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Friday 8

Republican apparatchik Lynn Martin--once a representative from Illinois and later Bush's labor secretary for a time--speaks at the Illinois Institute of Technology today. Martin's now a management prof at Northwestern; today she'll be talking about The New American Workforce, specifically the effects a new more female and more minority-based worker pool will have on the country's businesses and the economy generally. She talks from 2 to 3 in the Smith-Olson Auditorium of Perlstein Hall, 10 W. 33rd St. It's free; a short reception will follow. Call 567-5777 for more.

Multimedia performance artist Laurie Anderson, who's got everything from a feature-length filmed performance piece (Home of the Brave) to a hit single ("O Superman") under her belt, will talk about her new book, Stories From the Nerve Bible: A Retrospective 1972-1992, tonight at 7:30 at the Old Town Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells. It's full of excerpts from her performances and her own comments about her work. Call 642-5044 for details.

The downtown debut of the Mordine and Company Dance Theatre continues tonight and tomorrow in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State. The program includes Shirley Mordine's 1989 work Flores y Animales; last year's Truth Spin, in which dancers interrupt light beams and trigger computer-driven music; and a new work in progress called Edge Mode. The $16 shows start at 8. Call 902-1500 for details.

Saturday 9

Columbia College's Museum of Contemporary Photography revels in the genre's various roles: "as a medium of communication and artistic expression, as a documenter of life and the environment, as a powerful tool in service of science and technology, and as a commercial industry." How that last item interacts with the first is the subject of a new show called Photography and Marketing that comprises two exhibits of advertising campaigns: "Liz Claiborne, Inc.: Women's Work," and "Gap: Individuals of Style." The first combines pictures of the designer's clothes with text on the subject of domestic violence; the latter is a more conventional series of celebrity shots done by notable shutterbugs including Annie Leibovitz and Albert Watson. The show runs today through June 4 at the museum, 600 S. Michigan. There's a talk called "Strange Bedfellows: Big Business, Photography, and Social Responsibility" scheduled for this Tuesday at 2 PM (admission is $5); the opening reception is next Friday, April 15, from 5 to 7 (it's free, like regular museum admission). The museum's open 10 to 5 Monday through Friday (till 8 Thursday) and noon to 5 Saturday. Call 663-5554 for more.

Michael Flores's Psychotronic Film Society is no more, but the weird-film buff is back with the new Psycho-Rama Film Society. While this group has approximately the same charter as the old one--showing bizarre films from the past--Flores says there's going to be an admixture of free-speech activities as well. The group's debut show tonight is The Monster and the Stripper, a 1965 exploitation cheapie that posits a marijuana-steeped monster coming out of the Louisiana swamps to attack strippers. Rockabilly fans take note: Sleepy La Beef plays the monster. For the political segment Flores is presenting Mary Morello, leader of the group Parents for Rock and Rap, to talk about rap and rock bashing. It all starts at 6 at Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln. Admission is $2. Call 472-2771.

One thing can be said of documentary filmmakers: they dare to go where the faint of heart would never venture. Case in point: Frosh: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm, a new film by the Bay Area's Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine. The pair shot 250 hours of film over an academic year at Stanford in 1990. The result--which clocks in at 97 minutes and covers everything from manic partying to emerging sexuality and even some studying--shows at the Film Center over the next three weekends. At the showings tonight at 8 and tomorrow at 6, the directors will be present to answer questions. Tix are $5; the Film Center is at Columbus and Jackson. Call 443-3733 for more.

Sunday 10

The Dead Artists Society was founded by local dealer Thomas McCormick, who specializes in undocumented paintings by famous, lesser-known, and unknown artists from previous generations. His salon, as he calls it, meets today at 1 to hear McCormick and art historians Marianne Berardi and Henry Adams talk about neglected American artists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The meeting's at McCormick's house in Bucktown--call 227-0440 for the address and reservations. It's free.

