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Friday 2/12 - Thursday 2/18

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By Cara Jepsen

12 FRIDAY Members of Voices in the Wilderness made news last December when they violated a United Nations embargo to deliver medicine and vitamins to Iraq, where half a million children may have died in the eight years since sanctions were first imposed and as many as 4,500 more die each month. Tonight VITW's Brad Simpson, David Finkel from the Solidarity National Committee, and Laurie Hasbrook from the American Friends Service Committee will try to answer the question Why Is the U.S. Killing Children in Iraq? The panel discussion starts at 7:30 and will include eyewitness accounts. It's in room 270 of the Schmitt Academic Center at DePaul University, 2320 N. Kenmore. Admission is $4, or $2 for students and the unemployed. Call 312-409-5150 for more.

13 SATURDAY Kristin Beck and Lauren Dockett's new book, Facing 30: Women Talk About Constructing a Real Life and Other Scary Rites of Passage, is directed at a population that is nervous about commitment and doesn't have much job security--yet is full of unrealistic expectations about having it all. On the other hand, these women still have five years before they hit their sexual peak. Beck and Dockett, who both just hit the big three-oh, will discuss the book at a free signing today at 3:30 at Barnes & Noble, 659 W. Diversey (773-871-3610).

14 SUNDAY This year the lovelorn will have a chance to laugh at the blissfully paired off when ComedySportz resurrects its hit improv show Blind Date for Valentine's Day. The audience supplies the basis for the night's entertainment by filling out "personals" before the show. Two ads are then selected at random, and the cast comes up with a spoof of the relationship that might follow. This one-night-only show will be preceded by a "lounge" medley of love songs performed by Leonard and Holly Kahrtoomian. It's tonight at 8 at the TurnAround Theatre, 3209 N. Halsted. Tickets are $15; call 773-549-8080 for reservations.

15 MONDAY Imagine a Chicago where the CTA provided adequate service all over the city, landlords didn't hold sway over their tenants, and the needs of citizens were more important than trees and wrought-iron fences. This utopian ideal is the dream behind a community bill of rights that's being pushed by a number of neighborhood groups, including the Rogers Park Community Action Network and the Northwest Austin Council. They'll present their agenda at a press conference today at 10 in City Hall. Meet in the main lobby at 121 N. La Salle. Call 312-663-3863 or 773-973-7888 for more.

16 TUESDAY While today's workshop, Why Do They Have to Flaunt It? Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, is designed to help heterosexual students understand and accept their differently oriented peers, it's also aimed at gay kids who are uncomfortable with the antics of some of their more flamboyant classmates. "It will make it easier to understand what [gay students'] experiences are like," says David Barnett, director of the office of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender concerns at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The free workshop, led by motivational speaker Maura Cullen, starts at 5 in conference room C in UIC's Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison. Cullen will also present a program targeted toward teachers and staff at 11:30 in room 713 of UIC's Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted. Call 312-413-9862 for information on both workshops.

17 WEDNESDAY In the 1970s and early '80s Louise Lawler began taking photos of the homes of art collectors. Her subsequent work--such as her tiny images encased in crystal paperweights and a Cibachrome series showing preparations before an art opening--also reflects on consumerism. Lawler will discuss her work in a free lecture tonight at 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. Call 312-397-4010 to reserve a spot.

18 THURSDAY The gay rights movement grew out of ideas that go back to the French revolution, according to Jennifer Rycenga, a religious studies professor at San Jose State University. She'll give a free lecture about the queer left's legacy, To the Left and Over the Barriers, at 6:30 tonight in room 707 of the News & Letters library, 59 E. Van Buren (312-663-0839).

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