Friday 7/23 - Thursday 7/29
23 FRIDAY Back in March, when Lisa Lynch and Elena Razlogova came up with the idea for the Guantanamobile, the plight of the almost 600 "enemy combatants" held at the Guantanamo Bay naval base seemed, says Lynch, "like an issue that could disappear in an election summer." But as the Abu Ghraib scandal helped refocus public attention on the detainees--who were finally informed earlier this month that they had the right to challenge their confinement in federal court--Lynch, a media studies professor at the Catholic University of America, and Razlogova, of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, forged ahead. Now they're traveling the country in a van kitted out with recording and projection equipment to disseminate info and collect public opinion on the subject. At each stop they screen a rough cut of a documentary on the detainees, then film viewers' thoughts. The resulting footage will eventually be edited into the movie. Today they'll be near Federal Plaza (Dearborn and Adams) from about 10 AM to 1 PM, and in the vicinity of Buddy Gallery, 1542 N. Milwaukee, from 4 to 7 PM. It's free; see guantanamobile.org for more.
Tonight you can join the lions and tigers and bears and listen to the Psychedelic Furs, who play as part of the Lincoln Park Zoo's summer music series, "Jammin' at the Zoo." Pop folkie Anne Harris and Ted Ansani (ex-Material Issue) open at 6 and 7 PM respectively; the Furs hit the stage at 9. It's on the south lawn of the zoo at 2200 N. Cannon Dr. Tickets are $20 in advance, $10 for kids, and $25 ($12 for kids) at the gate. Go to www.lpzoo.org for tickets or call 312-742-2283.
24 SATURDAY Feminists and cheapskates take note: Women & Children First's annual storewide sale starts today. Every book in stock is 20 percent off and some are reduced as much as 50 percent. The store's at 5233 N. Clark and is open from 10 AM to 7 PM; the sale runs through August 1. Call 773-769-9299. i The Garfield Park Conservatory started keeping honeybees in 2001 and is now home to eight productive hives. At today's Honey Harvest participants will learn about the care and feeding of bees from the beekeepers, help extract the honey from the hives, and taste the goods. It's from 10 AM to 4 PM at the conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, 773-638-1766, ext. 24. A $3 donation is requested.
Keeping a box of worms in the house sounds like a junior-high science project, but vermicomposting turns kitchen scraps and lawn waste into a nutrient-rich mulch that gardeners love. It also cuts down on the amount of garbage in landfills and doesn't require a lot of space, making it the ideal composting method for anyone who doesn't have a backyard. Today the Chicago Center for Green Technology is holding a workshop, Worm Bin Construction, from 10 AM to noon at the center, 445 N. Sacramento. There's a $5 materials fee, and preregistration is required; call 312-746-9642.
Dream of flying through the air with the greatest of ease? This summer the Flying Gaonas Gym (run by Julio Gaona and his wife, Gloria, both of whom come from circus families) returns to Lincoln Park to give classes in the art of the flying trapeze. There's a beginner's lesson today from 4:30 to 6 PM; they'll also schedule private lessons for groups of five or more. Individual classes range from $40 to $60, multiclass cards are between $130 to $360, and a single swing can be had for $10. The rig is up at 3550 N. Recreation Dr. through August 29. Reservations are required; call 312-742-8259 or go to www.flyinggaonasgym.com.
There may be more toned and tan bodies at North Avenue Beach than usual this weekend--it's the site of the Above the Net Beach Volleyball Tournament, billed as the midwest's largest. Teams of two, four, and six can sign up at levels ranging from beginner to "top area players"; entry fees range from $70 to $140 and preregistration is encouraged. Prizes include cash, restaurant gift certificates, and more. It's free to watch. Check-in starts at 8 AM and the games start an hour later at the beach at North Avenue and Lake Shore Dr. Go to www.chicagosocial.com to register or call 312-335-9596, ext. 510, for more information.
25 SUNDAY The indoor/outdoor Chicago Antique Market is open the last Sunday of the month through October on the 1300 block of West Randolph. In keeping with this month's "dog days of summer" theme, there are a lot of pet accessories and collectibles up for sale, though there should be plenty of regular collectibles as well. The market also features a guest appraiser who for $5 (which goes to charity) will give you an estimate on how much you can expect to get for that old dresser in the attic, and a fashion show at noon, with local performance artists modeling vintage clothes and accessories. The market runs from 8 to 5 today, with an early buying preview from 7 to 8 AM; admission is $8 ($15 for the preview), free for kids. Call 312-951-9939 or see www.chicagoantiquemarket.com.
26 MONDAY Schubas and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations stage the second debate in the series GOAt (Globally Occupying the Attention of Chicago's Untapped Audience, possibly the worst acronym ever). Designed to attract a younger demographic than the council's usual staid and pricey events, the series invites policy wonks to discuss foreign affairs in the bar's cozy back room. Tonight University of Chicago political scientist Daniel Drezner and Kennette Benedict, the MacArthur Foundation's director of international peace and security, debate whether current American security policy really keeps democracy safe and whether terrorism is the communism of the 21st century; musician Jon Langford moderates, and will play a set afterward. It starts tonight at 7 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport; call 312-821-7529. Admission is $10 and you must be 18 or over.
27 TUESDAY In the 80s south-suburban native Billy McCarthy played drums (under the name Billy Dior) with the hair metal band D'Molls. Later, he worked with Jimi Hendrix's longtime engineer Eddie Kramer, hosted a radio show, and did stand-up. Now he's applied his experience in the entertainment industry to a novel, The Devil of Shakespeare, in which a Hollywood megastar with working-class Chicago roots decides to give it all up for the contemplative life. He'll read from the book and sign copies today at 5:30 PM at the Virgin Megastore, 540 N. Michigan. It's free; call 312-645-9300. At 10 PM on Friday, July 30, he'll sign books and perform with the band Anxiety Society at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th in Merrionette Park. It's also free; call 708-388-8881.
28 WEDNESDAY The face of Helen of Troy may have launched a thousand ships, but Homer never said much about her inner life. "She's got about six lines" in the Iliad, says storyteller Megan Wells, who researched mentions of Zeus's daughter for her one-woman show, Helen's Troy. Wells uses contemporary language to tell the story from the famed beauty's point of view. "Then the life of Helen makes sense," she says. "She's no longer a whore or a virgin." Wells performs at 8 tonight and every Wednesday through August 18 as part of Oak Park Festival Theatre at Austin Gardens, Forest and Ontario in Oak Park. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for kids ages 6 to 12. Call 708-524-2050.
29 THURSDAY To create the traveling photography exhibit Just Married two San Francisco photographers solicited digital images illustrating the idea that gay marriage is ultimately "about love between two people." The 32 images of gay marriages they chose came from a pool of 200 shot within one month by various photojournalists and documentary photographers. The black-and-white prints will be on view through September 30 upstairs at Rushmore restaurant, 1023 W. Lake. There's a free reception tonight at 6; call 312-421-8845.
In the 1920s the case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb--two University of Chicago grad students who kidnapped and murdered a 14-year-old acquaintance on a lark--riveted the nation. In conjunction with the Chicago Historical Society's ongoing exhibit on the case, TimeLine Theatre Company is presenting a free concert reading of the new musical Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story. Structured as a two-character "memory play," it focuses on the men's complicated relationship (they were also lovers) and their reaction to the unraveling of "the perfect crime." It's tonight at 7 at the CHS, 1601 N. Clark; call 312-642-4600.