The University of Chicago Magazine

February 1997



From Dreamland to Showcase: Jazz in Chicago, 1912­1996, through February 28. The show highlights the development of jazz music and musicians in Chicago and marks the Library jazz archive's 20th anniversary. Special Collections; call 702-8705.

Matisse's Jazz, through February 28. This exhibit displays Henri Matisse's livre d'artiste, a series of 20 brilliantly colored stencils with a lithographed text reproduced from the artist's handwritten original. Special Collections; call 702-8705.

Faces of Ancient Egypt, through March 9. Seldom-seen artifacts from the collection of the Oriental Institute Museum explore how ancient artists portrayed Egyptians as foreigners. Smart Museum; call 702-0200.

Midway Faculty Group Exhibition, through March 16. U of C Midway Studios faculty show their paintings, sculpture, drawings, photographs, and works in other media. Smart Museum; call 702-0200.

Scenes of Jewish Life from the Ludwig Rosenberger Library of Judaica, through June. This exhibit features books and prints that illustrate Jewish life and customs, highlighting the work of French Protestant book illustrator Bernard Picart. Special Collections; call 702-8705.

Kathleen Schimert, March 9­April 20. This exhibit features a new film by New York­based artist Kathleen Schimert, whose past works have created a relationship between fictional female voyeurs and male protaganists from historical and mythic narratives. Renaissance Society; call 702-8670.


Olin Lecture Series, February 27 at 4 p.m.: Steven Kautz, assistant professor in the department of political science at Emory University, lectures. Social Sciences 122; call 702-3423.

Works of the Mind Lecture Series, 2 p.m. February 16: Leon Kass, SB'58, MD'62, the Addie Clark Harding professor in the College and the Committee on Social Thought, lectures on "Further Thoughts on Genesis." March 16: Robert Pippin, College professor and chair of the Committee on Social Thought, presents "On Immanuel Kant: What is A Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals?" April 13: Basic Program staff member George Anastaplo, AB'48, JD'51, PhD'64, speaks on "Thoughts on Shakespeare's Plays and Poems." Judd Hall; call 702-1722.


New Music Ensemble, February 16 at 8 p.m. This concert of 20th-century chamber music includes works by Copland, Stucky, and U of C composers Pelarin Bacos; Amelia Kaplan, AM'92; and Ben Sutherland. Goodspeed Hall; call 702-8069.

University Wind Ensemble and University Chorus, February 23 at 3 p.m. The ensemble and chorus come together to present music for wind and voices. Mandel Hall; call 702-8069.

Lenten Vespers, March 2 at 5 p.m. The Rockefeller Chapel Choir performs Maurice Duruflé's Requiem. Rockefeller Chapel; call 702-2100.

University Jazz X-Tet, March 6 at 8 p.m. Mwata Bowden directs the X-Tet in an evening of jazz standards. Goodspeed Hall; call 702-8069.

Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, March 7 at 8 p.m. The wind section of the European Orchestra makes an exclusive Chicago appearance. Mandel Hall; call 702-8068.

University Symphony Orchestra, March 8 at 8 p.m. Works by Debussy and Ibert precede Mahler's first symphony. Mandel Hall; call 702-8069.

Sorcerer, March 13­16. The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company presents the famous duo's first surviving full-length operetta. Mandel Hall; call 702-8069.

Good Friday Concert, March 28 at 8 p.m. The Vermeer Quartet performs Franz Joseph Haydn's Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, with homilies by Martin Marty, PhD'65; Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller professor in the Divinity School; Alison Boden, dean of Rockefeller Chapel; Nicholas Rudall, founding director of Court Theatre; and others. Rockefeller Chapel; call 702-2100.

London Baroque, April 4 at 8 p.m. The group performs music heard by wealthy travelers during the 18th century, including works by Corelli, Vivaldi, and Handel. Mandel Hall; call 702-8068.

Motet Choir, April 5 at 8 p.m. Randi von Ellefson conducts the homecoming concert of the choir's annual spring tour. Rockefeller Chapel; call 702-2100.

Emerson String Quartet, April 18 at 8 p.m. The quartet closes the 1996­97 Chamber Music Series with an all-Schubert program. Mandel Hall; call 702-8068. (See "Center Stage.")


The Dukes of Biohazard, through March 7 at 9 p.m. Off-Off Campus presents its 32nd comedy revue. University Church; call 702-3414.

What the Butler Saw, February 19­22 at 8 p.m. A mélée of disguises, disappearances, and discoveries ensues in Joe Orton's comic farce. Kinahan Theater; call 702-3414.

The Cherry Orchard, February 27­March 1 and March 6­8 at 8 p.m. In Anton Chekhov's tragicomic eulogy for a passing way of life, a matron fails to grasp that her country estate and its orchard will be auctioned unless the family pays its delinquent taxes. Reynolds Club first-floor theater; call 702-3414.

Tartuffe, February 28­
May 4. Performed in rotating repertory with The Philadelphia Story, the play is Molière's warning against hypocrites who use religion to further their personal agendas. Court Theatre; call 753-4472.

The Philadelphia Story, March 5­May 4. In this comedy of manners by Philip Barry, a socially prominent divorcée is poised to marry a self-made coal-mine magnate when her debonair ex-husband arrives for lunch, changing everything. Court Theatre; call 753-4472.

The Mystery of Irma Vep, March 12­15 at 8 p.m. Charles Ludlam's cross-dressing extravaganza--in which two actors perform the roles of eight characters--is a fast-paced tale of dead and living wives; jealous, supernatural servants; and an Egyptian expedition. Kinahan Theater; call 702-3414.

On The Quads

Portraits--Ancient to Modern, February 23 at 1 p.m. This seminar compares portraits in the Faces of Ancient Egypt exhibit with classic figurative art from the Smart Museum and includes a slide lecture, presentation, tour, and discussion. Smart Museum; call 702-0200.

In The City

First Friday Lectures, first Friday of each month at 12:15 p.m. March 7: Basic Program staff member Claudia Traudt, AM'81, lectures on "'Let Us Try to Imagine What It Was Like...': Telling and Not-Telling in Genesis, Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers, and Other Wheres." April 4: Amy Kass, AB'62, senior Humanities lecturer, speaks on "Thoughts on Courtship in Shakespeare's The Tempest." Chicago Cultural Center; call 702-1722.

Ancient Arts/Contemporary Artists, March 16 at 1 p.m. Led by Carol Meyer, an O.I. research associate and an expert in ancient Near Eastern glass, this program features Kathleen McCarthy, who has experimented with ancient glass-making processes in her research. Oriental Institute; call 702-9507.

Center Stage

Courtesy of IMG ArtistsHappy birthday to Schubert: In honor of the bicentennial of Franz Schubert's birth, the Emerson String Quartet--the first chamber ensemble ever to win the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album--closes the 1996­97 Chamber Music Series with an all-Schubert program at Mandel Hall on April 18.