Friday 4/14 - Thursday 4/20
By Cara Jepsen
14 FRIDAY GooseFlesh is trying to achieve the perfect look, while his mate BoneHead just wants someone to dance with. One is fat, the other thin, and both are twinned with life-size cardboard cutout doubles. They're the centerpiece of a new performance by Wholesale (Dolores Wilber, Michael Stumm, and Molloy Golden), which combines video projection, movement, live music, and prerecorded audio, text, and images. Wholesale will perform GooseFlesh & BoneHead tonight at 7:30 at the Union Park Fieldhouse Auditorium at Lake and Ogden. Suggested donation is $10. Call 773-252-1717 for reservations.
Tonight filmmakers Luis A. Recoder and Bruce McClure promise to "light up some 3,850 feet of film" during their performance, Beyond the Circle of Confusion. They won't burn it exactly, but will manipulate it by interrupting the projector's beam with things like cloth and mesh and by "bi-packing"--threading two copies of the same film into the projector to create ghost images. Chicago Filmmakers brings the pair, who live on opposite coasts, to Chicago to show several new films, including their recent collaboration Superimcumbant, McClure's Indeterminate Focus and Heterogene, and work from Recoder's Available Light series. It's at 8 at Columbia College's Ferguson Hall, 600 S. Michigan. Admission is $6, $4 with Columbia ID, $3 for members of Chicago Fimmakers (773-293-1447).
15 SATURDAY Popular syndicated radio personality Laura Schlessinger has been quoted as saying that homosexuals are products of "a biological error that inhibits you from relating normally to the opposite sex." She's also said that feminists "nauseate and sicken me" and have "destroyed the sanctity of motherhood." Comments like these have incensed groups like the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network, part of a local Coalition to Stop Dr. Laura, which wants to halt her plans for a TV talk show this fall on CBS. Today activists in several cities will hold simultaneous protests at CBS affiliates. The local edition starts at 3 at WBBM, 630 N. McClurg. Call the CABN at 773-878-4781 for more.
When he was in high school, Sun-Times rock critic Jim DeRogatis schlepped from Jersey to Manhattan, where he stood outside the apartment building of the legendary rock critic Lester Bangs and shouted his name (Bangs didn't have a phone) hoping to interview his hero for a journalism class. DeRogatis got his interview, and Bangs died two weeks later. The event was the impetus for DeRogatis's new book, Let It Blurt: The Life & Times of Lester Bangs, America's Greatest Rock Critic. Tonight DeRogatis and an ad hoc band of writers and editors (including this paper's J.R. Jones and Kiki Yablon) will perform some of Bangs's own songs--as well as those significant to him--as the Lester Bangs Memorial Tribute Band. They'll be fronted by the energetic Jon Langford. Loraxx and Black Stabbath open. It's at 10 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western (773-276-3600). The $5 cover goes to the Cabrini-Green Tutoring Program.
16 SUNDAY This weekend's installment of Clownarchy Still Rules! features two works with very different starting points. Leslie Buxbaum's The Play features Buxbaum and Adrian Danzig and is based on text by Gertrude Stein. The second is event curator George Fuller's take on Henry Miller's The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder, with choreography by Asimina Chremos and performances by Douglas Grew, Andrew Adams, and special guests. It's Friday and Saturday at 8 and tonight at 7 at Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. Tickets are $10. Call 773-281-0824 for reservations.
For the past 20 years the do-gooders at the Bridgeport Volunteer Center have tried to improve the neighborhood by launching after-school, healthy-baby, energy-assistance, antiviolence, antiracism, GED, and ESL programs. But now that the neighborhood's gentrifying rapidly, the BVC has been thrown out of its offices. Today they'll hold a fund-raising spring fashion show and auction called the Eviction Collection, featuring ensembles from their affiliated thrift store. It's from 1 to 4 at 3240 S. Morgan. Admission is $10. Call 773-254-3718 for more information.
17 MONDAY In her 1993 book, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt called revisionist historian David Irving, who's written more than 30 books on the Nazi era, "one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial," who "bends" his research to make it conform to his agenda. On April 11 Irving, whose work has argued that Auschwitz was just a brutal slave-labor camp with a high death rate and that Adolf Hitler was not responsible for the Holocaust, lost his libel suit against Lipstadt and her British publisher, Penguin Books. Lipstadt gives a free lecture tonight at 7 at the Chicago Sinai Congregation, 15 W. Delaware. Call the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago at 312-444-2860 for more.
18 TUESDAY "I was thinking about the things I wanted to do in life, and it was either stay here and buy a condo or move to Paris," says Kathie Bergquist. The playwright, author, Nightlines columnist, Queercore impresario, and former zine publisher chose to do the expat thing of course. Tonight she hosts a low-key fund-raiser for her move. The food-and-cocktail reception starts at 6, and Three Dollar Bill goes onstage at 8 at Big Chicks, 5025 N. Sheridan (773-728-5511). The suggested donation is $5.
Under apartheid, African National Congress activist Albie Sachs was thrown in jail several times for his dissident activities. In 1988 he lost an eye and the use of his right arm when his car was bombed by South Africa's security forces. Sachs, now a justice on the South African Constitutional Court, describes the aftermath in his memoir, The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter, which has just been reissued by the University of California Press. He'll read from it tonight at 6 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, as part of WBEZ and WTTW's joint series "Chicago Matters: Seeking Justice." It's free. Call 773-684-1300.
19 WEDNESDAY Each year on April 24, people of Armenian descent commemorate the day in 1915 when 300 Constantinople intellectuals were rounded up and killed and 5,000 of their poorer brethren were slaughtered in the streets. In all, some one and a half million Armenians were exterminated by the Young Turk government of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 and 1916. To date, the only major country to deny the genocide is, unsurprisingly, Turkey. Tonight historian and Armenian genocide expert Vahakn N. Dadrian will discuss The Armenian Genocide According to the Official Turkish and German Documents. It's at 7 at Oscar Isberian Rugs, 122 W. Kinzie. Admission is $20, $15 for members of the Armenian Bar Association or the Armenian Network, and includes appetizers and beverages. Call 773-275-9418.
When Wilmette resident Abigail Foerstner was searching for pictures taken by residents of the Amana religious colony in Iowa, she stumbled upon a treasure trove of photos by her great-uncle, Amana member William Foerstner. He initially had to hide his camera because photography was strictly forbidden, and his photos from the early 1900s are among the 81 in Foerstner's book, Picturing Utopia: Bertha Shambaugh and the Amana Photographers. She'll discuss the book tonight at 7 at Borders Books & Music, 3232 Lake in Wilmette (847-256-3220).
20 THURSDAY Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang's The River is a bitterly pessimistic vision of life in contemporary Taipei involving gay saunas, a peddler of pornographic videos, and chronic neck pain. The film had its Chicago premiere April 14 and has been screening nightly at 7 and 9 at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton; tonight is your last chance to catch it. Call 773-281-4114.