Friday 3/8 - Thursday 3/14
8 FRIDAY According to local author Genie O'Malley, a Complete Earthly Woman is one who can find wisdom and self-acceptance through conscious breathing and "awakening the ancient master within." It took sexual and physical abuse, a struggle with depression, and several suicide attempts to lead O'Malley to the "higher path along the road of a life well lived," but now that she's found it she's eager to share her travel tips with others. She's seeking an audience for a TV special named after the book, which will air on WTTW at a date still to be determined. It'll be taped tonight at 6 at the WTTW studio, 5400 N. Saint Louis. Parking, refreshments, and tickets are free; call 312-642-2764 for more information.
In 1915, using the political intrigues of World War I as cover, Turkish nationalists forced the deportation of almost two million Armenians from Ottoman Turkey. En route to Syria and Mesopotamia, 600,000 to 1.5 million are estimated to have starved or been massacred. The survivors fled into exile, and most of their stories remained untold as they tried to shed difficult memories and start new lives. Today through April 26, nine award-winning Armenian-American artists from across the country will present Inheritance: Art and Images Beyond a Silenced Genocide--an exhibit of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and film exploring the "intergenerational transmission of trauma"--at Beacon Street Gallery, 4131 N. Broadway. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6, and Saturday, 11 to 4; there's a free opening reception on Sunday, March 10, from 2 until 6. Call 773-525-7579 or visit www.beaconst.org for more information.
9 SATURDAY "The concept of the 'album' is not limited to the music industry," says New York-based artist Andy Friedman, who publishes cartoons in the New Yorker under the name Larry Hat. "A visual artist makes a new expression with the individual works when they are housed in the format of a book." His first, Drawings & Other Failures, was released last year by City Salvage Records, and Friedman considers the collection of poignant and slightly melancholy pencil drawings, Polaroids, and poetry a sound track without songs. Tonight at 7, Jon Resh, local zine publisher and author of the punk rock chronicle Amped, will lead a free discussion on the intersections between poetry, prose, music, and visual art with Friedman, Chicago printmaker Jay Ryan, and composer and musician David Amram, who's touring to promote his new book, Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac. It's at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North (773-342-0910), and blues guitarist Paul Curreri will perform. At 9:30 Amram and Curreri will appear at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433) with Elizabeth Conant, Kevin Tkacz, and Eric Montzka. It's $7.
10 SUNDAY Children and latex fetishists alike will enjoy today's 18th annual Festival of Balloons, whose highlights include a 14-foot-tall flower-patterned teapot and an outsize winged lion perched on a cloud. Professional balloon artists from 30 different countries will show off their craftsmanship, and winning sculptures from private competitions held earlier in the week will be on display. The show runs from 11 to 3 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr in Rosemont. It's free for kids 12 and under, $5 for everyone else; call 773-380-1404 for more information.
11 MONDAY Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern entered parliament in 1977, left nine years later to serve as mayor of Dublin for a year, then immediately returned to national government. In 1994 he became head of Fianna Fail, Ireland's largest political party, which seeks to secure peace, protect Ireland's heritage and natural environment, and make the legal code more "efficient, humane, caring, and responsive to the needs of citizens." In his first year as prime minister Ahern helped broker an IRA cease-fire and has since gained an international reputation as a diplomatic and resourceful negotiator. He'll speak on the peace process tonight in a lecture called A Turning Point in Ireland. It starts at 7 in Northwestern University's Leverone Hall, 2001 Sheridan Road in Evanston. It's free; call 847-467-4045.
12 TUESDAY Experimental filmmaker Matt McCormick says his latest work, The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal, is a tongue-in-cheek "observation of how the process of destroying one art unwittingly creates another"; Reader critic Fred Camper calls it "a delightful parody of overheated art history hermeneutics and a plea for the appreciation of discarded urban patterns." McCormick is currently on the road with Johnne Eschleman, whose screenings of The Read Letters are never the same twice: he simultaneously projects two rolls of bleached and scratched found film footage while improvising a live sound track on electronic keyboard and xylophone. The two movies will be shown as part of the Chicago stop on McCormick and Eschleman's "Peripheral Produce" tour, copresented by the Chicago Underground Film Festival and Discount Cinema, tonight at 7 at Cinema Borealis, 1550 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are priced on a sliding scale between $6 and $10; call 773-327-3456 for more information.
13 WEDNESDAY Though local singer-songwriter Maggie Brown has a famous father in the music business, she has spent more than ten years as a do-it-herselfer rather than ride on Oscar Brown Jr.'s coattails. In 1991 she began performing Legends, a one-woman show exploring the evolution of African-American music from work songs to rap. Since then she's helped develop the Blues Schoolhouse outreach program at the House of Blues, started her own label, Mag/Pie Records, and produced and released her own CD. Tonight she'll moderate the Guild Complex's Women's Singer-Songwriter Summit, at which Amina Norman Hawkins, Jacqueline Wilson, Ellen Rosner, and Nicole Mitchell will discuss the role of women as singer-songwriters in genres from hip-hop to folk; it'll be followed by a performance by Rosner. The event kicks off the Guild's 11th annual "Musicality of Poetry" series and starts at 7:30 at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. Admission is $7, $5 for students and seniors; call 773-227-6117 for more information.
14 THURSDAY Lefty loudmouth Michael Moore's 1989 movie Roger & Me--which tries to show that General Motors single-handedly ruined the economy of Flint, Michigan--quickly made him the hero of many an underdog. His wide-eyed, PO'd manner has since landed him two TV shows, acting and producing credits in several other movies, and a book deal. Now everything from taxes to large corporations to medicine to the media--and including the circumstances surrounding the publication of his latest book, Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!--is fuel for his fire. The book was scheduled to hit stores October 2, but was instead warehoused for three months while HarperCollins tried--unsuccessfully--to get Moore to tone down his criticism of George W. Bush. Moore will speak tonight at 7 at Walter Payton College Prep, 1034 N. Wells. Entry for two is free with purchase of one copy of the book, and seating is limited. Call 312-642-5044 or visit www.michaelmoore.com for more information.