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Friday 25

We here at Calendar have a personal interest in what the folks at the Panic/Anxiety/Phobia Clinic have to offer: we often exhibit advanced forms of what we call p.r.-o-phobia, defined as extreme fear in the face of press releases or public-relations people. Just joking. But if we weren't, we'd go to the clinic's free presentation tonight, Facing Your Fears: Recovery From Panic and Phobias. There'll be talks and a videotape covering everything from the various manifestations of panic attacks--pounding heart, nausea, fear of losing control--to the various phobias, including standbys like morbid fear of death and agoraphobia and new stuff too, including something called derealization, which the clinic describes as "feeling 'weird'" (we can relate to that). It's at 6:30 at 680 N. Lake Shore, suite 1325; call 642-7952.

The Sounds of Blackness is the brainchild of Gary Hines, who directed Macalester College's Black Choir in Saint Paul in 1971. Over the past 20 years that choir has evolved into an acclaimed 40-member gospel choir and band. The group has won a Grammy and appeared on pop albums like Prince's Batman and the Mo' Money sound track. Sounds of Blackness brings its show Africa to America to the Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash, tonight at 8. Tickets are $25, $18.50, and $12. Call 663-1628 or 902-1500 for info and tix.

There's now a melancholy note to The 90's: the TV verite collection of video clips that's been mixing it up on public television for the past three years recently lost its funding. The show's charm is that it would broadcast anything--from political documentary to experimentalist mess--as long as it was interesting or, better, funny. The penultimate edition of the show, to run tonight, looks at the two recent political conventions, and includes stuff both serious (a look inside the Clinton command trailer) and entertaining (a run through the convention with street performer Stoney Burke, who accosts Neil Bush and demands, "Why don't you give the money back?"). That show plays at 10:30 on WTTW, Channel 11. The final episode should air locally around the end of October. Call 321-9321 for details.

Saturday 26

The sixth annual Chicago by Design Architectural Tour, a half-day walking tour of the Streeterville lakefront, makes its first stop at Navy Pier, now undergoing a huge renovation to turn it into a year-round cultural mecca. Also on the itinerary: Playboy's new HQ and the addition to Northwestern's law school, both on Lake Shore Drive, and the National Guard Armory on Chicago Avenue, soon to be torn down for the new home of the MCA. Registration's at 8 AM at Navy Pier's Shelter building, Illinois Street and the lake. It's $45; call 670-7770.

Ba mhinic do shil Nora go mba bhrea an saol bheith ag imeacht roimpi ina seabhac siuil gan beann aici ar dhuine ar bith. Pretty intriguing, isn't it? Well, if you want a translation, you're going to have to check in with Na Gaeil's daylong Irish Language Workshop, held today at the Irish-American Cultural Center, 4626 N. Knox. Na Gaeil, which promotes Gaelic language and culture, is offering the class, which runs from 10 to 10, as a way of promoting its fall courses. The group suggests making reservations, though there is a registration for a limited number of spaces at 9 AM. It costs $30. Call 784-2064 or 545-9894 for more.

Got a beef? Head for the annual Bughouse Square debates, from 1 to 4 today in Washington Square Park, at Clark and Walton. Neither rhetorical proficiency nor coherence is necessary. It's free. Call 943-9090 for info.

Sunday 27

This just in from the Ad/Vice Squad, the group dedicated to "safe, sane, consensual, fun, radical sex education": the subject of today's meeting, Network 92: Meet the Clubs, is the city's leather clubs. Representatives from the clubs will talk about their groups at 4 PM on the second floor of Ann Sather, 929 W. Belmont. It's $5; call 342-2815 for more.

Monday 28

If yardbird, hoppin' jack, and the best sides of spinach and mashed potatoes in town mean anything to you, you've probably eaten at the Wishbone restaurant, at Grand and Wood. Now it's moved to a new three-times-the-size location in the west Loop, at 1001 W. Washington. The new place will feature both a sit-down restaurant and a cafeteria line. New hours for now are 6 AM to 3 PM; dinner hours (and a liquor license) are on their way. The old Wishbone will stay as is for the time being, but will drop dinner in a month or two. The new joint was scheduled to open today, but it might be smart to call ahead, at 850-2663.

Tuesday 29

Today's a day full of literary personal appearances. First up is Stanford's Diane Wood Middlebrook, author of Anne Sexton: A Biography. In the early 1960s Sexton became a celebrity with her confessional poems and garnered a cultlike following. As Middlebrook, with the cooperation of Sexton's estate, began researching, she was offered access to more than 300 tapes of Sexton's sessions with a psychiatrist. Use of the tapes caused a furor but revealed the poet's dark emotional and sexual life and produced the first "psychobiography" worthy of the name. Middleton speaks at 5:30 PM as part of the library's Chautauqua-Chicago program in the auditorium of the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. It's free. Call 747-4740.

For the other two readings this evening you'll have to make a decision. You can spend some time with the writer that Kirkus recently described as "quickly becoming our preeminent novelist of ideas." Paul Auster reads from his seventh book, Leviathan, at 7:30 at Barbara's Bookstore, 3130 N. Broadway. Call 477-0411. Or, you can spend some time with Richard Leakey, intrepid paleoanthropologist and articulate writer, who'll talk about his new book, Origins Reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human, at Kroch's & Brentano's, 2070 N. Clybourn, also at 7:30. Call 525-2800. Both events are free.

Wednesday 30

A few years back the Philadelphia Inquirer set out to get down on paper exactly what had gone wrong with America's economy in the 1980s. Reporters Donald Barlett and James Steele's resulting nine-part series reverberated across the county, won a Pulitzer Prize (forcing the Inquirer to make 400,000 reprints), and currently sits atop the paperback best-seller list. The book, America: What Went Wrong, details how governmental benefits to corporations and the monied classes are eviscerating the country's middle class. The authors will speak at a free public forum presented by the Midwest Center for Labor Research at 7 tonight at the Methodist Temple, 77 W. Washington. Call 278-5418 for details.

Thursday 1

Public transport has always been treated differently in England than in the U.S. Stateside, attacking an underfunded public-transportation system is a popular journalistic and political blood sport. In Britain it's different: "Buses are the lifeblood of the city" proudly proclaim signs all over London, and for nearly 100 years the London Underground has produced daring and beautiful posters celebrating itself. You can get a rare look at some of these last at a showing of a large personal collection of more than 150 classic Underground posters from the 20s, 30s, and 40s at Poster Plus, 210 S. Michigan. The posters, most measuring 40 by 25 inches, are owned by a private British collector, and are for sale at prices ranging from $400 to $4,000. The show opens today and runs through October 25. Hours are 10 to 6 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 to 8 Tuesday and Thursday; 9:30 to 5:30 Saturday; and 11:30 to 5:30 Sunday. It's free to go look. Call 461-9277 for more.


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