Friday 8/13 - Thursday 8/19
By Cara Jepsen
13 FRIDAY To kick off the League of Chicago Theatres' soul-searching Theatre CommUNITY Conference, the first Connie Callahan Award for Community Service will be presented posthumously to Callahan, who for 25 years brought veterans to the theater as coordinator of the Veterans' Bedside Network. Afterward Goodman Theatre director Robert Falls and Walt Disney theatrical productions VP Stuart Oken will discuss "The Values That Shaped Their Art and Careers." The event begins at 6 at Northwestern University Law School, 375 E. Chicago. Admission to tonight's discussion is $15; for $60 you can also attend tomorrow's panels. Call 312-554-9800.
When playwright Martin McDonagh imbibes, it's a bitter and twisted, a mixture of ale and fruit juice. The former, at least, will be on tap tonight at Steppenwolf Theatre's special Pub Night performance of McDonagh's play The Beauty Queen of Leenane. It starts at 7 with a preshow discussion led by dramaturge Michelle Volansky. The curtain is at 8; Irish music and boozing start around 10 in the lobby. All events are at the theater, 1650 N. Halsted, and are included in the price of a ticket ($35 to $39). Call 312-335-1650.
Boston's all-female Amazon Slam team was denied a slot at the National Poetry Slam because men aren't allowed to recite at its venue. Instead of getting angry, the women organized their own show. The Amazons will slam against any female poet who has four poems ready to go tonight at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo (312-362-9707). Sign-up is at 7, and the slam starts a half hour later. Admission is $5.
Igor Vamos's 1998 film, Le Petomane: Fin-de-Siecle Fartiste, purports to examine the rise and fall of Le Petomane, a turn-of-the-century performer whose specialty was singing out of his anus. It will be screened on video this weekend at Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton (773-281-4114). Tonight's showings are at 7 and 9; tickets are $5.
14 SATURDAY Childlike brown figures with big heads shaking their fists at each other, standing over a prone figure, hanging from belts, and being chained to a bed are a few of the images Laylah Ali uses to examine race, aggression, power, and violence in her recent series of paintings, "Small Aggressions: Works on Paper." It opens today along with an exhibit of photographs from the 60s and 70s by Malian artist Malick Sidibe at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago (312-280-2660). Hours are from 10 to 5; admission is $7.
Peasant women urge their compañeros to fight for the Spanish Republic in one of 35 illustrations on display at Shouts From the Wall: Posters and Photographs Brought Back From the Spanish Civil War by American Volunteers. The exhibit, which marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, opens today at the Harold Washington Library Center with talks by Studs Terkel on the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and Congressman Danny Davis on local African-American veterans. Jamie O'Reilly, Michael Smith, and Peter Glazer will perform music and poetry from the era. It starts at 3 at the library, 400 S. State. Admission is free. Call 312-747-4050 for more.
15 SUNDAY Jon Jost's experimental video London Brief began as a home movie of a visit to that city. On a whim he sent it to a documentary film festival in Japan; the organizers liked it, and with a week more of shooting it became a 90-minute "sketch of London heading into the 21st century," says the University of Chicago dropout. It will be shown today at 3:30 as part of the Chicago Underground Film Festival at the Village Theatre, 1548 N. Clark. Tickets are $6. For more on the festival, call 773-866-8660 or check out the critical guide in Section Two.
One hopes that by tonight LA singer Barnes (he of the spoken-word and rock CD Loud Boy Radio) will have recovered from his three performances yesterday, including a midday gig at Northalsted Market Days (which continues today from 11 to 10 between Belmont and Addison). He'll perform a program of spoken word and poetry at Burkhart Studios, 2845 N. Halsted (773-348-8536), at 8:30. Admission is $3.
16 MONDAY At tonight's meeting of the mushroom-lovin' Illinois Mycological Association, fungi expert Gary Lincoff, editor of several books on the subject, will discuss mushroom ecology and field guide selection starting at 7:30 in lecture hall one at the Field Museum, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive. It's $5. Call 847-432-8256 for more information.
Janet Jackson, Madonna, and Gypsy Rose Lee will preen for the audience at this year's installment of Dance Divas. Choreography for tonight's AIDS fund-raiser and Dance for Life pre-event is by Harrison McEldowney, the man behind Chicago's official dance of the millennium, the Milly. He'll storm the stage as Cassie from A Chorus Line. Performances are at 8 and 10 at the Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark. Admission is $15, plus a two-drink minimum. Call 773-388-1600, ext. 3338, to reserve a seat.
17 TUESDAY Being cut off by cars and getting "doored" by unwitting drivers are hazards any cyclist in the city is familiar with. Female bicyclists can face worse. Tonight Dave Glowacz will show how to scare off attackers and use your U-lock to defend yourself at a one-hour lecture and demonstration, Self-Defense for Women Cyclists. The Chicagoland Bike Federation-sponsored class is at 5:30 at the CBF office, 410 S. Dearborn, room 1000. It's $15; call 773-292-0932 to register.
18 WEDNESDAY All "lesbian, bi, trans, queer, same-gender-loving, two-spirited women" are invited to attend tonight's Dyke March coalition forming committee, at which they'll plan next year's rally. The free meeting is at 7:30 at 59 E. Van Buren, 17th floor. Call 312-409-3705.
19 THURSDAY Dance instructors Valroy and Karen Dawkins will teach Caribbean-style rhythmic dancing and "reggaerobics" at tonight's installment of Chicago SummerDance. After the lesson students can practice to the sounds of Funkadesi. The lessons start at 6 in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, Michigan between Harrison and Balbo. The band starts at 7:30. Call 312-742-4007 to find out more.
In her 1998 book, Citizen Newhouse: Portrait of a Media Merchant, local writer Carol Felsenthal drew a not-so-pretty picture of S.I. Newhouse, the powerful head of Conde Nast publishing and former owner of Random House. When Columbia University journalism school dean Tom Goldstein gave her book a major thumbs-down in the New York Times Book Review, Felsenthal pointed out that the Newhouse Foundation gave $60,000 to the school in 1996 and 1997. Tonight she'll discuss Newhouse, vertical monopolies, ownership consolidation, and censorship as part of Chicago Media Watch's lecture and discussion series. It's at 7 in room 605 of Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted. Admission is $8, $5 for students. Call 773-604-1910 for more.