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Friday 6

The state of Illinois is about to execute its second death row inmate in two years: this one is Lloyd Wayne Hampton, who's made the thing easier by actually asking the state to go ahead and hit the juice. If you still have a problem with the situation, you can join the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty in a free rally at noon today outside the State of Illinois Building, Randolph and LaSalle. Call 201-9740 for more.

A panel on tattooing and piercing, a potentially eye-opening look at the relationship between John Lennon and Brian Epstein, an analysis of lesbian homoeroticism in music videos, and scads of feature films and shorts are on the agenda at the 12th annual Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival, running tonight through next Sunday at Chicago Filmmakers, 1229 W. Belmont, and the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport. The opening reception tonight at 6:00 at the Music Box will be followed by Where Are We? Our Trip Through America, an on-the-road documentary from Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein (Epstein directed The Life and Times of Harvey Milk). The screening and the reception cost $8. Other highlights: A "Chicago's Own" evening at Filmmakers on Wednesday at 9 including, among other shorts, Columbia College film department cochair Doreen Bartoni's A Common Flower. That same night Christopher Munch's The Hours and Times, about Lennon and Epstein, plays at 9:30 at the Music Box. Armistead Maupin Is a Man I Dreamt Up, a BBC feature on the San Francisco author of "The Tales of the City" series, shows at the Music Box on Tuesday at 7. "Cross-Sexing the Narrative: Lesbian Subtext in Music Videos," a multimedia presentation by Marusia Bociurkiw, will run at the Music Box Sunday at 7. The panel discussion, "The Allure of Fringe Erotics--Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarring," happens at 12:30 PM Sunday at the Rodde Center, 4753 N. Broadway, suite 1200. Admission to the panel is free: everything else will run you $4 to $6. Call the festival at 281-1981 for more.

Saturday 7

Marshall Field's multimillion-dollar restoration of its State Street flagship gets feted tonight at a ten-story, tres-tony dinner party that'll culminate in the lighting of the store's seventh-floor "Great Tree." The $250 and $150 tickets benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago; with the entire landmark store as the setting, you get cocktails at 7, dinner at 8:30, the tree lighting at 9:30, songs by Michael Feinstein, and dancing till midnight. The store is at 111 N. State; call 642-5454 for tickets and info. The store's traditional Christmas windows, 36 scenes fronting State, Washington, and Randolph, get unveiled today as well.

What's the Nelson Algren Committee been up to? Planning their autumn event, that's what. It's called Nelson Algren and Women, and it features Bettina Drew, author of Nelson Algren: A Life on the Wild Side, who will give a talk on her research, answer questions, and sign her book. Afterward Angela Allyn, Marisa Julie Fox, Carol E. Hall, and Lisa Hodsoll will give some dramatic readings. Music will be provided by the Richard Theodore Group, and there will be a photo exhibit of some Algren haunts by Teresa Potasiak. It's $5, $3 for students and seniors, at 7:30 tonight at the Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division. Call 342-8847.

It's Erotica Obsession night at Berlin: the club sez you should bring "whatever turns you on: candles, skin flicks, leather . . . " and just about anything else. Next weekend the club begins its ninth-anniversary celebration, during which you can sign up to win a trip for two to the real Berlin (the drawing is Sunday, November 22). Erotica Obsession happens from 10 PM to 5 AM at 954 W. Belmont ($3 cover). Call 348-4975.

Sunday 8

In a recent document addressed to U.S. bishops, the Catholic Church lays out its objections to homosexuality and expresses its support for legislative discrimination in a variety of areas. The missive concludes with the direction that bishops should actively oppose gay-rights measures. Dignity/Chicago, a Catholic group mighty outraged at the church's continued discrimination against gays and women, is planning to raise heck outside the home of Cardinal Bernardin, at State and North, at 7 tonight. It's free; call 296-0780 for more.

Monday 9

Chicago, the home of house music, flexes its muscle this week for the 1992 International DJ Expo, four days of panels, workshops, equipment displays, and concerts. Events are centered at the Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water St., with panels ("CD DJs: The Future or Just Fad," "Ethics in the Mobile Business") and workshops ("Karaoke: The Mobile Moneymaker") from 10 AM on. The party tonight takes place at the birthplace of house music, the Warehouse, 738 W. Randolph, with Shawn Christopher, Common Sense, and the DJ Incredible MD performing after 10. On Tuesday, there's the DJ awards show at Ka-boom!, 747 N. Green, with performances by Malaika, Ten City, and some UK rave DJs. Thursday night, the party's at Ka-boom! as well, with the Fu-Schnickens, Mr. Lee, and LaTour scheduled. On-site registration will cost you $225, daily passes range from $75 to $125, or you can just pay the cover charge at the clubs. For more info call 464-1000 and ask for the DJ show office.

Tuesday 10

If you want an inside look at the way chains and superstores are transforming the bookselling industry, check out Trade Publishing in a Decade of Change, a discussion put on by the Chicago Book Clinic, a nonprofit organization of local booksellers and publishers. A reception begins at 5, followed by the program at 6:30. It costs $15, at the University Club, 76 E. Monroe. Call 946-1700.

By now we've begun recovering from the election, but you can risk a small relapse tonight at Post-Election Follies, a comic look back at the campaign by Aaron Freeman, Studs Terkel, and--former alderman Leon Depres? Hmmm. It's a benefit for the Center for Neighborhood Technology, which calls itself a "non-profit research, public policy and technical assistance organization." It's at the Moosehead Bar and Grill, 240 E. Ontario, from 6 to 9 tonight. For your $40 you also get jazz from Irwin Helfer. Call 278-4800 for info.

Wednesday 11

Quiz: Who not only created two of the most popular TV shows of all time, but also cowrote the shows' theme songs, among the most unshakably tuneful TV themes of all time? The answer is Sherwood Schwartz, creator, writer, and producer of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch. Schwartz isn't done with the S.S. Minnow yet: he's back with Gilligan's Island: The Musical, premiering tonight at the Organic Theater, 3319 N. Clark. The show's characters include Gilligan, the Skipper, too, and everyone else you'd expect. Schwartz and his son Lloyd wrote the script, with songs by Hope and Laurence Juber. The show plays Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8, Fridays at 9, Saturdays at 5 and 9, and Sundays at 2 and 7; tix range from $26 to $32. Call 327-5588 for more.

Thursday 12

If you ask Sir Georg Solti what he got for his 80th birthday, on the 21st of last month, he might take a deep breath and say: "A private party with my family, and a rather more public one the next day at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Charles and Di and with representatives from the 13 orchestras with which I've done the most work. Then I conducted a tribute (to me) performance of Otello at Covent Garden, after which I was named music director laureate of the Royal Opera House. After that, Decca Records gave me a set of lithographs from the original stage set of Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten. Oh yeah, and a bike. Then London Records released a new set of 25 CDs celebrating my career. Then I had dinner with Prime Minister John Major and his wife Norma. And then Hungary announced that I'll be receiving the Middle Cross of the Order of Merit With Star." All of this makes the handsome new address book we chipped in for seem a little tame, but it's the thought that counts. Georg (as we think of him) is back in town tonight to oversee two weekends of gigs with his old backing combo, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The shows are at 8 tonight through Saturday and next Thursday through next Saturday at Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan. Tix run from $16.50 to $120. Call 435-6666 for more.

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