By Craig Chamberlain Blues, rap, gospel, and karaoke, as well as a minister's message about AIDS and the church will be part of this year's AIDS Awareness Week at the UI and at sites in Champaign-Urbana, March 23 through April 1. The Rev. Jacquelyn Wilkerson, executive director of AIDS Advocacy in African-American Churches, will be the featured speaker at a "Gospel Against AIDS" program March 31 at a local Baptist church, and will speak at the traditional candlelight vigil that evening at the UI. She also will be interviewed on local radio programs. Wilkerson's organization provides technical assistance, education and training to churches and organizations interested in developing AIDS ministries. She also is the founder of a national AIDS education campaign. This year's awareness week features a variety of new events, on and off the campus, mostly thanks to increased participation from community organizations and businesses, says Deborah Richie, sexuality education coordinator at McKinley Health Center and the principal organizer of the week. "Part of what we are trying to do during the week is put a face on some of the issues connected with AIDS," Richie said, and participation from many different groups helps to accomplish that. In addition to the gospel program, at which Wilkerson will speak on "AIDS and the African-American Church," the week will include programs aimed at Latinos, women, teens, gays and lesbians. One program aimed at the general student audience is "Friendship in the Age of AIDS," a program by two college friends dealing with the consequences of HIV. Joel Goldman, who was diagnosed as HIV positive in 1992, and T.J. Sullivan, a former fraternity brother from Indiana University, bring a blend of personal experience and humor to the subject of AIDS. In addition to challenging stereotypes about AIDS, Goldman and Sullivan teach students how to reduce their own risk of HIV infection and the risk for their friends. Their presentation centers on Joel's experience as a fraternity member and the risks he took mixing unprotected sex and alcohol. Sullivan teaches students about alcohol's effect on decision-making, the workings of HIV, and ways students can reduce risk and prevent infection. AIDS Awareness Week Activities Saturday, March 23 * "Variety Show '96," 8 p.m., Wesley Foundation. Benefits the Gay Community AIDS Project (GCAP). Monday, March 25 * Rally and food drive for GCAP, noon to 1 p.m., UI Quad. * "Blues Against AIDS," 7:30 p.m. to midnight, The Blind Pig Co., 6 Taylor St., Champaign. Admission charge. Tuesday, March 26 * "Friendship in the Age of AIDS," 7 p.m., Foellinger Auditorium. * "Secrets," a 40-minute play by HealthWorks Theatre about teens and HIV, noon, Courtyard Cafe, Illini Union. The play will be followed by a question-and-answer session. * "Secrets," 7 p.m., Douglass Center, 512 E. Grove St., Champaign. * Screening of the video "Positive," 7 p.m., La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana. Video will be followed with discussion of HIV issues and Latinos. Wednesday, March 27 * Cerebral Cafe with Frederico Navejas, a Latino community AIDS activist, noon, Courtyard Cafe, Illini Union. * "African-American Legionnaires Against AIDS," 7 to 10 p.m., American Legion Post #559, 735 N. Hickory St., Champaign. Dominoes, bid-whist and spades tournaments. Charge per team. * Screening of the videos "HIV: Women's Voices" and "No Regrets," 7 to 10 p.m., main lounge of Allen Residence Hall. * "Karaoke Against AIDS," 8 to 11 p.m., Mabel's, 613 E. Green St., Champaign. Admission charge. Thursday, March 28 * "Teens Against AIDS Rap Dance," 6 to 9 p.m., Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, 201 E. Park St., Champaign. * "The Wizard of AIDS," a musical performed by HealthWorks Theatre, 7 p.m., Gallery Lounge, Parkland College. Friday, March 29 * Paris is Burning Ball #2, 7:30 to 11 p.m., Urbana Civic Center, 108 Water, Urbana. The ball will feature a soul food buffet, floor show, prizes and surprise guests. Advance tickets can beobtained through GCAP. Saturday, March 30 * "SafetyNet," a screening and discussion of safer-sex videos that were winners in the San Francisco AIDS Foundation contest, 7 p.m., Geneva Room, McKinley Foundation. For gay and bisexual men. Sunday, March 31 * Rev. Jacquelyn Wilkerson on WBCP Radio's "Straight Talk," 9:45 to 11 a.m. * "Gospel Against AIDS," 3:30 p.m., Jericho Baptist Church, 801 Killarney St., Urbana. A program of song, with a keynote address from the Rev. Jacquelyn Wilkerson, on "AIDS and the African-American Church." Freewill offering. * Candlelight vigil celebrating the lives of people touched by AIDS, 7:30 p.m., lobby of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Monday, April 1 * The Rev. Jacquelyn Wilkerson on WILL-AM's "Focus 580," 11 a.m. to noon. * Brown bag lunch and discussion with the Rev. Jacquelyn Wilkerson, noon to 1 p.m., African-American Cultural Center, 708 S. Mathews, Urbana.