Friday 3/30 - Thursday 4/5
By Cara Jepsen
30 FRIDAY "Sexual geography is a mental map that city dwellers and tourists form of sexual opportunities, enticements, and dangers in the city," says Princeton University history professor Christine Stansell. The landscape started to change in the 19th century, when single men and women began converging on cities such as Paris, New York, London, and Chicago, giving "a special edge to urban sexual culture, both heterosexual and homosexual." Stansell, author of American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century, will give a free lecture on Women on the Town: Sexual Geography in Modern Cities as part of UIC's "Sex and the City" speaker series. It's today from 2 to 4 in the Cardinal Room at UIC's Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted; call 312-996-2441.
31 SATURDAY On Easter Sunday in Lithuania, the Easter Granny traditionally arrives at homes before sunrise in a cart led by a wax horse and leaves eggs for children in a little nest or basket in the yard. After hightailing it home from church, families then sit down to the Easter meal, the first course of which is always eggs, and then might engage in a game of egg rolling. Decorating all those eggs is also an important holiday custom, and today the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture offers its 35th annual Easter egg decorating workshop, led by folk artist Ursula Astras. The workshops are at 11 and 1 at the museum at 6500 S. Pulaski. The $9.50 fee ($8.50 for members) includes materials and admission to the museum, but you must bring your own dyed hard-boiled eggs. Call 773-582-6500 to register.
Last Thursday, the Tribune ran an above-the-fold story about the Bush administration's expulsion of six Russian diplomats, while the Chicago Independent Media Center Web site--www.chicago.indymedia.org--led with Chicago Teamsters Local 743's decision to back rank-and-file reform candidate Tom Leedham instead of current president James P. Hoffa at the union's June convention. Tonight's CIMC fund-raiser will go to outreach efforts and the launch of a weekly radio show. The scheduled entertainment includes Mexican folksingers Chuy Negrete and Ramon Marino, plus exhibits of work by CIMC photographers and documentarians. It's from 7 to 9 at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo. Admission is $10, and for another $5 benefit goers can stay to catch a 10 PM D-Settlement show. Call 312-362-9707 for more info.
1 SUNDAY Cecil B. De Mille's 1927 film The King of Kings, opens with a blowout at Mary Magdalene's decadent pad, where decked-out Jacqueline Logan realizes Judas is missing, declares (via title card), "Harness my zebras--gift of the Nubian king," and takes off after him to bring him to the feast. The $2,500,000 epic will be screened today with live accompaniment by organist Jay Warren, who will play an original score on the Pickwick Theatre's Mighty Wurlitzer. It starts at 2:30 at the Pickwick, 5 S. Prospect (at Touhy and Northwest Highway) in Park Ridge (847-825-5800). Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $7 for students and seniors. On Thursday, April 5, the theater will hold its annual preservation gala, which will include live music by Margie Gibson, the Kent Wehman Trio, and others, and screenings of Cinema Paradiso and the short film Precious Images, a compilation of clips from famous movies. Sportscaster Mike North emcees. It's at 6:30 at the Pickwick; tickets are $25 ($10 for children). Call 847-692-6590.
School chums Todd Dills and Matt Cordell started a short-lived zine while growing up in Rock Hill, South Carolina, that was, says Dills, "a complete failure." So when they launched The2ndHand last year, the pair decided to make it an 11-by- 17 broadside. "It's easier to produce, and it's cheap," says Dills, who points out that it's also an accessible format for presenting "what may be less accessible writing." You can judge for yourself at today's free launch party and reading for the fifth issue of the quarterly, where Dills and Cordell will be joined by contributors Brian Costello, Germania Solorzano, Joe Meno, Theo Cowley, and others. It starts at 3 at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North; call 773-342-0910 for more information or see www.the2ndhand.com.
2 MONDAY "For too long musicians have had too little voice in the manufacture, distribution, and promotion of their music on a national and international level and too little means to extract fair support and compensation for their work." So reads the manifesto of the Coalition for the Future of Music, a group of independent musicians looking to level the playing field. CFM executive director Jenny Toomey (of the bands Tsunami, Licorice, and Grenadine and the now defunct Simple Machines label) will join the Recording Industry Association of America's Stanley Pierre-Louis, Artists Against Piracy director Noah Stone, and U. of C. law school professor Douglas Lichtman to discuss life after Napster at a free panel called After the Flood? Copyright in the Information Age. It's today from 4 to 6 in the courtroom at the University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th. Call 773-490-9561 for more info.
3 TUESDAY With schools cutting programs like crazy, hands-on art education is fast becoming a thing of the past. But there are rays of hope, such as Art Resources in Teaching, a nonprofit organization that's been bringing professional artists into local schools since 1894. Today former NEA chair Jane Alexander will explain why art should stay in the schools at a lecture called The Creative Mind. A panel comprising artist Ed Paschke, Maggie Daley, and Chicago school board president Gery Chico will respond to her ideas; Bill Kurtis moderates. It's at 6 in the Arthur Rubloff Auditorium of the Art Institute at 111 S. Michigan. Tickets are $15; call 312-332-0355.
Along with engaging the public in "vital intellectual issues," the new Center for Public Intellectuals aims to "include people who are disenfranchised by the current means of exchanging and acquiring knowledge." The center is launching its Extra-Ordinary Aspects of the Ordinary lecture series with New Yorker staff writer and author Lawrence Weschler and This American Life architect Ira Glass, two guys who've built successful careers out of the stories of the disenfranchised. Weschler and Glass will talk about the wacky world we live in tonight at 7:30 at the Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark. It's $10, $5 for students, seniors, teachers, and the unemployed. Call 847-733-7134.
4 WEDNESDAY The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition lasted less than six months, but its legacy includes picture postcards, hamburgers, the Ferris wheel, the Midway Plaisance, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Tonight at 6 Chicago Historical Society research and collections director Russell Lewis will give a lecture about the fair; highlights from the Newberry's WCE collection will also be on display. It's part of the Newberry Library's Wednesday Club, an after-work series aimed at attracting the young professional crowd. It's at 60 W. Walton, and tickets are $10 (312-355-3510).
5 THURSDAY Today's Youth Take Back the Night rally and march was organized by local youth agencies and their constituents, who point out that one in three girls (and one in six boys) are sexually abused before they're old enough to vote. The rally kicks off with a march around the Loop that starts at Dirksen Federal Plaza (Jackson and Dearborn) at 3:30. The marchers will wind up back at the plaza for a 4 PM rally with testimonials and performances. People of all ages are encouraged to bring noisemakers and signs and join in. Call 312-663-6303, ext. 37, for more information.