Visions of a Nation: Images of Mexico by Mexican and American Photographers, through March 5. Examining both photography's role in the representation of a Mexican national identity and the images North American photographers take as outsiders, the exhibit includes works by Manuel Alvarez Bravo; Marianne Yampolsky Urbach; Danny Lyon, AB'63; and Paul Strand. Smart Museum; call 702-0200.
From the Ocean of Painting: India's Popular Painting Tradition, 1589 to the Present, through March 12. Characterized by bold design, bright colors, and the use of both text and imagery, the works include examples of Indian folk, tribal, and popular-urban painting traditions. The exhibition displays scroll paintings, book illustrations, puppets, dolls, fortune-telling cards, and religious altars. Smart Museum; call 702-0200.
Eugene Field and His Books, through March 20. This exhibit marks the centenary of Eugene Field's death and the founding of Chicago's Caxton Club. Manuscripts, correspondence, and limited editions focus on Field as author, collector, and promoter of books. Special Collections; call 702-8705.
Diana Thater, March 12-April 23. The L.A. artist's first one-woman exhibition confronts the optical and social nature of television, uniting technology, video images, and architecture in a metaphor for TV's pervasiveness. The Renaissance Society; call 702-8670.
Post-War Chicago Works on Paper and Sculpture, March 14-June 1. This exhibition features works by Chicago artists with an interest in outsider and folk art, including Leon Golub, AB'42; Jim Nutt; Gladys Nilsson; and Ed Paschke. Smart Museum; call 702-0200.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: The Transportation Revolution in Illustrated Children's Books, March 17-June 26. This exhibit examines how illustrators in several countries exploited the great changes in travel and transportation that followed the advent of the railroad and highlights books that appeared between the two world wars. Special Collections; call 702-8705.
John M. Olin Lecture, February 22 at 4 p.m. Historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, AM'44, PhD'50, speaks on "From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values." Social Science Research Building; call 702-3423.
Works of the Mind Lectures, March 5 at 2 p.m. Stephanie Nelson, Continuing Studies lecturer, speaks on "The Comedy of a Private Peace: Aristophanes' Acharmians." Judd Hall; call 702-1722.
Gospel Concert, February 26 at 7 p.m. This concert features Voices of Progressive, from Chicago's Progressive Community Church, and Lonnie Hunter and the Voices of St. Mark's. Rockefeller Chapel; call 753-1191.
Guarneri String Quartet, March 3 at 8 p.m. The quartet performs works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Schubert as part of the Chamber Music Series. Mandel Hall; call 702-8068.
University Symphony Orchestra, March 4 at 8 p.m. Barbara Schubert conducts the orchestra in works by Dvo§ák, Mendelssohn, and Williams. Mandel Hall; call 702-8069.
Lenten Vespers, March 5 at 5 p.m. The University of Chicago Chorus performs works by Palestrina, Lassus, and Josquin, under the direction of Edward Funk. Rockefeller Chapel; call 753-1191.
The Pirates of Penzance, March 9 at 7:30 p.m., March 10-11 at 8 p.m., and March 12 at 2 p.m. Antoinette Arnold conducts the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and the University Chamber Orchestra. Mandel Hall; call 702-8674.
Arcadian Academy, March 14 at 8 p.m. The Arcadian Academy presents works by Locke, Lanier, and Purcell. Mandel Hall; call 702-8068.
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, March 31 at 8 p.m. The Chamber Music Series' fifth concert includes works by Mozart, Britten, Kancheli, and Philip Glass, AB'56. Mandel Hall; call 702-8068.
Motet Choir, April 1 at 8 p.m. Directed by Bruce Tammen, AM'74, the choir performs works by Deering, Lasso, Nystedt, Victoria, and Weelkes. Rockefeller Chapel; call 753-1191.
Contemporary Chamber Players Ensemble, April 2 at 8 p.m. Ralph Shapey conducts the annual Paul Fromm Concert. Mandel Hall; call 702-8068.
Palm Sunday Organ Recital, April 9 at 5 p.m. Organist Hanna Lee performs works by Bach, Lizst, and Alain. Rockefeller Chapel; call 753-1191.
The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, April 14 at 8 p.m. Bruce Tammen, AM'74, conducts the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Choir and the Symphony of the Shores. Rockefeller Chapel; call 753-1191.
Off-Off Campus: Winter Quarter Revue, Fridays at 9 p.m., through March 3. Off-Off Campus proves student improv is alive and well. University Church, second-floor theater; call 702-3414.
An Evening of One Acts, February 24-25 at 8 p.m. University Theater presents No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, and Robert E. Johnson's Dreamlost. F. X. Kinahan Theater; call 702-3414.
Medea, March 3-4 and March 8-11 at 8 p.m. This world premiere of Max Rouquette's play, translated by Arie Thompson, retains the intensity of classical Greek drama while giving a modern portrayal of the heroine's conflict. Reynolds Club first-floor theater; call 702-3414.
The Misanthrope, March 3-May 14. Performed in rotating repertory with Travesties, Moliere's play is the tale of a moral man forced to face his hypocrisy when he falls in love with a woman who embodies everything he hates. Court Theatre; call 753-4472.
Travesties, March 3-May 14. The play begins in 1917, when the city of Zurich is filled with famous and infamous characters who join together in a witty exploration of art, politics, and love that challenges our perception of ourselves and history. Court Theatre; call 753-4472.
Stories That Leap into Song: From Literature to Opera, April 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Focusing on Aeschylus' Oresteia, U of C professors David Bevington and John Eaton trace how classical themes of justice, fate, and tragedy are reinterpreted in Eaton's contemporary opera, The Cry of Clytemnestra. Downtown Center; call 702-2160.
First Friday Lecture Series, first Friday of every month at 12:15 p.m. March 3. Continuing Studies lecturer Märi Schindele, AB'88, AB'89, on "Hell's Misfits: Order and Meaningful Chaos in Dante's Inferno.'' April 7. Continuing Studies lecturer Susannah Gottlieb, AM'93, "On Nietszche." Chicago Cultural Center; call 702-1722.
On April 19, Israeli novelist A. B. Yehoshua discusses "The Israeli Identity and the Peace Process" (Max Palevsky Cinema; 702-8370).
Andrew Young-former mayor of Atlanta and co-chair of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games-delivers the second annual "Aims of Religion" address" on April 24 (7:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel; 702-7170). Young's recent spiritual memoir is A Way Out of No Way.
On April 25, mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne will give the first annual Douglas Baird Lecture in Opera, an evening billed as "Bel Canto Opera: A Conversation with Marilyn Horne" (Mandel Hall; 702-8370).
James Q. Wilson of the University of California at Los Angeles speaks on April 26 in the Olin Center's "Virtues of Modern Democracy" series (4 p.m., Social Science Research Building; 702-3423). Wilson is the author of Crime and Human Nature.
On April 27, South African novelist J. M. Coetzee gives a public lecture (Max Palevsky Cinema; 702-8370). Coetzee's Life and Times of Michael K won Britain's Booker Prize in 1993.