Friday 7/4 - Thursday 7/10
4 FRIDAY "It's very festive. We always have lots of flags, and it has a totally patriotic theme," says a spokesperson for today's fifth annual All-American 8K Run. Registration for the Lincoln Park race, a fund-raiser for the American Heart Association, costs $30 cash and runs from 6:30 to 7:15 AM on Cannon Drive just north of Fullerton. The 8K run (or walk) starts at 8 and there's a much shorter junior dash for kids at 9:15 ($15). A free picnic starts at 9--yes, 9--with hamburgers and hot dogs (food is $7 for nonracers). For more information call 773-404-2372 or see www.caprievents.com.
When aikido teacher Fumio Toyoda arrived in Chicago in 1974, there already were a number of martial arts schools around town. But he soon came to feel that most of the teachers were sorely unqualified--"I was surprised at the general lack of awareness about what makes someone eligible to be a martial arts instructor," the sensei and Zen master said in a 1996 interview in Aikido Journal. Toyoda, who studied for 17 years in Japan before taking over the Ki Society dojo in Chicago, spent 27 years traveling around the country teaching and organizing. In 1984 he founded the Aikido Association of America, which provides training and certification to teachers and dojos; several years later he also founded the Aikido Association International and the Aikido International Foundation. Toyoda died on July 4, 2001, from an illness he contracted while traveling. His students later founded the Aikido Center of Chicago in his honor, and his wife, Pat, now heads the AAA and AAI. Today at 9 AM the school will hold a free Zen memorial service for Toyoda; it'll be followed by a session of aikido training. The Aikido Center is at 3717 N. Ravenswood; call 773-472-3290 for more information.
5 SATURDAY Tomorrow, July 6, is the Dalai Lama's birthday, and while the spiritual leader doesn't generally celebrate it himself, since 1998 the date has also marked World Tibet Day, an international observance designed to draw attention to human rights abuses in that country since China invaded in 1950. Tonight's Dalai Lama Birthday Celebration is sponsored by the Tibetan Alliance of Chicago and includes Tibetan music, dance, and food. It starts at 6 at Saint Andrew's Greek Orthodox Church, 5649 N. Sheridan. Admission is $15; parking is free. Call 773-275-7454 for more info.
Since it was founded in 1972 by radio historian and broadcaster Chuck Schaden, the LaSalle Bank's Saturday-night film series has relied on ancient 16-millimeter projectors for its screenings, which can accommodate about 300 people. But the number of movies available on 16-millimeter has dwindled over the years, and the print quality of those in existence is erratic at best. "If we can start getting good crowds, break 100 consistently, maybe we'll get a 35-millimeter projector," series programmer Matthew Hoffman told the Reader's J.R. Jones when he took over in 2001. Now they've done just that--tonight Hoffman will kick off a new series, "35mm and Beyond," with a screening of Charles Laughton's 1955 classic, The Night of the Hunter. It starts at 8 on the second floor of the LaSalle Bank, 4901 W. Irving Park. Admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors; call 312-904-9442.
6 SUNDAY "I'm catering to the home producer or the home composer," says Ivan M. Harton, the DJ, producer, and composer behind the Sample Edit series at Gunther Murphy's. Once a week, says the Dublin native--who also goes by the handle Stop.--folks can bring in CDs of music they've created and mix them with whatever the DJs are playing. "It's for people who have all this music that they make at home but don't have a place to play it....We're trying to build up a community so people will talk about how they made their music and what programs and hardware they use. Maybe people will collaborate together, or do a remix of each other's songs." Stop. and his partner, Chip Chop, oversee the event every Sunday night starting at 9:30 at Gunther Murphy's, 1638 W. Belmont. Admission is free, but you must be 21; call 773-472-5139.
7 MONDAY As part of a nine-day intensive workshop designed to create an original work of theater to serve as a companion piece to Lookingglass Theatre's adaptation of Studs Terkel's 1992 book Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession, 24 teenagers paired up to go to different areas of the city and conduct interviews about race. "We asked them to [choose] someone from your community who you admire or who scares you--that you feel has a story that needs to get out," says founding ensemble member and Lookingglass Lab director David Kersnar. They'll perform the resulting piece tonight at 7 at the Lookingglass space in the Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan. Tickets are $10, $5 for students; call 312-337-0665 for more.
8 TUESDAY "The medicine chose me," writes Kenneth "Bear Hawk" Cohen, author of Honoring the Medicine: The Essential Guide to Native American Healing. "When I was in my twenties, I went on a pilgrimage, a search for life purpose that led me to a very special place--a lake at the top of the Continental Divide, the home of the Thunderbird, spirit of the West. Here I was given direction." Cohen's not Native American himself, but he went on to be adopted by a Cree elder, study Native American medicine under the tutelage of a Cherokee healer (who gave him the Bear Hawk moniker), and be initiated into several Native American medicine societies. The Colorado resident, who claims he has "personally facilitated healings" for everything from arthritis to cancer to schizophrenia, will discuss his book tonight at 7 at Transitions Bookplace, 1000 W. North (312-951-7323). It's free.
9 WEDNESDAY The nine actresses who appear in Teatro Luna's The Maria Chronicles have all tried out for the same tired old parts. "One of the reasons we started the theater company [in 2000] was because we weren't seeing a lot of opportunities for Latina actresses outside of the standard roles--maid, pregnant teen, someone named Maria or Rosa," says company cofounder Coya Paz. "We thought this would be rich material." The Maria Chronicles, an exploration of the lives of Latina actresses, was inspired by the experience of a company member who was asked by a casting director to do a generic Latina accent. Says Paz, "She just sort of said, 'What kind do you want?' and went through about 15 different accents a Latina could be doing. She ended up doing a version of what she called 'the Taco Bell dog.'" The work in progress also examines the representation of Latinas in the media and the J. Lo phenomenon. Teatro Luna will perform a staged reading in English tonight at 7:30 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, as part of the Goodman's Latino Theater Festival, which runs through July 20. Tickets are $5 and $9; call 312-443-3800. Teatro Luna's full production of the piece will open in October; for more on that see www.teatroluna.org.
10 THURSDAY In 1798 James Madison said to Thomas Jefferson, "Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad." The quotation is featured prominently on the Web site for the Center for National Security Studies, a nonprofit watchdog founded in 1974 to guard against assaults on civil liberties; the group's one of several organizations suing the Department of Justice to release the names of people secretly detained after September 11. Tonight CNSS director Kate Martin will join Chicago FBI agent Thomas Kneir and Illinois ACLU legal director Harvey Grossman for a panel discussion moderated by WBEZ's Shirley Jahad titled Will Giving Up Our Civil Liberties Make Us More Secure? It's from 6:30 to 8:30 in Columbia College's Ferguson Hall, 600 S. Michigan. It's free, but seating is limited. For more information call 312-939-0675 or 708-598-6640.