9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25
Throughout campus, with limited registration in the morning in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., and with the keynote address at 11 a.m. in Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. For information or to register, visit http://humanities.uchicago.edu/openhouse. Free, but registration required.
The 24th Annual Humanities Open House is a free, daylong exploration of contemporary scholarship in the Humanities, featuring many presentations by Chicago faculty in various branches of the Humanities Division. In addition, there will be theatrical and musical performances, as well as tours of museums and landmark buildings on campus. At 11 a.m., Kenneth Warren, the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor in English Language & Literature and the College, will deliver the keynote address, “The Humanities and the Problem of Partisanship.” This year’s program offers a wealth of presentations from faculty in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, such as Norman Golb, the Ludwig Rosenberger Professor of Jewish History & Civilization and the College, with a film screening and discussion about his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Martha Roth, Professor in the Oriental Institute and the College, who will reflect on the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, which nears completion after 85 years of work. Other notable faculty presenters include Jacqueline Stewart, Assistant Professor in English Language & Literature and the College, speaking on “Cinema and Chicago’s Bronzeville,” and Russell Tuttle, Professor in Anthropology, delivering a talk titled “Why George Walker Bush is Not an Ape, and What this Means for the Apes.”
“Phantom of the Night” Annual Halloween Concert
7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8069. Requested donations at the door, $6 adults, $4 students/children.
http://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu. $35 general, $11 students.
At this festive annual concert, the University Symphony Orchestra, joined by the University Chorus, the Motet Choir, bass-baritone Rick Ziebarth and the Hyde Park School of Ballet, will present several haunting melodies in a program titled “Phantom of the Night.” Works include excerpts from Gounod’s Faust and Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust; the Prologue from Boito’s Mephistophele; and the main theme from Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. The evening will include costumes, dancing, storytelling and special effects, and the audience is encouraged to come in costume. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. There will be two concerts, at 7 and 9 p.m.
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31
5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. 702-7059. $10 general, $8 students.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Warren, 1920), a silent classic film, will be screened with live organ accompaniment by Jay Warren. The film, which played a role in initiating the German Expressionist style in cinema, tells the story of a series of murders in a small German town, corresponding with the arrival of Dr. Caligari and his sleepwalking henchman, Cesare.
Early Music Series: The Academy of Ancient Music
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31
Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8068. http://www.chicagopresents.uchicago.edu. $30 general, $11 students.
Music, to Mandel Hall for an all-Bach program, including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Guest director and harpsichordist Richard Egarr will perform in the program, titled “Bach-analia,” which also will feature Suite No. 2 in B Minor, Concerto in D Minor for Harpsichord and Concerto in A Major for Harpsichord.