Center Stage

Beyond Words: Author Portraits by Carl Köhler
Through December 11. Regenstein Library, 773.702.4685. Swedish painter Carl Köhler (1919–2006) created evocative, abstract-expressionist portraits of intellectuals such as Franz Kafka, Simone de Beauvoir, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. This traveling exhibit presents his oil and ink renderings.

Through December 12. Court Theatre, 773.753.4472. A young black farmer is torn from his beloved family’s land and, after a series of hard knocks, struggles to return to his former life and happiness. In 2008 director and Court’s resident artist Ron O. J. Parson directed an Audelco Award–winning production of Home in New York.

Not Just Another Pretty Face Part IV
November 21–February 20. Hyde Park Arts Center, 773.324.5520. Between 80 and 100 new works by Chicago artists are exhibited in the fourth installment of this project. The commissioned artists were given the same directive: reconsider what portraiture means. A reception will be held November 21.

Middle East Musical Ensemble
November 21. 6 p.m. International House, Assembly Hall, 773.702.8484. The Department of Music’s Middle East Musical Ensemble, which uses traditional instruments such as the oud, a pear-shaped stringed instrument, plays its first concert in a yearlong series. This performance focuses on Andalusian music; the March 13 concert features music from Turkey; the May 22 concert, music from Iran.

First Friday Lecture: Proust on Death
December 3. 12:15 p.m. Chicago Cultural Center, 773.702.1722. Graham School of General Studies instructor Joel Rich, AM’65, regularly speaks on Proust at the Graham School’s First Friday Lectures. He is working on a book exploring Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.

Transformations of the Global Economic Order
December 3–5. Swift Hall, Third Floor Lecture Room, 773.702.0230. This three-day conference brings together social scientists, such as anthropologist and biotechnology expert Kaushik Sunder Rajan and globalization scholar Saskia Sassen (a former UChicago sociologist), to discuss contemporary political, social, and economic transformations, as well as how these transformations might affect the study of economics.

Anniversary Concert: A Midwinter Celebration
December 5. 3 p.m. Rockefeller Chapel, 773.702.7059. In December 1910 John D. Rockefeller made his last gift to the University, ordering that part of the $10 million be used to build Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. A century later, his gift is being recognized with a choral and organ concert, followed by a reception. The concert is accompanied by an exhibit, Rockefeller 100: A Retrospective (which runs through December 24), reviewing the chapel’s history, with materials selected from Special Collections.

Global Voices Brazilian Concert: Tribute to Noel Rosa
December 11. 2 p.m. International House, Assembly Hall, 773.752.2275. Brazilian guitarist Noel Rosa hit it big in 1931 with the samba tune “Com que Roupa?” Over the next few years of his short but prolific life—Rosa died in 1937 at 26—he remade samba into a vehicle for witty social critique. Lectures and performances commemorate what would have been Rosa’s 100th birthday.


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