May 29, 2003
Vol. 22 No. 17

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    May-June Highlights

       Hyde Park-University of Chicago Arts Festival

    Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8

    Various locations, with headquarters at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Free. For a complete schedule, visit http://artsfest.uchicago.edu.

    For the second consecutive year, one of the city's largest arts festivals will take place in Hyde Park. From live music, theatre, ballet and modern dance to poetry readings, arts exhibitions and some of Chicago's great museums, the festival offers a wide range of activities. The festival also includes the 57th Street Art Fair, the oldest juried art fair in the Midwest, and the Hyde Park Community Art Fair. A free trolley system will link each of the participating institutions, and there will be free parking in all University parking lots. Participating institutions include the Robie House, the Smart Museum, the Renaissance Society, the Chicago Storytellers Guild, the Oriental Institute Museum and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

    Rockefeller Bronze, an outdoor concert of carillon and gamelan music, will be part of this year's festival

       The Music Department of the University of Chicago
       The University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus and Motet Choir

    8 p.m. Saturday, May 31

    3 p.m. Sunday, June 1

    Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-9075. $8 general, $5 students.

    To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz, the University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus and the Motet Choir will perform his monumental oratorio, Roméo et Juliette: Symphonie Dramatique. Barbara Schubert will conduct the ensembles along with special guest soloists Buffy Baggott, mezzo-soprano; Kenneth Gayle, tenor; and Peter Van De Graaff, bass.

    Motet Choir

       The Center for Latin American Studies and International House
       Katherine Dunham: Academic, Artist, Activist

    Friday, June 6

    International House, 1414 E. 59th St. 753-2274. Free, but pre-registration is requested. To register, email CLAS@uchicago.edu.

    Katherine Dunham (Ph.B., '36) will deliver a keynote address at a conference centered on her scholarly contributions. As an anthropologist, Dunham studied various subjects, including vodou initiation rites and dance in Haiti, and black Muslim groups in Chicago. As an artist, she pioneered Caribbean and African dance in the United States and Europe, founding her own dance school and choreographing multiple productions. Dunham will kick off the event at 10:30 a.m., speaking about her experiences in Haiti and her current project to create a botanical garden in a densely-packed neighborhood near Port au Prince. At 3 p.m., there will be an academic panel featuring Andrew Apter, Associate Professor in Anthropology and the College, and moderated by Stephan Palmié, Associate Professor in Anthropology and the College.

    Katherine Dunham

       The Committee on Visual Arts Master's of Fine Arts Program

    Friday, June 6 through Saturday, June 21

    11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

    Gallery 312, 312 N. May St. 753-4821. Free.

    "Octopus" incorporates the distinct visions of eight artists who have completed requirements for their Master's of Fine Arts degree at Chicago. Featuring painting, sculpture, video and mixed media, the show will display the work of Brad Ashlock, Adam Capone, Vesna Grbovic, Sarah Kaiser, Jenny Roberts, Jordan Schulman, David Schutter and Kirsten Rae Simonsen. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6.

    "Shallow Spectacle," by Sarah Kaiser, oil on canvas