Mapping the Sacred: Nineteenth-Century
Japanese Buddhist Prints, December 13–March 28. Drawn
principally from materials that Edmund Buckley, a professor of comparative
religion at the University, gathered in 1890s Japan, this exhibition
includes prints and photographs of temples and cities, religious
objects, ceremonies, and deities. Smart Museum of Art, 773/702-0200.
Guys and Dolls,
January 22–March 28. Court Theatre presents Frank Loesser’s
musical fable about the unlikely Broadway romance between a slick
gambler and an honest mission worker. Charles Newell directs the
staging of a production originally conceived by Gary Griffin and
Thomas Murray. Court Theatre, 773/753-4472.
with Light, January 22–April 4. This exhibition focuses
on American sculptors’ use of light from 1940 to the present.
Beginning with “#9, New York, 1940” by Charles Biederman,
one of the first sculptures to incorporate artificial light, it
continues through 1960s works by Dan Flavin, Robert Irwin, and James
Turrell, and concludes with a major commission from emerging artist
Stephen Hendee, whose installations of translucent sheeting and
colored lights recall the fantastic architecture of virtual reality.
Smart Museum of Art, 773/702-0200.
The 44th Annual University
of Chicago Folk Festival, February 6–8. The festival
brings traditional music from across the world to the University
campus for a weekend-long bash. University of Chicago Folklore Society,
The Passion of Joan
of Arc, February 21, 8 p.m.
The University Chorus and Orchestra perform Richard Einhorn’s
“Voices of Light” to accompany Carl Dreyer’s 1928
silent film about the trial of St. Joan of Arc. Randi Von Ellefson,
senior lecturer in music and Rockefeller Chapel Choir director,
conducts. Rockefeller Chapel, 773/702-9075.