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Days of the Week

By Deanna Isaacs


Friday 10

Poet William Vaughn Moody taught at the University of Chicago a hundred years ago. He wrote lines like "On Arizona's mesas shall be done / Dim rites unto the thunder and the sun." Some folks thought he deserved a memorial lecture series anyway. Thanks to them, we can hear Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison deliver a free lecture at 4 today at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn. Her subject is "The Trouble With Paradise." Call 702-3315 for more information.

Someone you love has croaked? A Death in the Family, a program of art, music, and video at Michalik Funeral Home, aims to show by example how to turn your grief into a creative tribute. It opens tonight and is sponsored by Artisans & Angels, Inc., the latest brainchild of Jack Miller, who's made a career of helping people deal with death since his days as a priest. Singer and songwriter John Oakley will perform at 7; Tribute Making, a video by Miller and Barbara Mosinski, will be shown at 8 and various other times throughout the weekend. A related exhibit at R.A. Gallery begins its three-week run with a reception from 5 to 8. Everything is free, though Artisans & Angels can probably stand to make a buck if you need any assistance in this area. Besides hooking you up with an artist, the group can help you plan your own funeral and then conduct it, or pay proxy visits to your mother in the nursing home. Michalik Funeral Home, 1056 W. Chicago, will be open tonight from 6 to 10, tomorrow noon to 9, and Sunday noon to 6. R.A. Gallery, 1000 N. Milwaukee, is open tomorrow from 10 to 2, Monday through Friday from 9 to 5. Miller, who's giving a free grief workshop tomorrow from 10 to 4 at Holy Innocents Catholic Church, 743 N. Armour, can be reached at 907-8727.

Saturday 11

Spinning Out of Control: An Expose of the PR Industry is a daylong conference aimed at unmasking those whom the Chicago Media Watch calls the "paid prostitutes of industry" and their devious methods for dispensing misinformation. (Of course, they can't mean the nice people who send all those press releases to us.) The packed roster of speakers includes Eric Adelstein, 1992 Illinois director for the Clinton campaign, John Stauber of PR Watch, and professor Mark Crispin Miller of Johns Hopkins University. It's today from 8:15 to about 4 at the First Methodist Church of Evanston, 1630 Hinman. Admission is $25, $10 for students and seniors. Box lunches are another $10. Call the Chicago Media Watch at 604-1910 for more information.

Speaking of spin, Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell will be at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens at 3:30 today for something called "Town Hall in Space," a testimonial to the importance of space exploration sponsored in part by aerospace manufacturers. Also on hand: the Starlab pop-up planetarium, a touchable meteorite, and a chance to make your own star map. If you don't count the budget for NASA, everything's free except the planetarium show, which costs $1, and pier parking, which costs a lot more. Call 595-7437.

The Grand Illinois Trail will eventually be a continuous 475-mile loop of old and new biking and hiking paths through northern Illinois. Although the links aren't all in place yet, Mike Ulm of the Rails to Trails Conservancy will set off on an inaugural ride at 10 today from Navy Pier, and wouldn't mind a little company. Ulm will pedal south along the lakefront to Hyde Park, then head to Lockport, Joliet, Peru, the Quad Cities, Galena, Freeport, Rockford, and Crystal Lake. He'll stop for photo ops and to appear on talk shows. He'll wind up in West Chicago June 1. Join him for the first leg or anywhere along the way. Carry all your own gear; it's free, but if you plan to ride for more than a day, handle your own accommodations. Call 217-789-4782 for more information.

Sunday 12

Pet the animals, then eat them at Brookfield Zoo today. Pigs, lambs, cows, and chickens are all on the menu for the zoo's elaborate Mother's Day brunch buffet. There are sittings at 10:30 and 1. The cost, including zoo admission, is $33 for adults, $16.75 for children ages 3 to 11 (younger children eat free). The zoo is located at First Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield. Call 708-485-0263 for reservations.

