If the domestic job market's got you down, don't despair-you can always leave the country. In addition to workshops on jobs with the foreign service and resume writing, this weekend's International Marketplace and Career Fair will have reps on hand from a wide range of employers, including the State Department, the Centers for Disease Control, and a bunch of NGOs. The marketplace features vendors selling crafts and products targeted toward international workers. Part of the National Peace Corps Association Conference, it's free and open to the public, though the conference itself is neither. The fair runs today from 9 to 5 on the fourth floor of the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe in Chicago; attendees are encouraged to bring resumes. The marketplace is open today from 9 to 6 and Saturday from 9 to 1. See www.rpcv2004.org.
Today's the 59th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, and Chicago-area peace activists are marking the date with a protest against the American military presence in Iraq. Tonight at 7 there'll be a vigil at Nuclear Energy, the Henry Moore sculpture on Ellis Avenue between 56th and 57th in Chicago. That'll be followed at 9 by a fund-raiser featuring live music and a DJ. It's at 3829 N. Broadway, apartment 3; admission is pay what you can between $10 and $20. At 10:30 AM on Monday, August 9 (the date of the Nagasaki bombing), the group will lead a march from Nuclear Energy to a military recruiting center at 5401 S. Wentworth; from there they'll proceed to Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn) and Boeing headquarters at 100 N. Riverside Plaza. Call Voices in the Wilderness at 773-784-8065.
African-American women are the target audience for the multimedia show All Hail the Coochie II: The One Coloredgirl Coochie Self-Determination Circus, but health educator and performance poet Sharon L. Powell hopes it'll speak to people of all colors and genders. It focuses on the history of black women's bodies and sexuality, including dark chapters such as the story of Sarah Baartman, "the Hottentot Venus," a South African woman who was put on display in 19th-century Europe as a freak because of her large buttocks and genitalia. Levity comes in the form of a "Sacred Coochie Grand Prize Game," in which participants throw beanbags representing sexually transmitted "cooties" and microbicides into a big cardboard vagina. The show opens tonight at 8 PM at Acme Art Works, 1741 N. Western in Chicago, and runs again on Sunday, August 8, at 3 PM, and three additional dates through August 15. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 773-665-4749 or e-mail email@example.com.
The touring exhibit Raw, Boiled & Cooked: Comics on the Verge features 20 years of animation, graphics, toys, paintings, prints, and comic-book panels intended to illustrate the influence of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly's comics magazine Raw. Local artists are well represented, including Reader contributors Lynda Barry, Ivan Brunetti, Archer Prewitt, and Chris Ware; additional artists include Julie Doucet, Peter Bagge, and Spiegelman himself. But just how "on the verge" can artists who've been featured in the New York Times and the Whitney be? The show opens today and runs through October 3 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; related events include a lunchtime gallery talk with Department of Cultural Affairs curator Lanny Silverman on August 26 and a performance by Prewitt and fellow ex-Coctail Mark Greenberg on September 1. The gallery's open today from 10 to 5 and admission is free. See www.chicagoculturalcenter.org or call 312-744-6630.
Most of the doings at this weekend's National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention, billed as the world's largest annual Barbie gathering, are strictly for registered convention-goers. Forget about seeing the radio-controlled-car rally (with Barbie and Ken in the driver's seats), or the fashion show where collectors model human-size replicas of Barbie outfits, or the guest appearance by designer Bob Mackie. Even if you wanted to fork over the $275 registration fee you couldn't-it's sold out. But the doors are open to the public from 10 to 3 today, allowing you a look at the extensive displays of the vintage B-girl and her accessories and the chance to flash some cash in the doll auctions. The convention is at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr in Rosemont. Admission is $5 and parking's an additional $10; no kids under 13 permitted. Call 773-934-2004 or see www.barbieconvention.com for more information.
