Jane junkies can get a fix today as the University of Chicago's "First Friday Lecture" at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, presents You Will Tear Your Gown: Sexuality and Parables of Paths and Barriers in Jane Austen, an hour-long talk by U. of C. staffer A. P. David. It starts at 12:15 PM in the center's theater, and it's free. Call 702-1722 for more.
Photographer Stu Levy is known for his portraits of endangered lands in the Pacific Northwest. Now he's turned to a different sort of portraiture: grids of anywhere from 12 to 25 different shots that create mosaic, fractured looks at the photo subjects--a photographer, a camera repairman, and the mayor of Portland, Oregon, among others--and their environments. Levy's Chicago gallery debut begins with a reception tonight at 5 at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior. It's free; Grid Portraits, as the show is called, will be up through February 5. Call 266-2350.
Twelfth Night--the Victorian celebration of the coming of the Magi--is technically January 6, but Oak Park's Twelfth Night Festival, a benefit for the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, is tonight. The $25 ticket ($5 for kids) gets you a wassail toast, a slice of the "Royal Cake," and the crowning of the king and queen of the Festival; there'll also be music and a buffet, plus a puppet show for kids. Things get under way at 7 at the Pleasant Home, the aptly named restored prairie-style house at the corner of Pleasant Street and Home Avenue in Oak Park that serves as the historical society's headquarters. Call 708-366-2050 for more info.
If one of your New Year's resolutions was to get up close and personal with the work of a famous Viennese psychologist who was not Freud, the C.J. Jung Institute has your ticket. Tonight's program, Introduction to Analytical Psychology, brings together analyst Laura McGrew and a short film called Face to Face to better acquaint people with Jung in general and the work of the institute in particular. Admission is $7, $3 to students and seniors, free to members. The institute is at 1567 Maple in Evanston. It starts at 7:30; call 708-475-4848 for more info.
Only one institution of higher learning in Chicago offers classes with names like "Guerrilla Literacy" and "Clit Lit": the Autonomous Zone, which describes itself as "an eclectic group of free classes open to whoever's interested." Edible plants, drumming, and community organizing are some of the other subjects of study in the winter class schedule. The school's holding an opening party at its space at 1726 W. Division tonight from 8 PM on; it's free, though they suggest you bring a vegetarian dish. Call 384-2991.
The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul is offering a free New Year's dinner for the lonely, hungry, or homeless today from 11 AM to 1 PM. It's at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall, 600 W. Washington. Call 655-7183 for information.
The Chicago Historical Society is closing its exhibit on Jockey underwear with a panel discussion on the ethics of product marketing. They'll be looking at some Jockey marketing campaigns with the help of several representatives from the Kenosha-based company and marketing expert and author Bruce Bendinger. Jockeying Positions: Marketing an Image starts at 2 today in the conference room of the society, at Clark and North. It's free with admission to the museum, which is $3, $2 for seniors and students, $1 for kids. Call 642-4600, ext. 383.
Remains Theatre, temporarily located in the Theatre Building at 1225 W. Belmont, is offering up its 15th season premiere, Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest. The play features 11 actors playing more than 40 characters against the backdrop of the 1990 Romanian revolution. The company brought in Michael Greif, a Northwestern-schooled, Obie-winning associate of the New York Shakespeare Festival, to direct the production, which opens tonight at 7:30 and runs through February 20. Show times after tonight are Thursdays and Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 5:30 and 9, and Sundays at 3 and 7:30. Tix are $15-$25. Call 327-5252.
One suspects that if Jonathan Demme doesn't get an Oscar for his new movie Philadelphia, it will be beacuse the Academy doesn't want to sit through another acceptance speech full of "uhs" and "ums." Philadelphia is the story of a corporate lawyer who is fired from his firm, apparently becasue he has AIDS. The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago has snagged the Chicago premiere of the film for a benefit tonight at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, at 7:30. Tickets are $15 and available at People Like Us Books, Unabridged Books, and Women and Children First. Call 427-8990 for more.
The Old Wicker Park Committee's 1994 calendar is out and for sale. The annual fund-raising effort this year features a series of drawings by David Oster; it's available for $10 at Gary Marks Antiques, 1528 N. Milwaukee, which is open noon to 6 Tuesday through Friday, 11 to 6 Saturday, and noon to 5 Sunday. Call the committee at 342-1966.
Olympic champs Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi will be giving a free ice-skating show downtown today at noon. It's at Skate on State, the free rink on State Street facing Marshall Field's. Call 744-3315 for details.
A fun-filled weekend at Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta is the grand prize in the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago's SportsSpectacular Raffle tonight. The fund-raiser runs from 6 to 9 at Walter Payton's America's Bar, 219 W. Erie. Ten smackers gets you a chance at the prize and an accompanying buffet. Call 939-8622.
For their book Negotiating Rationally, Kellogg profs Margaret Neale and Max Bazerman found that when put into a negotiating position many business managers are overconfident, recklessly escalate commitments, and don't keep an eye on the other parties' tactics. Neale will be at a meeting of Women in Management tonight to explain how to avoid such pitfalls in your own negotiating. It runs from 5:30 to 8 at the law offices of Wildman, Harrold, Allen, and Dixon, on the 30th floor of 225 W. Wacker. Tickets are $40 at the door, $35 if you register in advance, which includes a copy of the book. Call 419-0171 for more.
The Mysterious Stones of Carving: Ivory, Quartz, Tiger Eye, and Lapis is what art experts Doris and Russ Kemp will be talking about tonight at the monthly meeting of the Oriental Art Society of Chicago. It starts at 7:30 at the China Garden Restaurant, 6340 N. Lincoln. Dinner's at 6:30 (you buy your own), and optional; the meeting's at 7:30. Admission is free. Call 327-1733 for more.
Bring your poems and something more to Poetry Canned and Uncanned, an open mike tonight organized by the Guild Complex at the HotHouse. They're looking for short poems (less than six minutes) set to music, whether the music comes from a beat box or a guitar. It's $5, $2 if you're performing; things start at 7:30. The HotHouse is at 1565 N. Milwaukee. Call 278-2210 for more.
Since the Chicago Public Library moved out, the Chicago Cultural Center has greatly expanded as a venue for dance, music, theater, art, and many other cultural endeavors. This year's fund-raising open house, A Toast to the Future, celebrates this growth with a sampler presentation of live jazz and blues, ballroom dancing, tango, line dancing, and more. You can party with Richie and Maggie Daley and Representative Sidney Yates, who's having a hall dedicated to him, tonight from 5:30 to 7:30. Tix are $50, $35 in advance. The center's at 78 E. Washington. Call 744-7651.
Garrison Keillor, the beloved host of A Prairie Home Companion, now back on the air after a six-year hiatus, is in town tonight to read at the Poetry Center of Chicago's 20th-anniversary celebration. He'll be reading, along with poet and Georgetown prof Roland Flint, at 6 in the auditorium of the First National Bank, Dearborn and Monroe. It's $10, $35 for reserved seats; $100 includes a postreading do with Keillor and Flint. Call the center at 368-0905 for more.