Friday 9/1 - Thursday 9/7
By Cara Jepsen
1 FRIDAY Photographer, historian, and author Duncan P. Schiedt started shooting jazz musicians when he was 17 years old. He's been going strong for the last 60 years, turning his hobby into a career and supplementing his own work with that of others to build one of the largest collections of jazz photography in the world. Today at 12:15 Schiedt will show slides of and talk about his work in the Harold Washington Library Center auditorium, 400 S. State. An exhibit of Schiedt's photos is currently on display in the Music Information Center of the library through September 15. Call 312-747-4850.
2 SATURDAY There are tall ships docked in ports all over the world, but five of the eight on display at Navy Pier this weekend hail from Canada; along with the big boats they've brought a bunch of talent from the great white north. Today's entertainment includes the Kanata Native Dance Theatre, the world music/drumming/improv group Subtonic Monks, the multicultural Quebec group Eval Manigat & Tchaka, and Shakespearean combat demonstrations straight from Ontario's Stratford Festival. The free performances are from 11 to 8 on the Yellow Stage at the east end of Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. It's $5 to board the ships, which are on display from 10 to 10, and there are fireworks at 10:15. Call 312-595-7437 for more.
You'll find migrant workers, busboys, businesspeople, ushers, and electricians (but no United pilots) represented among the 55 works of art in the Chicago Federation of Labor's new Union Images 2000 exhibit, which is meant to represent the highs and lows of the human work experience. Pieces were selected by local artist Michael Paxton, whose own Cultural Center exhibit opens September 16; the show starts today and will be up through October 15 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630).
3 SUNDAY Filmmaker Luis Buñuel would have been 100 this year, so theaters all over are trotting out his oeuvre. Tristana was nominated for an Academy Award in 1970, when it also made Roger Ebert's top ten list. The restless title character is played by Catherine Deneuve, a too-beautiful woman who's the object of desire of two men--the lecherous guardian who deflowers her and the meek artist who wants to marry her. It'll be screened Saturday and today at 11:30 AM at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport (773-871-6604). It's $6.
"This is not what you see in competition tango or ballroom or in Hollywood," says Charlotte Vikstrom, founder and president of the Chicago Tango Club Argentine. She describes their style as traditional, rather than touristy. "We're not swinging people in the air or dragging them on the floor or anything like that. This is more languid." She'll give a lesson for beginners tonight from 7 to 8 at the club's monthly get-together, which includes dancing in the main ballroom from 7 to 10. It's at the Chicago Dance Studio, 3660 W. Irving Park. Admission is $6; call 773-267-3411.
4 MONDAY If the folks at Cantigny Park spelled Cantigny the way they want us to pronounce it, they'd have to lose the "g." Maybe they're thinking about it: the park's logo has an oak leaf strategically draped over the offending spot, like Adam's (offending spot, that is) in a 19th-century painting. The Irish music ensemble Arranmore will play a free Cantigny Park Labor Day Concert at 3 today in the bandshell. Parking is $5; BYO chair or blanket. The park is located at 1 S. 151 Winfield (at Roosevelt) in Wheaton. Call 630-668-5161 or check out cantignypark.com.
5 TUESDAY Mixed-media diary quilts are "not for traditional quilters," warn Susan Shie and James Acord, who run Turtle Moon Studios in Wooster, Ohio. Instead of planning and sewing squares, they encourage students to be playful and write, paint, draw, airbrush, embroider, glue, and otherwise embellish their nonfunctional quilts with whatever's on hand. They'll discuss quilts as outsider art today at 9:30 AM at the Village Presbyterian Church, 1300 Shermer in Northbrook. It's $3. Tomorrow they'll begin a two-day workshop on mixed-media diary quilts; it's $85, $70 for members of the North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, and reservations are required. Call 847-221-5278 for more.
6 WEDNESDAY In his new book, This House Has Fallen: Midnight in Nigeria, author and longtime African correspondent Karl Maier likens Nigeria to "a battered and bruised elephant staggering toward an abyss"--since gaining independence from Britain in 1960, two heads of state have been assassinated, there have been ten coup attempts, and 30 years of military rule. And despite its vast natural resources, it's the world's 13th poorest country. Maier will lecture on Nigeria's past and speculate on its future tonight at a meeting of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. It starts at 5:45 (followed by a reception at 6:45) at the Hotel Inter-Continental, 505 N. Michigan. It's $25, $15 for members. Call 312-726-3860 for more info.
7 THURSDAY The city already has the Chicagoland Bike Federation and Critical Mass, but the folks behind next Sunday's Break the Gridlock conference want to create "a new activist-oriented pro-pedestrian, pro-bike, pro-mass transit organization in Chicago." Getting rid of Lake Shore Drive tops their list of things to do. Tonight's concert, Highway 41 Depaved: A Bob Dylan Tribute, is a fund-raiser for the conference. Six dollars gets you six bands--Drag King, the Downwinders, the Returnables, Faces in the Dirt, Phenomenal Cat, and John Greenfield's Rock Band--covering a handful of Dylan songs each. It's tonight at 9 at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia. Call 312-409-4869 for more info.