Friday 8/21 - Thursday 8/27
By Cara Jepsen
21 FRIDAY In 1995 a record by a former University of Chicago divinity school grad student turned jazz singer called Close Your Eyes had critics exclaiming, "A star is born!" Tonight local boy made good Kurt Elling will celebrate his latest release, This Time It's Love, by scatting under the stars in Hyde Park. Trumpeter Orbert Davis, saxophonist Eddie Johnson, and jazz violinist Johnny Frigo will provide accompaniment. The concert's from 7 to 9:30 at the Museum of Science and Industry's Columbian Basin, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive. It's $15. Call 773-684-1414 for tickets.
22 SATURDAY Paul Bossie estimates he handed out 7,000 antiwar leaflets at the Air and Water Show last year. Bossie, a peace activist who calls the annual pageant "a giant commercial for the military," claims he could have handed out 20,000. "I was taking it easy," he says. He and a handful of others will be leafleting and hanging banners again at this year's noisy debacle. They welcome new converts, who can find them from 10 to 3:30 today and Sunday at the east end of the pedestrian bridge that crosses Lake Shore Drive just north of North Avenue. It's free. Call 773-275-9516 for more.
23 SUNDAY "You can buy a doll for ten cents or for $30,000," says Audrey Willmann, the woman behind the Gould and Gallup Doll and Bear Show. When she started the event 17 years ago, 700 people showed up. These days she typically pulls in 3,000--many of them baby boomers "who want to replace what mom threw out," says Willmann. She collects German and French dolls from the late 1800s, but most of today's clients are desperately seeking G.I. Joe, Dawn, Barbie, Baby Alive, Johnny West, and Crissy. The show is from 8 to 4 at the Kane County Fairgrounds, Randall Road between routes 64 and 38 in Saint Charles. Admission is $4; children get in free. Call 630-264-0004.
24 MONDAY Ninety-nine years ago today Jorge Luis Borges was born in Palermo, Argentina. Some believe a severe head injury the writer suffered in 1938 may have enhanced his creative abilities; works dating from this time reveal parallel realities with their own languages and symbols. Today Tango 21, represented by dancers Jorge Niedas and Sandra Adrian, performs a birthday salute to Borges, who died in 1986, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (312-346-3278). It's free.
25 TUESDAY Since the publication of his wrenching book Night in 1958, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has spoken all over the world about his memories of the death camps and has fought to end human-rights abuses in Argentina, South Africa, and the former Yugoslavia. Tonight the Nobel Peace Prize winner will give a talk titled "Against Indifference"; it's being presented in conjunction with the Field Museum's exhibit "Assignment: Rescue," which tells the story of American Varian Fry and the Emergency Rescue Committee, who aided over 2,000 people in Vichy France in the early 1940s. Wiesel will speak at 6:30 at the museum, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive. It's $18, $16 for students, seniors, and educators. To reserve a ticket, call 312-322-8854.
26 WEDNESDAY At tonight's Dylan vs. Bacharach Hoot local musicians will cover songs from the two artists, hopefully to the delight of the audience. Songs like "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "I Say a Little Prayer" will stand up against the likes of "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Blowin' in the Wind," and "Gotta Serve Somebody." But it's not really a competition. "If there's a battle, it's the one that's going on within each musician to find the songs they want to do," says Hoot mastermind Steve Darnall. Tonight's lineup includes the Twigs, the Peterbilts, Big Hello, the Moviegoers, the Drovers, and former Schubas booker Anastasia Davies. It starts at 9 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport (773-525-2508). Admission is $4.
27 THURSDAY Five years ago Mike Miller and friends cleaned up the dive formerly known as Crash Palace, added mood lighting and an impressive selection of bourbon, and reopened the joint as Delilah's. But live DJs still provide the entertainment five nights a week. Tonight a slew of them will take turns spinning discs at Delilah's fifth anniversary party. The genre-surfing crew will include ska DJ Dave Simon; punk DJs Springa, Chris Sim, Darrick, and Kathy; country DJs Rob Miller and Nan Warshaw; and assorted local musicians, including Al Jourgensen and Material Issue's Mike Zelenko. The free party is from 4 to 2 at Delilah's, 2771 N. Lincoln (773-472-2771).