May 15, 2003
Vol. 22 No. 16

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    May Highlights

       International House
       Festival of Nations

    2 p.m. Sunday, May 18

    International House, 1414 E. 59th St. 753-2274. Free.

    Each spring, International House sponsors a series of cultural festivals, and the colorful finale is the Festival of Nations. The festival will include food, cultural displays and performances from many nations. Groups performing at this year’s festival include the Haitian band Rafo International Combo; Dahlena’s Middle Eastern Dance Troupe; Fitzgerald’s Martial Arts School; the Tamboula Folkloric Dance Troupe; Maya and Sylvana, Flamenco Dancers; Ethnic Exposure, (Chinese Dragon/Caribbean/Senegalese); Haulah O’Manulani Hawaiian Dancers; the Gingarte Brazilian Capoiera Group; the Samahan Filipino Dance Troupe; Tapan Bhattacharya and tabla player Anubroto Chatterjee, Hindustani musicians; and the Turkish Cultural Group of Chicago. The festival also will introduce a Pan-African symposium, featuring African music and a lecture on African resources in the global economy.

    Thai dancer

       The University of Chicago Department of Music
       Jazz X-tet

    8 p.m. Thursday, May 29

    Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 E. 59th St. 702-8069. Free.

    Jazz X-tet director Mwata Bowden and Chicago Jazz Archive Curator Deborah Gillaspie have planned the X-tet’s first performance of works from the Billy Strayhorn Master Editions at the Chicago Jazz Archive. Pieces by Strayhorn, popularly honored as Duke Ellington’s muse and collaborator, will be performed, including Sweet & Pungent, Boo-Dah, After All, Chelsea Bridge and Take the A Train. The Chicago Jazz Archive has a rich collection of Strayhorn pieces, including the recent gift from the Strayhorn family of 28 performance editions for never performed Strayhorn pieces.

    Mwata Bowden, director of the Jazz X-tet

       Court Theatre
       The Romance Cycle: Parts 1 and 2

    Through Sunday, June 1

    Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. 753-4472. Tickets for each part are $30-40.

    Court Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Romance Cycle: Parts 1 and 2, comprised of two full-length Shakespeare plays, Cymbeline and Pericles, will explore themes of love, mistaken identity, sacrifice, disaster, reconciliation and romance. Set against a backdrop of an impending war between Britain and the Roman Empire, Cymbeline is the tale of the brave heroine, Imogen, and her lover, Posthumus, who marry in secret only to be separated by King Cymbeline. In Pericles, Shakespeare’s great romance of loss and redemption, an exiled prince travels through a series of fantastical kingdoms in search of home. Audience members are encouraged to view both plays on the same day for the optimum experience. A Greek buffet dinner will be served between the two parts.

    In Pericles, McKinley Carter (Thaisa) and Guy Atkins (Pericles) dance before their wedding

       School of Social Service Administration
       “Wounded in America”

    Through Monday, June 23

    8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

    SSA, 969 E. 60th St. 702-1168. Free.

    “Wounded in America” documents the experiences of people who have survived gun violence. Developed by photographer Robert Drea and writer Stephanie Arena (A.B., ’76) in collaboration with the Chicago Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the exhibition explores the powerful and ongoing effects of a single moment in time, for the individual, the family and the community. The stories of those photographed invite reflection on the conditions that give rise to violence and on ways to address those conditions.

    Bobby Brown, Sixteen-year-old High School Student Shot July 15, 1997