By Cara Jepsen
You may be surprised by what those radio people really look like when you see WGN's Ian Case Punnett and WUSN's John Howell among the talent on the street pushing paper doughnuts today during Salvation Army Donut Day. Taggers will be all over town, but the "celebs" will be in front of the Wrigley Building, 410 N. Michigan, from 9:30 to 3:30. It's free to watch, although a donation will get you a paper doughnut discount coupon good at Dunkin Donuts. Call 725-1100 for more.
Anyone who's been to a movie at the Fine Arts has passed under the entry arch that bears the message "All Passes--Art Alone Endures." And it does: a national historic landmark, the building is home to 36 artists whose work will be exhibited through June 29 in a show called The Fine Arts Building: A Personal Reflection. The opening reception is tonight from 5 to 8 at the Fine Arts Building Gallery, 410 S. Michigan, suite 433. It's free; call 913-0537.
Chicago's Native American Educational Services is holding its fourth annual powwow this weekend to raise money for student scholarships. The highlight will be dancing by different tribes. Arts and crafts and Native American foods such as fried bread, wild rice, and corn soup will be sold. It's from 6 to 10 tonight, noon to 10 Saturday, and noon to 6 Sunday at Mather Park, California and Peterson. Tickets are $6, $3 for seniors, students, and children under 12. Children under 6 are free. Call 761-5000 for more.
This year's Sculpture Chicago program, "Re-Inventing the Garden City," opens today and features Polish-born artist Miroslaw Rogala's interactive audio installation and multimedia work Electronic Garden/NatuRealization at Washington Square Park, 901 N. Clark; Ellen Rothenberg's sculptural installation An American Garden, which chronicles Union Park's history, at 1501 W. Randolph; and Puerto Rican-born artist Pepon Osorio's sculptural portraits of unrecognized local heroes, El gran salon de la fama, at the Humboldt Park Fieldhouse, 1400 N. Sacramento. The parks are open from 6 AM to 11 PM today. Resident-guided tours take place every other Saturday. They begin next week and run through August. Admission is free; call 759-1690 for information about other Sculpture Chicago events, including a lecture series and docent training program.
The Meigs Field Fly-In coincides with the Experimental Aircraft Association's International Young Eagles Day, in which kids aged 8 to 17 can go on a free introductory flight. EAA's goal is to give rides to one million children by 2003, the 100th anniversary of powered flight. Today's event, which intends to encourage pilots of small aircraft to fly into Meigs Field, will also feature a display of antique aircraft. The event is sponsored by Friends of Meigs Field and takes place from 9 to 4 today at Meigs Field, 12th Street at the lake. It's free; call 465-0388.
Today's dog wash to benefit Evanston's Community Animal Rescue Effort will raise money for the injured and hard-to-place dogs and cats at the Evanston Animal Shelter. It runs from 10 to 4 today at 2310 Oakton in Evanston. A $10 wash includes grooming, and a nail trim is $5. Call 847-705-2653 for more.
Former Illinois comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch, TV reporter Andy Shaw, and former mayor Jane Byrne are among the auctioneers who will rattle off the numbers at this year's Old Town Art Fair, the country's oldest outdoor juried art fair. The fair features work by 248 artists and includes photography, painting, prints, jewelry, ceramics, and sculpture. There will also be puppet shows, face painting, the Old Town garden walk, and food. It runs from 10 to 7 today and 10 to 6 tomorrow, with live auctions each day from 2 to 6. It's on the 1800 blocks of Orleans and Lincoln Park West. It costs $3. Right next door will be the Wells Street Art Festival, which includes art, food, live music, and a Ferris wheel. It's from 10 to 7 today and tomorrow; the main gate is at North and Wells. It's also $3. Call 337-1938 for information about the Old Town Art Fair, 951-6106 for information about the Wells Street festival.
