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By Arts Staff

“I Am Not A Rapper” Release Party

Tonight. the foremost hip-hop and taco artists of the UChicago student body will gather for a communal performance of grand proportions. featuring the bumping beats of rap from six of Hyde Park’s hardest hitting rappers —second-year Tric the Tyrant (Atrician Lumumba), third-year Kswiz (Kendall Elue), second-year Chief Wicked (Ben Glover), J. Watt (Jason Watson), first-year Colo Quill (Nate Lewis), and first-year Surya (Surya Giri)—as well as the grand opening of Alen’s Tacos from third-year Alen Makhmudov.

Friday, May 20, 6–9 p.m.  5340 S. Drexel Avenue. Free admission.

UT/TAPS Presents: Noises Off 

Directed by third-year Alex Hearn, Noises Off is a 1982 play by Michael Frayn about a play called Nothing On. Famous for its slapstick comedy, Noises Off exposes the drama that happens both onstage and backstage as a frantic director and his crew try (both literally and figuratively) to get their act together.

Friday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Logan Center, Theater East. $6 in advance and $8 at the door.

CES Presents: The Bacchae of Euripides

The Classical Entertainment Society’s last show of the academic year is a reimagining of Euripides’s Bacchae. Directed by Lauren Eames, Bacchae will give you all that you can expect from a Greek tragedy, including, but not limited to, duplicity, death, and drama. Oh, and there will be fire.

Friday, May 20, 8 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m., Hutchinson Courtyard (Rain Location: Hutchinson Commons). $5 online and at the door. 80 minutes.

This Chicago Life: A Live Magazine Cabaret

A collaboration between the University Community Service Center and the Logan Center, This Chicago Life will merge journalism with art to present a night of performances that include spoken word poetry, film screenings from Fire Escape Films, a live digital art creation, and live music. Memoryhouse Magazine will also launch its spring issue.

Friday, May 20, 8 p.m., Logan Center Performance Penthouse. Free admission and dinner.

Laying Down the Law: Songs and Arias on Social Justice

Director of Vocal Studies Patrice Michaels is both curator and soloist in this program of songs about law and litigation. On the program is Laurie Altman’s Laments of the Homeless Women, excerpts from Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg, and Michaels’ own song cycle, The Long View, inspired by her mother-in-law, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Michaels will be joined by CSO clarinetist John Bruce Yeh and Kuang-Hao Huang on piano.

Saturday, May 21, 7:30 p.m., Fulton Recital Hall. Free, but with an optional donation at the door benefitting You Can Make It!, a homeless shelter in southwest Chicago.

University Ballet Presents: Sleeping Beauty 

Choreographed by Marius Petipa, UBallet’s last show of the academic year is the classic Sleeping Beauty, a story of a princess who falls into a deep slumber and can only be woken by her true love’s first kiss. Set to music composed by the inimitable Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty is one of the most well-known ballets performed today.

Saturday, May 21, 7 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m., Mandel Hall. $5 for students (with UCID) online and at on-campus presale ($7 at the door), or $10 for adults online and at on-campus presale ($12 at the door).

Doc Films Mega Screening: Monty Python’s Holy Grail and Life of Brian

Do you know the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? Either an African or a European swallow? Are you part of the Judean People’s Front, or the People’s Front of Judea? Apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for you? Find out next Thursday at Doc Films—as part of its Mega Screening next week, Doc Films will present a back-to-back screening of Monty Python and The Holy Grail and Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Come in costume!

Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m., Doc Films. Free admission.