By Cara Jepsen
Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were planning to live in Chicago after the 16th president retired from office. That never happened, obviously, so plans were made to bury Lincoln here after he was assassinated. A fight for the corpse ensued, and Lincoln ended up in Springfield after a funeral train carried his body on a 1,700-mile journey across eight states. The lavishly decorated Abraham Lincoln funeral train, a parlor car that Lincoln deemed too opulent to ride in when he was alive, will be on display today through April 17 at the Rosehill Cemetery and Civil War Museum, 5800 N. Ravenswood, along with other memorabilia. Tours are free and by appointment only. The hours are 10 to 4 weekdays and 10 to 2 weekends. Call 561-5940 for reservations.
All thrift-store finds are treasures, if you ask me. Things found in the garbage are even more valuable. But some items, like rare Barbie dolls and G.I. Joes, can be worth thousands of dollars. Collectibles specialist, author, and Trash or Treasure radio host Dr. Tony Hyman will answer questions and tell stories about his finds at the Spring Home & Energy Show. It opens at 4 today at the Arlington International Racecourse, Euclid Avenue and Wilke Road in Arlington Heights, and runs through the weekend. Hyman speaks tonight at 5 and 7, Saturday at 1, 4, and 8, and Sunday at 2 and 4. Daily tickets are $6, $1 on Saturday after 6, and free for those under 21. Call 708-469-4611 for more.
Hard-core potheads have always sworn that there's been a conspiracy to keep their favorite plant out of their hands. Anthony Clarke's documentary The Hemp Revolution supports that belief, showing marijuana to have a multitude of beneficial uses--all thwarted by the Man. It shows at 7 and 9 tonight (and again at 7 and 9 on Saturday and 5 and 7 on Sunday) at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. Tickets are $6, $3 for members. Call 384-5533 for more.
The death of Honduran immigrant Jorge Guillen, who had a history of schizophrenia, while police were at his home last year has rallied activists to help his family, who've filed a civil rights case against the city of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department. Guillen's sister will take part in a panel discussion called Fighting Back Against the Injustice System as part of today's Midwest Socialist Conference. Registration begins at noon today; the conference starts at 1 and the panel starts at 7:30. It's at DePaul University's Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, room 154. Admission is $6, $5 in advance. Call 665-7337 for more.
"I have always detected in music much more than I was given license to mention. To be sure, music's beauty is often overwhelming, its formal order magisterial. But the structures graphed by theorists and the beauty celebrated by aestheticians are often stained with such things as violence, misogyny, and racism," writes musicologist Susan McClary in her 1991 book, Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality. She's the keynote speaker at today's Symposium on Music and Gender--which also features Robert Walser, author of Running With the Devil: Power, Gender & Madness in Heavy Metal Music; Sandra Lieb, author of Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey; and Philip Brett, coeditor of the book Queering the Pitch: The New Gay and Lesbian Musicology. It takes place from 1 to 5 today at Columbia College's Hokin Auditorium, 623 S. Wabash. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors. Call 663-1600, ext. 5670 for more.
The Harlem Globetrotters turn 70 this year, but like replaceable trophy wives they never seem to age--though this year's show features 17-year veteran Billy Ray Hobley. The hot-dogging, slam-dunking athletes face the International All-Stars at 7:30 tonight at the Rosemont Horizon, 6920 N. Mannheim, in Rosemont. Tickets are $9.50 to $16, with discounts available for groups, children, and seniors. Call 708-635-6601 or 559-1212 for more.
Four lesbians on a road trip think they see K.D. Lang in a limo and chase it up to Canada. That's the story line of Deb Daliege's comedy video in progress Road Trip, which she'll show clips from today to help raise funds for its completion. The brunch fund-raiser, which also benefits the Women's Program at the Howard Brown Health Center, takes place from noon to 2 or so at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted. Tix are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call 549-3664 for more.
An infestation of small Russian fish called gobies is wreaking havoc in the Great Lakes. The seemingly innocuous fish reproduce rapidly and upset the lakes' ecosystems by eating everything in sight, including young trout. Now it's feared they could enter the Mississippi River via the Chicago Harbor Lock. Can they be stopped? Army Corps of Engineers lock master Greg Vejvoda may have the answer. He speaks from 2 to 4 today as part of the Nature Museum's Water Weekend, an event that covers topics ranging from glaciers to plankton. The Water Weekend, which includes hands-on activities for all ages, takes place Saturday from 10 to 6 and today from noon to 6 at North Pier, 435 E. Illinois. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children and seniors, and free for members and children under three. Call 871-2668 for more.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of German cinema. Celebrate in style by watching an evening of silent German films accompanied by live piano music by David Drazin. The restored films include the thriller The Right to Exist by Joseph Delmont, the love triangle And the Lights Went Out by Fritz Bernhard, and the drama The Devil's Church by Hans Mierendorff. The program starts tonight at 6 at the Film Center, Jackson and Columbus. Tickets are $6, $3 for members. Call 443-3733 for more.
Racism, stereotyping, minority empowerment, teen health, and poverty are among the topics addressed by the teen video exhibit Moving Images: Youth on Urban Life. Included in the exhibit is an installation called Rest in Peace, in which TV monitors show flames flickering on gravestones while another monitor shows teens talking about their murdered friends. Tonight's panel discussion features the adult and youth videomakers who worked together to make the community-based videos, covering topics such as how the videos were made and how community-based art projects work. The panel starts at 6:30 at DePaul University's Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, room 154. The exhibit runs through March 16 at the DePaul University Art Gallery, 802 W. Belden. Hours are Monday 10 to 7, Tuesday through Friday 10 to 4, and Saturday noon to 4. Admission to both the panel and the exhibit is free. Call 325-7506 for more.
The disclosure of once-secret Russian documents has released a wealth of new information on Russian jeweler-to-the-czars Peter Carl Faberge. Dr. Geza von Habsburg has incorporated these findings in his book Faberge Fantasies & Treasures. He signs copies from 6 to 7:30 tonight at the Rizzoli Bookstore at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan. The signing is free; call 642-3500.
Motor Voter architect, author, activist, and New Party founding member Frances Fox Piven speaks on The Struggle Over Welfare: Grassroots Strategies at 7:30 tonight at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted, room 605. Admission is free; call 939-4136 for more information.
Los Angeles artist Liz Young's latest project, Mendacity, questions the physical, personal, historical, and cultural relationships people have with everyday institutions. Her large-scale installations manipulate the viewer's perception of the institutions, showing their facades but revealing empty or altered innards. She discusses her work at 6 tonight in the School of the Art Institute's auditorium, 280 S. Columbus. Tickets are $3, or free to senior citizens, students, and staff of area colleges. Call 443-3711. Mendacity can be seen at Randolph Street Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee, through April 13. Call 666-7737 for gallery hours.
Anchee Min, novelist and author of the acclaimed memoir Red Azalea, which documented her life in communist China, shares her skills at a creative-writing workshop that will focus on shaping personal experiences into good writing. It's $40 and takes place from 7-9 at Arts Bridge, 4753 N. Broadway, suite 918. Call 907-2189 to register.
PC singles looking for that vegetarian, 12-stepping, socially conscious, spiritually awakened, intellectual, or otherwise spectacular special someone may want to check out tonight's workshop on Dating Through the Personal Ads, sponsored by the Conscious Singles Club. The group will help participants write ads and explain how to go on "safe" blind dates and how to respond to an ad. It's $15 and runs from 7 to 9:30 in the party room at 1660 N. LaSalle. Reservations are required. Call 645-8332 for more.