Today and tomorrow are the last days to donate used knitting and weaving supplies such as needles, yarn, machinery, patterns, and books to the Textile Arts Centre, 916 W. Diversey, for its Artists Recycle Their Stuff Sale, which is being held August 15 through 27. They're open noon to 5 today and 10 to 5 Saturday. Call 929-5655.
Chicago Women in Philanthropy, an organization dedicated to improving social and economic opportunities for women and girls, is honoring 16 local women for their leadership abilities by putting their photographs on display at the South Shore Cultural Center. The exhibit Celebrating Women's Leadership opens tonight at 6 and runs through September 8 at the center, 7059 South Shore Drive. It's free. Call 747-2436 for more.
The second edition of the Oatmeal Journal, an art and comics magazine, gets unveiled tonight at 6:30 at Quimby's Queer Store. Contributors such as Jason Bell, Greg Cook, Margaret Catania, Sara Peak, and Kari Percival will be on hand to sign copies, and as an added attraction, organizers are raffling off a winter's supply of oatmeal and a free page in the next Oatmeal Journal. Quimby's is at 1328 N. Damen. Call 342-0910 for more.
The film that put the phrase "pass me the butter" into the sexual lexicon returns to town in a restored print. Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, featuring blistering performances by Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider and containing perhaps the least sentimentalized relationship in film history, will be shown at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton, tonight at 6:45 and 9, tomorrow and Sunday at 4, 6:30, and 9, and next Friday, August 18, at 6:45 and 9. Admission is $5. Call 281-4114.
You might have seen them on America's Most Wanted, but they haven't committed heinous crimes--they've helped solve them. Forensic artists Betty Pat Gatliff and Karen Taylor will be at the Museum of Science and Industry today and tomorrow to demonstrate how faces can be reconstructed with sculpture and how artists help find missing children and fugitives with "face-aging" sketches. Demonstrations will take place at 11 and 2 each day in the rotunda of the museum, 57th and Lake Shore Drive. It's free with admission, which is $6, $5 for seniors, and $2.50 for children between 5 and 12. Children under 5 get in free. Call 684-1414 for more.
You know summer's almost over when the last of the north-side street festivals, Northalsted Market Days, approaches. For this year's fest, which stretches a half mile from Belmont to Addison on Halsted,organizers have outdone themselves by booking a number of national music acts, most notably the Sacramento band Cake, who've got a hit with the song "Rock and Roll Lifestyle." They'll play the Roscoe and Halsted stage at 7:30 tonight. Tomorrow Better Than Ezra and Clash offshoot Big Audio Dynamite play at 5:45 and 7:30, respectively. A $1 donation is requested. The fest runs from noon to 9 today and tomorrow. Call 868-3010 for details.
Chicago's own Jimmy Damon, who's touted as the "only man besides Sinatra who can sing Sinatra," appears tonight in a show called My Way--Jimmy Damon Sings Sinatra at the Park West, 322. W. Armitage. The big Sinatra connection? Ol' Blue Eyes' trombonist leads Damon's 18-piece band. Tix are $50 and $25; the show begins at 7:30. Call 708-595-3076 or 929-5959 for tickets.
Tonight at the Bop Shop Bradley Parker, the local composer, label head, and producer who goes by the nom de jazz Sparrow, debuts his Sparrow--Solo album, a cycle of acoustic piano excursions. He'll be joined later in the show by his longtime collaborator, acclaimed thrush Joanie Pallatto, whose new record is called Passing Tones. The show starts at 9:30; the Bop Shop is at 1807 W. Division. Cover is $8. Call 235-3232.
At the White Sox's annual Picnic in the Park families picnic pleasantly on the Comiskey Park outfield with Sox players and staffers. (We hear that the team is so concerned about its image in the wake of the strike that the players have promised to forgo spitting and scratching.) It's at 6 tonight at the park, 333 W. 35th. The steep $175-per-person ticket--proceeds go to the club's charity arm--gets you drinks and dinner, an auction of sports memorabilia, and fireworks at evening's end. Call 451-5391 for details.
Vincent Lonergan and George Goetschel play "classical jazz and musical improvisation" tonight at Through Windows and Doors . . . A Journey of Song, a benefit for the Footsteps Theatre Company. Doors open at 7:15 at the theater, 5230 N. Clark. Music starts at 8. Admission is $10. Call 878-4840 for more.
Walter Dudycz, the dopey state senator who had his drawers all in a knot a few years ago about the pressing social problem of flag desecration, is now trying to gut the state's affirmative action laws. He holds a public hearing on his bill to accomplish that end this morning at 10 in room 16-503 of the James Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph. Call the senator's office at 774-7717 for details.
If you love a foreigner of the same sex, the folks at the local chapter of the LesBiGay Immigration Rights Task Force think you might want to check out their monthly general meeting and legal clinic. They meet at 6 tonight in room 1527 of DePaul University's downtown campus, 25 E. Jackson. It's free. Call 281-0271 for details.
Dr. Joseph Kovach of something called the Buzan Centre of Chicago will present a free mini seminar on how to improve your memory tonight at 8 at Barnes & Noble, 659 W. Diversey. His teachings are based on a book called Use Your Perfect Memory by Tony Buzan. Call 871-9004 for more.
The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects embarks on its second year of free lectures with a series called Architecture in the Public Realm. Chris Lee from the firm Johnson & Lee and George Pappageorge of Pappageorge & Haymes will talk on "Making a City House a Home" at 5:30 this evening in the second-floor theater of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Call 670-7770.
In Elvicula, which the Saint Sebastian Players call a "rock 'n' roll horror musical," Elvis Presley's former road manager spends his time conjuring up rock 'n' roll fans from the dead and accidentally brings back Elvis himself, only this time with fangs. The sanguinary merriment that results includes songs like "I Need Some Blood," "Give Me a Rock 'n' Roll Groupie," and "I Snuck Into Graceland." The show premieres at 8 tonight--the 18th anniversary of Elvis's death--and runs Saturdays at 10:30 through October 21. A special show is planned for Halloween night. All shows are at Saint Bonaventure Church, 1625 W. Diversey. Call 404-7922 for more.
You have to be a law student or a Latin buff to get the pun in the title of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services' fund-raising run, Race Judicata--"race" is how you pronounce the legal term "res"--but you don't have to be either to participate. The group, which says it's "the nation's oldest, largest, and best provider of direct, volunteer legal services," holds its annual 5 K run/walk at 6:30 today; registration starts at 4 at the Columbia Yacht Club, Randolph and Lake Shore Drive. The entry fee is $20; you save $5 by registering in advance. Call 332-1687.
You might have missed Charles Burnett's critically acclaimed The Glass Shield this summer. It wasn't around that long--maybe because folks just don't know what to do with art films by African-American directors. You may also have missed his critically acclaimed To Sleep With Anger, released in 1990, and his 1983 film, My Brother's Wedding. Well, now you can see the granddaddy of them all: Burnett's MFA thesis film. Made in 1977 and set 10 years after the Watts riots, Killer of Sheep focuses on a young man who works in a slaughterhouse and the struggles of his black, working-class family. The final film in a series organized by the Chicago Historical Society as part of its "Douglas/Grand Boulevard: The Past and the Promise" exhibit, Killer of Sheep will be screened tonight at 7:30 in the Harold Washington Theater of the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place. The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for students, seniors, children, and members of the Chicago Historical Society and the DuSable Museum. Call 642-5035, ext. 383, for more information.