Friday 2/20 - Thursday 2/26
By Cara Jepsen
20 FRIDAY What constitutes ladylike behavior? Miss Manners would no doubt have a different answer than the organizers of the Ladylike Performance Festival. Atalee Judy's Paradiddle makes use of one drum set, one drummer, one dancer, and four wigs, while Paule Turner's Browning Blond in Suicide Mississippi promises to make use of broken toys, Christmas lights, and sticky children. Other interpretations of proper feminine conduct will be offered by Fausto Fernos, Asimina Chremos, and Grace Mi-He Lee. It takes place at 8 tonight and tomorrow night and at 7 Sunday in Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield. Tickets are $10. Call 773-281-0824 for reservations and details.
21 SATURDAY Seven months ago Luis Eduardo Sanchez was born in Guadalajara with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) and was given five months to live. His relatives, including family in Oak Park, are trying to raise $200,000 for a bone marrow transplant, but first they must find a donor with a similar ethnic background--no easy task, since the Latino community is sorely underrepresented in donor programs. Tonight the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum will hold a raffle and art auction to help raise funds for the procedure. Art to be auctioned includes works by Blanca Evangelista, Guillermo Delgado, and Jeff Maldonado; raffle prizes include two free plane tickets to anywhere in the U.S. or Mexico. The preview is at 5:30 and the auction and raffle are from 6 to 8 at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1862 W. 19th. A donation of $5 or more is suggested. Call 312-738-1503.
Last year Alderman Vilma Colom wrote to the city's Department of Human Services asking about the "most expeditious process I can take" to close down a 15-year-old homeless shelter in the basement of the Humboldt Park United Methodist Church. Colom said the shelter contributes to crime in the area. Not long afterward, says Reverend Francisco Arroyo, the church was hit with a spate of visits from the city's building inspectors, resulting in a slew of citations. Tonight church supporters will host a hootenanny for the homeless to help pay for repairs; performers include LeRoy Bach, Diane Izzo, and Marvin Tate & D-Settlement. It starts at 8:30 at the Fireside Bowl, 2646 W. Fullerton. The suggested donation is $5 to $10. Call 773-384-8544.
22 SUNDAY Who's more macho: Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati or German extreme mountain biker Hans "No Way" Rey? Let's see: the former nearly lost an Olympic gold medal due to a contact high; the latter performed at the 1996 closing ceremonies and is known for getting high on just about anything--among other things, Rey performs stunts on cars, balance beams, and even people. Today he'll display a few of his stunts at 11 and 1 at the Midwest Bicycle Show. It's from 10 to 5 today (5 to 9 on Friday and 10 to 9 on Saturday) at the Rosemont Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road in Rosemont. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children; there's a $2 discount if you bring two cans of food for the Chicago Food Pantry. It's free for Cub and Boy (but not Girl) Scouts in uniform who bring cans of food. Call 847-202-0795.
23 MONDAY Before he became a satanist, Anton LaVey
considered Catism. "The Five Commandments of Catism are:
(1) Don't run, if you can walk. (2) Don't walk, if you can stand. (3) Don't stand, if you can sit. (4) Don't sit, if you can lie down, and (5) Don't stay awake, if you can take a nap." That kind of indulgence also characterizes LaVey's Church of Satan, which a U.S. army pamphlet called "essentially a human potential movement." Tonight the Psychotronic Film Society will present a never-released film about the group's rituals called Satanis. It's at 8:15 at the Liar's Club, 1665 W. Fullerton; it's free. Call 773-665-1110 for more.
24 TUESDAY When the Chicago Black Panther Party opened its headquarters at 2350 W. Madison in the 1960s, one of the first people to join was William O'Neal, a car thief recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the group. On December 4, 1969, police opened fire on the building, killing leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark and wounding four others. Before the raid, they had mapped out the apartment's floor plan with information received from O'Neal, who got a $300 bonus for his efforts. Twenty-one years later O'Neal was killed by traffic after he ran onto the Eisenhower Expressway; his death was ruled a suicide. NYC playwright Robert Myers's new work, Dead of Night: The Execution of Fred Hampton, is told from the former informant's perspective. It opens tonight at 8 in the O'Rourke Performing Arts Center at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. Tickets are $19. Call 773-878-9761 for more.
25 WEDNESDAY Since 1992 Michael Blakey--an African-American physical anthropologist--has been studying 400-odd skeletons excavated from 200-year-old African burial grounds in lower Manhattan. In one coffin he found buttons from a British Revolutionary War uniform, illustrating the little-known fact that Africans fought on both sides of the conflict. "By studying and analyzing this colonial African population we may learn about the lives of some instrumental and much neglected people of early New York history," says Blakey. Tonight he'll discuss "Science in the Service of Humanity: Reflections on the New York African Burial Grounds Project" at 5 in the Crown Center Auditorium at Loyola University's Lake Shore Campus, 6525 N. Sheridan. It's free. Call 773-508-2935 for more.
26 THURSDAY In 1995 a spinal disk infection temporarily incapacitated dancer and choreographer Jan Erkert. When she got back on her feet she collaborated with other patients and health care workers on Whole Fragments, a dance that examines the treatment of the body as a whole and as a set of parts. Her new work, Love Poems, is inspired by 1,000-year-old Japanese poems. Love is also the theme of the Jan Erkert & Dancers' lunchtime event, Who Cares...and How? Roles in Caregiving, which will include excerpts from Whole Fragments and Love Poems. A panel discussion will feature caregiving expert Ruth Helene Friedman and HIV/AIDS-care expert Patrick Robinson, as well as representatives from DCFS, the Chicago Department on Aging, and the Global Yoga and Wellness Center. It's from 12:15 to 1:15 in the theater of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. It's free. Call 773-883-8620 for more.