We here at Calendar almost covered a massage therapy convention once, but the whole thing just rubbed us the wrong way. Ba-dum-bum. Anyway, the American Massage Therapy Association is holding its 50th-anniversary convention in Chicago this year. "Hands-on exhibits" of health supplements, skin care products, relaxation tapes, herbs, and massage oils will be open at the Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus, from 8 to 10 this morning, noon to 6 this afternoon, and 8 to 3 tomorrow. Free seated massages will be available in the exhibit halls. Admission is $5. For $170 a day or $325 for both days, nonmembers can also attend the educational sessions on a wide range of alternative-medicine-related subjects. Call 708-864-0123 for details.
You might think the Goethe-Institut's Berliner Malerpoeten would proffer bad German poetry; actually, the title is the name of a group some painter poets started in Berlin more than 20 years ago. An exhibit of drawings and prints from the likes of Gunter Grass, Gunter Bruno Fuchs, Oskar Pastior, and Wolfdietrich Schnurre is up at the library on the first floor of the institute, 401 N. Michigan, through November 12. There's an opening reception tonight from 5 to 7. Admission to the institute is free; call 329-0915.
Anyone interested in "the healing and empowerment of the masculine psyche" is invited to attend a seminar put on by the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago today. Healing Men: The Male Psyche, Psychotherapy, and Individuation, is a 10-AM-to-4-PM session led by Jungian analyst Robert Moore, a professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary and coauthor of King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine and other similarly themed books. It's all at the institute, 1567 Maple in Evanston. It's $65, $55 for Jung Institute members. Call 708-475-4848.
Chicago's Heartland Institute and Washington's Citizens Against Government Waste are steamed about taxes: there're too many of them, and the money gets spent on crazy things, particularly "what the National Endowment for the Arts calls art." You can get together with these groups and stew at the Fourth Annual Taxpayers' Action Day. There'll be a rally from noon to 2 with speakers like representatives Phil Crane and Henry Hyde, followed by a family picnic (hot dogs and chips provided; bring your own nonalcoholic drinks). It all takes place in Grove 17 of the taxpayer-supported Busse Woods, just south and east of the intersection of I-290 and Higgins Road in Elk Grove Village. It's free. Call 708-202-3060.
An Amnesty International event today at Loyola's Rogers Park campus promises music, dance, food, and speechifying. A Celebration of Indigenous Peoples--An Affirmation of Human Rights includes comments from Juanita Batzibal, president of the International Maya League; Manny Lahoz, from the Alliance for Philippine Concerns; and U. of C. anthropology prof Michael Silverstein. Entertainment will be offered by Katachay, an Andean music group; Konojel Junam, who perform Guatemalan theater and dance; and other groups. The requested $3 to $10 donation gets you a variety of ethnic food, too. It starts at 2 in the McCormick Lounge of Coffey Hall, 6363 N. Sheridan. Call 427-3751 for more.
Molly Daniels's Clothesline School of Writing has been a favorite of learning fiction writers for ten years. She's celebrating her students' 500th weekly reading this afternoon at Jimmy's Woodlawn Tap, 1172 E. 55th St., where students past and present will show off their work from 3 to 4:30. Admission is free. Call 384-4610 for more.
The fourth Gay Games are scheduled for June 18 to 25 in New York; Team Chicago is a coalition of Chicago sports and cultural groups that's trying to get as many local participants and spectators as possible to the games. You can pick up registration forms or get more info on the Gay Games at today's open house at Barbara's Bookstore, 3130 N. Broadway, from 3 to 7. Call 327-1668, ext. 1994, for info.
A Brief History: The Jockey Underwear Story chronicles the achievements of the Kenosha-based manufacturer over the last century or so, examining how everything from World War II to central heating influenced men's underwear. The exhibit continues through January 15 in the Benedict Green-Field Gallery of the Chicago Historical Society, which is at Clark and North. Admission is $3, $2 for seniors and students, and a buck for kids. It's open 9:30 to 4:30 every day except Sunday, when it's open noon to 5. Call 642-4600.
Judy Chicago's new exhibit, which took eight years to put together, is called Holocaust Project: From Darkness Into Light. The collection of 16 large pieces includes painting, photography (by her collaborator on the project, Donald Woodman), stained glass, and tapestry. As in her exhibits The Dinner Party and The Birth Project, Chicago designed the pieces and then worked with artisans in creating them. The show opens today at the Spertus Museum, 618 S. Michigan, and runs through April 8. Hours are 10 to 5 Sunday through Wednesday, 10 to 8 Thursday, and 10 to 3 Friday. Admission is $6, $4.50 for children and students. Call 922-9012.
Yippie celebrity Paul Krassner--who made a name for himself in the 60s with his (recently resurrected) magazine The Realist and has been putting on a sort of nostalgic one-man stand-up act ever since--appears at Barbara's Bookstore, 3130 N. Broadway, tonight to read from his memoirs, Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut. (The title comes from an old description of him by the FBI.) The free reading starts at 7:30. Call 477-0411.
For 17 years the Chicago-based SCUPE--Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education--has trained young ministers in "urban leadership." Andrew Young, who began as an aide to Martin Luther King Jr. and went on to be mayor of Atlanta and U.S. ambassador to the UN, is in town tonight to speak at the group's annual benefit dinner. It starts at 6:30 at the Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus, and costs $100. Call 944-2153 to reserve a spot.
The Community Media Workshop's ongoing class Professional Media Relations promises advice on everything from the nuts and bolts of writing press releases to planning and executing a media event. The first session has already happened, but you can attend the last five, which are held Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11:30 in Room 2408 of Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren. The cost is $75. Call 850-7322 for details. (If you have an event you want to publicize in Calendar, here's some free advice: send as much information as you can, telling what the event is, exactly; where it is, exactly; and how much, what day, and what time it is, exactly. Then provide a phone number for the general public to call and a phone number for Calendar to call as well, to ask you for the info that you forgot to include.)
To celebrate the inauguration of the University of Chicago's new president, Hugo Sonnenschein, the school's five main disciplines are holding symposiums today. At 2, there's "Liberal Education and the Advancement of Knowledge" in Harper Memorial Library, 1116 E. 59th St.; "Transplantation: The Second Revolution" in Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th St.; and "The Evolution of the Physical Universe" in Kent Chemical Laboratory, 1020 E. 58th St. At 3:30, there's "Altruism and Egotism" in Swift Hall and "Music: Theory and Practice" in Goodspeed Hall, 1010 E. 59th St. Everything's free; call 702-8370.
Can Dawn Clark Netsch take on the guv? You can ponder that question as the state comptroller and gubernatorial candidate talks at tonight's gathering of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago at Ann Sather, 929 W. Belmont. Clark will be talking about domestic partnership legislation, second-parent adoption, and whether the state should have a human-rights law that includes sexual orientation. Tix are $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door, which includes a buffet; it'll be a cash bar. Things get under way at 6; reserve a spot at 404-9574.