The Sketch

Arts, Briefly

By Evangeline Reid

Uncommon Nights

Close fall quarter with a bang on Wednesday night with free Portillo’s, trivia, music, board games, and performances by your favorite RSOs. The house with the highest attendance will win $100 and the runner up will win $50.

December 3, Reynolds Club, 9 p.m. –12 a.m., free.


This quarter’s mix of UT plays concludes with the fiery Shakespearean classic Macbeth during reading period. Known in the theater community as The Scottish Play due to its cursed nature, Macbeth is a timeless tale of power, paranoia, and the prophecies of witches.

December 4–6, Logan Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $6 in advance or  $8 at the door

Handel’s Messiah

Rockefeller Chapel will be bringing together a host of ensembles this weekend to perform Handel’s Messiah on campus. The Motet Choir, Chicago Men’s A Cappella, and various university choral groups will be singing.

December 5, Rockefeller Chapel, 7:30 p.m. and December 7, 3 p.m., $5 with UCID

Vends + Vibes: An Arts Marketplace

This Sunday there will be a wintery marketplace of local artists’ and entrepreneurs’ unique creations and treats and even open studios of artists-in-residence with music by local DJs including an artist-in-residence, Ayana Contreras. There will be artist-led craft sessions for kids and an open bar for adults.

December 7, Arts Incubator and Washington Park, 10 a.m., free

Oh, So Suite! A Nutcracker-Filled Night of Ballet and Ballads

UBallet hosts its very first holiday gala featuring an a cappella performance by Voices in Your Head, narration from comedy group Occam’s Razor, and of course ballet excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite with live chamber music. Desserts and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

December 4, Ida Noyes Hall and Cloister Club, 7 p.m., $12 in advance or $15 at the door

Artsy Study Series

Free snacks, coffee, and social study breaks are offered at all the following unique study spaces.

Study at the Rock

December 4, Rockefeller Chapel, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. with gentle yoga from 4-5 p.m., free.

Study at the Smart

December 4, Smart Museum of Art, 9 p.m.–12 a.m., free. 

Study at the Logan Center

December 5, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m., free.

Study at the Arts Incubator

December 6, Arts Incubator, 12–4 p.m., free

Shuttles will be running between Regenstein Library, South Campus, and the Arts Incubator every 30 minutes.

Study at the Oriental Institute

December 7, Oriental Institute, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m., free.