Friday 8/7 - Thursday 8/13
By Cara Jepsen
7 FRIDAY "If I was writing about something that happened to me when I was 15, I would have to get through a certain amount of filter, whereas when I started writing in the voice of a girl, there was a heightened clarity," says actor Paul Connell about This Young Summer, his monologue about a girl's coming-of-age at her parents' summer cottage in Long Island. The story came out of a class at the Chicago Dramatists Workshop earlier this year, and tonight will mark the first time Connell performs his own work. He'll be joined by veterans Cheryl Trykv and Edward Thomas-Herrera, who will also present new pieces at Three for One: Monologues for the New Millennium; or Just Get Over It. This latest installment of the Fillet of Solo Festival opens tonight at 8 (and runs Fridays and Saturdays through September 12) at Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark. Tickets are $10; call 773-871-1212.
8 SATURDAY Since at least 1230 BC people have walked laby-rinths--single-path mazes that are said to bring insight, revelations, and empowerment. In this New Age, labyrinths are making a comeback all over the world. They've even hit the Chicago area--tonight from 6:30 to 9:30 seekers can walk a replica of the labyrinth in France's Chartres Cathedral under a full moon, and then discuss whether they're enlightened or just disoriented. But first they must drive to the mystical suburbs. The walk and talk take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 39W830 Highland Avenue (3 miles west of Randall Road) in Elgin. It's $35 to walk the path. Call 847-831-8828 to register.
9 SUNDAY Others believe it's not walking around in circles but embarrassment, anxiety, and humiliation that lead to self-discovery. That aspect of S-M culture is covered in Philip Miller and Molly Devon's book, Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns: The Romance and Sexual Sorcery of Sadomasochism, which also includes plans for making S-M toys at home, advice on how to find a perfect partner, tips on stocking your dungeon, and the ten commandments of flagellation. Devon will sign copies at tonight's opening reception for the art exhibit Kink: A Woman's Perspective at the Leather Archives & Museum. Devon's also a painter, and some of her work--consisting of detailed depictions of S-M scenes--will be on display along with that of Sue Anne Rische, Jacki Randall, Mercy Van Vlack, and others. Several of the artists will also be present at the free reception, which is from 4 to midnight at the museum, 5007 N. Clark. Call 773-275-1570 for more information.
10 MONDAY Since leaving San Francisco for a cross-country tour last month, the woman poets who make up the Sister Spit Ramblin' Road Show '98 have experienced leaking gas tanks, starter trouble, broken belts, heat waves, a stolen wallet--and a slot-machine jackpot. The two-van crew of sassy, road-weary versifiers includes hosts Sini Anderson and Michelle Tea as well as Lynn Breedlove, Beth Lisick, Shoshana von Blanckensee, and poetry/trapeze trio the Turnbuckles. They'll all perform tonight at 9 at Thurston's, 1248 W. George. Admission is $4; call 773-472-6900. They'll also perform Sunday at 9 at Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln. That's $7; call 773-525-6620. Wednesday night at 7:30 they'll host an all-girl open mike at O Bar & Cafe, 3343 N. Clark. Admission to that is $3; call 773-665-7300.
11 TUESDAY On the last even-ing of this century, are you going to party like there's no tomorrow, or will the ticking of the clock have you cowering under your bed? Fears of millennial apocalypse are nothing new, as Bernard McGinn, a professor at the University of Chicago's divinity school, can tell you. In a lecture called Apocalypticism and the Millennium, McGinn--who's written a few books on the subject--will draw on his knowledge of Antichrist phenomena, religious studies, and medieval history to explain how our fears reflect past and present beliefs about evil. McGinn will speak tonight at 7 at Borders Books & Music, 2817 N. Clark. It's free; call 773-935-3909.
12 WEDNESDAY What is a moon garden? According to Morton Arboretum horticulturalist Donna Pluciennik, some plants give off more fragrance at night, making them ideal for a garden that will be enjoyed in the evening. The effect is even lovelier when the blossoms are white, reflecting the moon's glow, and tucked into an intimate space. Today at noon Pluciennik will lead a workshop for adults on lunar gardens. At the same time science educator Julyne Hahn will keep the kids occupied with a moon-phase and planting-calendar workshop. Both events are in the visitor's garden of the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53 in Lisle. Admission is $3 per car. Call 630-968-0074.
13 THURSDAY How will the tenure of new Japanese prime minister Keizo Obuchi affect the U.S.'s relationship with that country? And are the Japanese still piqued that President Clinton didn't pop in on his way back from China recently? University students from both countries have been addressing similar stumpers over most of the last 64 years at the Japan-America Student Conference, which alternates between the two countries from year to year. The conference was suspended during World War II and again in the 1950s, when it ran out of money, so this year is its 50th anniversary. At today's roundtables at DePaul University, students will present findings from previous forums and talk about minority issues, comparative culture, policies of development, and national security. "Japan-America Student Forum: Solutions for the 21st Century" runs from 9 to 5 today and tomorrow at DePaul's Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, and is free and open to the public. Call 773-325-7209.