The Sketch

Arts, briefly

By James Mackenzie

This Friday night Pi Beta Phi is putting on “Arrowfest“, an annual philanthropic fundraising event in the form of an fun evening of entertainment and friendly competition. This year’s theme is A Night at the Circus. All Greek organizations and the honorary fraternity Upsilon Tau (University Theater) will compete with comical lip-syncing and dance routines they refer to as music videos. In addition to the more amateur acts, there will be performances from Le Vorris and Vox, UChicago Maya, and Run for Cover. Proceeds will go to the Pi Beta Phi Foundation for their Read>Lead>Achieve initiative. This year’s goal is $10,000, and the teams are already well on their way there. Tickets are almost sold out. Don’t wait to buy yours at the door! They’ll be selling tickets in Reynolds from 10:30 a.m–3:30 p.m. on Friday. It promises to be the phinest show on earth.

Friday, February 6, Logan Center Performance Hall, 6:30 p.m., $10

The Arley D. Cathey Learning Center, inside Harper Memorial Library, is usually a place filled with profound sleepiness, monotony, and sometimes even dread.  But this evening, UChicago’s Motet Choir will do its best to liven up the place with song and cheer with its third and final performance of a three-part local concert series.  Founded all the way back in 1960, the Motet Choir is a 40-person strong vocal ensemble made up entirely of undergraduate students.  The choir performs mostly contemporary classical works, and has gained enough respect over its history to tour outside of Chicago, including a seven-city East Coast tour in 2013.  Entitled Freedom Songs, this concert—which is part of a larger string of performances—focuses on South African music in addition to work by composers such as William Byrd.  So if you’ve ever wanted to spend time in that room above Harper without the threat of midterms hanging over you, then tonight’s performance is for you.  Free reception to follow.

Friday, February 6, 7 p.m.,  Harper Memorial Library, free

This weekend, University Theater presents A Weekend of Workshops. It will feature student-directed, performed, and in some cases adapted selections from Shakespear’s Othello and Hamlet, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner, and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. The pieces collectively work to explore humans’ interaction with wrongdoing. The workshop performed its free show on Thursday and will continue through Thursday and Friday in Reynolds Club’s intimate theater.

Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Reynolds Club, Francis X. Kinahan Third Floor Theater; $6 in advance or $8 at the door

It’s a busy weekend for the UChicago Arts world.  If you still haven’t had enough, you can get your fill of string music with the University Chamber Orchestra in its Winter Concert this Saturday at Logan.  Highlights include a performance of Frank Proto’s “Carmen Fantasy” featuring soloist and UChicago Conerto Competition co-winner Emily Brown.  The group will also play Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeoman of the Guard” and Ottorino Respighi’s “Gli uccelli.”

Saturday, February 7, 8 p.m., Logan Center Performance Hall, free