Lowell Handler, a photojournalist with Tourette's syndrome who travels the world taking pictures of fellow Touretters, is the subject of Lauren Chiten's Twitch and Shout, a look at the strange but harmless neurological disorder. The documentary plays this weekend and next at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 9 and Sundays at 5:30 and 7:30; admission is $5. Call 281-4114.
We here at Calendar screwed up and announced an appearance by Martin Mull last week. Unfortunately, the item should properly have run today. Everyone knows Mull the comic and sitcom star, but only real Mullheads know that he's also a painter and writer. This version of the man will be on display tonight at Borders Books and Music when he reads from his latest tome, Martin Mull: Paintings, Drawings, and Words, which includes samples of his artwork and musings on his creative process. It's at 7:30 at the store, 830 N. Michigan; admission is free. Call 573-0564.
Veteran choreographer Shirley Mordine is never content with the small idea. Her evening-length piece, Edgemode, looks at social and spiritual changes in the contemporary world; the first part, premiered a year ago during the Spring Festival of Dance, uses the metaphor of migration to address societal changes, while the second and third parts focus on the individual. Essentially, she says, she's asking what we must do to survive. Winner of a 1994 Ruth Page Award for her artistic achievement, Mordine and her company (which she's directed for 26 years) present Edgemode Friday and Saturday at 8 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State. Tickets are $16 to $18. Call 271-7928.
Field Trips, a marathon collection of local performance artists, dancers, and musicians, includes performers John Randle, Lauri Macklin, and Judith Harding; and choreographers Nana Shineflug and Zoie Marmaras. The show gets under way at 8 PM at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield; it's $7. Call 472-3423 for more.
The Body Politic Street Fair is no more, but in its place is the Lincoln Avenue Street Fair. The New Hampshire primary of Chicago street fairs, it'll kick off the summer with the usual agglutination of roots bands, art and jewelry vendors, beer enough to drown in, and unfortunately underclad browsers; it runs noon to 8 today and tomorrow on Lincoln between Webster and Belden. A $3 donation is requested. Call 348-6784.
The 400 Theatre, which is about to be "extensively renovated and four-plexed," holds a Twelve Hour Chicago Mega Movie Marathon starting tonight at midnight at the theater, 6746 N. Sheridan. They're screening six films shot in Chicago: Hoffa, Damien--Omen II, The Untouchables, Candyman, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and In Old Chicago. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; all proceeds benefit the Rogers Park Fair Housing Coalition. Munchies, a breakfast buffet, and all the coffee you can drink are included in the price of admission. Call 764-3815.
Pussy Tourette has his, um, her eyes on RuPaul's crown. The celebrated San Francisco drag queen has some dance hits to her credit--"French Bitch," "Brigitte," and "Kiss"--and is now in the process of charming almost anyone who sees her live act. Tourette performs late tonight at Berlin, 954 W. Belmont. The show starts at 1; the cover's $5. Call 348-4975 for more.
Paris, Texas, the Paris Dance nightclub's annual country and western party, gets under way at 4 this afternoon with a barbecue; dance lessons start at 5. US99 deejays Gina Steel and Mike Myers host. Proceeds from a raffle and a part of the bar receipts benefit the women's program at the Howard Brown Health Center. Paris Dance is at 1122 W. Montrose; it's $10. Call 871-5777, extension 391.
Now that it's nearly summer the Chicago Architecture Foundation's river cruise is back in business. Tours depart every day at noon from the southwest corner of the Michigan Avenue bridge. An additional cruise leaves at 2 on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Walk-ins are welcome if space permits. Tickets are $15 on weekdays, $17 on weekends, plus an odious Ticketmaster service charge. Call 902-1500. The group also offers two daily walking tours through the Loop. Each lasts two hours and leaves from the group's tour center, 224 S. Michigan. "Early Skyscrapers," which covers structures built between 1880 and 1940, leaves Monday through Friday at 10 AM, Saturday at 10 AM and 2:30 PM, and Sunday at 1:30 PM. "Modern and Beyond," which tracks the international, modern and postmodern movements from Mies van der Rohe to Helmut Jahn, leaves Sunday through Friday at 1:30 PM and Saturday at 11 AM and 1:30 PM. The cost is $10, $15 for both. Call 922-3432 for details.
The tobacco industry--which used to run ads proclaiming the health benefits of cigarettes and now uses cartoon characters to entice kids to start smoking--is a monolith with lots of political muscle. If you want to send them a message you might consider attending "a memorial service for those who have died or been injured by tobacco" at 1:30 this afternoon at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington. It's free. Call 708-296-9641 for more.
Murder in the Cathedral, T.S. Eliot's heavily ritualized retelling of the unfortunate and ultimately tragic disagreement between Henry II and Thomas a Becket, is the latest Rockefeller Chapel production of Bernard Sahlins, who produced and directed The Mystery Cycle there last year. Becket famously resisted Henry's encroachment on the church's authority and was ultimately murdered, so the story goes, by a group of assassins who took some of Henry's fighting words seriously. Starring Nicholas Rudall, the production opens officially on June 1 (see theater listings in Section Two for details), but there's a preview tonight at 8 at the chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn. Admission is $12. Call 702-3414.
Visions, a show opening today at ARC Gallery, 1040 W. Huron, includes tactile and nontactile works by a quartet of visually impaired artists--Carmelo Gannello, Caroline Jensen, Geraldine Lawhorn, and Joseph Zulawski. In conjunction with the exhibit, scheduled to run through July 1, the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art will hold a reception Friday, June 2, at the gallery from 5 to 8 and a panel discussion Friday, June 9 at 7 PM. Call 237-1316 for info on the show and related events or 733-2787 for gallery hours.
The folks at Barbara's say Thom Jones's new book Cold Snap "takes us from down-and-out in America to death and disease in Rwanda, introducing us to hard-luck fighters steeling themselves for battles they've already lost, doctors who fall in love with their illnesses, and a strung out advertising writer who uses the hand of the devil to do the work of God." Jones talks tonight at 7:30 at the New Town Barbara's, 3130 N. Broadway. Call 477-0411.
Created in 1981 and currently housed in the Harold Washington Library, the Chicago Blues Archives holds a charity auction tonight to raise money for acquisitions. More than 100 bits of blues memorabilia, including a Gibson guitar signed by B.B. King and one of Koko Taylor's dresses, will be on the block. Thirty-five bucks gets you the auction, food and drinks, and music from the Flynn Brothers. It starts at 6 at Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn. Call 769-7690 for more.
"It's like six actors and a percussionist immersed in obsession. It's like a blind date on LSD. With a television wrestling star." That's director Adam McKay describing the improvisational theater troupe Welding Accident, which begins a weekly stand at the Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division, at 10 tonight. Improvisational jazz precedes and follows the show. The cover is $3; call 235-3232 for details.