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Friday 10/1 - Thursday 10/7


By Cara Jepsen

1 FRIDAY In his recent work, art-ist Robert Heinecken has played with freestanding cutouts he calls "photo sculptures." In Barbara Campaign Fund Raising in Middle America (1992), the former first lady appears with those two old guys from the Bartles & Jaymes ads. Today the first-ever retrospective of Heinecken's 35-year career opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago (312-280-2660). The museum opens at 10 and admission is $7. The exhibit runs through November 28.

Long before Mike Royko conceived of Slats Grobnik (or was conceived himself), turn-of-the-century Chicago Evening Post columnist Finley Peter Dunne used fictional Bridgeport barkeep Martin J. Dooley to put forth his views on everything from the fetid conditions at the stockyards to the Spanish-American War. The writer and his work will be celebrated at this weekend's Finley Peter Dunne Remembered forum at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. It starts tonight at 8 with Irish soprano Catherine Hegarty making her U.S. debut and continues all day tomorrow with a discussion of Chicago's contribution to traditional Irish music, a performance by the Irish Heritage Singers, and a video about Dunne. Tickets to Hegarty's concert are $10; admission to Saturday's event is $8. Call 773-282-7035.

2 SATURDAY Today Green Party members from throughout the state will meet to hammer out a platform for an Illinois Green Party, which will espouse ten key values, including ecological wisdom, social justice, and personal and global responsibility. The free gathering is from 9 to 4 at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, and will be followed by a party at 7. Tomorrow morning at 9 they'll march for the shutdown of the Clark Oil refinery in Blue Island. Call 773-384-4209 for more.

The Department of Cultural Affairs' west-side bus tour will accentuate the positive today when it bypasses the grittier parts of the hood and makes stops at the Duncan YMCA, Little Italy, and the Garfield Park Conservatory. The four-hour tour starts at 10 and leaves from the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. It costs $30, $27 for students, seniors, and children (lunch is not included). Call 312-742-1190 for reservations.

"All of these white people with good intentions are moving into the neighborhood, but they haven't had the opportunity to find out what's going on in the Puerto Rican community," says Melinda Power of the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee. The group will try to bridge cultures as it examines how gentrification is affecting the West Town/Humboldt Park area at a free forum called Living in a Puerto Rican/Latino Neighborhood. Speakers include a student and a teacher from Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School and bakery owner Zenaida Lopez. It's today from 2 to 5 at the new Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 2741 W. Divison. Call 773-278-6706 for details.

3 SUNDAY Chicago Caledonian Pipes and Drums, blues singer Big Time Sarah, and Indian sarod player Aashish Kahn are a few of the musicians slated to perform in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's annual free Marshall Field's Day of Music. Special offerings include a community sing-along with the Civic Orchestra and the Apollo Chorus today at 3:45 and multi-faceted musicians Howard Levy and Jon Weber improvising a score to a Buster Keaton silent film tonight at 6. The event, which takes place on four stages, starts at 10 Saturday night and runs through 10 tonight at Chicago Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. Call 312-294-3000 for details.

Those who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia can take some comfort in the fact that they're in good company: Abe Lincoln, Michelangelo, and Eugene O'Neill all suffered from one or more of the above, according to the Chicago branch of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. Today the group will hold a free Mental Illness Awareness Week open house from 3 to 6 at their offices at 1536 W. Chicago (312-563-0445).

At today's Veggie Chili Cook-off, restaurants including Chili Mac's, Ann Sather, Zoop, Chowpatti, and the Chicago Diner will try to prove that tofu, tempeh, seitan, and plain beans can make for fabulous chili. Besides tasting, activities will include salsa and swing dance lessons, astrological readings, and demonstra-tions on how to massage your dog. It's from 4 to 8 at Joe's, 940 W. Weed. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 773-381-1181 or 773-975-8349.

4 MONDAY Tonight historian Maria Helena Carvalho dos Santos will present a lecture about the history of the Jews in Portugal, which accompanies a related exhibit of documents, rare books, and pictures. The lecture starts tonight at 6:30 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton; a reception begins at 5:30. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 312-255-3510.

5 TUESDAY Even in a man's world, men's chances at happiness have been thwarted by cultural forces, says Susan Faludi in her new book, Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man. The author of Backlash will read from and discuss her examination of the so-called masculinity crisis plaguing American society tonight at 6 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State (312-747-4050). It's free.

6 WEDNESDAY The code of chivalry, a behavioral ideal since the Middle Ages, set the standard for military manners in England until the country lost a generation of young men in World War I. "The war was much uglier and bloodier and muddier than anyone had expected, so references to chivalry seemed to be in the wrong spirit," says Loyola University English professor Allen Frantzen. Today he'll use images from postcards and other cultural items to illustrate his slide lecture Bloody Good: Chivalry and Sacrifice from the Middle Ages to World War I. It's at 3:30 at the Martin D'Arcy Museum of Art, 6525 N. Sheridan (312-508-2679).

7 THURSDAY Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti will make his first appearance here since the mid-80s when he kicks off Columbia College's fall/winter poetry series. Ferlinghetti, who cofounded San Francisco's City Lights Books and runs the imprint of the same name, will read from These Are My Rivers: New & Selected Poems 1955-1993 and A Far Rockaway of the Heart (1997) tonight at 5:30 at Columbia College's Ferguson Theater, 600 S. Michigan. Call 312-344-8100.

Artist Diane Cooper recycles materials like metal, straw, twine, aluminum siding, and pieces of fabric to create her small-scale constructions, which she says are influenced by a Japanese aesthetic. Her work, along with that of mixed-media art-ist Dorothy Hughes and fiber artist Monique Crossan, will be on view in their respective studios tonight for participants in Three Arts Club's Salon-a-Go-Go. The bus trip/studio tour is from 6 to 9. Catch the bus at the Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn. Tickets are $15, which includes a box meal. Call 312-944-6250 to sign up.

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