Friday 4/2 - Thursday 4/8
By Cara Jepsen
2 FRIDAY The yearly Good Friday Walk for Justice attracts hundreds of people with a social conscience. The ten stations along the downtown route will pair scenes from the death and resurrection of Christ with contemporary causes--such as ending economic sanctions against Iraq and stopping violence against women. At the end of today's walk, participants will take a box of medical supplies to Senator Dick Durbin's office in hopes that he'll send it to Iraq. The free walk is from noon to 3 and starts at the northeast corner of Congress and Michigan. Call 312-641-5151 for details.
The Reader's Jonathan Rosenbaum has said that viewing the 13 movies made by French director Robert Bresson as they were made to be seen--on the big screen--"will transform [our] understanding of what the art of the film can be and do." Tonight the Film Center will screen new prints of Bresson's films Les anges du peche and Les dames du Bois de Boulogne at 6 and 8 respectively. The center is at the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson (312-443-3737). Tickets to each film are $7.
3 SATURDAY People in the higher tax brackets know very well that anything they make over $72,400 is not subject to social security taxes. Union representative Terry Davis says that if the government scraps the cap, the administration will weather the graying of the baby boomers without a hitch. She'll elaborate on her position tonight at The Truth About the Social Security System. The College of Complexes' "class" starts at 8 at the Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln. "Tuition" is $3 plus a food or drink purchase. Call 312-326-2120 for more.
Legendary rock 'n' roll penis molder Cynthia Plaster Caster will make her vocal debut tonight singing Sade's "Killer Blow." It's part of The Sweetest Taboo: A Tribute to Sade, a benefit for Deborah's Place, a housing center for women. The evening features 13 local acts covering the coy crooner's tunes in styles ranging from "martini-flavored hip-hop" to "Brenda Lee-ish country." Performers include Das Sporten, Susanna Hollywood, and lap steel guitarist Eiren Cafall. It starts at 9 at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western (773-276-3600); admission is $5.
4 SUNDAY You can shell out up to $75 per ticket to see Ragtime and focus your opera glasses on the grotesque animal figures, maidens, and drummers that make up the "hashish-dream decor" of the Oriental Theater during the slow parts. Or you can take a 45-minute tour of the recently restored 73-year-old gem for just four bucks a head. It starts at 11:30 at 24 W. Randolph; call 312-782-2004 for details.
It was no cakewalk to shoot a film in China after Seven Years in Tibet, Red Corner, and Kundun cast that country's policies in a negative light. But the Chinese Film Bureau's biggest gripe with last year's indie romantic comedy Restless, about twentysomethings living in modern-day Beijing, was a sex scene (which was cut). Producer Peter Shiao will discuss the experience today at 1 with filmmakers Darshan Bhagat, Emiko Omori, and Sree Nallamothu at a panel called Mulan Is Fine, Moolah Is Better: The State of Asian American Independent Cinema. It's part of the Asian American Showcase, a festival of film, art, and literature. The showcase runs through the 11th at the Film Center at the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson (Restless will be shown on Saturday at 8). Admission to the panel is free. Call 312-443-3737 or 773-871-1977 for more about these and other events.
5 MONDAY In Kyrgyzstan parents with large families sometimes offer a baby to a childless couple, a tradition that sets the stage for The Adopted Son, Aktan Abdikalikov's lyrical 1998 film about a teenage boy learning of his background for the first time. It will be shown at 7 and 9 tonight at Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton (773-281-4114). Admission is $7.
6 TUESDAY Before Tommy Redmond Hicks played the persistent suitor in Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, he was the menacing Nicholas Lovejoy in Lee's 60-minute student film Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads. It'll be shown tonight at 6 with Ayoka Chenzira's Hairpiece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People at the Film Center at the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson (312-443-3737). Admission is $7.
At the same time, Joel-Peter Witkin will start signing copies of his new book, The Bone House, in the Art Institute's Museum Shop, Michigan and Adams. The book collects the photographer's disturbing images of both the living and the dead (he uses unclaimed bodies from city morgues in foreign countries). It's free; call 312-443-3583.
During World War II Kerri Sakamoto's family was housed in tar-paper shacks at a Vancouver internment camp, where one of her uncles died. Families were broken up and their property was sold off by the government, she says. Her family's experiences form the basis of her award-winning novel The Electrical Field. She'll read from it today at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble, 1441 W. Webster (773-871-3610), as part of the Asian American Showcase; poet Steve Haruch will also read. It's free. Sakamoto will also appear tomorrow at 7:30 at the Barnes & Noble at Old Orchard, Golf and Skokie in Skokie (847-676-2230).
"The United States is a colony," says Sherman Alexie, author of Indian Killer, "and I'm always going to write like one who is colonized, and that's with a lot of anger." He'll spew some bile tonight at a lecture called "Killing Indians: Myths, Lies and Exaggerations." It starts at 7:30 in room J143 of Harper College's Business and Social Science Center, 1200 W. Algonquin in Palatine; admission is $7. Call 847-925-6100 for more.
7 WEDNESDAY "I believe that my inner-city residential neighborhood is not so different from the newest subdivision at the edge of Aurora," says University of Illinois at Chicago architecture professor Robert Bruegmann, pointing to car-driving city dwellers who shop at strip malls. Tonight he'll take the unpopular stand that low-density development that's mostly unregulated by large-scale public planning is "one of the crowning glories of American culture" at Urban Sprawl and Its Critics: Tilting at Windmills?, a free discussion today at 4 in room 155 of Northwestern University's Kresge Centennial Hall, 1967 South Campus Drive in Evanston. Call 847-491-4852 for reservations.
8 THURSDAY Students at today's Cooking for Singles class will see there's a world beyond macaroni and cheese eaten over the sink; they'll learn how to use expensive ingredients to make small quantities of fine cuisine, such as roasted balsamic asparagus and Asian scented grain salad. The $25 class starts at 7 tonight at Whole Foods, 3300 N. Ashland. Call 773-244-4200 to register.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's disturbing turn-of-the-century story The Yellow Wallpaper, about a woman who slowly goes mad after she's locked in a room to cure her hysteria, was based on the author's own experiences. Tonight Eponine Moll, Sandra Binion, and Erica Blue will stage a choreographed performance based on the story; they'll be followed by the music of the Corpus Ludens Ensemble. It starts at 8 at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo (312-362-9707). Tickets are $12.