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Friday 8

Openings abound in Wicker Park tonight to coincide with the beginning of Around the Coyote. Beret International Gallery features the work of three artist-provocateurs in its newish digs on the second floor of 1550 N. Milwaukee. Marc Alan Jacobs will show off his famous "Jews of the 70s" postcards, his Little Book of Jews, and excerpts from his new series of postcards called "How to Spot a Jew." Lance D. Warren will exhibit sets of dinner plates and napkins printed with his resume, portfolio, and a cover letter. Marshal Selby Weber's contribution is a collection of 99 different beer bottles whose labels have been creatively altered. The show, called Icons, opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 10 at the gallery. It's free. Call 489-6518 for details.

Graffiti artists Dzine, who's local, and Jonone, who hails from Paris, will show their works on paper and canvas in an exhibit, called Crossing Paths, that opens with a reception tonight from 7 to 11 at Idao, 1616 N. Damen. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons Dzine and Perello will collaborate to produce a large-scale piece of graffiti art down the street from the gallery on the wall of Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee. Call 235-4724 for information.

Saturday 9

The annual Chinatown Moon Festival takes place today near the intersection of Wentworth and Cermak. The Chinatown chamber of commerce promises the usual lion dance, a tai chi sword dance, a mock wedding, a Chinese fortune teller, and hands-on activities for children such as calligraphy and painting. The free fest is from 10 to 4. Call 326-5320 for details.

Performance artist Joan Dickinson goes to great lengths tonight to premiere her new piece Hunter's Moon. And if you want to see it, you'll have to do the same. She's asking her audience to take a bus trip from Randolph Street Gallery to a spot in McHenry County where a bog, a hay field, and a pine forest intersect. (The $10 ticket covers the cost of the bus ride.) According to a press release, the performance features seven people and one horse and (brace yourself for this one) "takes as its starting point the relationship between cyclical phenomenon and its quality of being uncontrolled and perhaps uncontrollable and an artist's expression or attempt to control the expression of cyclic phenomenon." The bus leaves from the lot across the street from the gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee, at 4 and will return by 10. Call 506-1375 for more.

Sunday 10

Unsuspecting bookworms should watch out for rebel incursions and small artillery fire this afternoon at the Harold Washington Library Center, which turns over its halls to some battle reenactors as part of a Civil War Day program. The day starts with a Lincoln impersonator, who'll make a grand entrance through the main lobby at 1 and proceed to the seventh floor, where he'll recite some of Lincoln's most famous speeches. At 2 on the ninth floor Glen Wiche will speak on "The Prairie President and the City: Abraham Lincoln and Chicago." And throughout the day the Civil War reenactment group Taylor's Battery Company B First Illinois Light Artillery will greet visitors, conduct demonstrations, and serve as honor guard for an exhibit of Mathew Brady photographs called Lincoln & His Contemporaries, which runs through October 14. It's all free at the library, 400 S. State. Call 747-4740 for more.

Jim Brady--the Reagan press secretary who took a bullet in the head during a 1981 assassination attempt--heads up the annual Walk Against Handgun Violence on North Michigan today. The walk, sponsored by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, starts at 1 at Pioneer Court, 435 N. Michigan, and heads down to the Dirksen Federal Building and the Lincoln statue in Grant Park before returning to the starting place. It's free to participate, though obviously the point is to raise money for the campaign against handguns. Call 341-0939 for details.

Blue Rider Theatre's massive Nights of the Blue Rider festival--an 80-group, 40-evening collection of theater and performance stretching over three months--begins tonight with a 7 PM reception for artists and fans. At midnight the Chicago Tragic Company begins its 168-hour performance marathon Liberty. For nearly a week Mathew Wilson and Eduardo Martinez-Almaral will live in the theater and perform diverse pieces based on the title concept. Tickets are $10 a night. A festival pass is $60. Students pay $8, $40 for a pass. The theater is in Pilsen at 1822 S. Halsted. Call 733-4668 for more.

Monday 11

Gary Indiana, the thoughtful novelist and Village Voice art critic, speaks at the School of the Art Institute tonight. His talk, the first in a five-part series on "Art as Dramatic Comedy," starts at 6 in the school's auditorium, Columbus and Jackson. It's $3, free for students and seniors. Call 443-3711.

Tuesday 12

In the southwest Paolo Soleri is almost a household name, having caught the imagination of the populace with his plans for a futuristic desert city in the plains north of Phoenix. Based on a philosophy he calls "arcology"--which puts architecture in the service of ecology--he's been building the city known as Arcosanti for 25 years. (Large contingents of volunteers have actually paid for the privilege of helping.) Tonight Soleri, who's Italian by birth and apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright, makes his first appearance in Chicago in 30 years. Under the aegis of the museum of architecture and design known as the Chicago Athenaeum, he lectures at 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Tickets are $10, $5 for Athenaeum members. Call 251-0175 for reservations. Admission to the Athenaeum's accompanying exhibit Paolo Soleri: 25 Years at Arcosanti, which opens today and remains on view at the museum, 6 N. Michigan, through December 17, is $3.

Wednesday 13

If it's September it must be time for the Berghoff's annual Oktoberfest. In front of the restaurant, on Adams between State and Dearborn, they'll be offering brats and beer, along with bands and various radio personalities, from 11 to 9 daily through Saturday. To raise money for the Horizons for Youth social-service agency a BMW 318ti and a pair of plane tix to Germany will be raffled off. Call 427-6549 for a complete schedule.

Richard Weisgrau, the executive director of the American Society of Media Photographers, delivers a talk on The Information Highway Road Map for Photographers tonight at Lab One, 1001 W. Adams. Refreshments are at 6; the talk starts at 7. It's $10. Call 243-1979 or E-mail for more.

Thursday 14

Sick of hearing about what happened the last time Chicago hosted a national political convention? If you'd like to start hearing about what will happen this time around Democratic National Convention CEO Debra DeLee, a Chicago native, will explain the party's plans for the affair at a luncheon meeting of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association this afternoon. The talk is open to those who've got $40 to blow and includes lunch in the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Marriott, 540 N. Michigan Things get under way at noon. Call 642-3570 for reservations.

After a three year hiatus the businesses of chi-chi Oak Street have reorganized their Passport to International Fashion event. This "dramatic, full-scale runway presentation," i.e., fashion show, held under a tent that covers Oak Street from Michigan to Rush, benefits the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Special guest is designer Nicole Miller. One hundred smackers gets you a cocktail buffet and auction starting at 5:30 and a lengthy show of fall fashions from Oak Street retailers such as Barneys, Hermes, Versace, Armani, Ultimo, and Sonia Rykiel. Call 321-9290.

The heroine of Pearl Abraham's The Romance Reader--a coming-of-age story set in an isolated Hasidic community in upstate New York--secretly reads forbidden goyish books like Victoria Holt and Barbara Cartland romance novels, breaks the fast on Yom Kippur, and dreams of being a lifeguard. Abraham reads from the novel, which is her first, tonight at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark. Tomorrow at the store Dorothy Allison, whose Bastard Out of Carolina won the 1992 National Book Award, reads from her new memoir, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure. Call 769-9299. You can also catch Allison tonight at the Old Town Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells (642-5044). All three readings start at 7:30 and are free.

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