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Friday 15

For nearly ten years, the Beacon Street Gallery in Uptown has been presenting ethnic, local and avant-garde art shows, from painting and sculpture to theater and performance; now they're opening a Lakeview branch--called Beacon Street at the School in honor of its new address at 1225 W. School; there's an opening reception tonight from 5 to 8 PM, where you can see the work of multimedia installation artist Eileen Ryan, eat food from Mama Desta's Red Sea Restaurant, and listen to music for saz (a traditional Turkish lutelike instrument) and frame drum courtesy of Michael Zerrang and Hamid Drake. It's free; call 528-4526 for more.

Trekkie alert: William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy will reminisce about their days on the Starship Enterprise in the intimate confines of the UIC Pavilion tonight. There'll be a video tribute to Gene Roddenberry and, we'll bet, lots of stuff to buy at the Star Trek 25-Year Mission Tour, all beginning at 7 PM. Tix are $20; the Pavilion is at Racine and Harrison. Call 818-409-0960 for more.

It's Circa time again for the Museum of Contemporary Art's New Group; their annual presentation of out-there performance--dubbed, this year, Circa '92--features radical performance art doyen Rachel Rosenthal, weird drum group Jellyeye, "gender illusionist" and presidential candidate Joan Jett Blakk, theater-performance-dance group X-Sight, poetry slam winner Lisa Buscani, the Loofah method and lots more. Twenty-five bucks ($40 for a reserved balcony seat) gets you the show and drinks. It's at Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark, at 8 PM. Call 280-2660 for details

Saturday 16

The city responsible for more people blowing chunks than any other is, of course, Milwaukee, beer capital of the world. But how'd it get that way? Through the determination of a few business men, that's how. "The Beer Barons of Milwaukee: Their Lives, Families, and Friends" is a lecture today by UIC sociology dept. chair Anthony Orum. It's at 11 AM, and free, at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. Call 943-9090, extension 310 for more.

In A Cocktail of Flowers: The Life and Afterlife of Doll Baby, the title character--lover, actress, dead meat--looks back at her remarkable life, death and curious transformation in Paula Killen's just-about-one-woman meditation on love, divorce, fame and womanhood. She's helped along by some remarkable love songs--"Sentimental Journey," "This Guy's in Love With You," "Something Cool"--and the piano accompaniment of the even more remarkable Monte Carlisle, who was also along or the ride on Killen's Music Kills a Memory. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at midnight through May at Lower Links, 954 W. Newport; the show tonight is a benefit for the Howard Brown Memorial Clinic. Tickets are $7; call 248-5238 for more.

Sunday 17

Paskeoya er verdens ensomste boplass. That's the only Norwegian we had lying around the house; it's apparently Thor Heyerdahl observing something to the effect that "Easter Island is the loneliest inhabited place in the world". Anyway, you can remember Heyerdahl and Norwegians generally today at the Norwegian Day Parade. This year's theme? "From Fjord to Prairie." Assembly is at noon at South Park, Talcott and Cumberland in Park Ridge. There's a family run at 12:30; parade kick-off is at 1:30. It runs up Cumberland to Prairie, Prairie to Main Street, and over Main to City Hall. It's free to go watch; call 708-295-5386 for details.

"The term typical cannot be applied to TS," say the folks at the Tourette Syndrome Association. Tourette Syndrome is a neurological disorder that manifests itself through an extravagant repertoire of nervous tics--from relatively minor things like eye or muscle twitches to medium-strength symptoms like involuntary talking, swearing, or even barking, to quite severe behavior aberrations, including uncontrollable jumping or hitting and biting oneself. The group is tonight presenting photojournalist Lowell Handell, a TS sufferer, who'll give a slide presentation on his experience with the disease. It's at 1:30 today at Rush Presbyterian, 1743 W. Harrison, and free. Call 708-675-2121 for more.

Monday 18

Sure Georg Solti can wield a mean baton--but can he talk? At an unusual public appearance today, the music director laureate of the CSO will talk about his 22 years with the orchestra: the many world tours, the fully 100 albums, the 23 Grammys, the sorrow of losing the second "e" in his first name. He'll be at Ganz Hall, on the seventh floor of Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan, at 11:30 AM; it's free. Make the required reservations at 341-3780.

If you've ever seen the nightmarish cartoon work of Charles Burns--including the strips Big Baby and Dog-Boy--you'll never forget them. There's an ongoing show of some of his work at the World Tattoo Gallery, 1255 S. Wabash, running through June 13. Also up is a selection of baseball and boxing art by the likes of Ed Paschke, Tim Anderson, Obaji Nyambi and Tony Fitzpatrick. It's open noon to 5 Monday through Saturday. Call 939-2222 for more.

Tuesday 19

Boy Alderman Edwin Eisendrath will talk about the state of his ward (the 43rd) in room 154 of the Schmidt Center of DePaul at 7 PM tonight. It's free. Call his office at 327-9111 for more.

"I would like to see jazz grow and absorb all other idioms and not be completely treated as an isolated art form like classical music has isolated itself." In those words, from Jamaican alto sax player Joe Harriot, many years ago, Torchlight Cafe DJ Joe de Jesus sees vindication for Acid Jazz--which, "by incorporating diverse styles that range from neo-classicism and funk to world beat and no wave, has broken out of the musical constructions that often bind and isolate genres from one another." He'll be spinning discs at the cafe, 3358 N. Lincoln, from 9 to 2 AM tonight; it's free to go listen. Call 254-4428.

Wednesday 20

"A serious seminar on one of life's greatest pleasures" is how the American Institute of Wine and Food describe Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! an all-you-can-inhale tasting and seminar on guess what tonight at 5:30. Bring a bib, they recommend. Things get underway with a reception; at 6 is the seminar, moderated by "Madame Chocolate," Elaine Sherman, and with chocolatiers and chefs Judy Contino, Elaine Gonzalez, and Robert Piron. There'll apparently be chocolate to spare, prompting the $30 ticket, $20 for institute members. It's at the new Chicago River Sheraton at 301 E. North Water Street. Call 363-8106 for details.

Thursday 21

If you always wanted to get a look inside Skidmore Owens Merril, here's your chance. The architectural firm's new offices, as well as those of Sara Lee and Vickrey-Ovresat-Awsumb Associates (who'll have their plans for Navy Pier on display), are all housed in the Santa Fe (ne Railway Exchange) Building, 224 S, Michigan, designed by Daniel Burnham in 1903. The occasion for the tours is the opening of the new home of the Chicago Architectural Foundationg. The 5000-member organization's up-to-date world HQ will include a bookshop, lecture space, and exhibit center. The opening foofara costs $35, which gets you drinks, the tours, and a look at a photo exhibit, "Architecture in a Chicago Context," by Rudolph Janu. Call 922-3432 for more.

Last year, the Victory Gardens Theater tried an experiment; have some local celebs (in that case Andrew Greeley, Sara Paretsky and Stanley Tigerman) pen some ten-minute playlets; the theater would stage the bits and try to raise some money. The scheme worked handsomely, so they're doing it again. The second annual Chicago Stories features cranky Trib columnist Mike Royko, WMAQ talking head Warner Saunders, and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman doing the honors; what the theater did with their ten-minute works can be seen tonight at 6 PM at the Hotel Intercontinental, 505 N. Michigan. The $100 ticket gets you dinner, drinks and the show. Call 549-5788.

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