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Friday 2/13 - Thursday 2/19

FEBRUARY

By Cara Jepsen

13 FRIDAY Tennessee Williams's play A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur takes place in a tiny apartment on a spring morning in 1930s Saint Louis, where schoolteacher Dotty is waiting for her lover to call. She waits. And waits. The play, which is being performed locally for the first time by Northlight Theatre, will be accompanied by a related exhibit featuring work by people from Williams's hometown. The opening reception for An Arch to Art: Five Women Artists from St. Louis is from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. The play is at 8:30; tickets are $25-$35, but admission to the exhibit is free. Call 847-679-9501 for more about the exhibit, 847-673-6300 for tickets to the play.

14 SATURDAY It's not just the potheads who want the feds to lay off: even Milton Friedman has said that the war on drugs creates more problems than it solves. "Even if only half the effect is attributable to the war on drugs, 5,000 extra homicides a year and 45,000 extra prisoners is a high cost," the Nobel laureate told the Wall Street Journal in 1991. The American Cannabis Society likens the negative effects of this country's drug policies to the increase in violence prompted by Prohibition. Today a group of panelists, including Yipster Times publisher Dana Beal and United in Peace founder Wallace "Gator" Bradley, will discuss the policy's impact on youth at the second annual St. Valentine's Day Massacre Memorial Drug Policy Conference. It's from 8:30 to 4:30 at the Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark. Admission is $25, $10 for students. Call 773-588-8900.

What can you do to keep your relationship from going stale? When asked that question last year, clinical psychologist Shirley Glass offered some familiar suggestions, but sex columnist Dan Savage advocated treating the relationship like a series of one-night stands, since people tend to be on their best behavior if they think they have a chance at getting some. "Or you could just have a series of one-night stands," he concluded. Savage and Glass, the mother of This American Life creator Ira Glass, will again take questions from the audience at tonight's This American Life Valentine's Party. The 21-and-over event is from 5 to 7 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. Tickets are $15, which includes a drink and live music. Call 312-832-3344 for more.

15 SUNDAY Seven years ago former Dance Theater of Harlem member Homer Hans Bryant founded the Bryant Ballet of Chicago--the city's only African-American-owned classical ballet training school and company. This weekend dancers from his company will perform in a program that includes a "dance collage" called Valentines...to You. It's at 3 today (and at 8 on Friday and Saturday) at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State. Tickets are $25; call 312-461-0030.

16 MONDAY The next time Steven Spielberg decides to mine a little-known tragedy for a movie, he would do well to option James McEachin's new book, Farewell to the Mockingbirds. The novel details the trial of 103 black soldiers, all volunteers, who were accused of killing 19 whites in 1917 after a confrontation with Houston police. McEachin will discuss his book tonight at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster. It's free. Call 773-871-3610.

17 TUESDAY When Darlene Clark Hine started researching her book A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America, which she coauthored with Chicago resident Kathleen Thompson, she quickly found that standard histories were of little use. So Hine took a different tack: "Original resource materials such as oral histories proved to be full of insights and information." Their book covers women from Milla Granson, a slave who learned how to read and then taught others, to such modern success stories as Maxwell House Coffee president Ann Fudge. Hine and Thompson will discuss their book tonight at 7:15 at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark; call 773-769-9299. The two will also speak on Sunday, February 15, from 2 to 4 at the Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted; call 312-747-6910. Both events are free.

18 WEDNESDAY For six years environmentalists prevented the Man from clear-cutting 200 acres of virgin forest and building 145 miles of new roads through the Cove/Mallard wilderness in central Idaho, which lies in the middle of the largest block of roadless space in the lower 48. Despite lawsuits and inventive methods of blocking trucks arriving to pour concrete, the area is being devastated as you read this. Tonight Earth First! activists Joshua Burnim and Martin Stephan will unveil their Big Wild Roadshow, which uses slides, video, and music to tell the story of their civilly disobedient attempt to save the forest. It's at 7 at the Autonomous Zone, 2012 W. Chicago. It's free. Call 773-252-6019.

19 THURSDAY Innovative French-Canadian actor and stage director Robert Lepage should be better known in this country than he is. His six-hour The Seven Streams of the River Ota, which played in Chicago last May, was originally created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. He's now working on a play about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright. Tonight he will discuss "creating theater on the brink of the millennium" with fellow northerner Daniel MacIvor, who's currently starring in the one-man show Here Lies Henry. The discussion starts around 9:30, follwoing MacIvor's 7:30 performance. It's at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets are $5; admission is free if you have a ticket to any of MacIvor's shows, which costs $18. Call 773-722-5463.

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