Friday 1/10 - Thursday 1/16
By Cara Jepsen
10 FRIDAY According to tradition, in 1531 Mexican farmer Juan Diego saw an apparition--a beautiful vision of a dark-skinned Virgin Mary. After the local clergy dismissed his report, Mary's image appeared on the back of Diego's cloak. Word spread, thousands of people made pilgrimages to see the Virgin of Guadalupe, and artists created works depicting her image. In 1895 she became by papal decree the queen of the Americas, and today even atheists consider her Mexico's most revered cultural icon. The exhibit La Reina de las Americas: Works of Art From the Museum of the Basilica de Guadalupe features more than 80 works honoring her image. It opens today at 6 and runs through May 11 at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1852 W. 19th. It's free. Call 312-738-1503. Tomorrow at 7 Mexican art historian Jaime Cuadriello and exhibit curator/basilica museum director Jorge Guadarrama will speak at the museum in Spanish. Admission is $4.
The 1995 documentary Prisoners of the War compares World War I footage from Russia and Austria-Hungary to show how government propaganda machines manipulate facts and images. "We wanted to analyze the original shots in order to highlight some elements that were first recorded by 'war cameras,'" Yervant Gianikian, who made the film with Angela Ricci Lucchi, has said. It screens tonight at 8 at Chicago Filmmakers, 1543 W. Division. Admission is $6. Call 773-384-5533.
Saxophonist James Carter, pianist Cyrus Chestnut, and drummer Leon Parker have been called three of the best of the new generation of jazz musicians. Their groups--the James Carter Quartet, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio, and the Leon Parker Quartet--play Orchestra Hall tonight as part of its Young Lions Jazz Festival. It's at 8 at the hall, 220 S. Michigan. Tickets are $15 to $37. Call 312-294-3000.
11 SATURDAY In 1894 journalist, women's rights activist, and Bohemian immigrant Josefa Humpal-Zeman founded the nation's first Bohemian women's newspaper, Zenske Listy. She's one of the women listed in an upcoming Historical Encyclopedia of Chicago Women to be published by the Chicago Area Women's History Conference early this year. The list of notables includes authors, artists, dancers, and activists, beginning with Catherine DuSable. Today writer-researcher Julie Noblitt will speak about her experience tracking down Humpal-Zeman's past in Prague. It's from 2 to 4 in the Meeting Room of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. It's free. Call 312-413-1942.
More than 100 Ojibwa Indians were recruited to make the 1930 docu-drama The Silent Enemy. Shot in Ojibwa territory in northern Ontario, the film focuses on how the tribe survived the winters by trapping and hunting animals, providing a rare historical document of Ojibwa traditions. A video screening and discussion of the silent film will be held today from 2 to 4:30 at Kendall College's Mitchell Indian Museum, 2408 Orrington in Evanston. It's free. Call 847-866-1395 for more. Tomorrow the Native American Educational Services College conducts a Native American Family Genealogy Workshop from 9 to noon at the college, 2838 W. Peterson. It's $25. Call 773-761-5000.
12 SUNDAY Pizza, bagels, and soda will provide fuel for tonight's LATE Skate. Like the annual Long After Twilight Ends Ride for bikes, this all-ages event takes place in the wee hours and benefits Friends of the Parks. It's from midnight to 3:30 (i.e., late Saturday night to early Sunday morning) at Navy Pier's Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand. It's $25; in-line skate rental is $10. Call 773-918-7433.
Irrigation, soil enrichment, and plant selection were de rigueur in the creation of fancy country house gardens at the turn of the century. Environmental and other concerns have since forced gardeners to reevaluate and modify the methods they used then. Today British garden designer John Brookes, the man behind the Chicago Botanic Garden's English walled garden, will present Dry Garden, New Look, a lecture on how to use native plants and incorporate gravel and pathways in a way that can help the environment. He'll speak today at 1 and 3 at the Chicago Botanic Garden at Lake Cook Road near the Edens Expressway in Glencoe. It's $7. Call 847-835-5440.
The radio drama John Brown's Body chronicles Brown's 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry, when the rebel and 18 of his followers captured the U.S. arsenal as part of a plan to arm slaves and encourage them to rebel. Brown and his men were forced to surrender the same day, but not before they'd destroyed a number of buildings and supplies. Today's two-hour version of the poetic epic by Stephen Vincent Benet humanizes the skeletal facts recorded in the history books. It'll be performed by the Radio Ensemble Players at 2 in the Chicago Historical Society's Arthur Rubloff Auditorium, Clark and North. It's free with admission to the museum ($3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, $1 for children 6 to 12, and free for kids under 6). Call 312-642-4600 for more.
13 MONDAY The Field Museum's adult course in Macro Photography promises to show students how to capture a dragonfly wing or a snowflake by using the proper film, processing, exposure, and composition. Participants in the five-session course will shoot fossils and insects from the museum's collection. Class meets on consecutive Mondays starting tonight from 6 to 8 in Classroom Two at the museum, Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive. Tuition is $75. Students must bring a 35-millimeter camera with an adjustable shutter and f-stop. Call 312-322-8854 for info.
14 TUESDAY Chicago's Jewish community followed a settlement pattern that moved from the west side to Rogers Park to the northern suburbs. Today author and retired geography professor Irving Cutler reads from his book The Jews of Chicago and discusses exactly where and why they moved--and their impact on those areas. It's at 5:30 at the 410 Club in the Wrigley Building, 410 N. Michigan. The $12 admission includes hors d'oeuvres. Call 312-944-7600.
15 WEDNESDAY The Enterprise for Networking Professionals hopes to find "one thousand black women" to create a blueprint that will show people affected by welfare reform how to stand on their own two feet. The organization expects at least some of those thousand women to bring their ideas to tonight's workshop on The Effects of Welfare Reform on Minority Business. The event's keynote speaker is Sharron Matthews, executive director of the Public Welfare Coalition. It's from 6 to 8 at Homan Square, 3333 W. Arthington. It's $10; call 773-265-0829.
16 THURSDAY Getting today's young, apathetic electorate into the political arena is at the top of this year's agenda for Citizen Action of Illinois, the state's largest public interest group. Today's Concert and Rally for Political Empowerment honors Martin Luther King Jr. and starts with a reception at 6:30 at the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont. At 7 aldermen and state representatives take the mike, and the concert--featuring Las Toallitas, Supreme Mafioso, and Code of Ethics--starts at 8. It's $8; call 312-782-7900.