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Friday 10

Uncensored Stories is Donna Blue Lachman's autobiographical journey from "Skokie in the 50s through LSD, hippie dogs, Jerzy Grotowski, the Columbus Day parade, vision quests, drugs, sex, Vapasna meditation, voodoo mambos, Israeli kibbutzim, John Belushi on coke, and Jack Lemmon on his third martini at the Ritz." Lachman, artistic director of the Blue Rider Theatre, does her performance at 8 tonight at the HotHouse, 1565 N. Milwaukee, as a benefit for the Guild Complex. Also on the bill are the performance group BOM (Brothers on a Mission) and monologuist Cheryl Trykv. It's $10, $8 in advance. Call 278-2210.

Yesh Gvul, Hebrew for "There is a limit," is the name of a group of Israeli soldiers opposed to serving in the occupied territories. "Called to service for the purported task of protecting Israel's national security," say group supporters, "the soldier members of Yesh Gvul find themselves instead saddled with the distasteful duty imposed by the politicians: systematic terrorization of the Palestinian population." One of the group's noted members is actor, teacher, and former soldier Igal Ezraty; he's in Chicago today and tomorrow as part of a three-week tour to educate people about the group and raise funds for Friends of Yesh Gvul, which provides legal and financial help and moral support to the protesting soldiers and their families. Tonight he'll speak at the University of Chicago's Hillel Foundation, 5715 S. Woodlawn, at 8:30; tomorrow he'll be speaking in the homes of two supporters at noon and 4 and at Congregation Ezra Habonim, 2620 W. Touhy, at 6:45. Admission is free, but donations will be solicited; for Saturday-afternoon locations or other info, call 348-1416.

"Holly came from Miami F-L-A / Hitchhiked her way across the USA / Plucked her eyebrows on the way / Shaved her legs, and then he was a she . . . " That's the verse from Lou Reed's famous telling of the Warhol Factory legend about transvestite actor Holly Woodlawn. Woodlawn will be in town tonight to warble his (or her) songs and promote his (or her) new memoir, Low Life in High Heels, at the Vortex, 3631 N. Halsted, at midnight. It's $7; call 975-0660 for details.

Saturday 11

French fries dating from the late 80s? Vintage milk shakes that still haven't changed consistency? No, these aren't the sorts of things the McDonald's Collectors Club traffics in. "A majority of our members concentrate on Happy Meals toys and boxes," reports member Rich Seidelman, "but others collect Ronald McDonald, still others staff pins and buttons. Some people collect annual reports. But if it has the McDonald's logo on it, we collect it." The group is holding its 1992 convention this weekend at the William Tell Holiday Inn, 6201 Joliet Road in Countryside. Members will be in town for a few days participating in private trades, but there's a public swap meet today from 10:30 to 3 at the hotel. Admission is $1; call 708-246-9119.

David Schnaufer has been called "the Eric Clapton of the dulcimer." The young innovator has breathed new life into this old instrument, as heard on his own albums (Dulcimer Deluxe, Dulcimer Player, and the latest, Dulcimer Sessions) and others by Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams Jr., and the Judds. Schnaufer is in town this weekend for a workshop and concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 909 W. Armitage; the workshop, $15, is today from 3 to 5; the show is at 4 tomorrow afternoon and costs $8. Call 525-7793.

Sunday 12

The Chi-Town Squares, that zany group of square-dancing Lakeview bachelors, are having a charity fund-raiser. A bunch of goody baskets with names like the Chocolate Lover's Basket, the Cologne Basket, the French Maid Basket, and the Barbra Streisand Basket will be up for auctions both silent and live tonight at Puzsh Studios, 3829 N. Broadway, from 4 to 7:30. There'll also be food, drinks, and piano music. Proceeds go to the Squares and to the Families' and Children's AIDS Network. Alyn Toler, aka Mr. Windy City, is the celebrity auctioneer; admission is free. Call 988-6054.

Monday 13

The Baltic republics finally broke free of the USSR, but now comes the hard part. You can hear about that today in "Democratization and Educational Reform in Latvia," a talk by UIC political scientist Rasma Karkilins, whose 1987 book, Ethnic Relations in the USSR: The Perspective From Below, won the Ralph Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association and the International Understanding Award from the Illinois Humanities Council. The talk is free and starts at noon in room B-111 of UIC's Behavioral Science Building, 1007 W. Harrison. Call 996-6439 for details.

For the update on another embattled group, check out Georges E. Sioui, a Huron-Wyandot Indian and a research fellow at the Newberry Library, who speaks today in DePaul University's continuing lecture series on the Columbian quinquecentennial. Sioui's talk is called The Survival of a Native American Thought System in the Modern World. It's at 7:30 tonight in room 154 of the Schmitt Academic Center, 2323 N. Seminary; admission is free. Call 362-5275 for more.

Tuesday 14

The shamisen is a three-stringed banjolike instrument that players pluck with an oversized pick. Kaze--it's pronounced "ka-zay"--is a Japanese folk ensemble based in Tokyo that plays five shamisens and one shakuhachi, or flute; they do TV gigs and tours around the world to bring traditional Japanese folk music to the people. They'll be at the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, at 7 tonight and in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute, Michigan and Adams, at 12:15 PM tomorrow. The library gig is free; the one at the Art Institute is included with regular museum admission ($6, $3 for students, seniors, and kids 5 to 14). Call 280-0430 for more information.

The Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark, is having its monthly women's book-discussion group tonight on Hayden Herrera's Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo. The discussion starts at 7:15, and it's designed for those familiar with the book, so get reading. It's free; call 769-9299 for more.

Wednesday 15

Plants get a love reaction same as me and you, contend taxonomist Thomas Antonio and Chicago Botanic Garden librarian Ginger Henrichs; they'll be talking about the secret sex life of plants in a presentation called Sex and Violets, tonight at 7 at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West. It's $3, free for Friends of Lincoln Park members. Call 907-2186 for reservations.

Thursday 16

Postmortem surgery was done on President Kennedy's body to remove bullets and alter wounds, contends David S. Lifton in his rambunctious video, Best Evidence. It presents on-camera interviews with the sources for his 1980 book of the same name, which propounded his theory that Kennedy's body was tampered with between his death in a Dallas hospital and the autopsy in Bethesda that evening. Like most Kennedy conspiracy theorizing, it seems a little farfetched--with conspirators going to a lot of trouble to cover up evidence that didn't have to exist in the first place--but it's pretty interesting and, in the case of the seldom-seen autopsy photos, a little disturbing. Lifton will be in town tonight at 7:30 to talk about his book and show clips from his video at the Latin School, 59 W. North. It's $15; call 787-0820 or 751-2510 for details.

The great gorilla researchers have all been women--Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall, Birute Galdikas. Journalist and scientist Sy Montgomery, author of Walking With the Great Apes, will be at the Brookfield Zoo tonight to talk about her travels in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Borneo, her meetings with these noted researchers, and the difficulties of studying apes in the field. She'll be at the Discovery Center of the zoo, 3300 S. Golf Road in Brookfield, at 7:30; it's $10, $6 for zoo members, $5 for Earthwatch members. Call 708-485-0263 ext. 355 for reservations.

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