As if they won't have the chance to attend more than their fair share of overwrought, predictable, and interminable weddings in their lifetime, kids can dress up as brides and grooms to celebrate Wedding Week at the Kohl Children's Museum. Activities during the week include making a wedding ring, learning wedding dances, learning Jewish wedding traditions, and decorating a wedding getaway car with recyclables. Today's dress-up is from 11 to 3:30 at the museum, 165 Green Bay Road in Wilmette. Admission to the museum is $4, $3 for seniors. Call 847-256-6056 for more.
Timothy Hiatt's one-man show, Chapman, is set in New York during the three days prior to John Lennon's death and looks at the inner workings of the mind of Mark David Chapman, Lennon's assassin. It opens tonight and plays Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 through July 16 at Cafe Voltaire, 3231 N. Clark. Tickets are $7. Call 348-4860 for more.
Good things always seem to happen to those perennially happy people, while things just seem to get worse for the rest of us doom-and-gloomers. Perhaps we bring it on ourselves. Lester Sauvage, a Seattle-based heart surgeon and coronary bypass pioneer, says that people who desire happiness live healthier lives. His book The Open Heart: Stories of Hope, Healing, and Happiness explores his practice of asking patients to visualize a positive future, something he believes gives them the will to live. He also contends that surgery brings both the patient and surgeon face-to-face with God. He'll speak on these topics and sign his book from noon to 1 today at the U.S. Catholic Bookstore, 160 N. Wabash. It's free. Call 855-1908.
Writing the Body, a four-session workshop for fiction writers, promises to "focus on the mind-body connection in discussion and writing workouts." Stacy Bierlein, an editor of the literary journal Fish Stories and poetic director of Eclectic Junction's Artists-for-Writers Reading Series, facilitates the group. The first session is tonight from 7 to 9. The other sessions take place Thursday, June 13, Tuesday, June 18, and Thursday, June 20. Call 335-8001 for registration and location information. The $150 fee includes a private manuscript consultation.
Comic lesbian authors Mary Dugger (The History of Lesbian Hair), Jorjet Harper (Lesbomania and Tales From the Dyke Side), and Ellen Orleans (Can't Keep a Straight Face, The Butches of Madison County, and Who Cares If It's a Choice) will appear together as "Lezbocious Lezzies" at Unabridged Bookstore. They'll read from their books as part of the National Gay and Lesbian Pride Month celebration; the free event will be hosted by Nightlines columnist and UB employee Kathie Bergquist. It's tonight at 7:30 at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway. Call 883-9119.
According to a club called the Social Network, there are attractive, financially stable, confident singles out there. And some of them are men. Tonight the group will host a singles evening and give a presentation on where to find them; I assume they're all in the burbs since the free event takes place at the Barnes & Noble cafe, 7 N. Waukegan Road, in Deerfield. It starts at 7. Call 847-374-0320.
This evening's Left Over Poetry Awards is for poets who didn't sign up in time to participate in last week's "Gwendolyn Brooks Illinois Open Mic Awards." Three judges will award four $50 prizes. Poems should be no longer than four minutes. Christopher Stewart will emcee the Guild Complex event, which starts at 7:30. It's $5, $3 for students, and takes place at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Call 278-2210.
In the 1946 noir classic Leave Her to Heaven Gene Tierney plays a lovely bride with an evil secret. She's obsessed with her husband (Cornel Wilde), who resembles her father, and others who have a claim on his affection begin to mysteriously disappear. It will be shown tonight at 6 at the Film Center, Columbus at Jackson. Tickets are $6; call 443-3737.
After-hours jazz at the Art Institute has spawned, so to speak, a spin-off at the Shedd Aquarium. Jazzin' at the Shedd takes place from 6 to 9 on Thursdays and features live jazz on the north terrace. The aquarium has extended its hours until 9 through August 29. Admission is free, but the oceanarium and frog exhibit, which close at 8, cost $5, $4 for children and seniors. The aquarium's at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive. Call 939-2438 for more.