Friday 9/7 - Thursday 9/13
7 FRIDAY "Few libraries in the United States undertake the task of collecting and saving zines, which, as they age, become invaluable firsthand accounts of everything from daily female existence to the punk rock music scene," says Zine Guide editor and publisher Brent Ritzel. That's why he donates the thousand-odd zines he and assistant editor Katherine Raz peruse and catalog for each issue to such collections as Bowling Green University's Popular Culture Library and San Jose's Anno Domini gallery. Ritzel--who also puts out the zine Tail Spins--will attend a free release party for Zine Guide #5 tonight from 8 to 10 at Quimby's Bookstore. Several local publishers (from The 2nd Hand, King Cat Comics, Roctober, and others) will read excerpts from their zines. Quimby's is at 1854 W. North (773-342-0910).
An exhibit of photographs of musicians taken by Marcia and Tom Palazzolo, dating back to 1963, has been up since the first of the month at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The official opening receptions for the show, which features shots of the old Old Town School, and for an exhibit of paintings by Rachel Weaver take place tonight from 8 to 10 as part of the school's First Fridays program. Also on the bill: a screening of several of Tom Palazzolo's films (which will be shown on video) and an open mike. "It's all very informal and free," say the organizers. It's at the OTSFM, 4544 N. Lincoln (773-751-3323).
8 SATURDAY A who's who of Chicago painters will appear on the near west side for tonight's opening of Influence CHICAGO Influence, an exhibit of work "that is really strong and that people really look to when they think of Chicago painters," according to curator Maria Munet. The list of (mostly white male) artists includes Ed Paschke, Wesley Kimler, Kim Piotrowski, Jim Lutes, Gary Gissler, Joseph Bernard, Ron Kowalke, Bruce Thorn, and Daniel Bruttig (who just moved to NYC). It's from 5:30 to 10:30 at Arena Gallery, 311 N. Sangamon, and it's free; call 312-421-0212.
Losing her eyesight in a car accident years ago didn't stop Iranian opera singer Pari Zanganeh from becoming one of the world's best-known Persian vocalists, as well as an author of children's books. She's also devoted her energies to preserving the oral tradition of Persian folk songs. Zanganeh makes her first Chicago-area appearance tonight at 8 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. Tickets are $15 or $20 and benefit Iran House of Greater Chicago; call 847-673-0614.
9 SUNDAY Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden will all be represented at today's International Scandinavian Festival, the theme of which is "the world of the Viking explorers." It boasts a Viking encampment complete with "Vikings," Nordic dogs, tents, arts and crafts, storytelling, and old Norse games. There will also be Swedish pancakes, Danish hot dogs (sold by the Danish Nimbus Motorcycle Club), music, folk dancing, and a discussion of Viking travel and its effect on the rest of the world by Dan Carlsson, associate professor at Gotland University in Sweden. It's from 9 to 6 at Vasa Park, Route 31 near South McLean Boulevard, seven miles south of Elgin. Admission is $10 (free for children 12 and under) and includes parking. Call 847-824-8037.
An encampment of a different sort is one of the highlights of this weekend's Around the Coyote Festival, where for the second year running there will be an Indian Summer Tepee Show. "Last year I designed a big tepee and artists from the show helped me paint it," says painter-architect Rachid Moussouni, who sees the structure as a shelter, a canvas, and an homage to Native Americans. "People started joining in, so this year we thought it would be better to have everybody come and paint." The installation of 40 art tepees, which is up Thursday, September 6, through today from 11 to dusk, includes blank ones that people can paint Saturday and today from 12 to 3. Other events Saturday and Sunday include tattoo painting, a sandstone-carving and bottle-cap-shaker-making workshop with Mr. Imagination (both between 12 and 3), and music and poetry readings (from 4 to 7). It's all in Wicker Park, 1425 N. Damen, and it's free. Call 773-342-6777.
10 MONDAY Bringing China into the World Trade Organization will hasten the downfall of its communist government, argues Gordon Chang, author of The Coming Collapse of China. Chang, an American lawyer who's lived in China for many years, says that despite president Jiang Zemin's stabs at reform, the country's economic and social policies remain repressive and unpopular among the many citizens he interviewed for the book. "The people will take back their government," he writes. He'll explain further at a lecture sponsored by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations tonight at 5:45 at the Hotel Inter-Continental, 505 N. Michigan. Tickets are $25 and include hors d'oeuvres and a postdiscussion reception. To register, call 312-726-3860.
11 TUESDAY The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in 1968, Jane Elliot, a third-grade teacher in Riceville, Iowa, wanted to show her all-white students why his death was important. To demonstrate how racism works, she devised an exercise in which blue-eyed students would be treated as inferior one day, and brown-eyed students the next. The point was driven home, and Elliot--whose family was subsequently harassed and ostracized by the community--went on to repeat her demonstration internationally with both children and adults. Eye of the Storm, a 1970 documentary about the exercise, will be screened today at noon at 713 Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted, as part of the city's Unity Month celebration, and will be followed by a discussion facilitated by UIC police officers. It's free, but reservations are required; call 312-413-5078.
12 WEDNESDAY Latina writers in the west and southwest have been collected, "anthologized, duly canonized, and even mainstreamed by the Anglo literary market"--all while their sisters in the country's midsection have been ignored, say the folks behind March/Abrazo Press's new Between the Heart and the Land: Anthology of Latina Poets in the Midwest. The collection includes work by poets Teresa Vazquez, Johanny Paz, Aide Rodriguez, Jennifer Morales, and Marta Collazo, who'll all read at tonight's release party. 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 773-227-6117 for more information.
13 THURSDAY The goal of the projet Mobilivre-Bookmobile project is to bring independently produced books to the masses and "explore and create networks which exist outside corporate interest and traditional elitist discursive communities through encouraging participation, conversation, and exchange." The Canada-based Bookmobile ("mobilivre" in French) is a customized Airstream trailer stocked with a juried exhibit of both print and electronic books. It'll be parked in front of Quimby's Bookstore--where the great unwashed can find alternative reading material every day of the week--today from noon to 10. From 7 to 10 project coordinators will conduct a bookbinding workshop, which has a sliding-scale fee of $10 to $20. It's at 1854 W. North (773-342-0910); visit www.studioxx.org/bookmobile/ for more.
When they became fugitives in 1970, Weather Underground leader Bernardine Dohrn and comrade Bill Ayers renamed themselves Rose Bridges and Joe Brown. "I loved those ordinary names," writes Ayers in his new memoir, Fugitive Days, which chronicles the decade the pair spent underground after a bomb being made by several other group members exploded accidentally in a Greenwich Village town house, demolishing the building and killing three people. At tonight's free reading and discussion, Ayers, now a professor of education at UIC and head of its Center for Youth and Society, will be joined by Dohrn, director of Northwestern's Law & Family Justice Center. It's at 6 at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State (312-747-4080).