Tomorrow morning a group of activists will begin a peace walk from Chicago to Wisconsin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They're starting at the University of Chicago at the site of the first controlled nuclear reaction; five weeks from now they'll end up at an ultrahigh-tech navy submarine communications depot in Clam Lake, Wisconsin, more than 400 miles away. Tonight at 7:30 they're holding a fund-raising folk concert featuring Chris Inserra, Beth Siegel, and Maureen Kelleher at the Uptown Ministry, 4712 N. Sheridan. Admission is pay what you can. Tomorrow's ceremonies (an hour of speechifying before the marchers take off) begin at 10 at the Henry Moore statue on Ellis Avenue between 56th and 57th streets in Hyde Park. It's free to watch. Call 784-8065 or 455-1199 for details.
For the 14th year Bill FitzGerald presents an unparalleled array of roots music at the annual American Music Festival at his Berwyn roadhouse, FitzGerald's. The club offers five or more acts per night on two stages--along with a very good Cajun barbecue. Tonight's lineup includes Terrance Simien and the Mallet Playboys at 8 and 10:45 and Austin singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave at 11:30 and 1, as well as the Charles Lane Jazz Band at 5, the Blazers at 6:30 and 9:30, Candye Kane at 7:30, and Dave Hole at 9. Loose Diamonds and the Iguanas headline tomorrow night; Sunday it's Pat McLaughlin and the Iguanas again; and Marcia Ball and Dave Alvin hit the stage Monday. Admission is $13 tonight and tomorrow, $15 on Sunday and Monday. You save $2 if you show up before 6. FitzGerald's is at 6615 Roosevelt in Berwyn. Call 708-788-2118 for more.
The folks at the Autonomous Zone, Wicker Park's friendly neighborhood "egalitarian antiauthoritarian radical community activist resource center," hold a bazaar and bake sale today from noon to five. After 4 there'll be carnivalesque entertainment such as fortune-telling and face painting. It's all free, but since they're trying to raise money to pay the rent, donations are appreciated. The A-Zone is at 2045 W. North. Call 278-0775.
The College of Complexes, a "playground for people who think" that's been in existence since 1951, holds weekly meetings at which a guest speaker lectures on absolutely any subject: the CTA, Bigfoot, the John Birch Society. Discussion follows the presentation. Tonight Conscious Choice editor Mark Long speaks on "The Evolving Concept of Wilderness in the American Mind." Next week Arriba Jue of the Revolutionary Communist Party delivers a "Manifesto of Resistance to Oppression of the Poor and Powerless." Tuition is $3. Tonight's lecture gets under way at 8 at the Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln. Call 549-0246 for more info or the locations of future talks.
The Chicago Underground Film Festival prepares for its second year with a free party tonight where you can hobnob with organizers, preview some of this year's entries, and groove to tunes spun by members of the band X-Cops. Things get under way at 8 at Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln. You can also pick up discounted tickets for the fest, which starts July 20 at the International Cinema Museum. Call 866-8660 for more.
Today at Rosehill Cemetery a group of history buffs will honor the only Revolutionary War veteran buried in these parts. The soldier in question, William Duvol, headed west after the war to make a killing in the fur trade. (He was originally buried in a cemetery at North and the lake but his remains were relocated to Rosehill after an 1863 city council decision to open that burial ground for development.) Organized by cemetery historian David Wendell, today's free event won't be a full battle reenactment--just a skirmish--but it will include fire from authentic Revolutionary War era cannons. It runs from 10 to 4 at the cemetery, 5800 N. Ravenswood. Call 561-5940 for details.
Every Sunday in July Northwestern's Mary and Leigh Block Gallery will offer free tours of its sculpture garden, which was established in 1969 with the donation of eight bronze works by museum namesake Leigh Block and now contains a round dozen, including works by Arp, Moore, Lipchitz, and Miro. Tours start at 3 PM at the museum, 1967 South Campus Drive on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Call 708-491-4000 for more.
Every two years Columbia College's Museum of Contemporary Photography invites a guest curator from outside the field to put together a show from the works in its permanent collection. According to the museum, this year's outsider, University of Chicago social psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, "investigates what photographs can suggest about man's relationship to nature, to cities, to homes--in short, to the environments we have created." You can check out Spaces for the Self: The Symbolic Imagery of Place and read Csikszentmihalyi's accompanying essay through July 29 in the ground floor of the college, 600 S. Michigan. The museum's open 10 to 4 weekdays and noon to 4 on Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 663-5554 for details.
If you're looking for an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration, from 10 to noon today outside the Chicago Historical Society you'll find patriotic music from the Chicago Pops Concert Band, a reading of the Declaration of Independence by actor Bernard Mixon, a children's parade led by Uncle Sam, and lots of other stuff. It's free, and if you get there before 1, so is admission to the society, at Clark and North. Otherwise it's $3. Call 642-4600.
At today's White Sox promotion--a turn-back-the-clock game with 1964 prices--upper-deck seats will cost a mere $1.50, which some wags might argue is about what 1995 baseball is worth. The event also promises 50-cent hot dogs, appearances by players from the 1964 Sox (the year they lost the pennant to the Yankees by one game), chances to commune with Jerry Mathers and Ken Osmond of Leave It to Beaver fame, and Beatles, Beach Boys, and Stones impersonators. And after all that you get to watch an actual baseball game--the Sox against the Yankees. The pregame festivities start at 5; the game's at 7:05 at Comiskey Park, 333 W. 35th. Call 924-1000 for more.
The Guild Complex at the HotHouse presents the latest installment in its women-writers series tonight, featuring poet and short story writer Eileen Cherry and a group of writers from Ricksha, a literary magazine focusing on the Asian-American community. HotHouse is at 1565 N. Milwaukee; admission is $7, $2 if you're reading in the open mike that starts things off at 7:30. Call 278-2210.
Jim McDermott's play Repeat w/ Madeline purports to tell the story of a Casanova who "won't stop loving his ideal woman just because he had an unfortunate, humiliating, property-destroying date that started with a kiss and ended with a handshake." The show premieres at 7 tonight upstairs at Cafe Voltaire, 3231 N. Clark; the $10 admission doesn't include the dinner part of this "urban dinner theatre." Call 528-3136 for reservations.
Lord knows there's really not much you can do about the Daley Center, one of those hulking, international-style constructions architects were so enamored of in the 1960s. But at least they're remodeling the plaza--as you may have noticed from the scaffolding around it of late. At today's free Friends of Downtown brown-bag luncheon, architect Howard Decker talks about his approaches to the redesign and shows slides of his vision. It's at noon in the fifth-floor east meeting room of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Call 726-4031.
The International Cinema Museum celebrates its first birthday tonight with a benefit party. From 7 to 11 this evening at the museum, 319 W. Erie, you can eat and drink, mingle with local movie movers and shakers, and see classic movie trailers and promos made by Chicago production companies. It's $25. Call 337-7737 for more.
More than 30 films dealing with the black experience worldwide--including a slew of new movies from Africa--make up the Black Harvest International Film and Video Festival starting at the Film Center tonight. Showing tonight at 8:30 is Heritage Africa, the tale of a Ghanian who cozies up to a colonial government but then rediscovers his African identity. The festival continues through the 17th at the Film Center, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Admission is $5. Call 443-3737.