Friday 6/22 - Thursday 6/28
By Cara Jepsen
22 FRIDAY Former rock promoter and self-taught painter Myke Adams listened to last year's Shellac album, 1000 Hurts, countless times while working on the seven canvases in his appropriately titled new exhibit, Death Over Love: Paintings Inspired by 1000 Hurts. The brightly colored, unframed pictures will be exhibited at indie record stores around the U.S., while 1000 Hurts pulses through the speakers. Adams will be at tonight's free kickoff for the tour (which has the approval of Shellac front man Steve Albini) from 6 to 9 at Laurie's Planet of Sound, 4703 N. Lincoln (773-271-3569).
Quick: Other than their gender, what do singer-songwriter and former smack addict Steve Earle, Booker Prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient), and artist and former pugilist Tony Fitzpatrick have in common? They'll all be pushing new books tonight at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where Earle will read from his debut short-story collection, Doghouse Roses; Ondaatje from his recent literary mystery, Anil's Ghost; and Fitzpatrick from Bum Town, an allegorical book-length poem about his search for his father's ghost. It starts at 7:30 at the Old Town School, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $12, $8 for children and seniors. Call 773-728-6000 or visit www.oldtownschool.org for more information.
23 SATURDAY In 1958 the National Council of Negro Women published The Historical Cookbook of the American Negro, a collection of soul food recipes and historical anecdotes arranged according to the calendar year, starting with New Year's Day and the Emancipation Proclamation. Ohio State University professor Anne Lieberman Bower recently edited an updated edition of the book, which, like the original, contains regional recipes and heaps of information about historical figures; she'll speak at a panel on the history of soul food today at 9 AM as part of a weekend conference called Grits and Greens II: The Culinary Legacy of African-American Women. Today's morning sessions run from 8:30 to noon at Harold Washington College, 30 E. Lake; admission is $40 (which includes a box lunch). Cooking demonstrations take place in the afternoon from 1 to 4 at the Illinois Institute of Art Culinary School, 180 N. Wabash, and are $20 each or three for $50. An evening food festival, which costs $50, runs from 6 to 10 at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan. Tomorrow's culinary tours of the south and west sides depart from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (360 W. Chestnut) at 9 and return at 4; tickets are $55, including lunch. Call 773-955-5503 or visit www.culinaryhistorians.org.
Speaking of grits and greens, an unrelated exhibit of work by food photographer Eric Futran, Soul Food: A Photographic Exhibit With Recipes, opened yesterday and runs through July 22 at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski. It's on view today from 10 to 4; admission is $4. Call 773-582-6500. i Every pianist on Southport Records--from Don Bennett to Marshall Vente--is slated to tickle the ivories at today's free Piano Legends of Southport event, which is part of the local musician-run label's annual music festival. The concert starts at 1 at the Jazz Record Mart, 444 N. Wabash (312-222-1467); tonight at 9 the festival concludes with a performance by the Von Freeman Quartet at Pops for Champagne, 2934 N. Sheffield (773-472-1000). Admission to Pops is $10, and you must be 21 or over.
24 SUNDAY Openly gay former major-league umpire Dave Pallone, who penned the 1990 bestseller Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball, will be the guest of honor at today's 32nd Annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. It kicks off at 2 at Belmont and Halsted and runs north on Halsted to Broadway, where it will head south toward Diversey, then east on Diversey to Sheridan. Call 773-348-8243.
The fertile punk scene of Washington, D.C., has spawned the Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Dischord Records, the riot grrrl and straight edge movements, and the 15-year-old punk activist collective Positive Force DC. Positive Force cofounder Mark Andersen recently coauthored a book, Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital. He'll appear today with Chicagoan and Punk Planet founder Daniel Sinker, who'll discuss his new book, We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet, the Collected Interviews, which includes chats with everyone from Kathleen Hanna to Noam Chomsky. It's at 3 at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North, and it's free; call 773-342-0910.
25 MONDAY "Punch a time clock, spot an open window, make eye contact, pout, wink, swivel your hips a little, put a stiletto-clad foot up on the windowsill to reveal an eyeful of your two most marketable orifices, fondle your tits, smack your ass, stroke whatever pubic hair you haven't shaven off, repeat these ten steps until the customer comes, then move on to the next window, repeat the process until your shift's over, punch out." That's how one employee at San Francisco's legendary Lusty Lady described a typical day of peep-show work. The daily grind inspired the dancers to form a union to fight for job security, sick pay, automatic raises, and other guarantees. Their efforts sparked lockouts and arbitration, and are the focus of Live Nude Girls Unite!, a documentary by filmmaker Vicky Funari and former LL dancer Julia Query, which opened Friday and runs through Thursday, June 28, at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton (773-281-4114). Tonight's screenings are at 7 and 8:45; admission is $7.
26 TUESDAY In his recent memoir, Experience, novelist Martin Amis writes, "Like many people who have not yet turned forty, I used to give the Mid-Life Crisis little credit and no respect: it was the preserve of various dunces and weaklings." But when the Mick Jagger of British letters hit the magic age himself, he dumped his literary agent, split with his wife, signed a fat book deal, and spent some $30,000 to get his teeth fixed. It's all covered in the book, as are his relationships with fellow writers such as Saul Bellow, Salman Rushdie, Robert Graves and--most important--his father, comic novelist Kingsley Amis, who died in 1995 and with whom he had an uneasy bond. Amis will read from and discuss his book tonight at 6:30 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton (312-943-9090). It's free.
Cabaret singer Tommy Femia has appeared in musicals as Nancy Reagan, Tallulah Bankhead, and Linus Van Pelt, but his dead-on impersonation of Judy Garland has won him the most acclaim. Femia, who realized he could sing like Garland when he was a student at NYC's High School for the Performing Arts, says he later studied tapes of her early 1960s TV show to get her persona down. He'll perform as Garland tonight at 8 (the show continues through July 1) at Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee (773-278-1830). Admission is $20; you must be 21 or over.
27 WEDNESDAY In the heyday of graphic design in Weimar Germany, designers--not clients--held sway over their work. These days things are just the opposite, says School of the Art Institute professor Maud Lavin. Her new essay collection, Clean New World: Culture, Politics, and Graphic Design, examines this shift in power as well as the history, politics, and gender issues related to design. She'll discuss her book tonight at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. It's free; call 773-871-3825.
28 THURSDAY Earlier this year Free Street Programs executive director David Schein helped a group of teenagers in Ethiopia--the country with the fourth-highest HIV infection rate in Africa--create a show about AIDS prevention. The formerly homeless children, who had taught themselves circus skills, performed the piece in Awassa's marketplace for several thousand people and distributed condoms and information about HIV. Now they're looking for funding to take the show on a tour of 12 more markets in southern Ethiopia. Schein and Awassa Children's Project president Aster Dables will show videos and give a presentation tonight at 7:30 at Pulaski Park, 1419 W. Blackhawk. The evening starts with a reception at 7; it's all free, but Schein encourages people to "bring their checkbooks and wallets." Call 773-772-7248.