in America During the 1930s and 1940s: Selections from the Penny
and Elton Yasuna Collection
through March 12. Influenced by the metamorphic movement of European
surrealism, artists such as Joseph Cornell, Man Ray, and Dorothea
Tanning helped define a new American avant garde. Along with pieces
by 50 other influential artists, their work is featured in an
exhibit that examines both American surrealism and the ensuing
development of abstract expressionism. Smart Museum; call 773/702--0200.
Under the Elms, January 21 through February 20.
In this co-- production with Philadelphia's Freedom Theatre, Court
Theatre presents Eugene O'Neill's play about a torrid family affair--moved
from its original 1850s New England setting to 1930s Georgia.
Court Theatre; call 773/753--4472.
String Quartet, with guests Maria Lambros, viola, and
Michael Kannen, cello, January 28 at 8 p.m. The Chamber Music
Series hosts the string quartet's Chicago debut. The program includes
Shostakovich's Quartet no. 3 in F Major, Brahms's String Sextet
in G Major, op. 36, and Steven Mackey's "String Theory." Mandel
Hall; call 773/702--8068.
Ecstatic Journey: Athanasius Kircher In Baroque Rome, February
1 through April 7. A German Jesuit priest, Kircher greatly influenced
Roman intellectual life during the second half of the 17th century.
This exhibition of first and early editions emphasizes the effect
of papal Rome on Kircher and on his practice of science. Special
Collections; call 773/702--8705.
of the Spanish Civil War, February 13 at 3 p.m. Folksingers
Jamie O'Reilly and Michael Smith lead this tribute to Oliver Law,
the first African American to command integrated troops. Rockefeller
Memorial Chapel; call 773/702--2100.