"In France we give the name moraliste to anyone who studies the ways of the heart. . . . A moraliste is nearer to a psychologist than to a moralizer. But, that said, there is in my Moral Tales a little morality in the traditional sense of the word; there is always a moment when the character has to make a decision of a moral nature, however high or low." That's French director Eric Rohmer talking about the philosophical underpinning of his celebrated filmic sextet known as "Six Moral Tales," which the Film Center is in the midst of screening. Tonight the rapturous Claire's Knee and Chloe in the Afternoon play at 6 and 8, respectively. These films were art house favorites here in America, as were The Collector and My Night At Maud's, which show at 6 and 7:45 next Friday, August 26. The two rarely 16-millimeter initial offerings in the series, The Baker of Monceau and La Carriere de Suzanne, will be shown together Tuesday at 6. Each screening is $5, $3 for members. The Film Center is on Columbus at Jackson; call 443-3737 for more.
Hey, kids! It's National UFO Information Week! Operation Right to Know and the Mutual UFO Network, organizations dedicated to taking such things seriously, have a pair of lectures planned for this evening. UFO researcher Robert Dean will give a talk called The Greatest Story Never Told, based, so the organizations say, on "cosmic top secret information" gleaned by Dean in his years at NATO. Also on tap: nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, giving his talk, Flying Saucers Are Real! The program begins at 7 in the Simpson Theater of the Field Museum, Roosevelt and Lake Shore Drive. It's $10. Call 493-7151 for details.
The Rhinoceros Theater Festival--which has been delivering some of the weirdest and finest Wicker Park has to offer for five years--opens tonight with works at three venues. At 8 at Splinter Group, 1937 W. Division, Jenny Magnus will perform a new solo piece, followed at 10 by five short plays from the Theater for the Age of Gold. At 8 at Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division, there's Paula Killen's new work, Friends With Fire Arms: A Farewell to Feminism. The bill at Curious Theatre Branch, 1836 W. North, includes a set of three short works by Theatre Oobleck's David Isaacson at 8 and a new work by Bryn Magnus at 10. Events at Splinter Group and Curious are $7; you can see two for $10. Call 384-2241 for a complete schedule. Tickets to Friends With Fire Arms are being sold separately for $10; call 384-5533.
If the stuff on UFOs (see Friday) whetted your appetite for the paranormal, the MetaStance Miracle Temple is presenting an Astrology and Relationships Seminar, wherein the Reverend Robert N. Crawford, who's billed as an astrologist, psychic, and television personality, will explain how the stars affect your love life. It's today at the temple, 7013 N. Glenwood, from 10 to 6. And it's only $30. Call 332-1296 for more.
You can wander among some of the swankiest cars ever built at the annual Concours d'Elegance vintage automobile show in Grant Park around Buckingham Fountain, at Congress and Columbus. The original concours were fin-de-siecle car shows designed to exude the flavor and classiness of the art salons of the time. The one today includes Dusenbergs, Bugattis, Ferraris, and more. From 11 AM to 3 PM, the public is welcome to take free look. Call 563-0495 for details.
Direoce Junirs wowed 'em as Jerry Butler in the Black Ensemble Theater's production of The WVON Radio Story. Now he's doing his first solo concert. My Soul Cries Out--Alleluia is directed by BET founder Jackie Taylor, and will showcase Junirs's take on tunes from the classical, gospel, and jazz traditions. It's today at 3 PM at the theater, 4520 N. Beacon. Tickets are $15. Call 409-0026 for more.
Silis Muhammad is CEO of the Lost Found Nation of Islam--a Black Muslim organization similar to Louis Farrakhan's outfit. Muhammad says he's the leader of the black reparations movement, which is seeking compensation from the U.S. government for the injustices blacks have endured over the past few centuries. He's speaking today at the Ramada Inn, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive, at 2 PM in the Hyde Park room. Admission is free, and doors open at 1. The hotel can be reached at 288-5800.
It's a good week for those with a hankering to walk and talk with the animals. First, there's today's Lincoln Park Zoo's Volunteer Fair. The zoo is looking for people 18 and over who'll commit to four hours a week for three months to a year. Current volunteers and the keeper who watches some of the zoo's largest and most exotic birds will talk at this morning's program, which is at 9:30 in the Crown-Field Auditorium, 2200 N. Cannon Drive. Call 294-4676. Also this week, Brookfield Zoo is holding information open houses for its 15-week docent training program. Sessions are Tuesday night from 7 to 9, Thursday from 1 to 3, and Saturday from 10 AM to noon. The zoo's at First Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield. Call 708-485-0263, extension 363.
U.S. policy toward Haitian refugees will be the hot topic at tonight's public forum From Haiti to Guantanamo to Chicago: The Haitian Refugee Connection. The Chicago Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Protection is sponsoring the free event, which takes place from 6 to 8 at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn. One of the featured speakers, Lisa Palumbo, a Chicago attorney, has recently returned from Guantanamo and will describe the situation there. For more information, call 441-2990.
The Nuclear Energy Information Service, a group opposed to Com Ed's persistence in throwing money at nuclear power, says the company has spent $14 billion on reactors and needs to spend billions more to keep them safe. Tonight NEIS holds a forum on this subject, "Radioactive Decay: Deterioration of Commonwealth Edison's Nuclear Power Plants," featuring the service's director, David Kraft. This first in an NEIS series of free monthly talks will be held at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge in Evanston, from 7 to 9. Call 708-869-7650.
The Guild Complex has enticed reps from a variety of local small publishers to attend an open mike tonight. Poets get a chance to read three poems ("No epics, please!"); the publishers get a chance to see who's hot and who's not. Also on the bill: readings from poets Larry Winfield and Urbana Mesa. It's at 7:30 at HotHouse, 1565 N. Milwaukee. Admission is $4, $2 if you're reading. Call 278-2210 for more.
Two women who worked their way up to positions of power in their respective industries are the stars of the latest Marshall Field's fashion and dinner show. "An Evening For Women" will feature a talk by Dawn Steel, who started out as head of merchandising for Columbia Pictures and ended up as the first woman studio head. On the fashion side of things, you can see the latest designs from Cynthia Steffe, who designs clothes for Francess & Rita and her Cynthia Steffe line. It all starts at 5:30 this evening at the Drury Lane Theater, 100 Drury Lane in Oak Brook Terrace. Tickets are $25; call 781-4777.
"Are you tired of landlords taking too long before repairs are made?" ask the folks at Westside Business Improvement Association. "Do you know that you can make minor repairs and deduct them from your rent? Do you know that you are protected from retaliation and discrimination if you exercise these rights? If you answer yes or no to any of these questions you should attend this seminar! Julia Good of the Metropolitan Tenant Association will talk about tenants' rights from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight at the WBIA headquarters at 5425 W. Madison. It's free. Call Paula Boyd at 921-0166 to reserve a seat.
If Duncan and Banquo were seeing Macbeth in the Petrillo Music Shell, they might say, "This castle has a pleasant seat; the air / nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses." You can do the same as Shakespeare Repertory brings you an abridged, 90-minute edition of the Bard's Scottish tragedy, starring Peter Aylward as Macbeth and Susan Hart as Lady Macbeth. It's free, tonight and tomorrow at 8 PM. The Petrillo Music Shell is in Grant Park at Columbus and Jackson. Call 642-2273.