Friday 3/19 - Thursday 3/25
by MiKe Sula
19 FRIDAY It's ironic that the only way to hear Nobel Prize-winning ethical economist and champion of the poor Amartya Sen present the keynote address at the Third World Conference Foundation's Silver Anniversary Conference tomorrow night is to shell out $175 for the whole four days. But anyone can attend tonight's symposium, Third World and Global Development: Reconstruction and Redefinition, for free. It features a panel of learned yet less luminous academics holding forth on subjects as confounding as globalization, regionalism, and race and ethnicity. It starts at 7:30 at Swissotel, 323 E. Wacker. Call 773-241-6688 for more information.
20 SATURDAY Legend has it the Mongol called Temujin was born clutching a blood clot, a sign of auspicious fortune. Dubbed Genghis Khan by his quivering minions, the man with a mesmerizing fire in his eyes and an uncanny ability to inspire intense loyalty united the perpetually feuding Mongol clans and created an empire stretching from the Adriatic Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Yet popular opinion still characterizes him as an anomalous barbaric scourge instead of the political and strategic genius he was. Last year photographer Jane Downton of the DePaul Geographical Society followed the emperor's 12th-century central Asian conquests through Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, and Korea. Her slide lecture, In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan, will emphasize the life and landscape of the modern Mongols still living in these lands. It starts at 1:30 in room 154 of DePaul University's Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore. Admission is $2, $1 for students, and $1.50 for seniors; call 773-325-7871.
21 SUNDAY Are women closer to nature than men? Most folks think the debate was settled after the first season of Green Acres, but Rita Lester of Nebraska Wesleyan University takes a more sophisticated view. She says today's notion of "ecofeminism" doesn't depend on a sentimental view of women's relationship to the earth but on their commitment to social justice. During her lecture, Nature and Gender in the 19th and 20th Centuries, she'll refer to "African American and Latina American women's ecojustice efforts and recent Christian ecofeminist literature" rather than the classic Albert/Gabor conflict. The talk and following discussion is today at 1 at the Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie (312-326-1480). It's $6.
22 MONDAY Instead of buying those "What Would Jesus Do?" bracelets, impressionable Christian youths might do better to look to the life of Dorothy Day, founder of the monthly Catholic Worker. Day vigorously advocated social justice, radical agrarianism, and absolute pacifism in this country when it was downright dangerous to do so: she opposed U.S. involvement in both world wars, dodged bullets during the civil rights era, and was arrested at 75 for picketing in support of farm workers. The one-woman show Haunted by God, cowritten in 1990 by former Reader staff writer Robert McClory, lays out the life of one of the most influential Catholics of the century. It plays tonight at 7 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 728 W. Belmont (773-525-0453). Admission is free.
23 TUESDAY Some of the cold war's most daring spies were sweaty, stinky seamen packed inside nuclear-powered sardine cans. In their book, Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage, Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew tell the story of the U.S. undersea spy program, which was in the habit of sneaking subs into Soviet waters to tap telephone cables. They'll do a free debriefing tonight at 6 at Brent Books & Cards, 316 N. Michigan (312-920-0940).
24 WEDNESDAY There's a vast and entrenched music industry to discover and guide aspiring musicos on their meteoric ascent to jukebox heroismo. Tonight they can brush shoulders with Latin music-industry players from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, ASCAP, and WLXX AM at the Recording Academy's music forum, La Musica de Hoy y Ma–ana. The event also includes performances by Escandalo Social, El Mitote, and Orquestra Isla. It starts at 6 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, and it costs seven bucks (five for students). Call 312-786-1121 for reservations.
25 THURSDAY With the impending destruction of historic treasures like the Medinah Temple and the Tree Studios and the widespread erection of penal-style condominiums, the city is hurtling toward the banal-compulsive. But there are enclaves like the Pullman Historic District, where our betters reward a healthy respect for history by waiving construction-permit fees and freezing property taxes. Tonight the Historic Pullman Foundation is hosting a Living in an Historic District Expo, which will explain the hows and whys of living in the past. It starts at 7 at the Hotel Florence, 11111 S. Forrestville, and it's free. Call 773-785-3828.