Friday 6/15 - Thursday 6/21
By Cara Jepsen
15 FRIDAY Sessions at this weekend's Socialist Summer School will cover everything from consumerism and workers' rights to gay marriage and the future of rap. Today's highlights include Left Business Observer editor Doug Henwood on "The End of the Miracle Economy" at 10 AM, a 2:30 discussion called "After Quebec: Where Does the Global Justice Movement Go From Here?," and a panel at 7:30 on "Fighting Racism in Bush's America." This morning conference registration is from 9 to 10, and panels run from 10 to 8:30, followed by a party (with cash bar) from 9:30 to 1 AM at the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan. The conference started Thursday night and runs through Sunday, June 17. Registration is $30 per day ($20 on Sunday), $75 for the whole weekend, or $5 for any single session. Call 773-583-8665 or visit www.socialistsummerschool.org for more information. i For the past two years writer Carrie Golus and artist Patrick Welch have been creating illustrated features for New City about such disparate topics as the Checkerboard Lounge, the parakeets of Hyde Park, and the "secret history" of the Uptown Theater. A new exhibit of their work, Chicago Words and Pictures, opens tonight at Las Manos Gallery, 5220 N. Clark, and runs through July 15. Tonight's reception is from 7 to 11 and it's free. Call 773-728-8910.
16 SATURDAY Men who worked as Pullman porters were considered "aristocrats" in the African-American community; Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes, and Roy Wilkins all held that job at some point. At the same time, however, African-Americans who worked for the railroads--which used slave labor during the expansion era--had to fight racism coming from their customers, their employers, and labor unions. UIC history professor Eric Arnesen examines the relationships among unions, African-American railroad workers, and the civil rights movement in his new book, Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality. He'll discuss it today at 11 at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton. It's free; call 312-255-3700. i The Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, but it wasn't until June 19, 1865, that its impact was felt in Texas. That's when Union general Gordon Granger landed in Galveston and reported that the war was over and the slaves were now free. Today's Juneteenth Celebration at the Woodson Regional Library marks the holiday--which is actually Tuesday--with a tour of the Harsh Collection's exhibit "Former Slaves in Freedom," the presentation of the Sojourner Truth Literary Award, and a speech by SIU professor Shirley M. Portwood, author of last year's Tell Us a Story: An African-American Family in the Heartland. The free event is sponsored by the International Society of Sons & Daughters of Slave Ancestry and takes place from 1 to 3:30 at the library at 9525 S. Halsted (312-745-2080). i Three of the folks behind The Bomb-Itty of Errors--the popular off-Broadway rap version of Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors--are brothers who hail from the Chicago area. These days the lads go by initials--J.A.Q. (DJ-composer Jeffrey Qaiyum), GQ (actor-rapper Gregory J. Qaiyum), and Q Brother (Anthony Qaiyum), who coproduced the show. Their energetic take on the classic--which was J.A.Q.'s final project for NYU's experimental theater program--has four actor-rappers playing the two sets of twins separated at birth as well as everyone else in the cast (including the women), and was hailed by the New Yorker as "exuberant, witty, allusive, chaotic, fast, loose, and infectious." Previews start tonight at 8 at the Royal George Theatre Center, 1641 N. Halsted (312-988-9000). Tickets are $25 until the official opening on June 19, when they bump up to $35. It runs through August 12.
17 SUNDAY "The key word in describing the hobo is 'independence,'" says the official Web site of the National Hobo Association (www.hobo.org). "Unlike tramps or bums, the hoboes are usually very resourceful, self-reliant and appreciative people. They display the quiet pride that comes from self-confidence and the secure knowledge that they control their own destiny. As a group, they avoid long-term work commitments, preferring to be free to follow the call of the open road when it comes." The hobo subculture is alive and well, and will be on display at today's fifth annual Grand Hobo Concert, which features music and an appearance by the 2001 hobo king and queen, Hobo Grump and Mad Mary. It starts at 4 at the Pullman United Methodist Church, 112th and Saint Lawrence, and it's free; call 773-785-3828. Tours of historic Pullman and a garden walk take place from 11 to 4; call 773-568-2441.
18 MONDAY The Museum of Contemporary Art's three-story glass facade will turn into a giant shadow-puppet screen for Redmoon Theater's latest production, Galway's Shadow, which is about "two lovers trying to communicate across a great distance." Meant to be viewed from the plaza below, the show features 50 performers, hundreds of shadow puppets, and original music by Mark Messing and MaestroMatic. It premieres tonight at 9 and runs through June 24 in front of the MCA at 220 E. Chicago. It's part of the city's Puppetropolis festival and it's free; call 312-744-3315.
19 TUESDAY "With love and patience, nothing is impossible" is one of the aphorisms attributed to Daisaku Ikeda, the Tokyo-based peace advocate, Buddhist, and recipient of the United Nations Peace Medal, the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center's International Tolerance Award. Ikeda, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. will be profiled in the new exhibit Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., dean of the Martin Luther King Inter-national Chapel at Morehouse
College, will speak at tonight's opening reception, which starts at 6. The exhibit continues through the end of the month in the library on the 10th floor of Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan. It's free (312-341-3500).
20 WEDNESDAY The idea for Chris Wieland and Hans Noel's new film The Rest of Your Life was lifted from a friend of theirs, whose girlfriend called him around 1:30 one afternoon while he was watching a basketball game. She wanted to know if they were ever going to get married, and she wanted an answer--if it was no, she was prepared to dump him--by 4. They lived in the south suburbs--"a whole different world," says Wieland--which are the setting for the Northwestern alumni's first feature. The film, written and produced by Wieland, directed by Noel, and shot here with a local cast and crew, will be screened tonight at 8 as part of the AngelCiti Chicago 2001 Film Festival at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $10; the festival runs though the 27th. For more info call 323-466-9870 or see the sidebar in Section Two.
21 THURSDAY The first total solar eclipse of the millennium takes place today--the summer solstice--but will be visible only in Africa. The best way to see it here is live, via satellite, at the Adler Planetarium, where they'll also present commentary from astronomers stationed on a cruise ship off the African coast. Related activities will include lectures and an exhibit of live African animals from the Lincoln Park Zoo. The Adler's doors open at 7:30 AM and the eclipse will take place at 8:15. It's at 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children, which includes all eclipse-related activities, access to exhibits, and admission to sky shows until noon. Call 312-922-7827 for more information. i