The University of Chicago Folklore Society
This well-loved festival will return with performers, such as blues musician Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, 10-time Irish National Fiddle Champion Seamus Connolly, Cajun and Creole music specialists the Pine Leaf Boys, along with artists representing different folk and traditional forms. The concerts will be held in Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Other activities will be held in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. Ticket prices vary by day, discounts are available for advance purchase and for students with a valid ID. A pass to all three days of the festival is available for $40. For prices, tickets or more information call (773) 702-7300, or visit http://www.uofcfolk.org.
The New Budapest Orpheum Society
Philip Bohlman, the Mary Werkman Professor in Music and Chair of Jewish Studies, provides commentary at this event featuring soprano Deborah Bard, mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, baritone Stewart Figa, violinist Peter Blagoev, pianist Ilya Levinson, bassist Stewart Miller and percussionist Hank Tausend. The performance will take place in Fulton Recital Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave. Free.
The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago
Featuring over 60 vintage prints, the exhibition highlights the Smart’s recent acquisition of a substantial body of work by William Bell and Timothy H. O’Sullivan, presenting it in the context of the geographic surveys and the larger cultural and artistic traditions that helped define the American West. This exhibition will be on display through Sunday, May 7, at the Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call (773) 702-0200 or visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu.
The Graham School of General Studies at the University of Chicago
The Graham School will host a discussion on one of the most provocative, divisive and important current topics- human embryonic stem cell research. Janet Rowley, a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics and the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor in Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cellular Biology and Human Genetics, will be the featured speaker. This lecture will be presented at 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., and admission is $20. To register for this event, call (773) 702-1722.