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Friday 1

If you're over 40 and looking for a new professional direction, 40 Plus of Chicago might have a few answers. The group runs a job-search placement service for unemployed executives and other professionals and will be holding workshops today, Tuesday, and next Friday from 9 to 5. The free workshops will give you a chance to have your resume reviewed by folks in general management, finance, engineering, and other specialties as well as an opportunity to talk about your ambitions and skills. The workshops take place at 53 W. Jackson (south tower) on the 18th floor. Call 922-0285 for more.

On Good Friday it's appropriate to merge faith and politics--at least a little--as the folks from the Eighth Day Center for Justice will tell you. They're sponsoring a noontime Good Friday Walk for Justice that will symbolically reenact Jesus's Passion, stopping at consulates, banks, corporate and government buildings. The stroll begins at the International Harvester Plaza at 401 N. Michigan and ends at Clark and Van Buren in front of the Metropolitan Correctional Center. It's free, of course. For more information, call 427-4351.

Saturday 2

Video may be taking over the world, but here's a chance to help your children appreciate what good, old-fashioned film is all about before MTV rots their brains. The Experimental Film Coalition is sponsoring Filmmaking for Kids with award-winning filmmaker Laurie Dunphy leading the class. If you have a junior Orson Welles, this could be his chance. The class is designed for 7- to 10-year-olds and begins today from 1 to 4 at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes in Evanston. It's $90 for the full eight weeks, but there are scholarships available. Call 772-6209 or 869-7664 for more details.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean was not Cher's cinematic debut. Back when she was Sonny's love kitten, the Oscar-nominated star took her first celluloid turn in 1969 in Chastity, Sonny's female version of Easy Rider. The movie was a big box-office flop, but the two liked it enough to name their kid after it. The Psychotronic Film Society screens this look back at the seamy side of hippiedom (check out the width of the bell bottoms, for Pete's sake) at 7:30 PM at Berlin, 954 W. Belmont. It's only $2 and a good time is practically guaranteed. For more information, call 248-4823.

Sunday 3

For days on end, people in Wisconsin and Indiana are going to have balloons landing in their yards. They'll be coming from Chicago--launched today, each with a personal message, from the Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 925 W. Diversey. It's part of the church's Easter tradition, which begins at 9:30 AM, when scores of parishioners get together to fill the balloons and compose the notes. The church service starts at 10:30, and the balloons will be released afterward. It's all free. There's information at 548-6462.

The work of more than 30 women visual artists can be seen in Rites/Rights of Passage, a multimedia exhibition sponsored by the Chicago Women's Caucus for Art. The show is a celebration of womanhood and an exploration of growth, personal ceremonies, and political experiences. An opening reception will be held today--and many of the artists will be on hand--from 3 to 5 at Northwestern University's Dittmar Memorial Gallery, 1999 Sheridan Road in Evanston. It's free. For more, call 491-2399 or 491-2344.

Last February, one of Chicago's own treasures--blues queen Koko Taylor--and her band were driving through the Tennessee mountains when a tire on their van blew, sending it plunging off the road and nearly over a cliff. The money raised at tonight's All-star Benefit Concert featuring Robert Cray, Albert Collin and Kim Wilson (sponsored by WXRT) will help Taylor and her band pay their medical bills. You can't find a better cause than this. It's $25 at the Riviera, 4746 N. Racine, at 7:30. Call 973-7736 for more.

Monday 4

Plugging into cable isn't as simple as dialing for the service. As Chicago gets wired up (thanks to the usual political chicanery, we're years behind the rest of the country), both tenants and landlords are finding more questions than answers. Who is responsible for damage caused by cable installation? What cable company serves what part of the city? What are the tenants' rights? What are the landlords' rights and responsibilities? The city's Office of Cable Communications is doing its damnedest to be responsive. Today's Know Your Rights About Cable Television is a free informational workshop for landlords, condo associations, managing agents, realty boards, and co-ops. It starts at 5:30 PM on the fourth floor of the Kraft Building, 510 N. Peshtigo. Call 744-4052 for more information.

Tuesday 5

The Volvo Tennis/Chicago Tournament won't have previous champs such as Ivan Lendl and Boris Becker on its roster this year, but it does have midwestern native and fountain of youth representative Jimmy Connors, who'll be trying to unseat last year's winner Tim Mayotte. Connors has been having a hell of a year, beating or nearly beating players half his age. At the Lipton International earlier this month he played one of the best finals of his career against eventual champ Mats Wilander. Play starts at 1 PM today, with competition through Sunday at the University of Illinois Pavilion, 1140 W. Harrison. Tickets range from $7.50 to $25. For a complete schedule and other details, call 977-0977.

Wednesday 6

The late Clara Peller won't be there, but the fast-talking Federal Express man will probably show up tonight at the opening reception for the Museum of Broadcast Communications' Sedelmaier on Sedelmaier, a tribute to Chicago's Joe, the 30-second wizard of the little screen. Running through April 23, the exhibit will trace Sedelmaier's career, from his humble beginnings to his current powerhouse impact on TV commercials. The fun starts at 6 at 800 S. Wells. Suggested donations to the museum are $3 for adults, $2 for students, and $1 for seniors and kids under 13. Call 987-1500 for a complete schedule and further details.

Thursday 7

Ever since the Board of Education moved to Pershing Palace, as board employees call the 39th Street complex, the future of its State Street properties has been up in the air. The board has never been a very good manager: remember how Jane Byrne through fancy paperwork eventually stole the Kraft Building for next to nothing? Every little detail, from architecture to usage, will be discussed at the Brown-Bag Luncheon: The Future of the Board of Education's State Street Properties, a noon discussion sponsored by Friends of Downtown in the fourth-floor meeting room of the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Admission is free. For more call 977-0098.

Ten to twelve million American men suffer sporadic or long term impotence, which, until recently, many physicians assumed was usually the result of psychological problems. Studies now show that about half these cases may have a physical cause, making many of them treatable. A lecture on Male Impotence: Diagnosis and Treatment will be presented by Balakrishna Sundar, MD, at Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini Hospital, 811 S. Lytle in the seventh-floor conference room at 7 PM. It's free and open to the public. For more, call 883-4351.

Since its founding as the minority wing at Victory Gardens, the Latino Chicago Theater Company, the city's first Hispanic theater troupe, has managed to survive each of several financial crises and personnel changes. Artistic director Juan Antonio Ramirez, one of the company's original seven members, will be directing tonight's premiere of Nicholas Patricca's The Fifth Sun, a drama of life and death in El Salvador. The curtain goes up at 8 at the Firehouse, 1625 N. Damen. Tickets are $10. Call 486-5120 for more.

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