Nov. 21, 2002
Vol. 22 No. 5

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    November-December Highlights

    Brian Jungen, “Void,” 2002

    Renaissance Society

    “watery, domestic”

    Through Sunday, Dec. 22

    Room 418, Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis Ave. 702-8670. Free.

    This group exhibition features art that stems out of what Vanity Fair called the “end to the age of irony” after Sept. 11. Not bound by mastery and willing to blur the distinction between fine art and popular culture, the 17 artists in “watery, domestic” have created work that conveys irony through nostalgia and favors the vulnerable over the cynical. Exhibition highlights include panoramas of New Jersey meadows, a variety of ready-mades, a rigorous deconstruction of a television sitcom, warped but oddly accurate graphite renderings of presidents, and pieces inspired by campfire arts and crafts.


    A hamentash supporter at a previous Latke-Hamentash debate

    Latke-Hamentash Symposium

    Mandel Hall, 1311 E. 57th St. 752-1127.

    7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26

    The 56th annual Latke-Hamentash symposium will feature several faculty members debating a chosen controversy. Joining the debate will be Mark Strand, Professor in the Committee on Social Thought; Steven Kaplan, the Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance in the GSB; Lainie Ross, Associate Professor in Pediatrics; and Shmuel Weinberger, Professor in Mathematics. Ted Cohen, Professor in Philosophy, will moderate..


    John Reeger and Paula Scrofano play Gabriel and Gretta Conroy in James Joyce’s The Dead

    Court Theatre

    James Joyce’s The Dead

    Thursday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 22

    Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. 753-4472. Previews: $24-$28; regular performances: $30-$40. Senior and student discounts are available.

    Court Theatre presents one of the most lauded new musicals, James Joyce’s The Dead, in its Chicago premiere. Adapted from the final piece in James Joyce’s short story collection Dubliners, the tale is set on a snowy Christmas Eve in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Friends and family gather to eat, drink, tell stories and sing songs at the Morkan family’s annual holiday party. During the festivities a familiar song re-ignites Gretta Conroy’s memory of a long-lost love. Gabriel, Gretta’s husband and the play’s narrator, must grapple with his wife’s sudden revelation of deeply buried passion and remembrance of unfulfilled possibilities. Filled with Irish folk melodies and dancing, James Joyce’s The Dead will be a highlight of the holiday season.


    The Prazak Quartet

    University of Chicago Presents

    The Prazak Quartet

    8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22

    Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8068. $30 general, $11 students.

    The University of Chicago Presents Chamber Music Series continues with the Chicago debut of the Prazak Quartet, a highly acclaimed ensemble from Prague. Established in 1972 at the Prague Conservatory, the quartet has gained attention for its place in the unique Czech quartet tradition and its musical virtuosity. They will perform an all-Czech program, including Dvorák’s rarely heard piece Bagatelles, Janacek’s String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata,” and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, “From My Life.”