May 5, 2006

Voices STD (Stuff to Do)—May 5, 2006

Your forecast for the week ahead brings eco-friendly death, comic books, blood, anarchists, and Scav Hunt. Enjoy!

Friday, May 5

Where do hard-core environmentalists go when they die? Apparently, they join the “green death movement.” Personally, I’m really intrigued by the idea of an “eco-pod” casket. Apparently it’s recyclable…though I’m not sure I want to know how one would go about doing so. If your curiosity is piqued, check out “In Search of a Greener Death,” a lecture by Sarah McFarland Taylor on ecologically sound burial choices. (12:30–1:30 p.m., free, Cummings Life Science Center 157B)

Visit the Smart Museum of Art this evening for SMART Soundscapes, presenting a variety of musical performances from Chicago bands (including some from campus). Browse the galleries, grab a bite to drink, guzzle a glass of wine—if you’re over 21—and enjoy the echoes and reverberations washing over the whole affair. (6–9 p.m., free, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue)

Tonight is the opening reception for a celebration of the quilting work of Marie “Big Mama” Roseman at Intuit. Before you scoff, let me point out that Roseman’s plastic flowers, yarn, found objects, and free-wheeling abstract designs aren’t your great-grandmother’s cozy patchwork quilts. They’re a different kind of art entirely. (5 p.m., free, 576 North Milwaukee Avenue)

Saturday, May 6

It’s been said that Chicago was the birthplace of gospel music, and Soul Umoja is keeping that tradition alive with a gospel music workshop this afternoon. The workshop starts at noon with a lecture on the history and themes of the genre, followed by a free lunch, a question-and-answer session with Kenny Lewis of St. James Ministries and One Voice, and a workshop. It will be followed by a concert at Hyde Park Union Church. E-mail to pre-register. (registration at 11:30 a.m., Ida Noyes Third Floor Theater; concert at 5 p.m., 5600 South Woodlawn Avenue; free)

Today is Free Comic Book Day! Visit to find locations. I personally recommend Chicago Comics (3244 North Clark Street) for their huge and quirky collection, but there are lots of other shops participating. (locations and times vary, free)

Alternative cartoonist Chris Ware’s solo exhibition at the MCA opens today, too. ($6 museum admission for students, 220 East Chicago Avenue)

Sometimes it seems that there’s a disproportionate number of Texans this far north. I’m not complaining, though, since this means the annual Texas Club Barbeque, with tons of free food—including beef shipped straight from Texas. Vegetarian options will be available, too. (1–4 p.m, free, Bartlett Quad)

Samahan hosts “Searching the Islands,” its 11th annual Barrio Fiesta of dinner, dance, and theater performances this evening. (dinner at 5:30 p.m., Hutch; show at 8 p.m., Mandel Hall; $10 in advance, $12 at the door)

Sunday, May 7

The 6th Annual Chicago Anarchist Film Festival tops off a week of May Day celebrations and the 120th anniversary of the Haymarket riot. The evening’s festivities also include a raffle featuring prizes from local bike shops, bookstores, and cafes. For a complete schedule, check out www.arsenal ($6 suggested donation, 1741 North Western Avenue, 5–9 p.m.)

Monday, May 8

A two-week-long FOTA/UT collaboration begins today, with Marivaux’s The Dispute, directed by Charlie Newell of Court Theatre. (8 p.m., free, Reynolds Club First Floor Theater)

Alternatively, check out MusicNOW at Symphony Center tonight. The performance—featuring musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra—is part of a series devoted to contemporary composers. (8 p.m., $20, 220 South Michigan Avenue)

Tuesday, May 9

What do Rodin’s realism, Lipchitz’s cubism, and Moore’s surrealism have in common? They’re all on display at the Smart, starting today. The pieces in the show, called “Revision: Modernist Sculptures,” will be drawn from the museum’s own collection of bronzes and other sculptures. (10 a.m.–4 p.m., free, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue)

It never hurts to do a good deed. OK, maybe a little—but it’s just a pinprick, and you get a T-shirt. To make an appointment for tomorrow’s Red Cross blood drive (not necessary, but it’ll make it easier), e-mail with the day and time you’d like to donate. (Ida Noyes Hall, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 10

Today (well, extremely early tomorrow morning) marks the onset of Scav Hunt and general scav-related mayhem. Head to your house lounge around 1 a.m. to listen and partake in scavvy goodness. If you’re just not interested, don’t say you haven’t been warned—beware the naked, even more sleep-deprived loonies for the next few days.

Thursday, May 11

Raise awareness about violence at Take Back the Night—with a rally, a concert, and a march through Hyde Park. Melissa Harris-Lacewell, the Passerines, and Gamine Thief are all scheduled to appear. (6:30–11 p.m., free, Bartlett Quad)

Know you could make it on American Idol if you just had the time? Now’s your chance—kind of. Strut your stuff at the Chicago Idol Karaoke Competition. (8–11 p.m., free, Hutch)

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