Friday 3/13 - Thursday 3/19
By Cara Jepsen
13 FRIDAY Vegetarians might want to steer clear of tonight's opening of Burned, Fried and Set Aside: The Meat Show, an exhibit of work with a beef by ten area artists. Also on display is Melvin King's painting A History of Moo and Oink, on loan from the famous chain of butcher shops. Tonight's opening reception, which also boasts fleshy fare from you know where, is from 6 to 10 at Dogmatic Gallery, 1822 S. Desplaines. Admission is free; call 312-243-4979.
If meat's not your meat, perhaps the "maggots, rodents, whores, junkies, and blacked-out, anonymous creeps" that dominate local artist and poet Tony Fitzpatrick's latest drawings will float your boat. Twenty-five of his disturbing "Dope Drawings" are featured in his new book, Dirty Boulevard, with text by Lou Reed. Fitzpatrick will sign copies tonight from 7 to 9 at Edward R. Varndell Gallery, 2153 W. North. It's free. Call 773-486-2052.
14 SATURDAY Treatment is one component of the federal Weed and Seed antidrug strategy, the others being community policing, law enforcement, neighborhood restoration, and drug prevention. Yet Leola Spann, president of the Northwest Austin Council, complains that her neighborhood has "only ten beds available for substance abuse treatment. We need to figure out where the treatment dollars are, and how to get them into our community." Today a coalition of groups--including the South Austin Coalition, the Westside Health Authority, and Bethel New Life--will attempt to do just that at a free forum. Reverend Lewis Anthony, a consultant to the Justice Department, will deliver the keynote speech. It's from 11 to 1 in the sixth floor auditorium of Loretto Hospital, 645 S. Central. Call 773-379-7822.
15 SUNDAY Since it opened in 1937, over 1,000 people have killed themselves by taking a leap off the Golden Gate Bridge. The exact number is kept secret to discourage copycats, but the jumps are documented by a motion-sensitive camera, which makes a video recording of each and every thing that takes the plunge. The camera and the suicide attempts (and successes) are the subjects of the 13-minute experimental video Suicide Box. It'll be shown tonight along with BLO Nightly News, which documents the activities of the Barbie Liberation Organization (the people who reprogrammed talking Barbies to sound like G.I. Joes), and Paul Bush's Rumour of True Things, which splices together snippets of moving images from instructional films, security cameras, and computer games. They'll be screened on video at 5:30 and 7:30 at Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton. Admission is $5. Call 773-281-4114.
16 MONDAY Now that the nuclear arms race between the superpowers is history, governments are scratching their heads about what to do with their stockpiles of weapons-grade plutonium. The U.S. has 50 tons of volatile mixed-oxide uranium, and the Department of Energy wants to convert it for use in commercial reactors. "It's a great idea on the surface," says Dave Kraft of the Nuclear Energy Information Service. "But when you look into the cost and safety and the impact on the environment, there are serious problems"--like the stuff falling into terrorists' hands while it's being transported. NEIS will hold a rally today as part of an International Day of Protest Against MOx Fuel; it's at 11 in the Federal Plaza, 220 S. Dearborn. It's free; call 847-869-7650 for more.
17 TUESDAY Given the task of designing a costume display that would illustrate their neighborhood's fashion flair, four students from the west side's Best Practice High School started with the mannequins themselves: they created new faces by using their own molds. The display is part of an exhibit called Gotta Be Proper, Gotta Be Loose: West Side Streetstyle. It's open today from 9:30 to 4:30 (and runs through September 20) at the Chicago Historical Society, North and Clark. Admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors. Call 312-642-4600.
18 WEDNESDAY Poet Pattiann Rogers believes writers have an obligation: "We must produce for our time the finest, the best, the clearest, the most imaginative and beautiful literature that we can." Presumably she's not referring to the self-indulgent addiction confessionals and tell-all incest memoirs that have been garnering so much attention lately. So far she's lived up to her own high expectations, writing seven books of poetry and winning four Pushcart Prizes. Rogers will read from her latest, Eating Bread and Honey, tonight at 6 in the ballroom of the School of the Art Institute, 112 S. Michigan. Admission is $8, $6 for students. Call 312-899-7483.
19 THURSDAY In 1872 suffragette Victoria Claflin Woodhull was jailed for "sending obscene material through the mail," specifically a magazine she helped found in which she published her beliefs about birth control and licensed prostitution. She was acquitted, but not before socialite feminists had dubbed her "Mrs. Satan." Though Woodhull was the first woman to run for president and the first female broker on Wall Street, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton deemed her too radical and barely gave her a mention in their six-volume history of women's suffrage. Local activist Glenda Bailey-Mershon will discuss Notorious Victoria, a biography by Mary Gabriel, tonight at 7 at Prairie Moon Bookstore, 8 N. Dunton in Arlington Heights. It's free. Call 847-342-9608.