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Friday 1/24 - Thursday 1/30

JANUARY

By Cara Jepsen

24 FRIDAY Unlike at most job fairs, the employers participating in today's Boys & Girls Clubs' Employer and Employment Opportunity Conference must have an immediate vacancy or an open job-training opportunity. The fair includes representatives from Jewel, the Chicago Marriott, and State Farm Insurance as well as an electrical company and a local health care provider. It's from 10 to 2 at the James Jordan Boys & Girls Club, 2102 W. Monroe. Call 312-829-2865 for info.

Research that links sexual orientation to genetics raises a number of ethical and political questions. Could a connection protect gays and lesbians from discrimination? Or would people begin prenatal screening to avoid giving birth to homosexuals? These will be among the issues addressed today when Donald H.J. Hermann, director of DePaul University's Health Law Institute, moderates a panel on Sexual Orientation and Genetics. It's from 2 to 4 in room 8005 at the DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson. It's free. Call 312-362-8733 for reservations.

25 SATURDAY The kids don't have a problem with it, the adults do. That's the conclusion of It's Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School, an award-winning documentary that looks at what happened when homosexuality was discussed openly in the classrooms of six elementary and junior high schools around the country. The film screens tonight at 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; producer/director Debra Chasnoff will appear at a prefilm reception at 6. Tickets are $20 for the reception and film, $15 for the film only; proceeds benefit the Women's Educational Media and the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Teachers Network. Call 773-792-4140.

Genuine Rookie is based on an elaborate real-life con known as the "pigeon drop" in which some sucker is tricked into buying a supposedly valuable item--in this case a baseball card. The two other plays in Crime in the City, a trio of one-acts by Reader contributor Adam Langer, also deal with crimes and their repercussions: in The Chain a student drug dealer turns informant, and two roadside killers get away with a convenience-store murder in Before the Clearing. Cave 26 gives the closing performance of the three plays tonight at 10:30 at Zebra Crossing Theatre, 4223 N. Lincoln. It's $7. Call 773-918-5191.

26 SUNDAY It ain't exactly New Orleans, and the Bears haven't been contenders since the glory days of Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan, but today's Single Gourmet Super Bowl Party will take place at Soldier Field just the same. Singles, grouped by age, can stay warm in the private skyboxes watching Jim McMahon warm the bench on closed-circuit TV or take in the fab view of the city from the Bear Den. Organizers say there's even a chance that the powers that be will let you on the field to take pictures. It starts at 4 at Soldier Field, 1600 S. Lake Shore Drive. Tickets are $49 and include an open bar, buffet, and parking. Call 773-772-3535 for info and reservations.

27 MONDAY In the exhibit Critical Mass, photographer Meridel Rubenstein and installation artist Ellen Zweig combine photos, video, and text to examine the societal and historical forces that led to the making of the first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico, in the 1940s. It's on display today from 10 to 5 and continues through March 22 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan. It's free; call 312-663-5554.

28 TUESDAY Tonight's Remembrance and Celebration: A Musical Tribute to Oscar "Bobo" Brown III will be held at the Art Institute, the place where the bass player, composer, arranger, and teacher gave his last performance in August shortly before he died at 38 in a car accident on Lake Shore Drive. The son of Oscar Brown Jr. was musical director and vocalist for the Funky Wordsmyths and taught at the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians School of Music. He had also toured and recorded with such performers as Sun Ra, Sugar Blue, and Big Time Sarah. Tonight's program includes a poetry reading, slide presentation, and musical tribute from Brown's family and friends. It's at 6 in the Rubloff Auditorium of the Art Institute, Michigan and Adams (use the Columbus Drive entrance). It's $3; call 312-443-3600.

The French New Wave cinema produced personal, inventive films that broke rules and created a cinematic revolution of sorts. The Film Center's semester-long Tuesday-night series The French New Wave: Cinema of Participation examines the genre and includes screenings of work by Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol, and Alain Resnais. It starts tonight at 6 with Hiroshima, Mon Amour, Resnais' story (written by Marguerite Duras) of a romance between a Japanese architect and a French actress. The series runs through May 13 at the Film Center at the School of the Art Institute, Columbus Drive at Jackson. Each film is followed by a lecture from SAIC faculty member Cezar Pawlowski, who'll discuss the literature, art, politics, and philosophy of the period. Admission is $6. Call 312-443-3737.

29 WEDNESDAY Even if they don't know what they're doing, prospective Hans Brinkers can compete in the city's Silver Skates Speed Skating Competitions. That's because the Park District is offering free skate rentals and speed-skating lessons prior to each of the eight meets, which take place on the city's new, Olympic-size ice rinks. Kids are ranked by age from 6 to 17, and the top three contenders in each age group get a medal. The winners are eligible to compete in the citywide championship February 22. Today's race is at 3 at Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th. (Local meets run through February 12.) It's free, but participants must register in advance. Call 312-747-5283 for info.

30 THURSDAY Dawn Turner Trice's first novel, Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven, is set in 1975 Chicago and tells the story of Tempestt Saville, an 11-year-old who moves with her family to an upscale gated community near 35th Street. But Tempestt is more interested in the world outside the gates--populated by pimps, prostitutes, drunks, and other "real" people--and through her adventures there learns lessons about friendship and classism. Trice, who's the Tribune's deputy bureau chief for the southwest suburbs, will read from her book today at 12:30 at Afrocentric Bookstore, 234 S. Wabash. It's free; call 312-939-1956. She will also appear tonight at 7:30 at Women & Children First Bookstore, 5233 N. Clark. It's also free; call 773-769-9299.

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