December-January Highlights

    December-January Highlights

    Carillon bells at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
    Carolling with the Carillon

    5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11
    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.

    To celebrate the season, a festive carol sing-along with 100 tons of bronze will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, on the east lawn of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Bell music has been a holiday tradition for generations in both Europe and North America. Carillonneur James Fackenthal will perform popular carols for audience participation as well as Christmas concert music written especially for the carillon. These will include the works of well-known carillon composers such as Roy Hamlin Johnson, Ronald Barnes, former University carillonneur Daniel Robins and noted film composer Nino Rota.

    The Laura Spelman Rockefeller carillon uses 72 bronze bells that collectively weigh more than 100 tons, yet the music it plays can be as quiet and expressive as any indoor instrument. The bells occupy roughly three stories near the top of the chapel tower, and the performer (carillonneur) sits at the keyboard in a playing cabin located among the bells. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, with free hot cider for all.

    Jan Steen (Jan Havicz) “A Game of Skittles” c. 1650. One of many landscapes in the museum’s new exhibit.

    The Smart Museum of Art
    “Whose Land?: European and American Landscapes, 1600-1900”

    Through April 23, 2006
    Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.

    Featuring European and American masters from the Smart Museum collection, this exhibition accentuates borrowing and exchange among landscape traditions, while questioning the usefulness and limitations of conventional geographic classifications. This exhibition will be on display through Sunday, April 23, 2006. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 702-0200 or visit

    Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove in a promotional photo for the movie.

    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
    60th Anniversary Daytime Discussion - “Avoiding Doomsday in the Contemporary World.”

    1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
    Mandel Hall, 1135 E. 57th St.

    In honor if its 60th anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 3, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is sponsoring a public forum in Mandel Hall, 1135 E. 57th St., featuring a panel discussion by several distinguished University faculty members and members of the scientific community. President Randel will give welcoming remarks and the forum’s topic will be “Avoiding Doomsday in the Contemporary World.” In conjunction with the forum there will be a screening of the movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb at 4 p.m. in Max Palevsky Cinema (Doc Films), 1212 E. 59th St. Reservations may be made for the forum by contacting, or by calling 834-9988. This event is free to University faculty, staff and students.

    Mwata Bowden, Conductor of the Jazz X-tet.

    Jazz X-tet
    “All That Jazz and Broadway Shows”

    8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1
    Fulton Recital Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave.

    Acclaimed Chicago vocalist Maggie Brown joins director Mwata Bowden and the ensemble in creating hot jazz from Broadway tunes. Works to be performed include Old Devil Moon from “Finian’s Rainbow,” My Funny Valentine and The Lady is a Tramp from “Babes in Arms,” My Favorite Things from “The Sound of Music,” and Softly as in a Morning Sunrise from “The New Moon.” This concert will take place in Fulton Recital Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave. Free.