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Where will you be on September 11?



In remembrance of September 11, 2001, Mayor Daley has called for three minutes of silence at noon on Wednesday, and most religious institutions will be open that day as well. But there are plenty of other ways to take note of the date; below is a selection of vigils, performances, discussions, and other memorials. Events are free or by donation unless otherwise noted.


Unity in Chicago's 24-hour prayer vigil begins tonight at 7 with a memorial service featuring representatives from several different faiths and concludes tomorrow night at 7 with music and poetry performances; 1925 W. Thome (773-973-0007).

Media and legal scholar Newton Minow, Lake Forest College professor Ghada Talhami, ACLU executive director Colleen Connell, and Tribune writer Richard Longworth will discuss the failure of American ideals like democracy to catch on in parts of the world in A Message of Freedom; 7 to 8:30 PM, Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark (312-642-4600). Reservations recommended.


The 8th Day Center for Justice, Illinois Peace Action, Chicago Peace Response, and Pax Christi are sponsoring this morning's silent vigil at Federal Plaza; 8 AM, Dearborn and Jackson (312-641-5151).

New York September 11 by Magnum Photographers and other ongoing exhibits will be on view from 9:30 AM to 9 PM at the Chicago Historical Society, and local choral groups will perform throughout the day. At 7 PM a roundtable of architects and cultural critics will discuss the creation of a memorial; 1601 N. Clark (312-642-4600).

The Gallery 37 exhibit Youth Respond to 9/11 runs today through November 30. An opening reception on Friday, September 13, takes place from 4 to 7 PM. Regular gallery hours are 10 AM to 5 PM; 66 E. Randolph (312-744-8925).

Forty local religious leaders representing 14 major faiths contributed to the Chicago Prayer of Hope, Unity and Remembrance, which will be distributed to the crowd for a public reading at 11:45 AM at Daley Plaza; actor Gary Sinise will emcee and soprano Elizabeth Norman will perform. Inside the Daley Center, Bruno Surdo's 9-by-35-foot mural Tragedy, Memory, and Honor is on view through the end of the month; 50 W. Washington (312-744-6630).

Parsons School of Design arts chair Roger Shepherd will give today's Chicago Architecture Foundation brown-bag lecture, The Skyscraper: Can Buildings Be Tall and Humane? It's at 12:15 PM at the ArchiCenter, 224 S. Michigan (312-922-3432, ext. 239).

Today's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert--named to commemorate the concerts Hess put on in London bomb shelters during World War II--is dedicated to the memory of victims and will feature the Avila String Quartet playing Samuel Barber's 1936 String Quartet, op. 11; 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington (312-744-6630).

The Moksha Yoga Center is offering free intermediate yoga classes to students tonight at 5:30 and 6, followed by a candlelight meditation from 8 to 8:30, kirtan (call-and-response chanting) at 8:30 with the music group Devi 2000, and a 9 PM blessing ceremony; 700 N. Carpenter (312-942-9642).

The Crossroads Fund--which last year donated money to help Muslims and Arab-Americans in Chicago bone up on their legal rights--is one of the sponsors of a panel discussion titled Race, Civil Liberties, and the War on Terrorism. Moderating will be Cathy Cohen from the University of Chicago's Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; 6 to 8 PM, Egan Urban Center, DePaul University, 243 S. Wabash, Room 9102 (773-227-7676).

Mark Weinberg of the Democratic Socialists of America and a panel of local peace activists will discuss University of California professor Chalmers Johnson's book Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, published in January 2001; 6:30 PM, Chicago Public Library Lincoln Park branch, 1150 W. Fullerton (773-244-1480).

Great Beast Theater will donate proceeds from tonight's performance of two one-act plays from Jason Milligan's Stories From New York--The Best Warm Beer in Brooklyn and Nights in Hohokus--to the Chicago police and fire departments. Tickets are $30; 7 PM, Boxer Rebellion Theater, 1257 W. Loyola (312-409-2135).

Healing Words and Pictures, sponsored by River Oak Arts, will feature an exhibit of photos by Tone Stockenstrom, readings by Mary Jane Reis and Lucia Mauro, and a screening of a documentary on the making of Bruno Surdo's Tragedy, Memory, and Honor, the mural on view in the Daley Center (see above); 7:30 PM, Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington, Evanston (708-524-8725).

Seventy minutes of unedited footage taken of the twin towers by New York filmmaker Steven Mudrick form the visuals for WTC Uncut, which premieres tonight at the Gene Siskel Film Center. Mudrick will lead a discussion after the screening; 8:15 PM, 164 N. State (312-846-2800).


Former supreme allied commander Wesley K. Clark (who was in charge of U.S. forces in Kosovo) and representatives from China, France, and Israel will speak at tonight's Chicago Council on Foreign Relations discussion, America and the World--One Year After the Attacks. Admission is $25; 6 to 7:30 PM (with a 5:30 reception), Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Wacker (312-726-3860).


New York photographer Marshall Kappel will speak at tonight's opening reception for 9/11--A Year in Retrospect, which includes his images of September 11 and the political illustrations of Lan Hoang Vu. A $25 donation is requested; 6 to 9 PM, Peace Museum, 100 N. Central Park (773-638-6450).

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