FRIDAY MARCH 25
The latest edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation features 32 short films, including a spoof of the Waco massacre, something called Bulimiator, and a peek into Beavis and Butt-head's past. It opens today with a matinee at 5 at Pipers Alley, 1608 N. Wells, and shows through April 21. Admission is $7, $4 for matinees. Call 642-7500 for more.
A plethora of paintings, prints, photos, and drawings donated by artists including Jo Hormuth, Peter Halley, David Russick, and Mr. Imagination will be auctioned off tonight at a benefit for the New Art Examiner on the third floor of the 750 N. Orleans building. Festivities get under way at 7:30; there'll be a cash bar, and Stuart Rosenberg will be in charge of the music. Tickets are $10. Call 786-0200 for info.
Most people have heard New York native Sugar Blue whether they know it or not--he played harmonica on the Rolling Stones song "Miss You." He's come a long way since then, recording solo albums in Paris and coming to Chicago to study with the masters. He's earned the respect of musicians and critics with his innovative and pioneering style, mastering the harmonica's difficult and rarely used upper register and establishing it as a legitimate lead instrument. The release of Blue Blazes, Sugar's new recording featuring his own version of "Miss You," is the occasion for his concert tonight at Buddy Guy's Legends, 754 S. Wabash. Tickets to the 10 PM show are $8. Call 427-1190.
Jellyeye, the group that brought the drum opera Avalanch Ranch to town in 1992, has put together another one. Eight musicians play an assortment of specially constructed drums accompanied by sound and film backdrops in this hour-long production, which promises to take the audience to "an underworld where familiar repressions burst out and cling to you like screaming animals." The nonfainthearted can catch the opening of Blood Lotus tonight at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division; it runs Friday and Saturday nights at 11 through May 14. Tickets are $7. Call 278-6371 for more.
SATURDAY MARCH 26
Artist Susan Grant makes jackets out of safety pins, huge puzzle pieces, and sanitary napkins, among other things. Jocelyn Nevel takes a more down-home approach to her garments, decorating nightshirts and aprons with antique photos and homegrown-raspberry stains. Clothing by both of them will be on display today through April 9 along with the work of other recipients of the Weisman Scholarship--a grant that goes to Columbia College students in communications fields--at the college's Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash. It's open Saturdays from 10 to 3, Mondays through Thursdays from 9 to 7, and Fridays from 9 to 5. Admission is free. Call 663-1600, ext. 421.
Marguciai, or Easter eggs, are a serious business in Lithuania: intricate designs are etched into the surface of eggs after they're dyed in onion-skin baths. Attendees of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture's annual egg-decorating workshops, being held today from 10:30 to noon and again from 1 to 2:30, will pick up ancient dyeing, etching, and preserving techniques and learn a bit about the history and customs associated with the tradition. They're open to anybody over the age of 10. The $8.50 fee includes all materials except six dyed eggs, which you have to supply yourself; it also covers admission to the museum so that you can check out the exhibit of decorated eggs and straw paintings by workshop teacher Ursula Astras. The museum is at 6500 S. Pulaski. To reserve a spot and get egg-dyeing instructions, call 582-6500.
SUNDAY MARCH 27
Break out that leftover corned beef and slap it on some matzo: Irish-music superstars the Chieftains are coming to Skokie this afternoon for a post-Saint Patrick's Day concert. The boys will be joined by champion step dancer Michael Flatley at the Centre East, 7701 Lincoln. Tickets are $22-$25, and the show starts at 3. Call 708-673-6300.
Harlem resident Yuri Kochiyama, interned because of her ethnic background by the U.S. government during World War II, spent 40 years after the war working in support of Japanese American reparations, nuclear disarmament, and the civil rights and black power movements. The life and work of the 70-something activist is the subject of a documentary by Pat Saunders and Rea Tajiri being shown tonight at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice starts at 7; admission is $10, $5 for students. Call 281-4988.
MONDAY MARCH 28
Now that even the New York Times has dubbed Wicker Park the next Seattle, it may be time to consider the implications. In the opening lecture of DePaul University's 1994 Bright New City forum, former Seattle mayor Charles Royer will explain how his city became so popular that it attracted more new residents than it needed or wanted. He talks at noon today in the Harold Washington Library auditorium, 400 S. State; admission is $5, free for students. From 5:30 to 9 tonight Royer will be joined by a panel of local developers and economists for further discussion; that event costs $35 (which includes dinner) and takes place at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson. Call 362-5239 for more info on both.
TUESDAY MARCH 29
A Jesuit priest who went underground rather than serve a jail term for his acts of civil disobedience during the Vietnam war, Daniel Berrigan avoided capture by the FBI at one point by sneaking out of a student rally inside a large puppet. He'll be joining DePaul University faculty for a free five-discussion series called Conscience, Culture, and the Law that starts tonight at 6 in the DePaul cafeteria, 1 E. Jackson, and continues every other Tuesday through May 24. For more information call 362-8515.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 30
Interviewing cross dressers with shopping disorders and the women who love them can actually solve society's problems, says Cincinnati ex-mayor and TV host Jerry Springer. At least that's what he'll argue today at a talk sponsored by the City Club of Chicago. It starts at 11:30 in the Adams Room of the Midland Hotel, 172 W. Adams. Tickets are $35 and include lunch. Call 565-6500 for reservations and special dietary requests.
Tenebrae, Latin for darkness, is also the name of a pre-Holy Week service that concludes with candles being extinguished one at a time until the congregation is left in total darkness. San Francisco electronic musician and composer Chris Brown, inspired by the resonant acoustics of the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel over a series of visits, has written a piece specifically for this service and space. Tenebrae: A Service of Electronic Music for Holy Week approaches the space of the chapel itself as an instrument, filling it with the sounds of Tibetan bells and Norwegian fiddle tunes through quadrophonic speakers. The service begins at 7 PM, and admission is free. The chapel is at 5850 S. Woodlawn. Call 702-2100.
The National Endowment for the Arts Poetry/Prose series and the Guild Complex at the HotHouse are bringing Milwaukee-based poet Antler together with local essayist and fiction writer Carol Anshaw for a 7:30 reading tonight at the HotHouse, 1565 N. Milwaukee. Admission is $4, $2 for anyone reading in the preceding open-mike session. Call 278-2210 for details.
THURSDAY MARCH 31
When the Vatican decided to help fund the construction of a University of Arizona observatory on an Apache holy site, its spokesmen added insult to injury by naming the telescope the Columbus Project. Today the local chapter of the national group Women of All Red Nations is calling on Cardinal Bernardin to take a stand against the project and to ask the Catholic Church to divest its funds. They're holding a rally starting at 4 outside the Chicago Archdiocese, 155 E. Superior. Call 493-2791 for more information.
What better way to celebrate April Fool's Eve than the Preserve the Pun Society's annual dinner? Highlights of the evening include games, entertainment, the presentation of the Punster of the Year award, and the crowning of the Pun-Up Queen (last year's sported a Bible belt and Coke cane). Things get under way at 6 at the Midland Hotel, 172 W. Adams. Tickets are $38.50 a head and include food and a subscription to the society newsletter. Call 973-3523 for reservations.