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Friday 7

Don't be alarmed about the racket you'll hear in Lakeview tonight--it's just the annual Stop the Violence! Stop the Hate! march sponsored by Queer Nation, WAC, and Horizons Anti-Violence Project. The raucous miniparade begins with a rally at 6:30 at the library branch at 644 W. Belmont. The march leaves from there at 7 and runs west on Belmont to Clark, north on Clark to Roscoe, east on Roscoe to Halsted, north on Halsted to Broadway, back down Broadway to Addison, and then west to the LeMoyne playground at 850 W. Addison. A variety of speakers will address the crowd along the route. It's free to participate; organizers ask that you bring signs, whistles, and noisemakers. Call 202-5482 for details.

In Kaufman and Hart's 20s screwball classic Once in a Lifetime a three-person vaudeville team caught up in the exhilaration of The Jazz Singer heads for Hollywood to take advantage of the new age of talkies. A new production by the University of Chicago's Court Theatre, directed by Charles Newell, stars Mervon Mehta with husband and wife actors Sean Grennan and Kathy Santen. It continues through October 30 with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30, and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30. Tix are $20 to $26, with $7 student tickets available the day of performance. The theater's at 5535 S. Ellis. Call 753-4472.

Saturday 8

If you believed what you read in the local dailies, Otto and Daniella Kirchner--the natural parents of cause celebre Baby Richard--are demons of the first order, fanged and grasping parental incompetents who are trying to wrest an unknowing child out of the hands of the adoptive parents who've cared for him for nearly four years. Actually, they're merely typical (i.e., less than perfect) parents who've been trying for most of that time to get their kid back from what the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled was an illegal adoption. You can hear their side of the story today at 2 at the First Congregational Church of La Grange, 100 S. Sixth Ave. in La Grange. ICARE, the Illinois Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education, sponsors the free meeting. Call 708-441-7581.

In what the flacks at Playboy describe as a "rare" and "highly unusual" personal appearance, Mr. Kimberly Conrad (Hef to his friends) will be at Waterstone's, 840 N. Michigan, today from 2 to 4 PM to sign copies of Playboy: Forty Years--The Complete Pictorial History, a $45 coffee-table volume. It's free. Call 541-1118 for more.

It's e.e.-palooza! "Much of a which of a wind" will be blowing as the E.E. Cummings Centennial Celebration proceeds at the Chicago Cultural Center and at theaters around town. The monthlong festival of music, drama, story telling, and panel discussions kicks off with E.E. Cummings: AS IS, a "multi-image extravaganza and performance" by Patrick McNulty at the American Blues Theater, 1909 W. Byron, which opens at 8 tonight and continues Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2 through October 30. Tickets are $10. Call 489-7623. At the same theater William Russo's A Cabaret Opera, a musical about Paris in the 20s based on poems by Cummings, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others, opens Wednesday and continues next Friday and Sunday, October 14 and 16, at 8 PM. The cast includes Reader critics Albert Williams and Stephanie Shaw. Tickets are $15. Call 338-4340 for more about all the Cummings-related events scheduled for this month.

Sunday 9

Michelle Shocked is getting weirder and weirder. The sometime folkie has made ill-advised attempts at albums of jump swing and R & B in the years since her first widely distributed album, Short Sharp Shocked, got her a lot of deserved attention. Having alienated most of her original audience and withdrawn from the industry, she's hawking her newest work, Kind Hearted Woman--described as a set of "story songs set in rural America"--at her shows. You can pick one up tonight when she plays Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan. Also on the bill: Chicago's own Pops Staples and the acclaimed R & B singer Ted Hawkins. Tickets for the 7:30 show are $15-$25 and can be purchased by calling either 525-7793 or 435-6666.

Monday 10

You could call it Mollusk Mania; Shaw's Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard, calls it Royster With the Oyster, a week-long celebration of the beautiful bivalve, starting today at 3 with Oyster University. Your lecturer: Tim Smith, straight from the Pacific Oyster Growers Association. Besides that, you'll get some shucking demonstrations from Thurman Bryant, who's the master shucker at Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar in Seattle. Tonight and every night this week at 6 they're holding a free oyster slurping contest; nightly winners go on to compete in a slurp off Friday at 8 during the restaurant's Rockin' Bash street party, which starts at 5 and features free blues music. Call "Fanny Bay" at 527-2722 for more.

Tuesday 11

You've heard of modern architecture, even postmodern architecture--but when Japanese designer Kisho Kurokawa, who's having the Art Institute's architecture gallery named after him tonight, calls himself a "metabolist," what the heck is that? Here's an answer from the museum: it means his work "addresses the urgent question of how to transform the modern architecture of the machine age, supported by an industrialized society, into the architecture of life principle, supported by an information society." After dedicating the gallery at the top of the grand staircase at 5:45, the architect, who designed Illinois Center's 1990 Sporting Club, will give a talk on the "philosophy of symbiosis" in the Rubloff Auditorium. The lecture starts at 6:15 PM. It's $9, $8 for museum members, $5 for members of the museum's architecture society, and $2 for students. Reservations are recommended; call 443-4751.

Wednesday 12

Lawyers for the Creative Arts helps local artists with free advice, workshops, and conferences. Tonight, they're having a benefit at the Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn. The $30 ticket gets you cocktails beginning at 6:30 and then at 8 performances by Cheryl Trykv, the monologuist and Reader contributor, and Matthew Owens, the performance artist and sculptor whose work tends to have a rather ghoulish cast. Call 944-2787 for more.

Professor Steven Marcus contends that some of Freud's ideas about the unconscious were in vogue nearly 100 years before he published them. His evidence? Wordsworth's "Ruth," which he says exhibits the poet's prescient understanding of the unconscious. Marcus, who teaches at New York's Columbia University, gives a free lecture on this topic tonight. A Case History Before Freud: Intimations of the Unconscious in Wordsworth, sponsored by the Institute for Psychoanalysis, begins at 7:30 at the First Chicago Center of One First National Plaza, Madison and Dearborn. Reservations are recommended. Call 726-6300.

Chicago booksellers seem to agree on the latest collection from Canadian short-story writer Alice Munro, whose work appears often in the New Yorker. "Her meticulous layering of time and evocation of place are extraordinary. These are stories in which women are central," say the folks at Barbara's Bookstore. "In short stories whose power accumulates layer by layer, women are the central players," write those at Women & Children First. Munro reads from the multilayered, woman-centered Open Secrets at the Old Town Barbara's, 1350 N. Wells, at 7:30. Call 642-5044 for more. She also reads tomorrow at 7:30 at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark. Call 769-9299. Both are free.

Thursday 13

According to James Rogner, artistic director of the James Chorale, "Bach repeatedly sets to music the words "rejoicing' and "laughter' in a myriad of forms." To prepare potential listeners for the chorale's October 22 and 23 concerts, Rogner will moderate two Bach workshops, at 7 tonight and again next Thursday, October 20, at the First Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 1301 N. LaSalle. A $10 ticket gets you into both; sessions are free to chorale subscribers. Call 642-7172 for reservations.

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