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Friday 12

Marc Hauser got into photography early: he was apprenticing with Stan Malinowski at the tender age of 13, and shortly after was taking shots for album covers--notably John Cougar Mellencamp's Scarecrow--and doing assignments for Rolling Stone, Connoisseur, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time, and Life. A major retrospective of his portraits--including snaps of Michael Jordan, Harold Washington, and Mike Royko--opens tonight at the Catherine Edelman Gallery and runs through August 20. There's a free opening reception with Hauser from 5 to 7. The gallery is at 300 W. Superior; call 266-2350.

Ed is the collective name of an eight-person improvisation group with a difficult conceit: they take a subject from the audience as the genesis of an hour-and-a-half tour through the windmills of their rather twisted minds. Recent topics have included a wedding, a bris (the Jewish circumcision ceremony), the making of Madonna's Truth or Dare, and Taste of Chicago. The troupe is closing its late-night stand at the Remains Theatre, 1800 N. Clybourn, with two final performances tonight and tomorrow. They start at 8; it's $7 ("cash") at the door. 335-9800 for details.

"Why does Weimar seem so familiar?" is the theme of Nights of Smoke and Noise: Weimar Cabaret Revisited, a series of three programs at Club Lower Links starting tonight. In post-World War I Berlin, Max Reinhardt's Schall und Rauch ("Noise and Smoke") cabaret was a stage and meeting place for the likes of Bertolt Brecht, George Grosz, and Karl Valentin; the program tonight features a number of artists and performers--the inimitable Matthew Owens among them--drawing what they hope will be uncomfortable parallels between then and now. Tonight's show is curated and emceed by Lawrence Steger; Andy Soma oversees the show next Saturday, July 19, and Suzie Silver and Iris Moore are in charge on the 26th. Show time is 8:30, tix are $7 Lower Links is at 954 W. Newport. Call 248-5238.

Saturday 13

"We're having a heat wave" is the theme of the annual fund-raising dinner and dance of the Human Rights Campaign Fund--lesbians and gays, say the organizers, have to find the "fire in the soul" for political and cultural change. The dinner tonight--with Mayor Daley and Cook County Board prez Richard Phelan as honorary cochairmen and addresses by Minnesota professor-turned-senator Paul Wellstone and lesbian activist Karen Thompson--is at the Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe. Tickets are $150; cocktails start at 7, dinner at 8. Call 281-6402.

Lowen and Navarro is a fairly successful songwriting team with a knack for crafting moody but slick pop landscapes, notably "We Belong" for Pat Benatar and "I'll Set You Free" for the Bangles. Of late they've gotten some notice on their own with the title song from their first album, Walking on a Wire. Live they've got a knack for crafting moody but slick pop landscapes. They're playing tonight with their band at Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark, in an 11:30 show. Opening is Milwaukee singer-songwriter Loey Nelson. It's $8; call 549-0203.

Sunday 14

No one likes the ethical implications of corporate sponsorship--but when the corporation is the inventor of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream, the line gets a little blurry. The Ben & Jerry's One World One Heart Festival, a daylong musical affair with a lot of green politicking on the side, goes from noon to 8 today. Featured are Buckwheat Zydeco, Dr. John, David Bromberg, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, and about half a dozen other acts, all playing in the ballroom of Navy Pier, Grand Avenue and the lake. Outside there'll be food, exhibits, and booths galore. Admission is free. Call 791-7437 for details.

Husker Du came pouring out of Minneapolis like molten lava in the mid-80s; they were a searing power trio whose instrumentation always seemed to have the consistency of concrete even as their lyrics got subtler and subtler. Now that songwriters Bob Mould and Grant Hart have separated for good, Hart has a new aggregation he calls Nova Mob, a staggery and cacophonous rock 'n' roll ensemble that can play everything from ghostly instrumentals to the obsessive, self-flagellating confessionals that are Hart's best songs. God's Favorite Band opens. They play tonight at Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln, after 10. Tickets are $6, $7 at the door; call 525-6620.

