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Events – October 6 and 7

Artwalk Ravenswood, Solar Home Tour, Bike the Calumet, BlackAge Comics Convention, Self-Published Authors, Russian Gay Leader, School Funding Reform, and the Graffiti Revolution

October 6 and 7

ArtWalkRavenswood presents its sixth annual tour of arts and industry, with 200 artists opening their studios in honor of Chicago Artists’ Month. Highlights include Uptown Multicultural Center’s t-shirt festival, Dick Bjorlund’s Saturday afternoon presentation on Ravenswood history at the Sulzer Library, sculptor Ruth Duckworth’s film screening Saturday night at the Peter Jones Gallery, and Jane Addams Resource Corp.’s afterschool arts program. Details at

Saturday, October 6

National Solar Tour. In Illinois, 85 solar-powered and energy efficient homes are opening their doors for public tours, in Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Naperville, Rockford, Geneva, Downers Grove, Oregan, and Urbana. Guide and list of sites at

Bike the Calumet. A 10-mile bike ride touring natural areas of bi-state Calumet area leaves Southeast Environmental Task Force office 13300 S. Baltimore, at 10 a.m., returns 12:30 p.m.

BlackAge X Comics Convention, featuring African-American comics artists, a family cartooning workshop at 10 a.m., a contest for high-school students, and a 3 p.m. discussion of “Sustahs on Hoo Doo,” a comic book derived from Zora Neal Hurston’s research into hoo doo and voodoo culture. $5 adults, $3 students, $1 children. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone.

Authors and Artists Chicago. Fourth annual gathering of self-published author with panel discussions on the theme: “My Story, My Way” and a keynote by Janis F. Kearney, author of Essence bestseller “Cotton Field of Dreams.” Free. 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Little Black Pearl Art Center, 1060 E. 47th.

Matthew Sheppard Memorial March features Russian gay leader Nikolai Alexeyev, who has braved criminal charges and physical attacks leading efforts by Russian lesbians and gays to win the right to organize publicly, according to the Gay Liberation Network, sponsor of the march. Alexeyev speaks at a rally at 8 p.m. at Halsted and Roscoe, kicking off the march. Info: 773-209-1187,

School funding reform. Another school year, another legislative session — another lost chance at school funding reform? Longtime reform proponent, City Clerk Miguel del Valle will join a panel of experts to discuss the quagmire in Springfield — as well as successes in Wisconsin and other states guided by the principle of funding adequacy. With State Rep. Kathy Ryg (D-Vernon Hills), St. Charles schools superintendent Donald Schlomann, Wisconsin State Senator Luther Olson, Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and national school finance expert Allan Odden of UW-Madison; sponsored by A+ Illinois, the Golden Apple Foundation, and National-Louis University, 1 to 4 p.m., at National-Louis University, 122 S. Michigan. Info at 312-261-3847.

Sunday, October 7

Graffiti Revolution. Public Square and the University of Hip Hop present a mural dedication and community baraza, with activist dj’s The Deck Boyz (from Southwest Youth Collaborative), Palestinian-American spoken word artist Gihad Ali, Pilsen muralist Mario Gonzalez Jr., and rapper/producer Ang13, 2 p.m. at 63rd and Troy. Info at 312-422-5580

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