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Friday 9/13 - Thursday 9/22

SEPTEMBER

13 FRIDAY According to the World Health Organization, over 14 million people die each year from infectious diseases. The most common ones, like malaria, sleeping sickness, tuberculosis, kala azar, and HIV/AIDS, can be treated, yet in many developing countries safe, effective medicines just aren't available--usually because the pharmaceutical industry doesn't find it profitable to make them and the governments involved refuse to intervene. In the case of sleeping sickness, for example, the most effective drug, eflornithine, was out of production from 1995 until 2001, when a cosmetic use for it was discovered. Doctors Without Borders' interactive multimedia Access to Essential Medicines EXPO focuses on five patients, each of whom suffers from a different one of the above diseases, and explains their treatment options; DWB field-workers will also be on hand to answer questions. The expo--housed in a 48-foot trailer--is in town today through Sunday from 10 to 6 near Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, at the corner of Erie and Fairbanks. For more call 212-655-3779 or see www.doctorswithoutborders.org.

If (or when) the U.S. attacks Iraq, the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism is poised to hold two rallies at Federal Plaza--at 5 PM on the first day of the offensive and at the same time the day after. In the meantime the group is holding biweekly planning sessions and events like tonight's free panel discussion, Countdown to War in Iraq: Why We Must Stop It, with local activists Jose Lopez, Emma Lozano, Lionel Baptiste, Dan Dale, and Mahmud Ahmad. It starts at 7 in the second-floor lounge of Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan. Call 312-458-9559 or go to www.chicagoantiwar.org for more information.

14 SATURDAY The effects of U.S. foreign policy in East Timor, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Guatemala, Vietnam, and El Salvador are the focus of David Kaplowitz's In Whose Interest?: The Practical Horrible Realities of Power, a short documentary that's reported to both include an interview with Noam Chomsky and be funny. It'll be shown tonight along with Toyin Adebanjo's What Is a Terrorist?, followed by an open discussion. The screening starts at 6 at the Autonomous Zone, 2129 N. Milwaukee; the suggested donation is $5, or pay what you can (773-235-7370).

15 SUNDAY Fashion designer Khatia Esartia once read that a catwalk fashion show could be put on anywhere at any time. To test that theory, she decided to mount a show in the parking lot of the restaurant where she used to work. Lucky for her, the date she chose for Assigned Parking just happened to coincide with Wicker Park's Around the Coyote arts festival, which runs through the weekend. Along with Esartia's designs, models--both pros and "real" people--will show off work by local fashionista Lara Miller and Crisiswear's Matt Deponte. The gate opens at 8 next to Barcello's, 1647 N. Milwaukee. The $10 admission includes food and soft drinks; for more call 773-791-2357. For more on Around the Coyote see the sidebar and listings in Section Two or www.aroundthecoyote.org.

16 MONDAY Completed in 1885, William LeBaron Jenney's ten-story Home Insurance Building at LaSalle and Adams was the first structure of that height to be supported by a fireproof metal frame, which allowed for more floor and window space than its masonry-based predecessors and is why it's considered the first American skyscraper. Unfortunately it won't be on today's Historic Skyscrapers Walking Tour, because it was torn down in 1931 to make way for the LaSalle National Bank Building. Old-school skyscrapers you will see include Burnham and Root's 1888 11-story Rookery Building, Adler and Sullivan's 1889 Auditorium Building, and Holabird & Root's 1930 art deco Chicago Board of Trade. The tour meets at 10 AM at the Chicago Architecture Foundation ArchiCenter in the Santa Fe Building, 224 S. Michigan. It's $10; for reservations call 312-922-3432 or go to www.architecture.org.

17 TUESDAY Since starting the Center for Public Intellectuals two years ago, its founders have been wondering whether or not the name sounds elitist. "We've been thinking of a more accurate way to express the type of public education work that we do," explains program director Cary Nathenson. So they recently decided to switch to the short-yet-sweet moniker the Public Square, which "can be a space and also a metaphor for openness." Tonight at 6:30 the group sponsors a public forum called Amplifying Women's Voices: Perspectives on the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict. Speakers include human rights activist and former Middle East Magazine editor and BBC correspondent Nadia Hijab, Jewish Alliance for Peace and Justice national coordinator Aliza Becker, and Medill School of Journalism assistant professor Marda Dunsky, who covered Arab affairs for the Jerusalem Post. It's at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo. Admission is $5; for more call 312-993-0682.

"Childhood is morbid," writes San Franciscan Michelle Tea in her unblinking new memoir Chelsea Whistle. From that first line the book goes on to detail her experiences growing up working-class outside of Boston, where her alcoholic father abandoned the family and his replacement spied on Tea and her sister through secret holes in the walls. Tea, cofounder of the touring performance poetry group Sister Spit, will read from Whistle tonight at 7 along with poet Bucky Sinister (also from SF) at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North (773-342-0910). Later the pair will perform as part of Stromboli's Island of Donkeys and Dolls, an all-ages showcase of music and spoken word at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo. They'll be joined by the queer/trans hip-hop duo End of the World, writer and performance artist Tara Jepsen (no relation!), poets Ricky Lee and Greg Gillam, and multimedia artist, writer, and activist Nomy Lamm. It starts at 10; tickets are $10 (312-362-9707).

18 WEDNESDAY Author, video artist, photographer, and installation artist David Robbins lived in New York City in the 1980s, where his contemporaries included Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer, Robert Longo, Jeff Koons, and Peter Nagy. Robbins took 18 head shots of his peers--and himself--and arranged them in a three-by-six-foot rectangle for 1986's Talent, which was widely hailed as a critique of the era's celebrity-crazed art market. Robbins, who now lives in Milwaukee and teaches writing at the School of the Art Institute, will discuss the piece tonight at 6 as the first installment in SAIC's visiting artist series, "A Particular Time and Place: 1980s East Village Art." It's at the SAIC Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus, and admission is $5; call 312-443-3711.

19 THURSDAY When Asian long-horned beetles invaded Ravenswood in 1998, singer-songwriter Toy DeIorio lived near the epicenter of the infestation. She started snapping pictures when the city removed her block's trees on February 3, 1999, but didn't really feel the loss until that summer, when "there was so much more wind coming down the street and it was so much hotter. There were less birds and less animals....But all the saplings were planted immediately, and now it looks OK." Her photos of the treeless street are part of a new exhibit called Branching Out--Honoring the Trees, which will also include watercolors by local artist Gina Bader. DeIorio will perform her song "Falling to the Ground"--also inspired by the day the trees came down--at tonight's opening reception, which runs from 6:30 to 9:30 at A Tavola, 2148 W. Chicago. The exhibit will be up through the end of next month. For more call 312-409-3240 or see www.toyband.com.

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