Friday 5/7 - Thursday 5/13
By Cara Jepsen
7 FRIDAY Though the Iranian government has officially called off the fatwa against Salman Rushdie, religious radicals are still calling for his death. Expect tight security at tonight's reading from his new novel, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, at 7 at the Chicago Historical Society, Clark and North. The book tells the story of Vina and Ormus, a rock 'n' roll duo who play out the Orpheus myth in a parallel universe. Tickets for the free event must be picked up in advance at Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan (312-573-0564).
The massive exhibit that is Art 1999 Chicago will be open to the general public from 11 to 7 today through Monday and 11 to 5 Tuesday in Festival Hall at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Tomorrow six members of the Chicago Art Critics Association will each give a slide lecture on a local artist followed by a discussion called "Chicago Critics on Chicago Art." It's from 4 to 6 in room 325; Reader contributor Fred Camper will moderate. Admission for the art fair (which includes the lecture) is $10, $7 for students and seniors; multiday passes are also available. For more info, call 312-587-3300 or see the art listings in Section Two.
8 SATURDAY Today and tomorrow the Brookfield Zoo will outfit visitors with binoculars and books to help them spot and identify birds heading north. They'll also provide maps to where the zoo's own wood ducks, green herons, flycatchers, white-throated sparrows, and snowy egrets can be found. The Migratory Bird Weekend, which includes games and tours of Dragonfly Marsh and Indian Lake, takes place today and Sunday from 8 to noon at the zoo, First Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield (708-485-0263). Admission is $6, $3 for children.
When he was 14, Hyman Goodman and his best friend were asked to deliver a package to Al Capone at his headquarters in the old Lexington Hotel. "We were figuring he was a big, tall, husky guy," says Goldman, now 93. "But he was a short little guy." He'll tell that story and others at Before There Was Radio, or the Man Who Met Al Capone. He'll be joined by 79-year-old Virginia Hartsough, who was one of the first WACs. The reminiscences start at 2 at the Logan Square branch of the Chicago Public Library, 3255 W. Altgeld (312-744-5295). It's free.
While videotapes of the 1995 film The Basketball Diaries have been pulled from sale because of a dream sequence in which Leonardo DiCaprio opens fire in a school, you can still find copies of the 1963 book by Jim Carroll in bookstores. Carroll will read from his more recent work tonight with New York City's "spoken-word diva" Sarah Jones. It's at 8 at HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo (312-362-9707), and admission is $10.
Eleven colorful steel and aluminum sculptures by Keith Haring on the front lawn of the Museum of Science and Industry are accompanied by an exhibit about the artistic and technical process involved in the making of the objects. Keith Haring: From Sketch to Sculpture runs all summer. The museum, 57th and Lake Shore Drive (773-684-1414), is open from 9:30 to 5:30. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors, and $3.50 for children, though you can admire the outdoor sculptures for free.
9 SUNDAY At last year's annual four-day University of Chicago scavenger hunt, teams of students were asked to round up items including hillbillies, Jerry Springer, a half pound of cigarette butts, and a photo of a team member sporting an army jacket and a Mohawk and standing in front of a New York City landmark. They were also asked to stage a paint-ball war between tenure-track professors, build a centrifugal compressor, find out how many people signed the 1918 Lithuanian Declaration of Independence, and more. Final judging for this year's installment of the 13-year-old contest takes place today from noon to 5 at the Midway Plaisance between Cottage Grove and Stony Island and at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th. Call 773-702-8360 for more.
10 MONDAY French outsider artist Michel Nedjar will make a rare Chicago visit this week as part of the Alliance Francaise's "Fete des Arts." Tonight at 6:30 Nedjar will address his work in film, painting, and sculpture and his life-changing encounter with Swiss artist Aloise Corbaz in a discussion entitled "Aloise, My Beloved Icon" at the Alliance, 54 W. Chicago (312-337-1070). On Saturday, May 8, at 6:30 Nedjar will screen and discuss his Super-8 films. Admission is $8 to both events. An exhibit of his work runs through May 31.
11 TUESDAY When he's not writing crime thrillers or representing victims of violence, Andrew Vachss writes song lyrics for bluesman Son Seals. Tonight at 7 Vachss will read from his latest book, Choice of Evil, and Seals and his band will perform a short set at Barbara's Bookstore, 1350 N. Wells (312-642-5044).
A few years back Sam Rosenthal's cat Vidna died of feline leukemia. When Rosenthal, the founder of Projekt Records, learned that many of his musician pals had also lost cats to the virus, he decided to organize a goth and industrial compilation to educate people about the deadly disease. Tonight's CD-release party for A Cat-Shaped Hole in My Heart at Smart Bar follows a concert upstairs by Rosenthal's band, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, and Lynn Canfield with other ex-members of the Moon Seven Times. The show starts at 11:30 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark (773-549-0203). Admission is $11, which includes the party; all royalties from the CD will go to the Tree House Animal Foundation.
12 WEDNESDAY News flash: Girls are quick to label other girls as sexually promiscuous--and they're often wrong. So discovered Leora Tanenbaum, author of the new book Slut! Growing Up Female With a Bad Reputation. Tanenbaum, who says she was branded "easy" in her high school days, also found that many so-called sluts went on to become overachievers. She'll discuss her book tonight at 7:30 at Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark (773-769-9299). It's free.
13 THURSDAY Exito's Alejandro Riera and the Illinois Entertainer's Jim Turano are two of the five film critics joining Columbia College's Ted Hardin to discuss the fate of science fiction flicks at Millennium Trends: Star Wars, Technology, and the Future of Hollywood. It's at 6:30 in Columbia's Hokin Auditorium, 623 S. Wabash. Admission is $5; for more information call 312-344-7301.