Friday 4/6 - Thursday 4/12
By Cara Jepsen
6 FRIDAY A trio of Columbia College theater students started Flush Puppy Productions last year "to create something that combined all art media," says associate artistic director Joanie Schultz. The collective's new show, Night Visions, features five performances that use drama, film, movement, music, and visual art to address the evening's theme of "dreams." There's also a dream booth, in which "audience members can sit and tell one of their dreams to the camera." The good ones may end up in the final evening's screening of "great dream booth moments." The show opens tonight and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 through April 21, with an additional performance Monday, April 9, at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $8; call 773-377-5000, ext. 7411, or see www.geocities.com/flushpuppies for more.
7 SATURDAY "The Chicago region is one of a handful of metropolitan areas in the world that has a high concentration of globally significant natural communities," say the folks at Chicago Wilderness. The group is a partnership of 124 public and private organizations devoted to restoring and managing 200,000 acres of protected natural land from northwestern Indiana to southeastern Wisconsin. Today CW chair John Rogner, World Resources Institute head Jonathan Lash, and former EPA administrator Carol Browner will examine how CW has become a model for environmental activism at a lecture called "Earth on Edge: Reclaiming Urban Ecosystems." It's part of the Field Museum's four-day It's Wild in Chicago festival, which includes interactive exhibits and behind-the-scenes tours. The lecture is at 4:30 at the museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive (312-665-7400). Admission is $18, $15 for students and teachers; registration begins at 3:30.
8 SUNDAY When you plug Malaak Compton-Rock's name into a search engine, half of the hits are really referencing her more famous husband, Chris. That probably doesn't matter a whole lot to the founder of Brooklyn-based Styleworks. Since 1999 the nonprofit organization has helped women in welfare-to-work programs prepare for job interviews by providing them with top-to-bottom makeovers that cover everything from waxing to accessories. Compton-Rock will discuss her work at a lecture called Renewing Your Spirit today at noon at V103's Expo for Today's Black Woman, which began Friday and ends at 7 tonight at McCormick Place, E. 22nd and S. Lake Shore Drive. Daily admission is $15 for adults, $7 for seniors and children. Call 312-360-9060 or visit www.V103.com for a complete schedule.
9 MONDAY "His own lonely im-punity is rank; it smells to heaven. If it is allowed to persist then we shall shamefully vindicate the ancient philosopher Anacharsis, who maintained that laws were like cobwebs; strong enough to detain only the weak, and too weak to hold the strong." That's Nation and Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens on former secretary of state and national security adviser Henry Kissinger. In his forthcoming book, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Hitchens amasses evidence to indict Kissinger as a war criminal, citing his involvement in "both individual murders and widespread, indiscriminate slaughter." Hitchens will discuss that book and his new Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere tonight at 6 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State (773-684-1300). It's free. A party for Hitchens follows from 10 to midnight at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo (312-362-9707). Reduced cover charge is $5 (tell them you're there for the party). He'll also appear Wednesday at 4 at UIC's Stevenson Hall, 701 S. Morgan (312-413-2204), and Thursday night at 7 at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University's Norris University Center, 1999 South Campus Drive in Evanston (847-491-4278). Both university appearances are free.
10 TUESDAY Jay Rosenblatt's Jewish mother was so devout she would say "Jersey City" rather than utter the name Jesus Christ. So when the filmmaker saw Nicholas Ray's King of Kings as a kid at Radio City Music Hall, he was stunned to discover that J.C. was Jewish. His latest film, the 18-minute King of the Jews, uses clips from Hollywood productions, educational and religious films, and home movies to examine his childhood fear of Jesus and the nature of anti-Semitism. It'll be screened tonight at 7 and 8:45 with his other meditative, collagelike short films Short of Breath, Human Remains, The Smell of Burning Ants, and Restricted on a program called The Films of Jay Rosenblatt. Screenings start Friday, April 6, at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton. Tickets are $7; call 773-281-4114. See also the Critic's Choice in the Section Two movie listings.
11 WEDNESDAY Last summer radio producer Dan Collison started following several ex-felons enrolled in a program at Saint Leonard's halfway house on the near west side. The program tries to use job training and counseling to ease the jarring move from prison to the free world, but before three months were up, two participants disappeared and a third returned to the clink. So Collison zeroed in on James, a 38-year-old who'd been in and out of jail for most of his adult life. "He said he needed the program to learn how to live, because he didn't know how," says Collison. To document his transition to the outside world, James interviewed his daughter, his boss, his caseworker, and the program director at Saint Leonard's, and recorded his thoughts on the experience. His half-hour documentary, Learning to Live: James' Story, produced by Collison and narrated by James, will air tonight at 6 and again at 10:25 AM on Tuesday, April 17, on WBEZ-FM as part of the station's "Chicago
Matters" series. Call 773-384-3154.
Born in 1948 and raised in Namaqualand, South Africa, writer Zoe Wicomb returned to her homeland in 1991 after 20 years of voluntary exile and saw firsthand how mixed-race "colored" citizens had been faring under apartheid. She explores their experiences in her new book, David's Story, which she'll read from and discuss at a release party tonight. Poet Sterling Plumpp will introduce Wicomb; poet Calvin Forbes will also read, and writer and critic Hazel Rochman will discuss growing up in South Africa and her immigration to Chicago. It starts at 7:30 at the Guild Complex at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors. Call 773-227-6123.
12 THURSDAY For his 1929 film Woman in the Moon (about a female astronaut who joins four male cohorts to mine gold on the moon), Fritz Lang consulted not one but two rocket scientists; later Hitler was so worried that the movie's attention to detail would compromise plans for the V-1 and V-2 rocket bombs that he banned it. Tonight's screening will be followed by a lecture from University of Chicago professor Tom Gunning, author of The Films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity. It's part of the Art Institute's "2001: Building for Space Travel" exhibition and starts at 7 at the Gene Siskel Film Center at Columbus and Jackson (312-443-3737). Admission is $7.
Anyone who's been to the Jazz Showcase has seen co-owner Joe Segal take the mike between sets to announce the club's schedule for the next several months--and then complain when the audience talks over him. Tonight Segal, who's been booking bands since 1947, will be given the respect he deserves at a discussion called Conversations in Jazz, where he'll be joined by musician Ramsey Lewis and TV journalist Bill Kurtis. It starts at 5:30 at the nonsmoking Jazz Showcase, 59 W. Grand. It's free but you must reserve a seat in advance; call 312-341-6371.