"Paper everywhere / Millions of press releases / Calendar is late." That's our contribution to Haiku Chicago, the two-day conference on the venerable Japanese poetry form this weekend at the Cultural Center. Jointly sponsored by the Haiku Society of America and the Haiku International Association, the event includes lectures ("Teaching Haiku in the Schools," "Translations of Japanese Masters," etc), readings from domestic and international poets, a book fair, and more. It runs from 10 to 9 today and 10 to 2 tomorrow at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. It's $75. Call the Poetry Center at 368-0905 for details.
In conjunction with this weekend's black writers conference at Chicago State University Alice Walker and Gwendolyn Brooks read today at 5 at Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. It's free. Call 573-0564. The conference, which includes readings and lectures by writers from all across the country, runs from 6 to 9:30 tonight and all day tomorrow from 8 to 9:30 at CSU's Robin University Center, 9501 S. Martin Luther King Drive. It's $45, $35 for students ($10 less in advance). Call 995-4440 or 995-3898 for info.
According to the folks at the C.G. Jung Institute, "Symbolically, we can imagine vampires as unconscious energy that preys on our feelings of desire, preys on the desire to connect to life itself. Intermingled with this vampire energy in the unconscious are the dynamics of sexuality, aggression, and power. The psychic energy tied up in vampiric acting out is the prima materia that can be transformed and integrated as intimacy, creativity, and playfulness." To hear more check out Vampires, Eroticism, and the Lure of the Unconscious, a lecture by Jungian analyst Nancy Dougherty, at 7:30 tonight at the institute, 1567 Maple in Evanston. It's $10, $7 for seniors and students. Call 708-475-4848 for more.
The Boyz in the Bathhouse program of the Test Positive Aware Network puts volunteers into some of the city's more, um, ebullient bathhouses to offer condoms and safe-sex advice. This weekend the group conducts an orientation for new volunteers at its office, 1258 W. Belmont. The training sessions run from 9 to 5 today and 9 to 1 tomorrow. Call 404-8726 if you're interested in volunteering.
The first annual Jerry Garcia Memorial Dye-in, a fund-raiser for the nonprofit Textile Arts Centre, begins at 1 with a free three-hour open house featuring "groovy activities for the whole family." The dye-in proper is from 7 to 11 tonight. Twenty bucks gets you a T-shirt to tie-dye, granola and hot cider, and lots of Dead music. The center is at 916 W. Diversey. Call 929-5655 for details.
From 9 to 11 tonight at the Chicago Eagle, 5015 N. Clark, the fall semester of the Leather University of Chicago continues with Whips 101, a guide to "single and multi-tail flagellants." Your hosts are whipmaster Jill Westerfelhaus and Harry Shattuck, "the pit master of the Chicago Eagle." It's $3. Call 878-7517 for more.
David Hauptschein's open-mike series "Unintended Literature"--past installments of which have featured readings from personal letters and diaries--switches gears with The True Stories Show, which seeks raconteurs rather than readers. The show's at 7:30 tonight at Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark. Admission is $5; sign up at the door if you have a real-life experience to recount. Call 769-6136.
The latest offshoot from the Maestro Subgum posse, the "improvised noise/ambient/jazz/trash duo" Ler Noot Fiesta, consists of guitarist and saxophonist Mark Comiskey and Colm O'Reilly, who plays everything from piano to tuba to water jug. Tonight at 8 at the Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe, 2827 N. Lincoln, they'll provide musical backing for readings by four local playwrights: Jeff Dorchen, David Isaacson, Bryn Magnus, and Beau O'Reilly. Admission is $3 or pay what you can. Call 327-6666 for more.
The University of Illinois at Chicago's Project on Genocide, Psychiatry, and Witnessing holds a seminar this afternoon on the psychological side effects of emigration experienced by Bosnians. Somewhere on the Road Out of Bosnia: Working With Refugees of "Ethnic Cleansing" in Sarajevo, Zagreb, and Chicago includes participants such as project codirector Stevan Weine, who's writing a book on problems experienced by the refugees, and shrinks and professors from the former Yugoslavia. The free conference runs from 1 to 5 today at UIC's Illini Union, 828 S. Wolcott. Call 666-6500, ext. 3205.
Loyola's observing the 75th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which allowed women to vote, with a talk by one of Illinois' most successful female politicians, Dawn Clark Netsch. Following her unsuccessful run against Jim Edgar in 1994, Netsch, a former state senator and state comptroller, now teaches at Northwestern Law School. Her talk, "A Woman's Place in Politics," is at 3:30 in the auditorium of Loyola's Edward Crown Center for the Humanities, 6525 N. Sheridan. It's free. Call 508-2934.
Horizons, the gay and lesbian social service agency, lays out the legal rights of gays at a free seminar tonight. Justice 101, which will cover topics like hate crimes, domestic violence, and discrimination, is a presentation of the group's antiviolence project, which maintains a referral and information service as well as a 24-hour crisis hotline (871-2273). Things get under way at 7 at Ann Sather, 929 W. Belmont. Call 472-6469 for details.
T. Coraghessan Boyle returns to town today to deliver another one of his raucous readings. His new book The Tortilla Curtain tracks the lives of two couples in LA: one a pair of upscale white professionals living in a privately policed community, the other Mexican immigrants camped out in Topango Canyon. Boyle reads tonight at 7 at Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th. It's free. Call the Seminary Co-operative Bookstore at 684-1300 for more.
Before Dan and Connie a rather more sober pair dominated the nightly news: Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. While Huntley died in 1974, Brinkley's dry, seen-it-all unflappability and caustic wit continues to class up the Sunday morning political talk shows. His memoirs--succinctly titled Memoirs--have just been published; he signs copies at noon today at Borders, 830 N. Michigan. It's free. Call 573-0564.
Reinforcing Communities in a Changing Economic Environment, a panel discussion presented by Women in Planning and Development, looks at gentrification and displacement. Panelists include Trib architecture critic Blair Kamin; Aurie Pennick, of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities; and Rebecca Riley, from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. WBEZ's Cheryl Corley moderates. The $35 ticket includes dinner. The program gets under way at 6 at the Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan. Call 357-3333 for reservations.
Jonathan Kozol, the author of Savage Inequalities, the acclaimed study of de facto school segregation, talks about his new book Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation tonight at 7 at a benefit for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. It's on the University of Chicago campus at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th. Admission is the cost of the book, $23. Call 435-4548 for more.
The exotic North African pipe music of the Master Musicians of Joujouka entered popular consciousness with their 1971 album The Pipes of Pan at Joujouka, sponsored by then ex-Rolling Stone Brian Jones. Now, nearly a quarter of a century later, they're making their first North American appearances. You can catch them at the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, tonight at 8. Tickets are $20 and $18. Call the Old Town School of Folk Music at 525-7793.