Monday 15

The peripatetic Psychotronic Film Society opens a new series, "War Without End," tonight at the Red Lion Pub, 2446 N. Lincoln. Tonight's offering, The Siege of Firebase Gloria, a 1989 film by Brian Trenchard Smith, was a major hit in Asia and Europe, according to the PFS, but it never gained a U.S. release; it's the story of a small Army unit during the Tet offensive (the surprisingly strong blow in 1968 from an army that the U.S. military had been promising was on its last legs; it convinced just about everyone but the U.S. high command that the war was a no-win situtation). The film, supposedly one of the few U.S. films to include a Vietnamese perspective on the war, starts at 8. It's $3. Call 738-0985.

Tuesday 16

The early work of Fritz Lang--about world domination, secret criminal empires, and industry and science put to evil ends--points "through fictional exaggeration and seemingly far-flung fantasy" to "the horror of an era to come," says Barbara Scharres of the School of the Art Institute's Film Center. Five Lang films--Destiny, Metropolis, M, Spies, and The Testament of Doctor Mabuse--will appear as part of Foreshadowing the Storm: German Films of Prescience and Paranoia, 1920-1944, the Film Center series accompanying the Art Institute's "Degenerate Art" exhibit. It'll also feature a pair of banned films from the same period (Slatan Dudow's Kuhle Wampe and Helmut Kautner's Great Freedom No. 7) and a feature documentary, The Architecture of Doom. Showing tonight at 6 is Destiny, a 1921 silent that tells three parallel stories (set in Baghdad, Venice, and China) in which Death bargains with a woman for her lover's life. There's piano accompaniment by David Drazin and a lecture afterward by University of Wisconsin professor Patrice Petro. It's $5, $3 for members. The series continues through August 27; the Film Center is at Columbus and Jackson. Call 443-3737.

Wednesday 17

Harry Wayne Casey, unquestionably one of the major musical figures of the 70s, is the guy who wrote and produced along with pal Richard Finch the seminal and vastly successful disco hit "Rock Your Baby," by George McCrae. He was also the voice behind KC & the Sunshine Band, producing an impressive string of number-one hits, including "Get Down Tonight" and "That's the Way (I Like It)." Fifteen years on, it's easy to see that the disco-sucks contingent of the late-70s was misguided; Casey was at the forefront of a movement whose high-energy dance aesthetic reenergized pop in a way that continues to inform most popular music to this day. Tonight Casey and his Sunshine Band's reunion tour hit the Edge nightclub, 225 W. Chicago, sometime after 10. Tickets are $12.50, call 337-1970.

Thursday 18

A panel of lucky celebrity judges will sample pies of all persuasions--creams, meringues, pumpkin, blueberry, apple, cherry, and, for all we know, ollalaberry--at Ann Sather's fourth annual Perfect Pie Contest today. The judges--including 48th Ward Alderman Mary Smith, the respective food editors of the Tribune and Sun-Times, and WXRT's Terri Hemmert--will inspect and taste pies starting at 2. The contest is open to all nonprofessionals, with the $5 entry fee going to the Family Resource Center. Prizes are $200 for first place, $100 for second, $50 for third; even better, the winning recipes will be featured at the three Ann Sather restaurants all summer. The contest is at the Andersonville branch, 5207 N. Clark. Call 271-6677 for details.

If you've never heard of Brian Wilcox and Myron Markewycz, Keith Iverson and Alan Stankaitis, or Ross Balling and Jurij Tkaczuk, well, you just don't know your two-man volleyball teams. They're all part of the Midwest Volleyball Professionals, a relatively new group organized by Balling. "There was no place to go after you'd won a few tournaments," he says, so he created the MVP, which he hopes to turn into something approaching a pro league, complete with corporate sponsors and larger purses. The group is currently running Thursday-night games at Shelter, of all places; the three teams above, along with California's Paul Tashima and Greg Lyle, are playing tonight--there's free play and demonstration from 7 to 8, and the teams will begin facing each other at about 8. It's free, but you have to reserve a spot at 337-3616. Shelter is at 564 W. Fulton.

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