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Friday 2

Not yet consumed by exurban sprawl is the Garfield Farm Museum, a 250-acre historical oasis with a farm and tavern dating back to the 1840s. This weekend the Friends of the Garfield Farm Museum hosts its 11th annual Fall Festival, featuring a farmer's market and demonstrations of weaving, wheat processing, corn shelling, sheepherding, and other aspects of farm life on the prairie; music will be provided by the Warrenville Folk Music Society. It runs 10 to 5 today through Sunday. admission is $4 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 12 years old. The museum is five miles west of Geneva, on Garfield Road off route 38. For more information call 708-584-8485.

Lou Gehrig died at 38 of ALS, but it looks like Dick Clark will be with us forever. Mr. Music will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans at the 15th annual ALS Mammoth Music & Record Mart. On sale will be 130,000 LPs, 30,000 compact discs, and 35,000 cassettes, both new and used. Proceeds go to the Les Turner ALS Foundation, which is trying to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease. It's at Old Orchard Center, Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard in Skokie. Dick will be on the scene tonight from 6 to 8 and tomorrow morning from 10 to 11, but the sale runs through Sunday. Sale hours are 2 to 9 today, 10 to 6 tomorrow, and 9 to 6 Sunday. Browsing's free; call 708-674-6278.

Saturday 3

Fed up with watching the vice president debate a fictional television character? Think that any reality-based discussion of family values should deal with health care, housing, domestic violence, sexual harassment, and reproductive rights? Representative Jan Schakowsky will head up a free rally addressing these issues from 1 to 3 today at the YWCA at 1215 Church in Evanston. Feminist folksinger Kristen Lems will perform and nearly a dozen women's rights advocates and candidates will take turns at the podium. The Women's Agenda: Real Family Values is sponsored by the Illinois Pro-Choice Alliance, Evanston/North Shore NOW, and the Democratic Party of Evanston among others. Call 708-864-8445 for more information.

What better way to follow up an afternoon of activism than to attend a theatrical performance promising "a loose plot line, stilted dialogue, shallow characters who are bludgeoned to death, gallons of blood, and laughs galore"? Metraform, the company that brought us Ayn Rand Gives Me a Boner, Tippi: Portrait of a Virgin, and the current open run of Coed Prison Sluts, has recruited gore-meister Steve Cowdrey and disinterred its maiden production, Splatter Theatre, for weekly shows tonight through Halloween. It's at the Annoyance Theatre, 3153 N. Broadway, at 12:30, right after Sluts. Tickets, at $15, cost a bit more than they did last time around. Call 929-6200.

Sunday 4

One fortunate legacy of colonialism is some of the most exciting music on the planet. In Venezuela the musical influences of Spanish colonists, African slaves, and native cultures combined to produce the intricate rhythms present in much of today's popular Latin and Caribbean music. Some of the ringing melodies played on the harp and mandolin, mainstays of Venezuelan music, bear a strong resemblance to the popular African soukous guitar style. The Venezuelan quartet Gurrufio, in a concert titled New Approaches to Venezuelan Music, will perform their own modern interpretations of traditional music on the harp, mandolin, cuatro, flute, and maracas today at 4 at the Field Museum, Lake Shore Drive at Roosevelt Road. Tickets are $152 $10 for students and seniors. Call 3228854 for more info.

Looking for a different blend of musical influences? How about a blues singer of Icelandic extraction out of Alberta, Canada, and a Scottish "rock 'n' roll Highland warpiper"? Canadian Bill Bourne, great grandson of Icelandic poet Stephan G. Stephansson and known for his guitar and vocal renderings in both the Celtic and country-blues styles, began playing with Highland pipe innovator Alan MacLeod in 1980, when he joined the Tannahill Weavers, Scotland's premiere neo-folk group. Bourne & MacLeod will perform their "Afro-Celtic fusion" and "Celtic blues" at 4 today at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 909 W. Armitage. Tickets are $8, $7 for children and seniors. Call 525-7793 for info.

Monday 5

Working as William McKinley's handler in 1896, Mark Hanna became one of the first presidential campaign managers known for his sound bites. To help us figure out how we got from Poverty or Prosperity and Full Dinner Pail to Willie Horton, the Museum of Broadcast Communications hosts A Historical Perspective on Political Advertising, presented by Julian Kanter, professor and curator of the political commercial archives at the University of Oklahoma. The lecture runs from 5:30 to 8 tonight at the Chicago Cultural Center Theater, Michigan and Washington. Admission is $ 10; call 629-6000 for details.

Over the years artists have produced images both knowingly and unknowingly that have been just as harmful as derogatory terms. (Certain Reader illustrators might know a thing or two about this.) Steven Heller, senior art director at the New York Times, editor of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Journal, and author of The Savage Mirror: The Art of Contemporary Caricature, is currently writing "Victims of the Image" with writer and historian William Perkins, a teacher of black film and third world media and editor of a collection of essays on rap-music criticism. Heller and Perkins will present some of their research, supported by examples of illustrations, posters, toys, and advertisements, in Prisoners of the Image: Ethnic and Racial Stereotype. in Popular American Art, a lecture at 6:30 tonight at the Graham Foundation, 4 W. Burton Pl. Tickets are $12; call 951-6662 to make reservations.

Tuesday 6

The Museum of Contemporary Art is launching a series of temporary exhibitions of works from its permanent collection with Conceptualism-Postconceptualism, the 1960s to the 1990s. On display through November 8 will be works by John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, "earth artist" Robert Smithson, and other biggies. Associate curator Lynne Warren will give a free talk about the exhibit this afternoon at 12:15. The museum is at 237 E. Ontario; call 280-5161.

Wednesday 7

Following Oliver North's lead, Richard Secord has headed off on the reactionary national-security alum book-signing circuit promoting Honored and Betrayed: Irangate, Covert Affairs, and the Secret War In Laos. He'll stop in at Kroch's & Brentano's, 29 S. Wabash, today at 12:30 for anyone who wants to get his autograph or maybe Just rattle his cage by asking embarrassing questions. There's no charge; call 332-7500 for more information.

Thursday 8

You may not have heard much about it in the mainstream media, but Columbus Day festivities are a violation of international law. At least so said the Denver jury that recently acquitted four American Indian Movement leaders charged with disrupting a Columbus Day parade last year. In their defense, Ward Churchill, Russell Means, and the other AIM leaders successfully linked Columbus's atrocities to Article III of the 1948 Convention on Punishment and Prevention of the Crime of Genocide and showed the parade to be a form of illegal incitement. If you find this interesting you may want to check out the Rethinking Columbus Forum, hosted by Progressive Students at UIC this afternoon from 1 to 3:30, featuring a discussion of Columbus's legacy from a variety of minority and alternative perspectives. The free forum will be held in the Illinois Room of the Chicago Circle Center, 750 S. Halsted. For more information call 278-0210.

While you're at it, why not get an Irish perspective? In the mid-1600s the Irish were on the receiving end of a rampage of ethnic cleansing led by a Columbus-like figure by the name of Oliver Cromwell. His campaign was the climax of a decade in which, by conservative estimates, at least a third of the Irish population was wiped out by famine or slaughter. At 7 tonight the Irish American Student Organization offers Columbus and Cromwell: A Tale of Two Conquerors (Or Why Saint Brendan Makes a Better Role Model). It's free at Loyola University, in room 147 of Damon Hall, 6525 N. Sheridan. Call 278-0210 for details.

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