Monitor: Re-viewing Cultural Expression, a show curated by School of the Art Institute graduate students, juxtaposes the work of photographers Merry Alpern, Andres Serrano, and Barbara DeGenevieve with tapes of TV talk shows. The show opens tonight with a free reception from 5 to 7 PM at the Betty Rymer Gallery, 280 S. Columbus. Call 899-5100 for details.
The Newberry Library's Weekend of Mystery kicks off tonight with a keynote speech by Scott Turow. The author of Presumed Innocent and The Burden of Proof talks at 6 at the library, 60 W. Walton. Admission is $7. Tomorrow morning Alzina Stone Dale, who's written walking guides to mysterious sites in London and Chicago, talks at 10, and Ely Liebow, a Northeastern Illinois University English professor and an avid Sherlockian, speaks at 11. You can attend both Saturday lectures for $5. A $10 weekend pass gets you into all three talks. It's free to browse among the thousands of mysteries on sale from 4 to 7 Friday and from 9 to 2 Saturday. Call 255-3510 for reservations.
Bunnies bought this time of year are often abandoned by irresponsible owners when the novelty wears off. Dog and cat shelters are ill equipped to deal with homeless rabbits and reluctant to take them in, but not the House Rabbit Society. This all-volunteer outfit based in Highland Park rehabilitates bunnies who've become "aloof, fearful, or aggressive" due to mistreatment and places them in good homes. The organization holds its second annual fund-raiser tonight at 6 at Pyramid of Cairo, 720 N. Wells. Tickets are $16 at the door. Call 708-831-2691.
The performance piece Amelia: Inside/Outside tackles the life and never-explained death of Amelia Earhart. Directors Craig Quintero and Jennifer Holmes based the work on "Amelia Absent, Amelia Present," a collection of poems by Alan Shefsky. Performances are at 8 tonight and tomorrow at the Marjorie Ward Marshall Dance Center in the Northwestern University Theatre and Interpretation Center, 1979 South Campus Drive in Evanston. It's $6; call 708-491-3171 for more.
Anyone interested in the music business has to pay attention to the legal aspects as well as the musical ones, or face the consequences. To help you do just that, NARAS--that's the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, who put on the Grammys--sponsors a seminar at 10 this morning at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren. A panel of entertainment attorneys will outline their specialties and answer questions. It's $20, free to NARAS members and Malcolm X students. Reservations are recommended; call 786-1121.
Performance artist Matthew Owens, the proud owner of two bull terriers and a sphinx cat, hosts Pet Show, an open-mike event "devoted to the special relationship between people and their pets." He's looking for others to bring in their domesticated pals and talk about them. The show starts at 8 tonight at the Randolph Street Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee; admission is $10, $6 for gallery members, and half price if you bring a pet. Call 666-7737 for more.
In the second part of Philip Glass's trilogy of homages to Jean Cocteau, La Belle et la Bete, Cocteau's 1946 film--minus the sound track but with English subtitles--is projected behind the Philip Glass Ensemble, which performs Glass's new score and sings the original French dialogue. The work's first-ever local performances are tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress. Tickets are $15 to $30; call 902-1500. Tomorrow from 5:30 to 6:30 Glass leads a panel discussion on how opera composers are injecting new technology and contemporary issues into a traditional form; other participants include Lyric administrator William Mason and professor Harry Silverstein, head of the opera department at the DePaul School of Music. It's at the Chicago Music Mart, 333 S. State. Call 663-1628.
Video, performance, and installation artist James Luna's well-known work The Artifact Piece consists of the artist lying in a sandbox wearing nothing but a loincloth. In artspeak this is an example of an artist "using his body and his Luiseno and Mexican heritage" to underline "the inherent contradictions involved in developing public symbols out of private knowledge." Luna talks tonight at 6 in the auditorium of the School of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. General admission is $3; it's free for senior citizens and faculty, staff, and students of any area college. Call 443-3711.
A lot of people have a lot to say about teen mothers, but Stories on Stage lets them do the talking tonight with a program called Reflections of Mothers So Young, in which stories written by students from Arts of Living Chicago Public Alternative High School for pregnant teens will be read by professional actors. WBEZ's Karl T. Wright hosts. It starts at 7:30 at the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. Tickets are $12, $8 for anyone with a student ID. Call 455-0440 for more.
A Chicago contingent of gay poets anthologized in Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians--Dale Boyer, Reginald Sheperd, Gerard Wozek, Matthew Howard, and L.E. Wilson--will be reading at People Like Us Books, 3321 N. Clark, at 7 tonight. Call 248-6363 for more.
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communications, talks about her latest book, Beyond the Double Bind: Women and Leadership, tonight at 7:30 at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. It's free; call 684-1300.
Since giving his first public concert at age 13, British guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream has made dozens of recordings and toured the world both as a solo artist and as a member of the Julian Bream Consort; along the way he helped revivify his instruments' influence by commissioning new works. As part of a Northwestern concert series honoring classical guitar legend Andres Segovia, he plays tonight at 7:30 in the the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 1977 South Campus Drive. Tix are $25, $20 for faculty, staff, seniors, and students. Call 708-467-4000.
If you missed the Greg Louganis-Barbara Walters tete-a-tete on 20/20, fear not. You can get up close and personal with Louganis at two appearances this week. The dyslexic, gay four-time Olympic gold-medal winner will sign his New York Times number-one best-seller Breaking the Surface today at 8 PM at Barnes & Noble, 659 W. Diversey; call 871-9004 for details. He'll also be at People Like Us Books, 3321 N. Clark, tomorrow at 7. The phone there is 248-6363.
To reflect on the natures of the seven deadly sins, the Episcopal Center of the University of Chicago is holding a series of Thursday-night dinner conversations. Tonight Joe Sedelmaier, the TV commercial innovator known for the Wendy's "Where's the Beef" ads, leads a talk on avarice. The free vegetarian dinner starts at 6 at Brent House, 5540 S. Woodlawn. Upcoming guests include actor/comedian Aaron Freeman on sloth and personal-injury lawyer Philip Corboy on envy. Reservations are required; call 947-8744.
Irish critic Vivian Mercier called Waiting for Godot a play "in which nothing happens, twice." For its fourth annual Buckets o' Beckett festival the Splinter Group presents a new production of Beckett's theatrical debut. It runs Thursday through Saturday through May 20 at 7:45. Tickets are $17. To round out the festival the group reprises its 1992 production of the one-act Krapp's Last Tape Saturdays through May 20 at 10:30 ($7) and offers Best o' Buckets, a collection of shorts, Sundays through May 21 at 7 PM ($14). All shows are at the Theatre Building, 1225 W. Belmont. A festival pass is available for $30. Call 342-7656 for more.