'Tis the season for holiday happenings on campus
The holiday season officially begins on campus this weekend with events marking the start of Advent.
A potluck luncheon, Advent wreath-making and singing will follow the 10 a.m. service at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Nov. 28. The chapel's annual Advent organ recital will begin at 5 p.m. Chapel organist Wolfgang Ruebsam will perform works by Bach, Buxtehude, Froberger, Reger and Storace. Tickets for the organ recital are $5, $2 for students. For more information, call 702-2100.
An Advent service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Bond Chapel. Fiona Harrison, a candidate for ministry with the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, will preach. For more information, call 753-1191.
Lessons and Carols for Advent, a traditional service featuring readings and music, will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Rockefeller Chapel. The service, which is free and open to the public, will feature the University of Chicago Chorus directed by Edward Funk. For more information, call 702-2100.
A wassail party, sponsored by the Council on University Programming, will be held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Ida Noyes Hall. The event, which is free and open to the University community, will feature refreshments and entertainment.
The Music Department will offer a free noontime Christmas concert at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in Goodspeed Recital Hall. Gordon Marsh will conduct the concert, which will feature music for brass. For more information, call 702-8484.
Law School Films will present the perennial Christmas favorite "It's a Wonderful Life," directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in the Law School Auditorium.
The University Bookstore will hold a holiday bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, in the bookstore lobby. All proceeds will benefit the Blue Gargoyle Adult Literacy Program. Donations of baked goods are welcome. For more information, call Cris Corrado at 702-8729.
A trip to cut fresh Christmas trees at a farm in Indiana will depart at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, from Crossroads International Student Center. Trees are $2-$3 per foot. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 8. Following the trip, a Christmas-tree decorating party will be held at 6 p.m. at Crossroads. Chili will be provided; participants are asked to bring a dessert to share. Children are welcome. For more information, call 684-6060.
An origami-ornament workshop will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Participants will use foils and other special papers to make holiday ornaments while learning the basic techniques of the Japanese art of origami. The fee is $10, which includes all materials. For more information, call 324-5520.
" 'Tis the Season for Brass and Organ," a holiday concert of sacred and secular music directed by Barbara Schubert, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Rockefeller Chapel. Performers will include organist Thomas Weisflog, the Quadrangle Brass Quintet and the Gargoyle Brass Quintet. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 702-8484.
The Smart Museum of Art's annual holiday party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the museum. The party, which is free and open to the public, will include performances by the Acafellas and Unaccompanied Women, special tours and a craft table for children. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 702-0200.
Handel's "Messiah" will be performed at 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Rockefeller Chapel. The concert will feature the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Choir, the Motet Choir and Symphony of the Shores under the direction of conductor Bruce Tammen and concertmaster Jeri-Lou Zike. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at the Reynolds Club Bookstore Branch. All seating is unreserved. For more information, call 702-6063.
The Crossroads Council holiday open house will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Crossroads International Student Center. The traditional holiday celebration, including refreshments and caroling, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 684-6060.
A traditional Christmas Eve service with a candlelight procession will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, at Rockefeller Chapel. The service is free and open to the public. For more information, call 702-2100.