This month's retrospective at the Old Town School of Folk Music uses photos, illustrations, and production notes to detail how local magazine Stop Smiling went from a small handmade zine with a print run of 200 to a glossy, full-color bimonthly with a circulation of 50,000. The issue now on newsstands features stories about the cable-access dance show Chic-a-Go-Go and local impresario "Psychedelic" Steve Krakow (who curated this week's Million Tongues Festival at the Empty Bottle), plus interviews with Lou Reed, the Flaming Lips, and Jim Jarmusch. The exhibit went up August 1, but it officially opens tonight with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, followed by performances from Plush, the Zincs, and the Lonesome Organist, plus DJs John Dugan and John Hughes. The Old Town School's at 4544 N. Lincoln in Chicago; tickets are $12, $8 for seniors and kids. Call 773-728-6000 or see www.stopsmilingonline.com.
The fifth annual Chicago River Flatwater Classic is a 7.25-mile race that takes the average novice paddler about two hours to complete. Entrants travel from Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell in Chicago, to Ping Tom Memorial Park, 19th and Wentworth. Canoes and kayaks will launch at four-minute intervals starting at 10 AM. Registration is $25 in advance ($15 for those under 18) and $30 for everyone on the day of the race. No children under six permitted in the boats. Call Friends of the Chicago River at 312-939-0490, ext. 10, for more.
Today Chicago's Devon Avenue neighborhood will host the 16th annual Pakistan Independence Day Parade, which kicks off at noon from the corner of Devon and Damen. The Taste of Pakistan Festival follows: local restaurants will serve up subcontinental treats like samosas, naan, and lamb kebabs at bargain prices. There'll also be vendors selling clothes and handicrafts, and music from two bands. It's from 2:30 to 7:30 PM at Warren Park, 6610 N. Western. It's free; call Hameed Khan at 773-556-9993.
"Satire is a good way to sugar the pill of things that people don't know how to approach any other way," says Onion writer John Krewson. Tonight at 7 he'll talk at the Rainbo Club about the role of political satire in society and what makes it work, in an event sponsored by the Independent Press Association of Chicago. "We make fun of the news and people who make the news, but more importantly, we make fun of people's attitudes," says Krewson, who believes that smart satire is about making intelligent points, not necessarily about casting blame. "In the end, we just hate everybody." The Rainbo's at 1150 N. Damen in Chicago. There's a suggested donation of $5, and you must be 21 or older to attend; call 773-973-4690.
The original 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers is "a genuine SF classic that says a good deal more about the McCarthyist hysteria of the early 50s than about the danger of invasion from outer space by soul-stealing 'pods,'" says onetime Reader critic Don Druker. Part of the city's Outdoor Film Festival, it screens tonight at sunset (about 8:30) in Grant Park's Butler Field, Lake Shore Drive and Monroe in Chicago. Call 312-744-3370 or see the movie listings.
Stories from the Lincoln Park Zoo's past and its evolution from 19th-century menagerie to a center for science and conservation are part of the 2003 book The Ark in the Park: The Story of the Lincoln Park Zoo, which combines oral histories, archival materials, and photos. Today two of the authors, former large mammals curator Mark Rosenthal and architect and land-use authority Edward Uhlir (who's also the design director for Millennium Park), will discuss the book with Tribune columnist Rick Kogan as part of the series "Conversations With Extraordinary People." It's from 6 to 8 PM at Maxim's: The Nancy Goldberg International Center, 24 E. Goethe in Chicago. Tickets are $20; call 312-742-1748 for reservations.
In its current incarnation the TallGrass Writers Guild (formerly the Feminist Writers Guild) has 150 members, puts out an annual anthology of new poems and a bimonthly newsletter, runs a monthly open mike at Chicago's Red Lion, and produces semiannual readings of original material. A couple of years ago it occurred to president Whitney Scott that there might be a niche for a performance group as well. Now the 16-member TallGrass Writers Guild Performance Ensemble has a repertoire of two dozen 60-to-90-minute programs that set the work of well-known poets to music. Three ensemble members, including Scott, will perform at 7 tonight at the Berwyn Public Library, 2701 S. Harlem in Berwyn. It's free; call 708-672-6630 for information about the program or the guild.