April 12, 2001
Vol. 20 No. 14

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    April Highlights

    Untitled (Houston Street Playground, East Houston Street, New York City), 1932-35
    Smart Museum of Art
    “Ben Shahn’s New York: The Photography of Modern Times”
    Thursday, April 19-Sunday, June 10
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
    5550 S. Greenwood Ave. 702-0176. Free.
    Organized by Harvard Art Museums, this exhibition will present the photographic work of American social realist Ben Shahn. The exhibition will include more than 100 photographs, ink drawings, easel paintings, mural studies and relevant ephemera. The exhibition will explore the function and meaning of Shahn’s experimental work in photography and his subsequent contribution to the emerging field of social documentary within the larger social and political climate of the 1930s and the Great Depression.

    Twelfth Night
    Court Theatre
    Trevor Griffith’s Piano and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
    Through Sunday, June 17
    Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. 753-4472. $24-38, $9 student rush tickets may be available on the day of the show.
    Court Theatre will conclude its 2000-01 season by presenting in rotating repertory two separate productions–Trevor Griffith’s Piano and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell will direct the American premiere of Piano. When the well-to-do guests of a lush country estate see a lowly servant play Rachmaninoff (on what turns out to be a mechanical piano), class conflicts, amusing love triangles and a mid-life crisis erupt on this poignant look at one man’s painful recognition of his own mediocrity. Similar themes of love, class and confusion underscore Twelfth Night, directed by Karin Coonrod. Women dressed as men, bizarre love triangles, hilarious misunderstandings and extraordinary cases of mistaken identity pepper this tale, which stars the same cast as Piano. Previews for Piano run through Wednesday, April 18. Regular performances will be Sunday, April 22 through Sunday, June 17. Previews for Twelfth Night run through Friday, April 20. Regular performances will be Sunday, April 22 through Friday, June 15.

    Allegretto, 1936
    Film Studies Center and Doc Films
    “Kinetica 2: A Centennial Tribute to Oskar Fischinger” will honor the work of an innovative pioneer in abstract animation who began his career in Wiemar, Germany, and later immigrated to the United States. His work represents an intersection between the modernist energies of Kandinsky and Mondrian and animation’s delight in the moving image. The influence of Fischinger’s dynamic and playful images can be traced to works ranging from Disney’s Fantasia, the abstract films of Jordan Belson and the musical compositions of John Cage. The first program, which includes Fischinger’s masterworks, advertising film, rarities and experiments will begin at noon, Saturday, April 21, at Max Palevsky Cinema, 1212 E. 59th St. Admission is $5. Later that day, a program about Fischinger’s legacy from the 1950s to today, including films by experimental filmmakers, will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 306, Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis Ave. Free.

    Alla Francesca
    University of Chicago Presents
    Alla Francesca
    8 p.m. Friday, April 6
    Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8068. $28 general, $11 students.
    Alla Francesca, a three-member medieval vocal and instrumental ensemble from France, will close this season’s Early Music Series with its Chicago debut. In a program of secular troubadour songs from the 12th century, Alla Francesca will celebrate the legendary image of King Richard, known as “Richard the Lionheart.”