Friday 11/13 - Thursday 11/19
By Cara Jepsen
13 FRIDAY The trail of death and destruction left by the recent mudslides in Honduras and Nicaragua is almost impossible for us to comprehend. But it's all too real for the tens of thousands of Nicaraguans and Hondurans in the midwest. Several Hispanic businesses are sponsoring a fund-raiser for Comite Hondureno Pro Damnificados Huracan Mitch, a local relief group. It starts at 7 at Tania's restaurant, 2659 N. Milwaukee. The $10 donation at the door includes appetizers and live music by Los Aces de Merengue. Call 773-235-7120 for reservations.
14 SATURDAY When I tell people I'm a vegetarian, they usually either go on the attack ("Plants feel pain. Why don't you stop eating plants?") or say they're vegetarian too--except for eating fish. The people at today's Lifestyles of the Healthy and Human conference on vegetarianism will back me up: Fish are animals, so people who eat fish are not vegetarians. The guest panelists at the conference include Gene Bauston, author of Battered Birds, Crated Herds: How We Treat the Animals We Eat; Oprah mad-cow trial codefendant Howard Lyman; and Animal's Agenda magazine founder Jim Mason, who will explain how meat consumption impacts the environment and the world economy. The conference is from 8:30 to 5 at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan. Registration is $35 and includes a vegan lunch. Call 773-925-1277 to sign up.
15 SUNDAY It's well known that gay men in Nazi Germany were put into concentration camps and forced to wear pink triangles on their chests. Lesbians suffered a similar fate--though their triangles were black. British filmmaker Catrine Clay's 1997 documentary, Love Story, examines their fate by focusing on the real-life romance between Lilly Wurst, who was given an award by the Nazi government for producing four Aryan sons, and her Jewish, anti-Nazi activist girlfriend, Felice Schraderheim. It will be shown today at 5 as part of the Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival along with Treyf, an hour-long film about a pair of Jewish lesbians who fall in love at a seder. The films are at the Village, 1548 N. Clark. Admission is $7. For more information on the festival, see the sidebar in the Section Two movie listings or call 312-409-0919.
16 MONDAY In the late 80s and early 90s Teresa 1, a regular visitor to Compuserve's chat rooms for transvestites and the transgendered, transcribed and edited the conversations into an unpublished opus called Pieces, a Conversation in Parts, which Theatre Q's John Pappas Koulias has adapted for the stage. All of the characters are male-to-female, but the similarities end there. "When you start getting into the culture and the group there are all these different variations," says Koulias. "You can be heterosexual, gay--the permutations are limitless." He says the show also touches on resistance within the gay community against accepting transgendered people. Tonight at 8 seven actors will present a dramatic reading of the piece at the new home of the Gerber/Hart Library, 1127 W. Granville. Call 773-271-9287 for tickets ($6).
17 TUESDAY Years ago people thought the world was ending when they saw the spectacular sky show now known as the Leonid meteor shower. The natural extravaganza (which looks like it comes from the direction of the constellation Leo) occurs every year when debris from the tail of the Tempel-Tuttle comet hits the earth's atmosphere at 44 miles per second. The result this year should be a massive meteor storm that Adler Planetarium astronomer Phyllis Pitluga describes as "super-duper showers"--though she makes no promises. The best time to see it is between 4 and 6 this morning in a darkened sky far from bright city lights. Pitluga will be stationed at the Yerkes Observatory on Lake Geneva, 373 W. Geneva in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. There will also be astronomers at Fermilab, Pine at Kirk in Batavia, and at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore. Viewing is free, but stargazers are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and hot drinks. (In case of bad weather the Adler will offer an indoor lecture on meteor showers.) Call 312-322-0304 for more.
18 WEDNESDAY For the past four years Uptown's Spang Center for Oral Health has provided free dental care for people with HIV and AIDS. Each year the clinic sees about 500 clients who make about 3,000 visits, which were underwritten by a pair of grants from the city and the Ryan White Foundation. But the city recently axed its contribution, and the clinic is scrambling to make up the $150,000 shortfall. German metal sculptor Frank Mussmacher has stepped in by donating a piece of his work, which will be part of tonight's silent auction to benefit the clinic. The event coincides with Mussmacher's first U.S. show. It's at the brand-new Konrad Galleries, 1125 E. Saint Charles in Lombard (630-495-1122). It starts at 7; admission is free.
19 THURSDAY You've seen Titanic 30 times and know all the words to "My Heart Will Go On." A chair signed by Celine Dion might be the perfect capper to your living-room ensemble. Or maybe you'd just like to put your butt on something the skinny Grammy winner has touched. Whatever your motivation, the proceeds from tonight's Celebrity Charity Chair Auction will go to deserving groups like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation, and the Resource Center. Besides scores of chairs emblazoned with stars' autographs, many made by furniture designers and artists will also be up for grabs. Doors open at 6 and the bidding begins at 7:45 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 E. North Water. Tickets are $75. Call 312-527-5948 to reserve your spot.
Alanis Morrisette, Courtney Love, Liz Phair, and Polly Jean Harvey all owe a debt of gratitude to first woman of rock Patti Smith, who was swaggering with abandon while most of them were still in diapers. "I was privileged to evolve during an inspired period of spiritual and cultural revolution," Smith has said. Her many photos and writings, including lyrics, poems, and notes, have been collected in Patti Smith Complete: Lyrics, Reflections & Notes for the Future. She'll read and sign copies tonight at 7 in the Winter Garden at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. It's free, but you must pick up a ticket between the 15th and today at either Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells, or Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway. And leave your copy of Horses at home--she's only signing copies of the new $35 book that have been purchased at the event or at one of the above two bookstores. Call 312-642-5044 for more info.