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October - November 05

University Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert
October 29. Mandel Hall. 773/702-8069. The University Symphony Orchestra, joined by the University Chorus and Hyde Park School of Ballet dancers, plays spooky selections including Revueltas’s Sensemaya, Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the Prelude and Witches Chorus from Verdi’s Macbeth, and Williams’s music from the Harry Potter films. Audience members are encouraged to come in costume.

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Through October 30. The Renaissance Society, 773/702-8670. This multichannel video installation by German visual artist Peter Welz and American choreographer William Forsythe, hailed as “one of the world’s leading choreographers” by the BBC, features Forsythe transcribing text by Samuel Beckett into physical movements. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum will host a series of five live concerts, featuring experimental electronic and classical music.

Black Theology and Womanist Theology in Dialogue: Which Way Forward for the Church and the Academy?
October 31–November 4, 2005. The University of Chicago Divinity School and the Lutheran School of Theology, cosponsored by Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and the Center for Race, Politics, and Culture, 773/702-8238. Representatives of both black and womanist theologies discuss issues key to the life of everyday people in communities, churches, and the academy.

Baroque Untamed
November 11. Mandel Hall. 773/702-8068. Violinist Andrew Manze leads a 22-member period orchestra, one of Britain’s most prestigious early-music ensembles, in a program ranging from Pachelbel and Purcell to Biber and Bach.

Of Mystery and Magic: an exhibit of the work of Victoria Martin
Through November 18. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. 773/702-7059. Art Institute of Chicago graduate Victoria Martin, whose works have appeared on PBS, depicts mystical and magical subjects in her art. The artist gives a lecture at the opening reception September 28, 5–7 p.m.

Mabou Mines DollHouse
November 30–December 18. Court Theatre. 773/753-4472.
Adapted and directed by Lee Breuer, this transformation of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play A Doll’s House features male actors, whose heights range from 3’4” to 4’5”, playing Torvald, Rank, and Krogstad, and female actors nearly six feet tall portraying Nora and Kristine. The characters, choreographed by Martha Clarke, cavort in a “playhouse size” doll house to Eve Beglarian’s Edvard Grieg–inspired piano concerti.