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By Cara Jepsen

25 FRIDAY Mary Ann Naas's 24-minute documentary Censored and Silenced dissects the Vatican's stand against allowing female priests into the club. You can see the Matteson-based filmmaker's work tonight when it will be screened with other regional winners of the 24th annual Student Academy Awards. There's a reception at 5:30, and the films will be shown an hour later at the Film Center at the School of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. It's free; call 312-443-3737 for more information.

Ombudsman Andrei Codrescu is not just an essayist, NPR commentator, novelist, editor, and movie star; our nation's most witty, ironic, and overexposed Romanian emigre is also a poet. He'll read from his work tonight at the sixth National Poetry Video Festival. His performance will be followed by clips of his film Road Scholar and a screening of some of the year's best poetry videos. It starts at 8 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors. Codrescu will lead an essay workshop for writers between 14 and 21 tomorrow from 11 to 1, also at the MCA. That event is free, but registration is required. For information, tickets, and reservations for both events, call 312-397-4010.

26 SATURDAY Cynics may consider "truth" and "media" to be mutually exclusive terms, but that won't stop the people at today's Truth in Media Symposium from examining the future of journalism. The subjects of today's two panels are "Breaking News in the Corporate Age: A Dialogue on Promoting Democracy Through Honesty in the Media," which takes place from 1 to 2:30, and "Private Industry Versus the Public Trust: Clinton--Selling Out the Store in Mass Communications," which goes from 3 to 4:30. It's in the Sullivan Library's Galvin Auditorium at Loyola University, 6339 N. Sheridan. The suggested sliding-scale donation starts at $10. Call 773-384-5799.

It would be too easy to simply pay a cover and watch musicians perform at the Lab, a new high-tech multimedia performance venue. That would go against the Lab's mission to "destroy the barriers of typical cock-rock venues." Instead, you need a computer to catch today's cyber-performance by the band Dead Voices on Air. The live audio broadcast will be accompanied by video stills provided by OVT and SubFeye CystStem, whatever that means. The free Netcast begins around 4 this afternoon and will run for approximately ten hours. To link up, go to the Lab's Web site at http://thelab.base.org. It's free, provided you have access to a fancy computer. Call 312-243-5949 for more information.

27 SUNDAY Weddings should be merry. And mirthful. And gay. Today's fourth annual "Commitment to Love" Gay and Lesbian Wedding Expo promises a wide assortment of gay-and-lesbian-friendly florists, caterers, jewelers, printers, travel agents, tuxedo rental companies, and religious organizations--everyone you need to take you to the cleaners. The extravaganza includes fashion shows, live music, hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and, of course, the obligatory raffle. It's from 3 to 6 today at Circuit, 3647 N. Halsted. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. For more information call 773-784-6956. If you're planning to skip the formalities and elope, check out today's unrelated free Gay and Lesbian Travel Expo. It's takes place from 12 to 6 at the Midland Hotel's Presidential Ballroom, 172 W. Adams. Call 708-383-6960 for more.

28 MONDAY Producer-director-performance artist Dawn Marie Galtieri puts fluorescent objects and a line of black-clad performers under a black light to create an oddly animated performance called simply Line. Set to ambient music, the first segment in the production has the actors waving illuminated rods; in a playful piece based on the work of Miro and Paul Klee the audience can only see the outlines of the cast's bodies. The show ends with what Galtieri calls an Americana surprise. Tonight's free workshop production invites audience feedback. It'll be performed at 8 tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday at the Raven Theatre, 6931 N. Clark, 773-338-2177.

29 TUESDAY Catholic, conservative, outspoken homosexual, and author of 1995's controversial Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality, Andrew Sullivan rejects most of the gay rights agenda, saying its only goals should be the inclusion of gays in the military and legalization of same-sex marriages. He recently edited Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, a collection of essays that looks at the history of same-sex marriage, the practical issues it raises, and the arguments for and against. It includes the opinions of Hannah Arendt, William Safire, Barney Frank, William Bennett, Ann Landers, Antonin Scalia, and Plato. The Oxford-educated Sullivan will read from it at 7:30 tonight at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway, 773-883-9119. It's free.

30 WEDNESDAY "There is always a moment in any kind of struggle when one feels in full bloom. Vivid. Alive. One might be blown to bits in such a moment, and still be at peace....To be such a person or to witness anyone at this moment of transcendent presence is to know that what is human is linked, by a daring compassion, to what is divine." So writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker about her experience as an activist, in Anything We Love Can Be Saved. Religion, dreadlocks, ritual mutilation of children in Ghana, civil rights, banned books, cats, feminism, race, writing, and Fidel Castro are among the other topics she addresses in her new essay collection. She'll read from it tonight at 7:30 in the Winter Garden at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State. It's free. Call 312-747-4050 for more information.

MAY

1 THURSDAY "The images in the book Einstein's Dream, as well as those of animals in their natural habitat, have served as a jumping-off point for me," says choreographer Shirley Mordine. Her new piece features the work of Chicago puppeteer Michael Montenegro and is set against the music of Bach. Mordine & Company Dance Theatre will perform the work along with the satirical 1980s piece "Songspiel" tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday at 8 at the Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets are $15; call 773-989-3310 to order them or for more information.

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