Friday 11/22 - Thursday 11/28
22 FRIDAY With the money they raised at their last fund-raiser, filmmakers Tara Vaughan Tremmel and Gwen Lis returned to the Exotic World Museum in Helendale, California, to shoot more footage for their documentary on the history of burlesque (the subject of a July Reader story). They also conducted interviews with contemporary performers at September's Tease-O-Rama dance convention in San Francisco, which featured over 100 acts in three days. Tremmel says they'll continue to gather footage "for the next few years until we feel we have a substantive understanding and documentation of burlesque, its history, and its subcultures." Their latest fund-raiser, tonight's One Bad-Ass Burlesque Show, will include magic, striptease, comedy, drag, and more by performers from Chicago, Detroit, and Seattle. It starts at 9 at Subterranean, 2011 W. North (773-278-6600)--fittingly, the building once housed a casino and brothel. The suggested donation is $15; go to www.sissybutchbrothers.com for more information.
"Gran manzana" is Spanish slang for "big apple"--hence the title of this installment of the "Risas y Ritmo" comedy and music series, The Gran Manzana Comedy Tour, which showcases a pair of NYC's top Latino comics: Joey Vega and Rich Ramirez. They'll perform tonight and Saturday, November 23, at 9 at Club Reunion, 811 W. Lake. Doors open at 8; the Carlos Aquino Latin jazz band plays at 9, and the comedians' sets will be followed by music from DJ Matt Warren (Friday) and Orquestra Isla (Saturday). Tickets are $20. For more call 773-506-4500.
23 SATURDAY Today's Repression and Resistance 2002 conference will address some ways that Americans can fight racial profiling, attacks on immigrants, the loss of privacy, and other threats to civil liberties. Keynote speakers are Clark Kissinger, Not in Our Name organizer and Refuse & Resist council member, and Michel Shehadeh, past president of the southern California chapter of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee and one of eight Los Angeles activists arrested in 1987 and threatened with deportation for their alleged affiliation with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (he's now being reinvestigated under the USA PATRIOT Act). Also appearing is Lynne Stewart, defense attorney for Islamic cleric Omar Abdel Rahman, who was sentenced to life in prison for seditious conspiracy in conjunction with the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Stewart herself was indicted earlier this year on conspiracy charges. The conference runs from 9 to 6 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams. Registration is $10; call 312-939-0675 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Stewart will speak Sunday, November 24, at a fund-raiser for her legal defense. It's from 1 to 4 at La Decima Musa restaurant, 1901 S. Loomis; tickets cost between $25 and $100. Call 312-345-1704 for more information.
Allen Columbo's dark comedy The Misanthrope tells the story of a failed actor with a lousy day job and a drinking problem who gets talked into directing a school play. A clip from the feature-length film will be shown tonight at an event called Show and Tell Chicago Style: Local Independent Feature Film Making, sponsored by Chicago Filmmakers and IFP/Chicago. It will also include excerpts from Chris Rubeo's Hale Bopp, Steve James's documentary Stevie, Ines Sommer's Ghost Cities, and Noel Olken's Slave, as well as a Q & A with some of the filmmakers. It's part of this weekend's series "Maestro! A Celebration of Chicago Media Arts," which started Friday, November 22. There's a reception at 7 and the screening starts at 8 at Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark (773-293-1447); tickets are $7. For more on Maestro! see www.aivf.org/maestro.
24 SUNDAY "I want the program to feel like a Sunday afternoon spent with a picture album," says historian Terry Sheahan of her slide presentation Midwestern Farm Women: A Century on the Land. The narration focuses on interviews she conducted with women in De Kalb County, Illinois, and Webster County, Nebraska, all of whom were born before World War I. The images come from a variety of sources, and Sheahan says they "will undoubtedly spark many memories for the audience." It's today at 3 at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53 in Lisle, and it's free with admission to the arboretum ($7 per car). Seating is limited; for more information call 630-719-2465.
25 MONDAY In the 1930s and '40s, the Lux Radio Theatre--hosted by Cecil B. DeMille--presented hour-long radio versions of hit movies using as many of the original actors as could be rounded up. Like the 1947 film, the radio adaptation of the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street starred Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle and Maureen O'Hara as Doris; it originally aired on December 20, 1948. It'll be performed live tonight at 6:30 by the AFTRA/SAG Radio Players. "Because it's a radio re-creation, there won't be costumes," warns a spokesperson. It's free and it's at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington; call 312-573-8081.
26 TUESDAY "Don't fail to answer a man, and promptly, when he addresses you," advise Clifford R. Adams and Vance Packard in their 1946 primer, How to Pick a Mate. "He may feel slighted by the inattention." This dubious tidbit was included by Mystery Date zine editor Lynn Peril in her new book, Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons. "Pink think," writes Peril--a longtime collector of old etiquette and advice books--"is a set of ideas and attitudes about what constitutes proper female behavior....[It] assumes there is a standard of behavior to which all women, no matter their age, race, or body type, must aspire." She'll read from the book tonight at 7:30 at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark (773-769-9299). It's free.
27 WEDNESDAY Considering it was produced on a shoestring budget with a skeleton crew, Hurt McDermott's new film, Nightingale in a Music Box, looks and sounds pretty polished. The thriller, about corporate spying and out-of-control genetic technology, includes a sound track mixed by Academy Award winner Mark Berger that features the music of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, and it's the third feature directed by McDermott, a playwright who won a Jeff Citation (under the name Jim McDermott) for Shattered Globe's 1998 production of WarHawks and Lindberghs. McDermott will field questions after screenings of the film on Saturday, November 23, at 8; Sunday, November 24, at 4; and tonight at 8 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State (312-846-2800). Tickets are $8.
28 THURSDAY DJ David Chavez decided to hold his Shak o Love at Yo Mama's House dance party on Thanksgiving "because the space was available" and "a lot of people want to get away from their families and work off some of that turkey." Last year's inaugural event drew over 150, and Chavez hopes for even more at tonight's Afro-Latin-jazz and funk-infused deep-house happening. He and DJ Cazwell James will spin and Chavez will perform in a live band along with Matt Schneider, Griffin Rodriguez, and Pete Andreadis. Musicians from the Afro-Caribbean folk group Okokan will also play. It starts at 10 at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, and admission is $3; for more call 312-362-9707.