Friday 4/17 - Thursday 4/23
By Cara Jepsen
17 FRIDAY Brazilian actress Sonia Braga first made a name for herself portraying sexy, strong-willed characters in movies such as Gabriela and Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands--both of which were adapted from novels by Jorge Amado. After a 12-year stint in the U.S., Braga decided to return to Brazil to play yet another Amado-penned role, in Tieta do Agreste. "A Brazilian living abroad always returns to Jorge Amado," she says. Her character this time around is a wealthy widow who returns to her unsophisticated Bahian village after being banished 26 years earlier for sexual indiscretions. The 1996 film will kick off this year's Chicago Latino Film Festival, which runs through the 27th. Tonight's opening event starts with a buffet and cocktails at 5:30 in the Trading Room at the Art Institute; the film is at 8 in the Art Institute's Rubloff Auditorium, Columbus Drive at Monroe. Tickets to the opening are $60 and must be bought in advance; tickets to the film only are $20 at the box office. Call 312-431-1330 for more.
18 SATURDAY Ten years ago George Ochsenfeld and his wife bought ten acres of hilly, overfarmed land and a mobile home in unincorporated Peotone. They planted trees and waited for permits to build their dream house. And waited. "Our plans keep getting put on hold because of the airport," says Ochsenfeld, director of STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down). The proposed third airport would eat up 30,000 acres of land, including 2,000 acres that are part of a state reforestation plan. Today representatives of the Sierra Club and the Green Party, as well as the mayor of Gary, Indiana, and other guests, will present arguments and alternatives at a free forum on a third airport. It's from 8:30 to 11 at Immanuel United Church, 311 W. Corning in Peotone. Call 708-534-7319 for directions.
Wherever the third airport ends up, planning roads around it might not be so easy, either: a $600 million scheme to expand I-355 12 miles from Woodbridge to New Lenox has been held up in court by a lawsuit charging that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority improperly filed the environmental impact statement. Today the Chicago Greens will conduct free tours of the affected area, which encompasses a rare type of prairie, habitat for the federally endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly. It's from noon to 3 (which means you can attend the airport forum, eat a picnic lunch, and make the tour in the same trip). Meet in the parking lot of the Black Partridge Woods Forest Preserve, Bluff Road at Lemont Road near Woodridge. Call 773-772-1148 for directions and more.
19 SUNDAY Material girl Madonna is so enamored of yoga that she lifted the lyrics for her new song "Shanti/Ashtangi" from the Sanskrit invocation chanted prior to performing ashtanga yoga, a rigorous workout of linked movements designed to purify and strengthen the mind and body--if it doesn't kill you first. The demanding method is catching on quickly, and today is the last day one of the nation's top practitioners, David Swenson, will be in town leading a series of workshops. He'll teach classes for beginners and experts alike from 10 to 12:30 and again from 2:30 to 5. (He'll follow the same schedule Saturday and will give a lecture and demonstration Friday from 7 to 9 PM.) It's all at the First Congregational Church, 1417 N. Hinman in Evanston. Admission is $150 for the series, or $40 per class per day and $30 for Friday's lecture. Call 773-327-3650 for more.
20 MONDAY To make the dreamlike Curtain of Eyes, filmmaker Daniele Wilmouth spent six months working with her cinematographer and dancers from the Saltimbanques Butoh dance troupe in Kyoto to coordinate the choreography and camera movements. In one scene, the performers create a long tunnel out of their hands, expanding and contracting them like the shutter of a camera. Curtain of Eyes will be shown tonight with Taro's He His Him, Amie Siegel's Pasang Naik, Sara Jane Lapp's Mimo, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Thirdworld as part of Chicago's Own: World Views, which marks the 25th anniversary of Chicago Filmmakers. The free screening is at 7 in the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Call 312-744-6630.
21 TUESDAY DeKalb-based scribe Lucien Stryk has written and translated numerous books, has seen his own work translated into nine languages, and is considered a world-class poet. But Stryk doesn't think he's in a class by himself: "I'd like to feel that there are people anywhere in this country in little rooms in small towns who, at this very moment, might be writing masterpieces," he told ELF magazine last year. Tonight the Northern Illinois University English professor emeritus and translator of Zen poetry will read from his latest collection, And Still Birds Sing, which includes the work he "wishes to keep alive" from his nearly 50-year career. He'll begin at 7:30 at the Saint Charles Public Library, 1 S. 6th Avenue in Saint Charles. It's free. Call 847-697-1000, ext. 7497.
22 WEDNESDAY In 1977 social critic Jeremy Rifkin and some protesters disrupted a meeting on genetic engineering at the National Academy of Sciences by shouting, "We will not be cloned!" Twenty-one years later Rifkin is still warning us of the dangers of messing with Mother Nature. His enemies include the Milk Producers Federation, which called him a "food terrorist" for his stand against the use of bovine growth hormones. Rifkin, who Time once dubbed "the most hated man in science," will discuss his latest book, The Biotech Century, tonight at 5:30 at Transitions Bookplace, 1000 W. North. It's free; call 312-951-7323.
23 THURSDAY What does it mean when you dream that shiny-faced actor Alan Alda is your life partner...and wake up with a smile on your face? I'm not sure I want to know, but the people at the C.G. Jung Institute will spend the next four days exploring the mysterious mythology of missing teeth, expanding apartments, and going to school naked. The Sphinx's Smile: Plumbing the Mystery of the Dream kicks off tonight with a keynote presentation by Mosaic Multicultural Foundation director Michael Meade, who will use drumming and storytelling to discuss "Dreams and Visions: Myths of Restoration and Revelation." The evening starts at 6 with registration and a reception. Meade's presentation is at 7:30 at the Midland Hotel, 172 W. Adams. It's $45 for tonight's event, $425 for the entire affair. Call 847-475-4848.