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Friday 31

Daniel Berrigan has been a peace advocate and all-around do-gooder for decades--in the 60s he marched, in the 80s he poured blood on the casings of nuclear missiles (and did time for it). He'll be at Ann Sather's, 929 W. Belmont, at 7:30 tonight to read from his new book Sorrow Built a Bridge: Reflections on Friendship and AIDS and sign copies. The $3 admission includes refreshments and benefits the AIDS Pastoral Care Network and Bonaventure House. Call 362-8515 for details.


Saturday 1

"From our experience in the men's movement," say John Greven and Joe Zefran, "we sense that a lot of men desire, hunger for, friendships with other men that go beyond chitchat in a bar." To what--playing pool? When we hear the words "men's movement" we reach for our revolver, but with the success of poet Robert Bly's Iron John, a nonfiction book about rites of manhood, male-empowerment sessions are back in the news. Greven, a former Peace Corps volunteer, and Zefran, a former seminarian, run a daylong seminar called Finding the Man Within, which is a "blend of 20th-century psychology and ancient male wisdom." It's also 75 bucks. The workshop runs 9 to 5 today at the Unity on the North Shore church, 3434 Central in Evanston. Call 588-5510 or 334-7903 for more information.

The first neighborhood fairs of the year start today. The Body Politic Street Festival, held along the 2200 block of North Lincoln, will feature three stages of entertainment--one of rock 'n' roll, one of blues (booked by the very cool Wise Fools Pub), and one of family stuff--plus the usual plethora of food and junk to buy. The fair runs 11 to 8 today, 11 to 6 tomorrow. It's $3, $5 per family; the price includes a raffle ticket. Call 868-3010 for details.

Meantime, the "oldest and finest juried art fair in Chicago," the 57th Street Art Fair, opens its 44th year at noon. Nearly 300 artists will display their wares: paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, works in glass and metal, and fiber arts. Typically 100,000 people come by over the fair's two-day run. There's food, too, along with free walking tours of the neighborhood and entertainment for the kids (balloons, clowns, and--yikes!--mimes). The whole affair is free and runs from noon to dusk today and tomorrow; it's centered around the intersection of 57th Street and Kimbark in Hyde Park. Call 493-3247 for more information.

Demand's so high at the annual World's Largest Used Book Sale that they charge for opening-night admission--you decide if $5 is worth having first crack at nearly half a million used books in 40 categories. It's in the parking lot of the Old Orchard mall in Skokie, at the corner of Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard. The sale runs tonight from 6 to 10, tomorrow 10 to 10, and 11 to 9 daily through Thursday. Next weekend's hours: 11 to 5 Friday, 6 to 10 Saturday night, and 10 to 6 Sunday. It's free after tonight. Call 708-724-9715 for more details.

Sunday 2

Eco-fiends of all persuasions can party tonight as the environmental magazine Conscious Choice celebrates a new issue--one focusing on the "Wild Onion Bioregion," or what we might call Chicago. Cohosting the party is a local ecology group, the Wild Onion Alliance, which concentrates on learning how to "live ecologically in an urban area." The event runs from 4 to 6 tonight at Wild Onion Yoga, 2858 N. Sheffield; tickets are $10, $8 if you're a Conscious Choice subscriber. There'll be vegetarian munchies. Call 929-5565 for more.

Monday 3

Eight years ago Michael Mertz was music director of Northwestern's respected WNUR radio station; more recently he spent four years as the Museum of Broadcast Communications' archives director, curating the very popular "Rock and Roll on Television" exhibit last summer. Today he'll give a free, one-hour capsule History of Rock 'n' Roll at the library. Drawing on his extensive record collection, he'll trace rock's evolution from early country (Jimmie Rodgers) and country blues (Charlie Patton) up through Elvis, the broadening of pop's horizons both technically and thematically in the 60s, and the beginnings of punk in the late 70s. It starts at 5:30 in the theater of the Public Library Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. Call 346-3278 for more info.

Amnesty International got its start almost exactly 30 years ago, when a British lawyer read about a pair of Portuguese students who toasted liberty and got seven years in jail for their exuberance. Now thousands of volunteers worldwide write letters of protest in hopes of freeing political prisoners and improving human rights generally. At Second City's annual Amnesty benefit tonight, But Seriously, Folks, big-time alum Tim Kazurinsky joins the casts of the various Second City ensembles for a night of comedy. Things get under way at 7:30 at 1608 N. Wells; tickets are $30. Call 427-2060.

Tuesday 4

Dennis Wolfberg is a former South Bronx schoolteacher who blew off the gig for the less rewarding but more secure life of the stand-up comedian. (He also has a degree in clinical psychology from Queens College--"a school that ranks academically with the American Bartenders Institute.") His teaching years fuel his comedy: "The school had its own coroner. The school newspaper had an obituary column." But it's his bug-eyed mien and baroque diction that have kept him working on TV and touring over the past decade. Wolfberg headlines at the new Chaplin's comedy club, 2844 N. Broadway, tonight through Saturday. Show times are 8:30 tonight through Thursday, 8 and 10:30 Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5 during the week, $12 weekends. Call 871-1717 for details.

Wednesday 5

It's one of those literary days: Those who admire the delicate analyses of nature purveyed by Georgia O'Keeffe or the vastly influential work of her photographer-exhibitor husband Alfred Stieglitz should check out author Benita Eisler, in town for a few days to promote her new book, O'Keeffe and Steiglitz: An American Romance. Eisler, a pungent social critic who also wrote the well-received Class Act: America's Last Dirty Secret and Private Lives: Men and Women of the Fifties, will be signing copies of her new book at the Art Institute bookstore, Michigan at Adams, today at noon. The book is $29.95; call 443-3600 for more info. Tomorrow Eisler will read and discuss her book at Barbara's Bookstore, 3130 N. Broadway, at 7:30 PM. That's free too; call 477-0411.

Calvin Trillin, gourmand, raconteur, New Yorker staff writer, and famous recipient of pay "in the low three figures" for his weekly Nation column, will spin tales tonight at the annual Institute of Psychoanalysis education-fund benefit dinner. The 60-year-old institute is Chicago's center for psychoanalytic study, boasting a variety of social-service and mental-health programs and one of the largest psychoanalytic libraries in the world. The dinner is in the grand ballroom of the Hotel Inter-Continental, 505 N. Michigan. Cocktails are at 6, dinner's at 7; Trillin rocks the house at 8:30. Tickets are $175. Call 726-6300.

Thursday 6

How to recreate therapeutically: canoe. The department of Therapeutic Recreation at Rush-Presbyterian-Saint Luke's, along with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, are sponsoring the daylong Canoeing Is for Everyone Workshop as a way of showing that the sport can be accessible to the handicapped. But you don't have to be disabled to participate; bring a partner or they'll pair you with one, along with an instructor. The cost is $15, which includes a pizza lunch. The hour-long sessions run continuously between 10 and 6 at the Rainbow Fleet Boat House in Burnham Harbor just south of the Adler Planetarium. Register at 942-4239.

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