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Friday 29

After the CIA helped topple Chile's elected socialist president, Salvador Allende, 15 years ago, thousands of ordinary Chileans were arrested and disappeared. Many of them were later found dead, presumably at the hands of the military. Yet today, nearly 700 of those prisoners remain unaccounted for. Amnesty international has evidence that govenment officials know what happened to the disappeared but refuse to release the information. You can help put pressure on Chile's dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, by taking part in Amnesty International's peaceful demonstration today at noon at the Chilean consulate, 333 N. Michigan. For more, call 698-3770 (days) or 935-0443 (evenings).

Hubbard Street Dance Company celebrates its tenth year with an open-air birthday party tonight from 5 to 11. There'll be food, drink, prizes--and dancing, natch. On Hubbard Street at LaSalle; $5 admission. Call 663-0853 for more information.

Had David Nelson's painting of Harold Washington in lingerie gone up without the extra publicity the aldermen gave it, Nelson probably would have taken some heat about the need for social responsibility from his fellow artists. Those artists ended up defending his right to free expression during the barrage of media and political attention. Tonight the Chicago Artists Network hosts the first of a series of free forums that may help release some pent-up frustration. Art and Politics (Censorship and Morality) is tonight's topic; 6:30 in the Ferguson Theater of Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan. Call 821-6274 or 379-2519 for more.

Saturday 30

Last fall, the Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) bought its first neighborhood apartment building--a ten-unit mess in burned-out Humboldt Park. Using city and federal money as well as a loan, they hired a private contractor to rehab the building while keeping the apartments affordable for low-income tenants. The contractor turned around and hired almost half of the project workers from the neighborhood. There's a free block party at 1 today at 1414 N. Washtenaw--with Puerto Rican and Mexican food and music--to celebrate the completion of the renovation. Juan Rivera, LUCHA's executive director, says that the organization will start renovating another 40 units before the end of the year. Call 276-5338 for more.

China recently held its first beauty pageant but Communist party officials put an end to it before a winner could be crowned. No one's going to make charges of official misconduct here, however, and tonight's Miss Chicago Chinatown Pageant and Coronation will strive to be all that Peking's contest couldnt be. Cocktails begin at 5, followed by dinner at 6 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr in Rosemont. Tickets are a tax-deductible $30. Call for reservations: 225-0234 or 326-5607.

By the time Don Cornelius put together the first Soul Train 17 years ago, Dick Clark's American Bandstand had officially dropped its old segregationist policies (yes, there was a time when Clark's show didn't let black kids dance on the air). But the immediate success of Soul Train underscored how desperate black America was to see its full reflection on television. Now the longest-running first-run production in television syndication, Soul Train is the focus of An Evening With Don Cornelius at the Museum of Broadcast Communications at River City, 800 S. Wells, at 8 tonight. A graduate of DuSable High, Cornelius will be joined by R & B stylist (and Cook County Board commissioner) "Iceman" Jerry Butler. WGCI (107.5 FM) will broadcast the show live. Tickets are $17.50. Call 987-1500 for more.

Sunday 31

Lincoln Park technically opens at 6 AM, which is the starting time for the Lincoln Park Peace Fest. But don't expect any music that early, just vibes. Today's the last day of this year's free festival, which features dozens of rock, blues, jazz, reggae, and heavy metal bands as well as speeches and poetry readings. The show starts at noon and runs till 10 PM on Cricket Hill at North Lake Shore Drive and Montrose. For more, call 772-1780.

AUGUST

Monday 1

State law says that all students entering kindergarten, fifth, or ninth grade--whether they're attending public, parochial, or private school--must get a physical and all their immunization shots. All new students, whatever grade they're in, must meet the same requirements. To help parents, Columbus Hospital, 2520 N. Lakeview, is offering Back-to-School Physicals during July and August for only $12.50. There are additional fees for tests and immunizations. The pediatric outpatient clinic is open Monday through Friday, 1 to 3:30 PM. To make appointments (they're necessary), call 883-6711.

Tuesday 2

Iwakichi Kobayashi saw the destruction wreaked by the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. "Even now, I cannot erase the scene from my memory," he says. "Before my death I wanted to draw it and leave it for others." His drawing was the beginning of what eventually became a collection of nearly 2,000 drawings of the bombing created by survivors. The Peace Museum, 430 W. Erie, will be exhibiting The Unforgettable Fire as part of its "Drawing Hope" show, a multimedia extravaganza of textiles, paintings, photographs, and other works that focus on peace and justice. The museum is open noon to 5 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and noon to 8 on Thursdays. Admission is $2 for adults, 50 cents for children and seniors. For more, call 440-1860.

For the past couple years John Booz has been taking photos in the Maxwell Street neighborhood, the gritty area of broken buildings and vacant lots that every Sunday still attracts thousands who come to wander through the huge flea market or to hear blues bands. But the University of Illinois owns much of the neighborhood, and as it expands, the character of the area may disappear. After all, says Booz, "the thing that makes it colorful and interesting is the rubble." An exhibit of 20 of Booz's photos can be seen at Outtakes, a bar-gallery at 16 W. Ontario, through September 6. Hours are 4 PM to 2 AM Sunday through Friday, 4 PM to 3 AM on Saturday. There's a $3 cover on Friday (and a $2 cover on Sunday) after 8 PM; no cover at other times. The opening reception is tonight from 6 to 9. Call 951-7979.

Wednesday 3

Jan Hobson is a Continental Bank executive by day and a hip, sultry club singer by night. Although she's scaled back her performing to be with her family, she'll be onstage today as part of Jan Hobson and Her Bad Review--an upbeat, musical, often funny act--in a noontime free concert. The show, part of "Summerfare: A Celebration of the Arts," is at the Cathedral Commons stage at Rush and Huron streets. Call 787-6410 for more on this rare treat.

Uptown denizen Dave Jemilo stakes out a piece of River North for himself and for art when he opens up Jan Hobson's old Raccoon Club as the new High Hat Club, featuring the same mix of new and familiar jazz talent that has been so successful at his Green Mill Lounge. Located at 812 N. Franklin, the High Hat Club opens at 4 PM. Singer Frank D'Rone, Johnny Frigo, Jim Beebe's Chicago Jazz, and many others will be featured. Jemilo's a risk taker by nature, so keep an eye on his place. Call 561-3800 for more information.

Thursday 4

Sometimes we make habits of negative behaviors, refusing to abandon no-longer-appropriate feelings, attitudes, and values because they're so familiar. Letting Go, a one-day workshop led by Laurieann Chutis, director of consultation and education services at the Ravenswood Community Mental Health Center, is designed to help you gently let go and open up to other possibilities. It costs $3, $2 for seniors and students, and starts at 7:30 AM at the Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center, room 8210 of the Adler Pavilion, 4550 N. Winchester. For more, call 878-4300, ext. 1455.

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