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Friday 13

For the first time in five years Randolph Street Gallery is opening a one-person, multimedia installation. In A Sacred Prostitute (one in herself)--which includes slide projections, photos, film, performance, and live and recorded music--Israeli-Canadian artist Dorit Cypis attempts to define the female figure by contrasting contemporary perceptions of sexuality and the mythology of "prostitutes of early Middle Eastern temples." The exhibition, which runs through May 19, opens today with a free reception at 5 at RSG, 756 N. Milwaukee. Cypis will also lead workshops on April 22 and 29, from 1 to 5 PM. A single workshop is $20, $15 for students and RSG members; for both sessions, it's $35 and $25. Call 666-7737 for more information.

Whether you're into Artemis the hunter or Rita the patron of parking, you can pay your respects tonight at Kinheart's special spring goddess celebration. The women-only event includes stories and a feminist ritual. It starts at 8 at 2214 Ridge in Evanston. It's $5, $3 for members. Call 708-491-1103.

Two characters from the unfinished All I Need Is a Good Bonk on the Head, a one-act play, found a copy of the script, wrote themselves out of it, and wrote their creator, Reader contributor Adam Langer, into it. They'll put him on trial for crimes he's committed against them tonight, tomorrow night, and every weekend through April at Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield. Show time is 8. Tickets are $5. Call 348-6955.

Saturday 14

The Internal Revenue Service offers those who've waited till the last minute to file free help from 9 AM to 1 PM today. Operators at 435-1040 will entertain questions about everything but the status of your refund. Make sure you have a copy of your return handy when you call.

What a combination--the Best of Bugs Bunny and one of the worst things you could feed kids on a Saturday morning. The 400 Twin Theatre and a handful of Rogers Park community and political organizations have organized one and a half hours of Bugs cartoons for kids. Along on the sponsorship ride is Skokie's Farley Candy Company, which will give away more than 3,000 pounds of its products at today's free fest, noon at the theater, 6746 N. Sheridan. Call 764-9100.

The Lill Street complex is the home of some of the country's best-known ceramic, jewelry, and mixed-media artists. The center's facilities include two galleries, a retail shop, and more than 40 studios. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Lill Street is holding a free open house from noon to 6 today at 1021 W. Lill. The annual spring show and sale can be viewed 11 to 6 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 11 to 7 Thursday; and noon to 4 Sunday. Call 477-6185.

Tonight could be a good night to view Comet Austin, the large, dirty, snowball-like asteroid discovered by astronomer Rodney R.D. Austin last December. The Chicago Astronomical Society will be at its telescopes at 8 at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski. It's free. Call 725-5618.

Sunday 15

Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly needs volunteer drivers today to deliver holiday dinners to folks who are homebound, as well as to transport seniors to party sites. Meal delivery will run from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. The near north pickup site is at 1658 W. Belmont; on the south side it's at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove. Parties will be held at four different locations between 1 and 3 PM. Call 477-7702 to help.

The cast of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, including Jeff nominee drag queen Shante, will host tonight's Steamy Sunday program, which features cabaret singer Chris Teal, at Cairo, 720 N. Wells. Doors open at 8, and the music starts at 8:45. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance. It's $3. Call 266-6620.

Monday 16

Young girls and boys have been sawing and hammering away for weeks now in preparation for today's Downramp Racer Derby, an elimination event for model cars. The cars, all built at Park District craft shops, are 12- to 15-inch-long wooden models. Four cars at a time will race down a 40-foot ramp; the top three finishers will advance to the next round until the field is reduced to the final four. About 200 youngsters are expected to participate. Trial runs start at 7 PM, and the event itself is scheduled for 7:30, at Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Sacramento. It's free to watch. For more information call 294-2323.

Tuesday 17

Fellow Buddhists, artistic bad boys, and iconoclasts Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg will sign copies of their books or recordings for free from 12:30 to 2 today at Rizzoli International Bookstore in Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan. The two will also headline a concert at 8 tonight to benefit Jewel Heart, a Buddhist organization affiliated with the Dalai Lama; it's at Centre East, 7701 Lincoln in Skokie. Ginsberg will read from his work for 45 minutes, and Glass will play 45 minutes of excerpts from his latest recording, Solo Piano, which includes a piece dedicated to the Dalai Lama and sections from the score of the recent New York production of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, which starred Mikhail Baryshnikov. Wichita Vortex Sutra, the final piece of the evening, is a collaboration between Glass and Ginsberg about their long friendship and artistic synergy. Tickets are $18 and $25, $14 for students and seniors. Call 708-673-6300.

The Saint Francis Retreat House, which offers religious getaways for men and women, is hosting a free Easter Evening Prayer at 7:30 tonight at 1717 31st St. in Oak Brook. Call 708-323-1687.

Wednesday 18

Artists too are again turning their attention to environmental issues. Vital Signs, an exhibit featuring 19 area artists, explores their aesthetic, psychological, and political sentiments about humankind's relationship with nature, as well as the responsibility artists bear for the planet. Juried by artists-environmentalists Diane Cox, Lauretta Hogin, and Liese Ricketts, the show runs through May 4 at N.A.M.E. Gallery, 700 N. Carpenter. It's free. Gallery hours are 12 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday. Call 226-0671.

The Paganini Ensemble plays string pieces of Mozart, Haydn, and Strauss at noon today on the concourse level of the State of Illinois Center, 100 W. Randolph. It's free. Call 346-0777.

Thursday 19

Astrophysicist John Frederick will discuss the destruction of the ozone layer and the effects of the increase in ultraviolet sunlight at today's Special Seminar for Earth Day: Atmospheric Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation at the Earth's Surface. It begins at 9 AM in room 230 of the University of Illinois at Chicago's science and engineering south building, 829 W. Taylor. It's free. Call 996-3161.

After listening to the ozone woes, stick around the UIC campus for a talk by animal rights spokesperson Ingrid Newkirk, sponsored by Students Against Animal Exploitation. Newkirk is national director and cofounder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the group that has all those Hollywood celebrities doing public-service announcements. Newkirk will argue that all animal research is unnecessary. The free talk starts at 2:30 PM at the John Paul II Catholic Student Center, 700 S. Morgan. At 7 PM Newkirk will speak again in room 150 east at the UIC College of Pharmacy, 833 S. Wood. That's also free. Call 413-2570 or 708-343-0858.

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