Friday 6/28 - Thursday 7/4
28 FRIDAY The title of Greg Gillam's first book of poetry, Yespants (Kapow! Press), refers to a suit covered with the word "yes" that he created to wear to readings. "It's a term for that item of clothing you wear when you're going out to get some action," explains Gillam, editor of the Web zine Fengi. Tonight's release party is called Put Your Clothes On and will feature fashions by Cat Chow, Angela Altenhofen, and Meg Duguid, plus music, spoken-word performances, and some "impromptu analysis of scenester fashion." It starts at 7 at Quimby's Bookstore, 1854 W. North, and it's free. Call 773-342-0910.
29 SATURDAY Organizers of the second annual Coffee Crawl and Footpath Rally hope to draw customers to locally owned coffee shops and other businesses in the North Center and Lincoln Square neighborhoods. Prizes will be awarded to winners of the trivia-based scavenger hunt, in which participants must track down answers to obscure questions by visiting all the shops along the three-mile route. The crawl runs today from 8 to noon; completed quizzes must be turned in by 3. You can sign up at the following establishments: Katerina's (1920 W. Irving Park), the Perfect Cup (4700 N. Damen), Sweet Occasions (4639 N. Damen), Cafe Florida (4356 N. Leavitt), Beans & Bagels (1812 W. Montrose), or the Old Town School of Folk Music Cafe (4544 N. Lincoln). It's $5, or $1 for members of the North Center/Lincoln Square Neighborhood Association; for more information call 773-728-2360.
"About eight years ago, during the grunge era, there were a lot of kids hanging out at the [Naperville] Riverwalk, playing hacky sack and guitar. That's basically disappeared," says one of the planners of tonight's Reclaim the Streets party, who blames police harassment. The Naperville PD also threw a monkey wrench into last year's event, which was scheduled to coincide with protests against the G8 summit in Italy. "We had everything banked on a DJ van that had a PA system and everything," says the organizer. "But the police set up a road blockade about three miles away and stopped the van, so we didn't have any music." This year they'll try to avoid a similar fate by decentralizing and encouraging people to bring boom boxes, drums, guitars, and other noisemakers to the free party, staged tonight in solidarity with protesters at this week's G8 summit in Canada. It starts at 7 at the parking lot across the street from Naperville Central High School, on Aurora Avenue near Eagle Street in Naperville. For more details go to www.rtstreets.org.
"We'd planned on doing only two performances for our friends back in February, and we're still going strong," says John Shaterian, a member of Harvey Finkelstein's Institute of Whimsical, Fantastical and Marvelous Puppet Masterage. The group's half-hour sock puppet version of the 1995 Paul Verhoeven flop Showgirls--yes, the socks do strip--has been enjoying a late-night run at Rogers Park's Side Studio, and "we ran through our gamut of friends a long time ago," says Shaterian. The Institute will give a free performance of Sock Puppet Showgirls tonight at 9:30, following a screening of the film at 7. It's part of the free closing celebration for the "Equilibrium 2002" exhibit at Thirteenth Floor Gallery, 2337 W. North (773-384-1313), which runs from 6 to 10:30 PM.
30 SUNDAY After being diagnosed with AIDS in the 1990s, Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo vowed that if he got better he'd tour with the band again and come out publicly. He did all three--the last a year ago at the Human Rights Campaign dinner at Navy Pier. He's now a spokesman for the HRC's Coming Out Project and the special guest at today's Pride Parade, which starts at noon at Halsted and Belmont and runs north on Halsted to Broadway, south on Broadway to Diversey, and then east on Diversey to Sheridan. For more information call 773-348-8243, or go to www.chicagopridecalendar.org.
The primary reason for the Midwest Aikido Center's public demonstration today is to showcase the nonviolent, dancelike martial art that "teaches self-defense without vengeance." But the experience is also good for the students' training. "Part of the practice is to remain calm under stress, and getting up in front of 200 people is stressful--as is everything else in aikido," says MAC senior teacher Cyril Landise. Master instructor and seventh-degree black belt Shoji Seki of the Aikido World Headquarters in Tokyo will appear with other aikidoists today at 2 at the center, 4349 N. Damen (773-477-0123). Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
1 MONDAY Since 1987 there have been six joint U.S. and French expeditions to the wreckage of the Titanic; the last, in 2000, apparently yielded enough booty to warrant a remounting of the exhibition that lured in 850,000 visitors when it was here two years ago. Among the additions are the remains of the ship's steering wheel, sniffable perfume vials from the luggage of businessman Adolphe Saalfeld (he survived), china, a first-class toilet, and the inspection card and alligator handbag of one Marian Meanwell, a British second-class passenger who was originally scheduled to sail on the White Star Line's Majestic. A coal miners' strike caused her to be transferred to the Titanic, and she died in the wreck. The massive Titanic: The New Exhibition opens today and runs through October 31 at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th and Lake Shore Drive. The museum is open from 9:30 to 4 and tickets (which include admission to the rest of the museum) are $19 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, and $13 for children under 12, with discounts available for Chicago residents. Call 312-902-1500 or log on to www.msichicago.org for more.
2 TUESDAY Tantric practices based on the chakra system can help people achieve an integration of sexuality and spirituality that is "pretty alien to Western society, where there is church and religion, and then there is sex," says Elsbeth Meuth of the Palos Hills-based Tantra Nova Institute. For men, this can mean multiple orgasms and better health. For women, this reconnection has "a healing dimension, and out of healing, new self-expression and pleasure are possible." Meuth and partner Freddy Weaver, also of the TNI, will share a few (nonexplicit) tantric practices tonight at a workshop for both singles and couples called Tantra Nova: The Discovery of Sexual-Spiritual Connection. It runs from 7 to 9:30 at Healing Earth Resources, 3111 N. Ashland, and registration is $30. Call 773-327-8459.
3 WEDNESDAY It took Eugene O'Neill just five weeks in 1932 to write his nostalgic comedy Ah, Wilderness, but it's been a staple of American repertory theater for 70 years. The Griffin Theatre's current production of the play, which is set in 1906 and tells the tale of a rebellious young poet and his struggles with small-town life, opens tonight and runs through Monday at the Park District's Theater on the Lake, at Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive. Tickets are $12; call 312-742-7994.
4 THURSDAY "What we found in the past couple of years, and especially this year, is that the youth we're working with are coming to terms with their identity, and they are not satisfied with the categories that already exist," says About Face Youth Theatre artistic director Megan Carney. She's referring to the 18 local teens in the new production Inside Out, who don't necessarily label themselves lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered. "There's one girl whose mother is from Mexico and whose father is a white North American. She grew up on the south side and came out as a lesbian. Her experience as being queer has all of these other factors rolled into it, including heritage and language." Her story is included in the show, which runs through July 28 and is the last production at the soon-to-be-sold Jane Addams Center, 3212 N. Broadway. Tonight's performance at 8 is free for those 20 or younger ($22 for everyone else), and tickets are limited. To reserve a spot call 773-784-8565. Future performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 7, with matinees at 4 on July 20 and 27; tickets are $22 to $25 for adults, $7 for those under 21. Call 773-549-3290.