Hyde Park Jazz Festival
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival will take place in multiple venues in Hyde Park, including the Dusable Museum, the Oriental Institute, the Quadrangle Club, the Smart Museum of Art, Robie House, Midway Plaisance Park, the Checkerboard Lounge and the Hyde Park Art Center. Included among the many artists performing are the Muntu Dance Theatre, who specialize in ancient and contemporary African dance and music, jazz vocalist Dee Alexander and musical perfomer Mwata Bowden, Director of the Jazz X-tet at the University. Travis Jackson, Associate Professor in Music and the College, also will lead a workshop. For a full schedule of the events, visit http://www.hydeparkjazzfestival.org.
Smart Museum of Art
In the late 19th century, Edmund Buckley prepared for his doctoral work by gathering together hundreds of Japanese artworks and religious objects. The collection formed the basis for Buckley’s doctoral work at the University of Chicago and was exhibited on campus in one of the first systematic displays of Japanese religious objects in the West. By examining the Japanese art and artifacts of the Buckley collection—including paintings, sculpture, woodblock prints, temple maps, sutras, and religious talismans—this exhibition not only delves into the history of museum collections, religious studies and the University, but also offers insight into the place of ethnicity and religion in late 19th-century popular culture.
Children’s Book Fair
Each year the 57th Street Children’s Book Fair begins with a parade featuring a cast of storybook characters and neighborhood residents who come dressed in costume. This year the fair will be visited by such well-loved favorites as Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat, Clifford, Franklin, Miss Spider, the Stinky Cheese Man, Strawberry Shortcake, the original Winnie the Pooh, Madeline, Mother Goose and the Children’s Book Fair Cat. The CTA minibus will lead the parade. The fair also will feature live entertainment echoing a love of reading through storytelling, music and dance. This year’s performances will take place on three stages for an entire afternoon of entertainment. Budding authors can also visit the two story rooms and speak with one of the authors making appearances at the fair. These special guests will read from, talk about and autograph copies of their newest work. For more information, visit http://www.57cbf.org/.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
These unique and intricate photographs of sacred sites in the Republic of Macedonia acquaint viewers with an environment in which Christianity and Islam have coexisted for more than six centuries. The exhibition highlights a need for cultural preservation of that coexistence. For more information, call (773) 702-0866. A discussion with the artist will be held from 5—7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies. Free. 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.