Monday 11

Where did the Chicago Actors Ensemble get material for its Bad Art Auction VII, part of the group's ongoing tenth anniversary celebration? Local media personalities, naturally. Work from Linda Yu and Janet Davies of WLS, Allison Rosati and Joan Esposito of WMAQ, Richard Roeper and Jeffrey Zaslow of the Sun-Times, Jerry Springer, and lots of others will be on the block tonight in the group's newly renovated digs at the Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence. Twenty-five bucks gets you admission to the live auction, food, and champagne. It starts at 6. Call 275-4463 for details.

A pair of local mystery writers will read from their work tonight at the Red Lion Pub, 2446 N. Lincoln. Barbara D'Amato's sleuth Cat Marsala has appeared in Hardball, Hard Tack, Hard Luck, and Hard Women; her latest adventure is told in Hard Case, which D'Amato will read from. Chicago police vet and fiction writer Hugh Holton is bringing a copy of Presumed Dead, the first of his new series. Admission is $1; things get under way at 8. Call 348-2695 for more.

Tuesday 12

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura's ongoing Fellini retrospective takes on an added sadness this week with news of the death of Giulietta Masina, Fellini's wife and longtime leading lady. See her in her most celebrated role, as a street urchin adopted by Anthony Quinn in the somber La strada, at 5:30 tonight in the video theater of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State. This Thursday and the next two Thursdays, same time and place, the institute shows I vitelloni, Nights of Cabiria, and Ginger & Fred. Admission is free; call 747-4740.

The Sound of Music is one of those rare works of art that generally finds at least part of the audience rooting for the Nazis. A new touring version starring Marie Osmond hits the Arie Crown Theatre (in McCormick Place, 2300 S. Lake Shore Drive) for eight shows starting tonight at 7:30. Regular show times are 8 PM Wednesday through Friday, 2 and 8 Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 Sunday. Tickets are $19-$42.50; call 902-1500.

The educational group Facing History and Ourselves tries to teach teens about racism, anti-Semitism, and violence; one of its biggest supporters is Oprah Winfrey, who's hosting a fund-raiser for the group tonight. Using a sort of musical-theater format, Winfrey will look at the history of racism and anti-Semitism with help from a cast of students and the a cappella gospel ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. Tickets for An Evening With Oprah Winfrey at Orchestra Hall are $40-$100. Orchestra Hall is at 220 S. Michigan; the show starts at 8. Call 435-6666.

Wednesday 13

Threads of Tradition, a collection of 41 traditional Greek costumes making their first visit to the United States, includes elaborate and colorful outfits that date back to the 19th century and come from all parts of Greece. They're on display through June 1 at the Hellenic Museum, 400 N. Franklin; viewing hours are 1 to 7 Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 Saturday, and 1 to 5 Sunday. Admission is $5. Call 467-4622 for more.

The latest offering from the American Blues Theatre is Monsters III: The El Ride, the third show in a series examining the various monsters in our lives. Ten playwrights and performers present their takes on the subject, many of them in CTA settings, in this show; it opens at 7 tonight and continues Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 and Fridays and Saturdays at 11 through May 15. American Blues Theatre is at 1909 W. Byron. Tickets are $10. Call 929-1031 for more.

Thursday 14

Organizers of a rally today outside the Canadian consulate contend that a hydroelectric plant near James Bay has already disrupted wildlife and Cree Indian hunting grounds and that the new one planned for the same area will do even more damage. Members of the Native Forest Network, the Chicago IWW, the Baklava Autonomist Collective, and other groups plan to meet at noon at the consulate's business office, 310 S. Michigan, and march to the consulate proper, in the Prudential Building at 180 N. Stetson. Call 281-4708 for details.

Would-be fiction writers can get some hints tonight at a Fiction Writing Career Night sponsored by Columbia College. Graduates of the college's fiction writing department it describes as "successful" will be there to answer questions and dispense advice. It's free and runs from 7 to 10 at the Hokin Center, 623 S. Wabash. Call 663-1600, ext. 615, for more.

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