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Friday 15

It's Licoricestickapalooza! Toodlers from all over the country are collecting in town this weekend for Clarinetfest, the annual gathering of the International Clarinet Association. More than 500 conventioneers will be attending workshops and playing through Sunday. Today, 60 clarinetists are expected to perform at a free concert at noon in the Chicago Music Mart of DePaul Center, 333 S. State. Call 362-8373 for details.

Donny Osmond, star of the inexplicably popular Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, will be at the downtown Rose Records today. The occasion? The show has been in Chicago long enough (just shy of a year) that there's been time to manufacture a cast album. He and a couple other stars from the production will be at the store, 214 S. Wabash, from 4 to 5:30 to sign it. (Be warned: he'll only sign records purchased at the store that day.) It's free. Call 987-9044 for details.

The latest edition of Cosmic Quarterly, a publication of the Chicago Astronomical Society, scintillatingly runs down this week's cosmic crash between comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter. The result could be blasts hundreds of thousands of times larger than the most powerful atomic explosion ever accomplished on earth. This and other subjects will be on the agenda as the society holds its monthly meeting at the Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, at 7 PM. It's free. Call 725-5618 for more.

Iconoclastic theatrical entrepreneur Michael Flores debuts his new play, Andy Warhol: The Factory Years. "I like to think that even if you hate Warhol, the play captures the 60s, the pioneering spirit of people trying to re-create themselves," says Flores, the playwright and director. The show--which features a film cameo by Teller, of Penn and Teller--opens tonight at Cafe Voltaire, 3231 N. Clark, at 9. Tix are $10. Call 509-4958 for reservations.

Saturday 16

Kids can fashion their own geodesic structures out of rubber bands, sticks, and anything else handy in Modeling a Museum, a workshop sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Would-be architects ten and older should bring an adult at noon to Lake Shore Park, at Chicago Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. The program is free, as is a visit to the MCA, 237 E. Ontario, afterward. Call 280-2697 for more information.

Mochten Sie lieber gebratenes, gesottenes, gegrilltes, oder gedampftes Fleisch haben? Got a hankering to speak German? Heidi Sauhammel does and is doing something about it. She's organized Stammtisch (that's German for a regular table at a tavern), a weekly meeting for people to talk Teutonic. The group meets from 12:30 to 3 Saturday afternoons at La Creperie, 2845 N. Clark. It's free, though the restaurant probably wouldn't mind if you ordered something. Call 649-1969.

Last year the L.A.T.E. Ride (the letters stand for "long after twilight ends") had 4,500 participants biking 25 miles into the wee hours of the morning. The $25 registration fee benefits the Friends of the Parks. It gets you the ride, a T-shirt, refreshment stops, medical and repair assistance, and even a sunrise breakfast at Buckingham Fountain. Register at the fountain, in Grant Park at Columbus and Congress, at midnight. You need to have a bike in good working condition equipped with a light and reflectors, a helmet, and a water bottle. Call 922-3307.

Sunday 17

If you're wandering through the Dearborn Garden Walk this weekend, you can drop by the Three Arts Club, 1300 N. Dearborn, for some free jazz by Victor Parra and Mambo Express. They'll be playing from 1 to 4 PM; it's free. Call 944-6250 for more. The garden walk runs along Dearborn, with starting points at both Goethe and North. You can show up anytime from noon to 6. It's $5. Call 472-6561.

Enlightening rather than frightening. That's how the Skokie Historical Society describes its annual cemetery walk. The society and the cosponsoring Skokie Heritage Museum use the names on the gravestones to prompt historical talks on the development of the Niles Township area. Tours are $3, $2 for seniors and kids, and leave every 15 minutes from 1 to 3:30 PM from Saint Peter's United Church of Christ, 8350 Harms Road in Skokie; afterward there'll be refreshments at the museum, 8031 Floral Ave. in Skokie. Call 708-677-6672 for more.

Monday 18

The Renzo Piano Building Workshop has exactly nothing to do with building pianos. Rather the exhibit, which is up at the Art Institute through September 5, explores the work of Piano, an architect who works out of offices in Osaka and Paris, though he's Italian by birth. Curated by the New York Architectural League's Peter Buchanan, the show looks at ten of Piano's recent projects--from an airport in Japan to a church in Italy--through drawings and models both on paper and computer screen. The museum's open from 10:30 to 4:30 weekdays, Tuesdays to 8 PM. On Saturdays it's open from 10 to 5, Sundays noon to 5. The museum, at Adams and Michigan, has a suggested donation of $6.50, $3.25 for students and seniors. It's free on Tuesdays. Call 443-3600.

Tuesday 19

"Though shaky the first year, the Public Offenders have since proved themselves to be creative writers [and] admirable performers." Such frankness in a press release is rare in the world of entertainment, much less in the world of entertaining lawyers, which is what the Public Offenders are. The eight-attorney comedy troupe proffers its fourth annual comedy show, Presumed Humorous, at Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, tonight through Thursday at 7. It's $7, plus a two-drink minimum. Call 337-4027.

Who would have thought that enough footage would exist solely of Lincoln Park gorillas to fill a good-size Gorilla Film Fest? That's what's on tap tonight at the zoo. Included: material on the apes known as Bushman and Sinbad from Marlin Perkins's 1949 TV program Zoo Parade; excerpts from the classic Otto: Zoo Gorilla; and a film called To Be a Gorilla, about the zoo's breeding program. It's $10, $8 for members, at 7, in the zoo's Crown-Field Auditorium, 2200 N. Cannon. Call 294-4649 for reservations and tickets.

Wednesday 20

In the Boom Boom Room was the first David Rabe play in which he detached himself from his experiences in the Vietnam war. In it he tells the story of a dancer in a go-go bar named Chrissy whose romantic idealism clashes with her objectification. The play, part of the Thunder Road Ensemble's second season, opens tonight at Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark, at 7:30. It continues with shows Thursdays through Sundays at the same time through August 28. Tickets are $10, two for one on Thursdays. Call 348-5435.

Jazz orchestra lovers should check out the latest program from William Russo, who conducts the Chicago Jazz Ensemble at Columbia College. Tell Me It's the Truth is a jazz concert that features music by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Jelly Roll Morton, and Russo himself. There are shows tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4, at the Getz Theater, 72 E. 11th. Tix are $18. Call 663-9462 for details.

The nightclub Synergy II is looking for men who fancy themselves slick with the pick-up lines and women who are willing to put up with them. The All-American Manhunt takes place on Wednesday nights through August 17. Women get special wristbands, which they're supposed to give to the guy who hits them with the best line. The guy who collects the most wristbands each night is named "number one lady-killer" and competes in the finals August 17. The club's at 243 W. Roosevelt in West Chicago. Things get under way after 9. Call 708-231-6000.

Thursday 21

What looks to be a world-class racket is set for noon today at the Daley Center Plaza at Washington and Dearborn. The All-City Tap Jam is an open dance session free for all who want to participate. In charge are two tap masters, Jimmy Slyde and Sarah Petronio. The event, sponsored by the Dance Center of Columbia College and the Old Town School of Folk Music, is part of Chicago on Tap, a week of tap dancing events, which ends July 24. Call 271-7928 for more.

James Lee Burke is the acclaimed mystery writer whose sleuth, detective Dave Robicheaux, roams through the criminal demimonde of New Orleans. His latest novel, Dixie City Jam, sees Robicheaux on the trail of a Nazi submarine sunk off the coast of Louisiana. Burke reads from his new book tonight at the New Town Barbara's Bookstore, 3130 N. Broadway, at 7:30 PM. It's free. Call 477-0411 for more.

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