The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago
Sustainable design attempts to meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations. “Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art” explores how this design philosophy resonates with an emerging generation of international artists who combine a fresh aesthetic sensibility with a constructively critical approach to the production, dissemination and display of art. Contributing artists and artists' groups from the United States and Europe include Allora & Calzadilla; Free Soil; JAM; Learning Group; Brennan McGaffey in collaboration with Temporary Services; Nils Norman; People Powered; Dan Peterman; Marjetica Potre; Michael Rakowitz; Frances Whitehead, WochenKlausur; and Andrea Zittel. The exhibition includes existing works, commissions, and previously presented work that has been "recycled," spotlighting ways in which artists are building paths to new forms of practice.
University of Chicago Presents
Led by founder and lutenist Stephen Stubbs, Tragicomedia and virtuoso wind ensemble Concerto Palatino offer a revealing new take on this masterpiece, featuring one-on-a-part vocal performance and the extraordinary instrumental virtuosity called for in the Vespers. Tragicomedia is dedicated to rediscovering the riches of the basso continuo era while Concerto Palatino explores the repertoire of the Baroque trombone and cornetto. Admission is $30 / $11 for students with a valid ID. For tickets or more information contact (773) 702-8060.
Court Theatre will present Man of La Mancha, the epic story of knight-errant Don Quixote, his servant Sancho and the woman of his dreams, the lovely Aldonza/Dulcinea. Set during the Spanish Inquisition, the tale follows the romantic and noble journey of a knight who sets out to right all wrongs and win a good woman’s heart while dueling with windmills along the way. Based on Cervantes’ The Adventures of Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is the classic comic tragedy of a man’s struggle against the impossible. Performances will run through Sunday, Nov. 6 at Court Theatre. For tickets and information, call (773) 753-4472.
Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture
The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago presents a lecture by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya. Author of numerous books and articles on race and politics in America, Chideya is a multi-media journalist who has worked in print, television, radio and online. Chideya has been a correspondent for ABC News, anchored the prime time program “Pure Oxygen” on the Oxygen women’s channel, hosted National Public Radio’s “News and Notes with Ed Gordan” and contributed commentaries to CNN, Fox, MSNBC and BET. Currently a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, Chideya’s lecture will discuss long-term lessons for black empowerment gained from the tragic events following Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast region. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.