STD—October 22 to October 28

The Children’s International Film Festival at Doc and Humanities Day

By Christine Yang

Friday | October 22

The Shanghai Conservatory Chinese Instrument Ensemble will appear in concert with the Valparaiso University Symphony and Yuan-Qing Yu, assistant concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They will perform music inspired by folk traditions from China, Europe, and the New World. The program will feature the famous “Butterfly Lovers” concerto, based on the regional Shaoxing opera of the same name. (Rockefeller Chapel, 7:30 p.m., $15)

Saturday | October 23

If five days of learning just isn’t enough, immerse yourself in Humanities Day this Saturday. Music professor Martha Feldman will be presenting the keynote address entitled “Castrato De Luxe: Blood, Gifts, and Goods in the Making of Early Modern Singing Stars.” The event will also include lectures by faculty members of the Division of Humanities. (Rockefeller Chapel, 9:30 a.m., free)

Since True Twilight: A Glee Club Musical combines the two hottest tween trends of the year, it’s unsurprising that the Gorilla Tango Theatre was forced to extend its run due to (very) popular demand. The musical parody will undoubtedly leave you singing “Don’t Stop Bleeding” all night long. (1919 North Milwaukee Avenue, 8:15 p.m., $12)

Sunday | October 24

Meet visual artist and faculty member Jason Salavon as he leads a discussion on the need for finding a balance between art and information, focusing on his video installation “Everything, All at Once (Part III).” Salavon’s “digital cave” is part of the Smart Museum’s exhibition Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan. (Smart Museum, 2 p.m., free)

Monday | October 25

Indian-English writer Amit Chaudhuri will be reading excerpts from his latest book, The Immortals, as part of the Nicholson Center’s series on the Creative Arts. The Immortals is a novel about music in the modern world, undoubtedly influenced by Chaudhuri’s experience as an acclaimed Indian classical musician. (Classics 110, 4:30 p.m., free)

Tuesday | October 26

This year, Doc Films will be showing films for the 27th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Tuesday morning’s screening is the German film Here Comes Lola! about a nine-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a famous pop star but secretly just wants a best friend. (Max Palevsky Cinema, 11:45 a.m., $9)

Wednesday | October 27

World-renowned theater director Gale Edwards will be making her Chicago debut in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Edwards, who has previously helmed plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, will be directing the passionate Shakespearean tragedy. (800 East Grand Avenue, 1 p.m., $20)

Thursday | October 28

Historian Eric Foner will be at the Newberry Library to give a presentation titled “The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.” While the talk will focus on Lincoln’s fundamental role during the Civil War, Foner will also speak about the development of Lincoln’s career during a period of increasing political tension in Illinois. (60 West Walton Street, 6 p.m., free)