the Penal Colony, November 1 - December 10. Court
Theatre presents the world premiere of a new opera by Philip
Glass, AB'56, based on the story by Franz Kafka, and directed
by JoAnne Akalaitis, AB'60. On the surface, Kafka worte of capital
punishment and justice, but as his tale unfolds, the drama expands
into a larger struggle between enlightenment and the conquering
of the human spirit. Glass's score features two singers and
a string quintet. Court Theatre; call 773/753-4472.
Exhibiting Experimental Art in China, November 19
- January 7. Originally titled "It's Me" and set to
premiere in Beijing in 1998, this exhibition, along with several
other experimental art shows, was cancelled by the Chinese government.
Now renamed and relocated, the efforts of the artist Song Dong
and filmmaker Wu Wenguang server double duty as both art and
political statement. Smart Museum; call 773/702-0200.
from the Royal Tombs of Ur, October 21 - January
21. A traveling exhibition from the University of Pennsylvania
Museum, this exhibit includes films, lectures, symposia, and
displays centered around the culture of ancient Mesopotamia.
Bring the little ones to learn how to write their names in cuneiform
and watch the award-winning film series Ancient Civilizations
for Children. Oriental Institute; call 773/702-9514.