollegiate Football at the University of Chicago, 1890-1940, a lecture by Robin Lester, headmaster of the Latin School of Chicago, today at 2 at the Chicago Historical Society. The talk is free with regular museum admission--$3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and $1 for kids under 17--and the museum, at North and Clark, is open noon to 5 today. Call 642-4600.
Steve Tesich's On the Open Road is a new play about a mythical world riven by civil war: two men are trying to escape, pulling a wagon loaded with art treasures, but they're caught and enlisted to carry out an assassination on a messianic figure. The folks at the Goodman say the "complex theological, historical, and philosophical issues raised by the play" deserve some discussion; so tonight's Artist and Issues Forum will feature an assortment of theological, Renaissance, and Holocaust experts from the University of Chicago, the Newberry Library, and beyond to tackle them. It runs from 6:30 to 8 at the Goodman, 200 S. Columbus; tickets are $10, $8 in advance. Call 443-3757 for more.
Kids will go around slugging each other no matter what; for decades, the philosophy of the Golden Gloves competition has been getting 'em to do it in the ring. The 64th annual Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament, which features novice and open bouts in several weight classes, will select a slate of division champs to go on to the nationals--to be held this year in Chicago. The local competition is tonight at 7 at the Rosemont Horizon, 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont. Tickets are $10-$20; call 708-635-6600 or 559-1212.
Three of contemporary San Francisco's cultural wonders will be performing together three times at the Harold Washington Library this week. The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, one of the most interesting modern-dance groups in the country; singer, actor, and composer Rinde Eckert; and the experimental music group the Paul Dresher Ensemble join forces for the free performances--at 5:30 tonight and at 12:15 PM Thursday and Friday in the auditorium of the library, 400 S. State. Jenkins's company will also be performing, without their fellow San Franciscans, at the Columbia College Dance Center, 4730 N. Sheridan, next Thursday through Saturday, March 26 to 28, at 8 PM. Call 271-7804 for details.
The pathologies of the Roman Empire in all their glory will be the focus of a Newberry Library Lyceum Seminar for adults, meeting this afternoon and the next five Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 at the library, 60 W. Walton; the class is taught by Loyola's Martin Miller. It's $55. Other lyceum classes will take a look at Frank Capra (ten Thursday sessions), Gravity's Rainbow (eight Tuesday sessions), and Robertson Davies (six Wednesday sessions as well). For more info, call the library at 943-9090, ext. 482.
Nicholson Baker's new novel, Vox, consists entirely of one conversation between two people talking on the phone about sex. No, really: "Tell me the last thing you thought of that made you pay some attention to your clitoris." "I was in the shower, which is almost always the place I come best . . . " It's being received as art, not porn, and Pat Peterson of Barbara's Bookstore calls it "a brilliant meditation on contemporary alienation and desire." Baker will be at the Barbara's at 3130 N. Broadway tonight at 7:30. It's free. Call 281-2333.
Gary Rivlin's years of covering Chicago politics (in the Reader and elsewhere) have culminated in his first book, Fire on the Prairie: Harold Washington and the Politics of Race. The in-depth account both traces the explosive political mechanics that led to Washington's election and offers a behind-the-scenes account of his administration. Rivlin will be in town for a week at various functions and readings: tonight he's at the Barbara's at 1350 N. Wells (642-5044) at 7:30; Saturday, he'll be at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. (684-1300) at 2; and next Thursday, March 26, he'll be at Guild Books, 2456 N. Lincoln (525-3667), at 7:30.
If you don't like "I'm Too Sexy," well, you're too square. The novelty megahit--a purring, campy ode to the zen of modeling, articulated by a couple of bald muscle-men brothers who call themselves Right Said Fred--probably isn't the stuff of a long-running career, but it sure has brightened up the last few weeks popwise. Right Said Fred'll be at the China Club, 616 W. Fulton, tonight, performing sometime after 11:30. Tix are $10, $7 in advance. Call 466-0400 for details.