Friday 3/10 - Thursday 3/16
By Cara Jepsen
10 FRIDAY The Dead Sea Scrolls last came to Chicago in 1949, in the form of a few scraps at the Oriental Institute. This time around we've been allotted portions of more than a dozen different scrolls--five of them have never traveled outside of Israel and one contains the Ten Commandments. The ancient manuscripts, which date back to 250 BC, go on display today and will be at the Field Museum (Roosevelt and Lake Shore Drive) through June 11. The exhibit is open today from 9 to 5. Entry is general admission ($8 for adults, $4 for children) plus $3, $2 for children.
White studies has been a hot topic on campus the last few years, and one of the latest tomes on the subject is a collection of essays by female philosophers whose skin tones range from chalk to chocolate. Tonight contributor Laurie Fuller, assistant professor and women's studies coordinator at Northeastern Illinois University, will join editors Chris J. Cuomo and Kim Q. Hall at a free reading and discussion of Whiteness: Feminist Philosophical Reflections. It's at 7:30 at Women & Children First bookstore, 5233 N. Clark (773-769-9299).
The three performances that constitute the show Dwellings all examine the spaces people call their own. Joseph Ravens presents two pieces: Transparent, in which two people dance inside of a clear bubble, and Nest, a work for six people that examines communication and accumulation. Joining Ravens on the bill are the Local Infinities presenting Skin, which uses wax as an epidermal metaphor. The show is at 8 tonight and tomorrow night at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Tickets are $10. Call 773-485-6284.
11 SATURDAY Who wants to get up before dawn to track down screech owls? The folks at the Chicago Audubon Society, that's who. They'll also keep their eyes peeled for the elusive saw-whet owl that sometimes passes through the area. The free prowl, led by local enthusiast Jerry Garden, starts at 4 AM and ends at daybreak at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski. Preregistration is required; binoculars and a flashlight are recommended. Call 312-744-5472 to register.
The expansion of I-355, the third airport, and regional transportation system improvements are just a few of the initiatives that will affect residents and businesses in the southern burbs over the next few years. Today the South Metropolitan Regional Open Space Alliance will host a conference on Growing Smart Locally. Panel discussions will focus on the relationship between state mandates and local and county politics, and examine how other communities have dealt with similar issues. It's from 8:30 to 3 at Governors State University, University Parkway near Cicero and Stuenkel Road in University Park. Registration is $20 and includes lunch; call 708-534-4484.
The bright yellow air mattress from Metamorphoses and bowling balls left over from a fund-raiser that featured an oversize croquet game played with sledgehammers are among the many theatrical remnants and personal items that will be up for grabs at the Lookingglass Theatre Company's garage sale. It's from 10 to 3 today and tomorrow at LTC's HQ on the third floor of the Athenaeum Theatre Building, 2936 N. Southport. Admission is free and sales are
cash only. Call LTC at 773-477-9257 for more info.
Persistent stereotypes of African-American women left over from the slavery era--Mammy, Jezebel, Sapphire, and Superwoman--continue to affect black women's self-esteem and relationships, says therapist and Northeastern Illinois University professor Anita Thomas. She'll discuss Strong Independent Black Women Syndrome today at 2 at the Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted (312-747-6298). It's free.
12 SUNDAY A leader of Japan's experimental music scene for 40 years, sound artist Takehisa Kosugi combines electronics and everyday objects--in one of his videotaped performances he walks up to a microphone and crumples butcher paper near it; in another, he and several assistants stand on stools and dangle noisemaking objects from fishing poles--to create electro-acoustic improvisations. Kosugi, currently the musical director for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (the troupe performs March 9-11 at the Museum of Contemporary Art), will play a rare concert tonight with local experimentalist Jim O'Rourke. It starts at 7 at the MCA Theater, 220 E. Chicago. Tickets are $13, $12 for students and seniors. Call 312-397-4010.
13 MONDAY Jaime Pachino's Aurora's Motive was produced last fall by Teatro Vista. Her new work in progress, "Waving Goodbye," examines the aftermath of a climber's death on Mount Everest. Naked Eye Theater's New Plays Lab hosts a staged reading of the play tonight at 6 in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630). It's free.
14 TUESDAY Dan Sanders, a member of former death row inmate Anthony Porter's legal team, speaks tonight on the death penalty moratorium at 7:30 at the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington. Admission is free; phone 773-935-0642 for info. Following the lecture UIC's Dick Simpson leads a panel discussion with recently freed inmate Ronald Jones and others.
15 WEDNESDAY Animal rights lawyer Steven Wise believes chimps and bonobos have such advanced cognitive, emotional, and social capacities that they should be given legal rights protecting them from imprisonment and abuse. Wise, author of Rattling the Cage: Toward Legal Rights for Animals, will discuss his views at 6 tonight at a free lecture at the Harold Washington Library Center auditorium, 400 S. State (312-747-4050).
"A phallus doesn't give you much to play with, metaphorically, and it doesn't lend itself to multiple interpretations. A hose is a hose is a hose. But the vagina, now there's a Rorschach with legs. You can make it anything you want, need, or dread." So writes Natalie Angier in her best-selling Woman: An Intimate Geography. The book is a scientifically informed tour of female anatomy that sets out to debunk the popular notion that women are naturally inclined to be more monogamous than men. Angier, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer for the New York Times, will read tonight at 7:30 at the Swedish American Museum Center, 5211 N. Clark. It's free. Call 773-769-9299 for more.
16 THURSDAY Lisa Flores doesn't want to be called a performance artist. "There's something about that that I don't like the sound of," she says. "It sounds like someone's onstage and shitting on their hand and throwing it at the audience." The choreographer and director's new piece Arsenal Road combines contemporary dance with music from a who's who of Chicago tunesmiths--Mark Shippy, Weasel Walter, Bobby Conn, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Monica Bou-Bou (aka Julie Pomerleau)--as well as (sorry) performance artist "Little Johnny Pineapple" (Greg Jacobsen). It's at 10 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western (773-276-3600). Tickets are $7; the bands Missing Tooth and Robert Johnson and the Browns open.