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By Arts Staff

Kitchen Sink Presents: A Pop Up Museum

Kitchen Sink, a student organization dedicated to promoting UChicago’s visual art community, will showcase the work of 16 artists at tonight’s Pop Up Museum. The exhibit will focus on the theme of mental health and will take place at Cornell Florist on 55th Street. Space heaters, tea, flowers, and, most importantly, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate will be provided.

Friday, January 29, 7–11 p.m., Cornell Florist. Free admission.

Quad Club Revels 2016

Quadrangle Club Revels, a musical revue starring UChicago professors and members of the Hyde Park community, returns for its 2016 show. This year’s performance tells the story of a ruthless developer and tech-thief that is threatening the Hyde Park community. It features House Representative Barbara Flynn Currie and author Sara Paretsky, as well as UChicago professors David Bevington, Philip Hoffman, Ruth O’Brien, and Urs Schmidt-Ott.

Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30, 8 p.m., Quadrangle Club. Tickets are $10 for students and $30 for adults. A special dinner-and-show package is available at the Quadrangle Club on Friday for $60 and on Saturday for $70. For information and tickets, call 773-702-2550 or e-mail


The UChicago Japanese Animation Society (UCJAS) will hold its annual UChi-Con, a student-run anime convention. Among other events, UChi-Con features panels by UCJAS, Sex Week, and Humans v. Zombies; a Kimono dressing booth; a date auction, where attendees can bid for the company of members from UCJAS and Tri Chi honor society; The Cat Returns, a movie screening by Doc Films; and a swing dance lesson by the Chicago Swing Dance Society. Attendees are encouraged to dress up, but all costumes must follow the PG-13 dress code.

Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall. Preregistration for the event has closed, but the event is open to the public. Free admission. For more information, go to

Satchmo Saturdays at Promontory

In homage to Louis Armstrong, the Promontory’s Satchmo Saturdays feature a new jazz act every Saturday in January. This event runs in conjunction with the Court Theater’s play about Louis Armstrong, Satchmo at the Waldorf, and is a key component of Court’s Louis Armstrong Festival. This weekend’s performer is the South Side’s own Marquis Hill, a trumpeter and composer.

The Promontory restaurant will also be featuring New Orleans-inspired dishes on Saturdays, and tickets to Satchmo Saturdays are half-price for diners who order the New Orleans specials.

Saturday, January 30, 8 p.m., Marquis Hill at The Promontory. Dinner hours 5–11 p.m. Tickets available at

UBallet’s Giselle

Disguises, betrothals, and resurrection: This Saturday and Sunday, the University Ballet of Chicago will present choreographer Marius Petipa’s interpretation of Giselle. This iconic romantic tragedy, set to the score of French composer Adolphe Adam, and will take place in Logan Center’s main performance hall.

Saturday, January 30, 7 p.m., and Sunday, January 31, 2 p.m., Performance Hall, Logan Center for the Arts. Presale tickets $5 for students, $10 adults. Tickets at the door are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Tickets available at

The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Musical Skamps

The University Symphony Orchestra (USO) presents its first concert of the new year with a rollicking array of pieces inspired by folk tales. Excerpts from Edvard Grieg’s incidental music to Peer Gynt open the program, followed by the Dream Pantomine from Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.

Saturday, January 30, 8 p.m., Mandel Hall. Admission free, with recommended donations of $10 adults / $5 students.

BlaxploItalian: Film screening and discussion with Fred Kuwornu

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Chicago Studies co-present a screening of filmmaker Fred Kuwornu’s documentary BlaxploItalian. Kuwornu’s film juxtaposes the struggles of past and present Afro-Italian and African diasporic actors, casting a critical eye towards the racial homogeneity of international cinema in the process.

Wednesday, February 3, 5 p.m., Kent Hall, Room 107. Admission free.