Photographer Rosario Ramirez has spent the last few years photographing teenage mothers in the Latino neighborhood of Little Village; she's showing her work in Ready or Not: I Am a Teenage Mom, up at the Hokin Gallery of Columbia College, 623 S. Wabash, Room 100, through August 5. There's an opening reception tonight from 5 to 7, and it's free. Call 643-2715 for more.
You can dine with the beasts tonight as the Women's Auxiliary of the Lincoln Park Zoological Society undertakes its annual fund-raising soiree. They're providing the food, drinks, strolling magicians, and a raffle whose top prize is a trip for two to Paris; you pitch in the $250 per ticket. Things get under way at 7:30 in the main mall of the zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive. Call 935-6700.
A Little Night Music crosses Ingmar Bergman's randy Smiles of a Summer Night with Stephen Sondheim's typically chilly emotionalism; the result is a spectrum of romantic pathologies--including several shades of metaphorical incest and several more entirely unmetaphorical adulteries--played out against a background of summer vacation sensuality. Holding it all together is Sondheim's most acclaimed, most lyrical and musically complex score, done almost entirely in three-quarter time, and all wrapped up splendiferously in the Goodman's ravishing new production. It plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2:30 and 8 PM, and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 PM at the theater, 200 S. Columbus. Tix are $24 to $40. Call 443-3800 for details and additional matinee dates.
Milk of Burgundy, the music and outre art club in Wicker Park, is presenting the latest in a string of video screenings tonight. Tape/lb. Projected Video Show #4 includes work on film and video from Carnival de Carnitas, RunandGun Video, James Warden, Ben Evans, and Mark Fergusen. It's at 1937 W. North, at 10. Admission is $3. Call 667-4673.
For nearly 50 years since the founding of his famous workshop, Bob Blackburn has been a catalyst in the development of printmaking in New York City and the entire country; he was recently honored with a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." Blackburn is in Chicago to accompany the show Bob Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop: Artists of Color. A selection of work by Blackburn and many of the artists he has assisted over the years will be up today through August 27 in the main exhibit hall of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State. The library is open Monday 9 to 7; Tuesday and Thursday 11 to 7; Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9 to 5. A number of programs will accompany the exhibit; most notably, Blackburn will give a slide lecture in the library's auditorium Thursday at 2 PM. It'll be followed by a reception, and it's all free. Call 747-4883.
Berlin is hosting a preopening all-night cast party for Andy Warhol: The Factory Years. The show is the latest undertaking from impresario Michael Flores, whose last work was The Betty Page Story; it opens next Friday at Cafe Voltaire. Tonight at Berlin, 954 W. Belmont, the cast will be performing scenes from the play after midnight. Cover is $3; $2 with a can of Campbell's soup. Call 348-4975.
Poet and professor Gordon Henry talks about Chippewa literature in a lecture called Oral Traditions in Contemporary Ojibwe Literature. Henry is a member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota and also teaches at Ferris State in Michigan. His talk today is in the Mitchell Indian Museum of Kendall College, 2408 Orrington in Evanston. It's $5; a reception begins at 1 PM, the lecture is at 2. Call 708-866-1395.
Jammin' in the Park is the annual free concert put on by the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the DuSable Museum of African-American History. This year's show features Chicago's Mwata Bowden, who plays a variety of reed instruments, fronts his own group, Sound Spectrum, and plays with the 8 Bold Souls as well. He'll be accompanied by pianist Jodie Christian. As part of the show, the pair will be presented with Midwest Jazz Masters awards from Arts Midwest. The show's at 6 PM outside the museum in Washington Park, 740 E. 56th. Call 427-1676 for more details.
The annual Human Rhythm Project--a riot of summer tap dancing--has expanded this year to include a week of classes and two public performances. The project is the work of Alexander, Michaels/Future Movement, a company headed by Lane Alexander and Kelly Michaels that generally calls itself AM/FM. If you're interested in learning tap, check out the classes, which include beginner to expert sessions in everything from jazz tap to classical; they run 9 to 9 daily through Saturday. Prices range from $25 per class to $360 for unlimited attendance. Classes will be held at the Chicago Studio for Dance and Musical Theater, 420 W. Ontario. If you'd rather just watch, there'll also be showcases next Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, at 8 in the theater of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State (though you enter on Plymouth). Tickets are $25. Call 761-4889 for tickets or class information.
Tony 'n' Tina are celebrating their first anniversary. Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding--which opened in an ad hoc Piper's Alley space last July--has the audience observing the ceremony, standing in the receiving line, and dancing around in a conga line at a rambunctious Italian wedding. Tonight at Drink, 541 W. Fulton, the cast will be on hand to party from 7:30 on. It's free. Call 664-8844.
Hyphen magazine continues its investigations into the Chicago literary scene with issue number nine, just out. They're celebrating with a release party and open mike at Phyllis' Musical Inn, 1800 W. Division, at 8:30 tonight. Two bucks gets you poetry from Jim Banks, Susen James, and Mark Turcotte; a finger-puppet show from Dave Mead; and an open mike hosted by Mark Ingebretsen. Call 975-9097 for details.
Understandably figuring that art film fans might be intimidated venturing to the Film Center while Taste of Chicago's going on, the theater has been shut down for the duration. But it's back with the start of a series called a Korean Film Renaissance, in which six films make a case for the fecundity of the last ten years of Korean cinema. The festival starts with Soponyje, the latest from Im Kwon-taek, one of the country's most venerated directors. Set against a background of a musical form called pansori, which the center says is "a wailing form of traditional narrative song that has been compared to the blues," it tells the story of a father's attempts to instill the music in his kids. It shows tonight at 6 PM; it's $5. The rest of the fest continues Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 for the next three weeks. The Film Center's at Columbus and Jackson; call 443-3755 for more.
The third annual benefit for Clara's House, the shelter for abused and homeless women founded by Clara Kirk, features an auction of merchandise donated by everyone from Madonna and Aerosmith to Henry Rollins and Dwight Yoakam--as well as equally tasty items from the sports world. The auction will be hosted, in a nice show of amity, by competitors Terri Hemmert of WXRT and Carla Leonardo of Q 101. It's at Thurston's, 1248 W. George, from 6:30 to 9:30 tonight. It's $15; call 472-6900.
Iranian war refugee and filmmaker Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa will be at the world premiere of her new film, Tajik Women, at a Center for New Television-sponsored event tonight. The film is a documentary about Muslim women in the U.S. who've fled their homes in Iran, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan only to find a new set of challenges here. The film shows at 7 PM; Saeed-Vafa will talk afterward. It's at the Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division; admission is $5, $3 for center members. Call 951-6868 for details.
Cat people will recoil in horror at the thought, but dog people--and their dogs--will be delighted to hear about Dog's Night Out. The tony roverfest--$55 per person--includes a buffet for both species, along with contests, including an owner-and-dog look-alike category and best dog costume. The event benefits the Lake Shore Foundation for Animals, a no-kill shelter founded in 1966. It's from 5:30 to 9 tonight at Galleria Marchetti, part of the Como Inn, 825 W. Erie. Call 733-6073 for more.