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Friday 4/23 - Thursday 4/29

APRIL

By Cara Jepsen

23 FRIDAY Blame it on the baby boomers: images of dead rockers like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Frank Zappa are the latest fad in collectible vintage posters. Over 10,000 posters of all genres will be on sale (with prices ranging from $50 to $30,000) at this weekend's International Vintage Poster Fair. It's from noon to 8 today, 10 to 7 tomorrow, and 10 to 5 Sunday in the American Dental Association's Hillenbrand Auditorium, 211 E. Chicago. Admission is $10 per day or $20 for the entire weekend. Call 312-461-9277 for details.

This weekend's Anime Central convention offers fans of Japanese animation and comics a chance to enjoy some of that Trekkeresque camaraderie. Directors, designers, and actors will be on hand, and conventioneers can network during karaoke. It's today and Saturday from 8 to 4 and Sunday from 8 to 3 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel O'Hare, 6600 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. Admission is $25 per day today and Saturday, $20 on Sunday, or $45 for the whole weekend. For more information call the hotel at 847-827-5131.

Animal Charm (aka Jim Fetterley and Rich Bott) mix live video, audio, and performance in their new 45-minute "video symphony," Target. They'll perform it tonight at 8 after showing a few of their latest videos. It starts at 7 in the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington. Call Kino-Eye Cinema at 773-384-5533 for more.

24 SATURDAY My pile of press releases touting the Friends of the Parks' Earth Day Parks Cleanup would be half as high if the group had used both sides of the paper. Volunteers will mulch trees, pick up trash, and prepare garden beds from 9 to noon today at more than 100 parks throughout the city. The cleanup will be followed by an Earth Day Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park, featuring food, drinks, music, and educational activities. It's all free. Call 312-857-2757 to volunteer.

Just when you thought it was safe...El Nino came and went, but now we're experiencing the effects of El Nino's opposite, La Nina, which means more hurricanes and tornadoes in the U.S. this summer. Vernon Prinzing, professor of geography at DePaul University, will explain the global disruption today at 1:30 in his lecture El Niño and La Niña: Causing Climatic Confusion. It's in room 154 of DePaul's Schmitt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore. The suggested donation for this DePaul Geographical Society event is $2, or $1 for students. Call 773-325-7456 for details.

Film archivists in the Czech Republic spent four years restoring Erotikon, Gustav Machaty's 1929 silent masterpiece about a young rural woman's seduction by a traveling playboy. Facets' one-time-only screening will be accompanied by the Czech Symphonic Orchestra of Prague, playing a new musical score by Jan Klusak, who'll attend the performance. The film starts at 8 at the First Chicago Center Theater in the First National Bank of Chicago, 2 N. Dearborn. Tickets are $20; another $15 gets you admission to a reception at 6:30 with food and music by the orchestra. Call 773-281-4114 for more.

25 SUNDAY Emory University professor Deborah E. Lipstadt refuses to debate people who say the Holocaust never happened. Her ire with their ilk fueled her 1993 study, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. Today she'll remind college students of the dangers of denial in her talk The Battle on the Campus. The program starts at 7 in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel on the west end of the Elmhurst College campus, 190 Prospect in Elmhurst. It's free, but donations will be accepted for Elmhurst's Holocaust Education Guestship. Call 630-617-3025 for more.

26 MONDAY You spend a good part of your life at work--it shouldn't make you sick. Participants at today's Workers' Memorial Day Safety and Health Conference will receive four hours of safety- and health-rights training to share with their fellow workers. There will also be a discussion about recent research on the safety of minority, immigrant, female, and older workers. The conference is from 8:30 to 4 at the Chicago Illini Union, 828 S. Wolcott. Admission is $50; call 312-996-6904 to register.

27 TUESDAY Pharmaceutical companies have been making a killing hauling medicinal plants out of the rain forest. Understandably, the countries of origin now want a cut of the profits. Tonight Charlotte Gyllenhaal, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago's college of pharmacy, will give a free slide and video lecture called Medicines From the Rain Forest, in which she'll discuss political issues surrounding the practice. It's at 6 at the Chicago Public Library's North Austin branch, 5725 W. North (312-746-4233).

28 WEDNESDAY Mike Royko lives on: the University of Chicago Press has just released One More Time: The Best of Mike Royko. Studs Terkel will oversee local journalists Mary Schmich, Carol Marin, Lois Wille, Roger Ebert, Rick Kogan, and Bill Kurtis, among others, as they talk about the man and read their favorite columns. The free event starts at 6 in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State (312-747-4050).

29 THURSDAY Over the past month Chicago film professors have been poring over entries in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' regional Student Academy Awards. The cream of the crop in alternative, animated, documentary, and narrative films will be screened tonight at 6:30 at the Film Center at the School of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson (312-443-3737). A reception for the filmmakers, whose work will be sent to the national competition, starts at 6. Both events are free.

Tonight at 6:30 the Randolph Cafe at the Cultural Center will accommodate the latest installment of the Honky Tonk Living Room, the Hideout's bimonthly showcase of what the press release calls "twang-infused music." The evening will feature performances by the Texas Rubies and Cole Rain and movie clips from Heather McAdams's collection. The Rubies' Kelly Kessler hosts. The center is at 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630). Admission is free.

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