Herman Spertus was born on Christmas Day, 1901, in Kiev. He came to the United States in 1923 and settled in Chicago, where he and his brother Maurice went to work in a lamp factory. In 1933 they noticed that nearly everyone in America was snapping away with Brownie cameras, and realized people would need an inexpensive way to show off their photographs. They set up a workshop to mass-produce metal picture frames (the country's first), and promptly landed an order from Woolworth, where the frames would retail for 19 cents each. The company they founded as Metalcraft Industries (later renamed Intercraft Industries), became the world's largest picture frame producer. Today is obviously not Herman Spertus's birthday, but the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, home to Spertus College, Spertus Museum, and Asher Library, is giving him a 95th birthday party anyway, with a full day of family activities, including tours, games, and a puppet show. He'll be cutting and serving his cake at 2:30 at Spertus Museum, 618 S. Michigan. The museum is open from 10 to 5. Admission is free. Call 322-1747.

Monday 13

Senator Paul Simon thinks we need an all-volunteer brigade of U.S. forces for United Nations peacekeeping missions (and has introduced legislation to that effect). So does Don Kraus of the World Federalist Association. Kraus is in Chicago to recruit UN "empowerment activists"; he'll speak tonight at 7:30 at the Central Church of Chicago, 18 S. Michigan, ninth floor. Admission is free. Call 427-5409.

Tuesday 14

Chicago Blues Jam, a video series sponsored by the Foundation for the Advancement of the Blues and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, offers the virtual and actual Buddy Guy's Legends in tandem. First, two documentary videos shot at the club, with performances by James Harman and Mike Morgan and the Crawl, will be screened at 5 and 6 today in the Chicago Cultural Center theater, 78 E. Washington. Then the party will adjourn to the club itself, 754 S. Wabash, to catch the live stuff. Admission for the videos, transportation from the Cultural Center to Buddy Guy's (but not back), and admission at Buddy Guy's are all free. Call 744-6630 for more information on this event and others in the series.

Marsha Hunt's daughter's father is Mick Jagger, but that's only part of the story. Actress and writer Hunt will read from her memoir Repossessing Ernestine: A Granddaughter Uncovers the Secret History of Her American Family at 7 tonight at 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th. It's free. Call 684-1300.

Wednesday 15

The South Shore branch of the public library promises "ridiculously low prices" at its annual spring book sale, which begins today and runs through Saturday. Along with books, records, magazines, and posters can be purchased from 9 to 7. Proceeds go toward kids' programming. It's free to attend and happens at the library, 2505 E. 73rd. Call 747-5281 for more.

Blues guitarist Larry Johnson gives a free performance at 11 this morning in the Chicago Cultural Center's Randolph Cafe, 78 E. Washington, as part of the WBEZ-sponsored Many Happy Returns series. Call 744-6630.

Uptown Poetry Slam founder Marc Smith, who, according to the Guild Complex, "kicked open the doors of the poetry lodge and let everybody in," is celebrating the release of his book Crowdpleaser with a music and poetry performance by Pong Unit One tonight at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. There's an open-mike at 7:30; Smith and the group perform at 8. Tickets are $7; open-mike readers pay $3. Call 907-2189.

Thursday 16

No kazoos, but there will be a bell choir on the grand staircase in the Art Institute tonight to celebrate a year of After Hours programs. The bash includes music by the Mighty Blue Kings in the Trading Room, Jeff Kust, the Steven Hashimoto Trio, and more. There will be hors d'oeuvres and cash bar; "festive attire" is encouraged. Admission is $15. It's from 5:30 to 9 at the museum, 111 S. Michigan. Call 708-268-1111 to purchase tickets in advance.

Maybe it'll work after an earthquake: Stanford University professor Karen Sawislak took a long look at how Chicago rebuilt itself from ashes, then wrote a book about it. She'll discuss Smoldering City: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871-1874 at 5:30 tonight at the Newberry Library's A.C. McClurg Bookstore, 60 W. Walton. Call 255-3520.

The 10-K lakefront walk is scheduled for September 29, but the AIDS Walk Chicago volunteer kickoff party is tonight, from 7 to 9 at America's Bar, 219 W. Erie. It's free. Call 422-8200, ext. 8210.

A Gentle Madness, written by bibliophile Nicholas Basbanes, is a book about--what else?--books. Basbanes, a syndicated columnist, spent eight years conducting research and interviews for his book, which combines history, profiles of collectors, and a comprehensive bibliography on book collecting. He'll discuss his work tonight at 7 at Borders Books & Music, 830 N. Michigan. It's free. Call 573-0564 for more information.

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