Friday 10/11 - Thursday 10/17
11 FRIDAY In the 1880s, Jews fleeing pogroms in central and eastern Europe often landed in Vienna's Leopoldstadt district--and some eventually made their way to Chicago's Maxwell Street neighborhood. The two Jewish settlements are the focus of a UIC symposium called Flashbacks: Chicago and Vienna--Two Cities in Dialogue, which began Thursday, October 10, and continues today. Events include a talk by Viennese filmmaker and UIC artist in residence Ruth Beckermann, "Challenging the Official Narrative: Memory and Identity Discourses," at 1:30 and a screening of Shuli Eshel's film Maxwell Street: A Living Memory at 3, followed by a discussion with Eshel and producer Elliot Zashin. The symposium runs from 9 to 5 in Stevenson Hall at the UIC Institute for the Humanities, 701 S. Morgan, and there's a suggested donation of $5. For a complete schedule see Readings & Lectures or www.uic.edu/depts/
In 1978, when a group of dancers signed the lease on a room in Link's Hall, the rent was about $250 a month and there wasn't much in Wrigleyville besides the ballpark. "We rented the space to create our pieces and to teach some classes," says Charlie Vernon, one of the founders. "At that time there was MoMing [Dance and Arts Center], but they didn't have enough space to take care of everybody." Vernon says he had no idea it would become the senior artist-run performance space in the city. "We were moment to moment," he says. At In Celebration of Link's Hall, a performance in anticipation of the space's 25th anniversary next year, Vernon will present a piece about the bench that he's used in most of the works he's created since 1980 (and which is still used at the venue for seating). The bill also includes work by Link's Hall board president and percussionist Michael Zerang, artistic director Asimina Chremos, managing director Pam Linnell, choreographers in residence Adriana Durant and Janet Schmid, technical director Daedalus D'Alamut, "Poonie's Cabaret" curator Selene Carter, and Hi! Performance. It's tonight and tomorrow, October 12, at 8 at 3435 N. Sheffield (773-281-0824); tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors.
Democratic socialist Karen Kubby ran for Iowa City's city council three times before winning a seat in 1989. After being reelected twice--in 1992 she amassed the highest number of votes in the city's history--she stepped down to run the town's Emma Goldman Clinic and sit on the national committee of the Socialist Party. Her local elections campaign manual (see www.votesocialist.org/resources) includes everything from practical information about creating a platform and dealing with the media to miscellaneous tips such as "Get plenty of sleep" and "Stack up vacation time at work." Kubby, whom the socialists have asked to consider a bid for president in 2004, will give a lecture called Confessions of a Socialist-Feminist Office Holder tonight at 7 at the New World Resource Center, 2600 W. Fullerton. A $5 to $10 donation is requested; wine and snacks will be served. For more call 773-227-4011.
In 1928 educators Annie E. Oliver and Alice J. Neal helped found the Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Memorial Society (now the Chicago DuSable League) to lobby the organizers of the 1933 World's Fair to honor the city's first settler; thanks to their efforts the fair prominently featured a replica of DuSable's 1772 cabin. In 1935 they persuaded Mayor Anton Cermak to name a south-side school after him, and in 1969 an assistant to Mayor Richard J. Daley promised that the city would erect a statue of DuSable, but that still hasn't happened. Today the league will honor Oliver and Neal at a luncheon that'll include the premiere of Joan M. Pilot's play Dear Mrs. Oliver and a screening of a video about the fair. It's from 1 to 4 at the Ingleside-Whitfield Methodist Church, 929 E. 76th. The luncheon is $12, $1 for children (773-955-1858).
"Show me the married woman who can loll about and eat cherry bonbons!" wrote Helen Gurley Brown in her groundbreaking 1962 book, Sex and the Single Girl. "Hourly she is told by every magazine she reads what she must do to keep her marriage from bursting at the seams." Three years later Brown--who never attended college and married movie producer David Brown in 1959--was named editor in chief of the fledgling Cosmopolitan and went on to turn it into one of the most successful women's magazines ever, aiming it at young singles although she'd never really been one herself. Now 80, she'll give a lecture today at the Medill School of Journalism called "No Background, No Talent, No Experience...Making a Magazine Take Off." It starts at 4 at Northwestern University's brand-new McCormick Tribune Center, 1870 Campus Drive in Evanston. Admission is free. For more information call 847-491-2050.
Each election year the National Organization for Women endorses candidates at the local, state, and national levels; confirmed picks who'll be present at tonight's Chicago-area Candidate Meet & Greet include Illinois comptroller Dan Hynes; state representatives John Fritchey, Sara Feigenholtz, Larry McKeon, and Harry Osterman; Cook County Board commissioner Mike Quigley; and commissioner candidates Robert Martwick, Allan Monat, and Brian McPartlin. It runs from 6 to 8 at Ann Sather Restaurant, 929 W. Belmont, and it's $5--free if you become a member on the spot, which'll set you back $40. For more call 773-430-2812 or visit www.chicagonow.org.
One-bedroom units will go for $575 to $638 a month, two-bedrooms for $713 to $763, and three-bedrooms for $877 at the Switching Stations Artist Lofts. They're slated to open in Garfield Park early next year--but only artists need apply. The rehabbed Chicago Telephone Company Kedzie Exchange Building at 15 S. Homan is the first local affordable housing venture for the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Artspace, and applicants must meet specific artistic and financial criteria. A free public meeting about the application process and the building--which was built in 1906, used as a middle school for many years, and boasts hardwood floors, marble stairs, and its original wood banisters--takes place tonight at 6:30 at the Garfield Park Field House, 100 N. Central Park. For more call 312-458-9229 or go to www.artspaceprojects.org.
Unfortunately one building can't solve the affordable housing crisis. According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Web site, the demand for shelter for Chicago families increased 35 percent from 2000 to 2001, and "in no state in the U.S. today does a full-time minimum wage job enable a family to pay fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment." The 22-year-old CCHC holds its annual meeting tonight from 6 to 8 in room 140 of the Northwestern University School of Law's Rubloff Building, 357 E. Chicago; featured speakers are Chicago authors Ana Castillo and Studs Terkel. There's a suggested donation of $5. For more information call 312-435-4548 or see www.chicagohomeless.org.
"I wasn't part of the Beat Generation at all. I was really the last bohemian," said poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the New York Times Magazine's "What They Were Thinking" feature last month. He was talking about a photo of himself standing arm in arm with Bob Donlin, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert LaVigne in front of City Lights, the legendary San Francisco bookstore he founded in 1955. "I am the only one in the picture still alive, because I work out all the time," he noted. "They didn't work out except raising the elbow or rolling joints." Ferlinghetti, who's 83, will read from and discuss his work tonight at 6:30 at a Poetry Center of Chicago-sponsored event at the School of the Art Institute ballroom, 112 S. Michigan. Tickets are $15 (312-899-1229).