The Chicago-based Architectural Gallery says it's interested in "enhancing the communications between architects on a global scale." To this end, they've spent eight years collecting architectural designs and ideas via postcards. The group's third public showing of architectural postcards opens tonight at the Paulina Arts Center, 1735 N. Paulina, with a reception from 5:30 to 8. It's free. Call 342-5083 for details.
A pair of interesting writers appear in town this weekend. Maxine Clair's first book is called Rattlebone; the title town, north of Kansas City, is the setting for a series of interconnected stories. Clair appears at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th, at 7 tonight. It's free; call 684-1300. If you go to see Clair, you'll miss a reading by Walter Mosely, but fortunately he has two more, as befits his increasing stature and popularity. The creator of the Easy Rawlins mystery series--the newest is called Black Betty--has wowed critics and genre fans with his redolent evocation of Watts in the early 1960s. Rawlins wades through the gritty demimonde, getting into trouble via his reputation as a fixer. Mosely appears tonight at Barbara's, 1350 N. Wells, at 7:30. It's free; call 642-5044. He's also appearing tomorrow at the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th, at 2:30. It's a free presentation of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. Call 684-1300. Finally, Mosely will appear Sunday at a free reception and book signing at the DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. It's at 3 PM; call 947-0600.
For its Exquisite Corpse Show, Chicago Filmmakers asked nearly two dozen Chicago artists to create one-minute films illustrating the title theme. Participants include: Susan Anderson, Dan Dinello, Tatsu Aoki, and Filmmakers' own Ines Sommer and Johnny White. The shorts will be randomly strung together and screened tonight at 8. Also on the bill: Man Ray's Les Mysteres du Chateau du De. Filmmakers is at 1543 W. Division; it's $5, $2.50 for members. Call 384-5533.
A few years ago the Museum of Broadcast Communications put together a comprehensive look at the history of rock 'n' roll on TV; now they're doing the same for country. Country Music: On the Air will run through September 30 at the museum, in the Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. A series of panel discussions and exhibits look back at how the music and the medium have interacted. You can even make a tape of yourself at a country karaoke setup. The seminars will be $25 each, though museum admission is free. It's open 10 to 4:30 daily, Sundays noon to five. Call 629-6023 for reservations.
The Lincoln Park Garage Sale takes over the four floors of DePaul's new parking garage for two days of flea marketing this weekend. Organizers promise lots of vendors, eats (including a "gourmet food court"), music, and other entertainment from 10 to 6 today and tomorrow. Admission is $3. The garage is just south of Fullerton on Sheffield; call 348-6784 for more information.
For Venetian Night--a Chicago tradition for 37 years--the city that loves parades puts one on the river. A flotilla of about 40 decorated boats is scheduled to begin about 8:30; the route is from the Shedd Aquarium to Monroe Harbor. The free event concludes with fireworks. Call 744-3370 for details.
Berlin figures that with summer finally here, what better way to celebrate than with a cross-dressing bathing-suit show? The swapped duds for "Twisted Swimwear" hail from Beatnix. The club's at 954 W. Belmont. It's $3 after 10 pm. Things get under way around midnight. Call 348-4975 for details.
The purveyors of piles upon piles of free newsprint band together this morning for the first Free Literature Society Brunch. It's a chance to chat with the editors and publishers of Subnation, Fly Paper, Strong Coffee, Tail Spins, N'Digo, and many others. They're promising free food and entertainment from 11 to 2 at Beret International Gallery, on the third floor of 2211 N. Elston. Call 235-8781.
Garfield Park entrepreneur Willie Wilson's latest gospel music production is a benefit for the Lutheran Family Mission. Singsation! is the name of his operation, and also the gospel band he produces, which performs tonight with Family Jubilee and host Vickie Winans, from the acclaimed Winans. It's at the Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, 3121 W. Jackson, with shows at 6 and 8 PM. Tix are $12, $10 if you get them in advance. Call 287-2921 for details.
Lots of stuff for music fans tonight. Beck, the self-absorbed slacker-child who may or may not have composed an anthem for a generation with his genre-frappeing hit "Loser," got sick before his last scheduled Chicago show. So he's back at 7 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Also on the bill are Trumans Water and Karp. It's $10. Call 549-0203.
An hour later--trouble if you want to see both--Placido Domingo warbles in Grant Park with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It's at the Petrillo Music Shell, Columbus and Jackson. It's yet another effervescent free event in Chicago's celebrations honoring that dreary little game with the black-and-white ball. Call 744-3370 for details.
Robert Ballard may be the most famous oceanographer since Jacques Cousteau: most spectacularly, he discovered and explored the Titanic and the Bismarck, but he's also made interesting finds in the Galapagos Islands. Now the director of marine exploration at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, he's speaking tonight before the Lincoln Park Zoological Society on Fathoms Below: True Tales from the Deep Blue Sea. It's at the First Chicago Center, Dearborn and Madison, at 7. There's a reception at 6, too. It's $12, $8 if you're a member of the zoo or the Shedd Aquarium. Call 935-6700.
Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were one of the great rock 'n' roll hit writing teams from the start: beginning with "K.C. Loving" (later "Kansas City") and continuing with a career-load of hits for the Coasters ("Yakety-Yak," "Charlie Brown,"and many more), they also contributed mightily to the career of Elvis Presley ("Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender") and produced many other artists. Their career is saluted in Baby That's Rock 'n' Roll: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, a new musical previewing tonight at the Royal George Theatre. It runs through August 7 at the theater, 1641 N. Halsted, Tuesday through Friday at 8, Saturday at 5 and 9, and Sunday at 3 and 7. There are also Wednesday matinees at 2 on July 6 and 13. Tix range from $27.50 to $38.50. Call 988-9000.
When Ireland Starved, a documentary from Irish TV, makes the argument that the British have participated in genocide. The film says that the famine of 1845--which along with disease and emigration reduced the country's population by a third over five years--was the product of deliberate depletion of the food supply and accompanying rapacious economic pressures from England. The film, which also includes excerpts from some moving contemporaneous reports on the disaster, shows for free at 6:30 tonight at the Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln. Call 296-6377 for more.
The City of Chicago's ongoing Poem for Accra competition--which honors our town's sister city in Ghana--stages a preliminary heat at the West Town library branch, 1310 N. Milwaukee. Contestants should be 18 or older and prepared to perform a poem no longer than 80 lines addressing the theme "Poetry Without Borders." Bring along a typed, double-spaced copy for the judges, who will choose a winner to compete in the semifinals in July. The first prize in the finals is a trip to Accra. It's at 6:30 PM and free. Call 744-1473.
Tony Bonvolanta and Dave Dunkin's first film, A Stranger in Chicago, is the product of a lot of work and some careful nurturing from the local film and video scene: the project got an award from the Center for New Television and grants from Chicago Filmmakers, the Filmworks Club, and others. The result--a feature-length take on a Polish immigrant's first look at Chicago--screens tonight at 7 at the Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division. The filmmakers will be there to talk after the show. It's $5, $3 for Center for New Television members. Call 951-6868 for details.
About Two Cops, a film from Korea's Woo-Suk Kang, two things are always said: first, that it has basically the same plot as My New Partner--the 1984 French film that saw a corrupt detective paired with a wide-eyed, honest rookie--and second, that it's an inspired theft nonetheless. Indeed, the film was a blockbuster in Korea. It plays through Saturday at the Copernicus Foundation Gateway Theatre, 5216 W. Lawrence, at 8:30 tonight and tomorrow, and at 6 and 8:45 Saturday; it's a presentation of the Korea Central Daily and costs $7. Call 583-2770.