Friday 7/2 - Thursday 7/8
By Cara Jepsen
2 FRIDAY This weekend's World Tarot Congress, which runs through Sunday, offers workshops on creating and publishing your own deck, interactive software, and "Telephone Tarot--Ethics for 900-Phone-Service Workers." Registration starts today at 11:54, and the conference kicks off with Caitlin Mathews on "The Sacred Art of Tarot Augury" from 1 to 4. Panels, a party, and a cash bar run from 7 to 9. Today's events are $35; the rest of the conference is $115 per day, and a weekend pass is $220. It's at the O'Hare Holiday Inn, 5440 N. River Road in Rosemont. Call 847-965-9916 to sign up.
When printmaker Ed Colker was head of the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Art and Design, he often collaborated with local poet Michael Anania. "Colker's prints--fluid, metamorphic, largely non-referential and freely played--offer themselves as the poems' complements, a visual activity of sense," writes Anania in the catalog notes for Five Decades in Print: Ed Colker. The exhibit includes nearly 50 of Colker's "illuminations" of poems by Anania, Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda, Kathleen Norris, and others. Colker will be at tonight's free opening reception from 5 to 7 at Columbia College's Center for Book & Paper Arts, 218 S. Wabash, seventh floor (312-431-8612).
3 SATURDAY During Bob Eisen's one-man dance tour earlier this year, he had someone take his photo in front of each stop his Greyhound bus made. The shot he liked best was taken in Knoxville; hence the title for the improvised solo dance he'll perform each Saturday through the end of the month. Two guys who call themselves Fish will provide the accompaniment. Knoxville is at 3 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. Admission is $2. Call 773-281-0824 for more.
The first gun-control laws in this country date back to when settlers fearing slave revolts prohibited African-Americans--even free ones--from owning weapons. Some argue that current licensing laws are grounded in the same kind of discriminatory attitude. Tonight at 8 Richard Dixon will lecture on The Racist Legacy of Gun Control--How It Was a Tool of Oppression for the College of Complexes at the Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln. Dixon's lecture will be followed by a rebuttal session. Admission is $3 plus a food or drink purchase. Call 312-326-2120 for more.
The city's Fourth of July celebration begins tonight with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 followed by fireworks at 9:30. It's in Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson. Call 312-744-3315 for more. Those who want to avoid the downtown crowd should head north to Evanston on Monday; the light show there starts at dusk in Centennial Park, Clark and the lake. Call 847-328-1500. Both are free. For a complete listing of fireworks displays in the area, see the sidebar in Section Three.
4 SUNDAY James Cagney won an Oscar for his portrayal of Broadway music man George M. Cohan in the 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy. It'll be shown Saturday and today at 11:30 AM at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport (773-871-6604). Admission is $8.
"Out of many nationalities, races, or colors, we are one people" is the motto of this year's African/Caribbean International Festival of Life. The weekend event includes motivational speakers, food, an arts and crafts marketplace, a gospel stage, and more. Today's musical guests include Mighty Sparrow from Trinidad, Gypsy Fari from Belize, and seven-year-old local prodigy Maestro Harrell. The fest is from Friday through tomorrow from 10 to 10 in Washington Park, 55th and Cottage Grove. Tickets are $5; children under 12 get in free. Call 312-427-0266 for details.
Other nontraditional Fourth of July offerings include tonight's Euro Dance Independence Day Party; spinners such as Greek DJs Mar and Zizaneo and Serb DJ Dragan will take over the turntables at Excalibur's Club X, and Polish DJ Andre Termanowski will create his own soundscape next door at Aura. The music starts at Excalibur, 632 N. Dearborn, at 8 and an hour later at Aura, 640 N. Dearborn. The cover's $10, which includes admission to both clubs. Call 312-266-1944.
5 MONDAY David "Honeyboy" Edwards, the Jon Langford-led Ominous Snapping Dogs, and the Ziffels will perform at tonight's fund-raiser for this September's Chicago Labor and Arts Festival, which will focus on art that reflects the lives of working-class people. The concert is tonight at 9:30 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western (773-276-3600). Admission is $10.
6 TUESDAY The advent of rock 'n' roll spelled the decline of traditional Jewish and Arabic music in Morocco, but a revival is under way, led by Emil Zrihan. The Moroccan native, now a cantor in Israel, combines the music with flamenco and African folk rhythms. Zrihan gives his first public performance in the U.S. today at 12:15 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (where he and his musicians will perform a full-blown concert tomorrow night at 7). Both events are free. Call 312-744-6630 or see the Critic's Choice in Section Three.
7 WEDNESDAY In 1989's Violent Cop, the hugely popular Japanese performer Takeshi Kitano cast himself as a yakuza-hating cop who is hot on the trail of corrupt police officials when he learns that his sister has been kidnapped. It'll be screened tonight and tomorrow night at 6:30 at Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton (773-281-4114). The 1990 follow-up, Boiling Point, will be shown at 8:30. Admission to each film is $7.
Former death row resident Rolando Cruz will make a guest appearance tonight at Barnes & Noble's monthly current-events discussion and debate group, the Forum. He'll be joined by members of the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty. The free event starts at 7:30 at 659 W. Diversey. Call 773-871-9004.
8 THURSDAY The idea for Andy Warhol's Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century was proposed by his art dealer Ronald Feldman. "Jewish geniuses--great!" Warhol is said to have responded. His subjects included Gertrude Stein, Martin Buber, and George Gershwin. An exhibit of the series opens today and runs through August 19 at the Spertus Museum, 618 S. Michigan (312-322-1747). It's open from 10 to 8. Admission is $5, $3 for students, seniors, and children.
Not only does the Adler Planetarium waive its admission fee on Thursday nights, but throughout the summer the museum will host "Luna Cabana," live Caribbean music from 5 to 9. Tonight's tunes will be provided by Orquesta Isla, and Caribbean food and drink will be on hand. The planetarium is at 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive. Call 312-922-7827 or 312-322-0329.