CSDS Valentine’s Day Dance
Put some swing into your Valentine’s week! The Chicago Swing Dance Society (CSDS) is hosting a Valentine’s Day dance the weekend before. If you’ve never swing-danced before, the CSDS has you covered: there’s a beginner swing lesson before the dance begins. Music will be provided by the Petra Van Nuis Quartet, and drinks and snacks will be served.
February 6, lesson at 7:30 p.m., dance from 8:30–11 p.m., Ida Noyes Library Lounge. Admission is $5 for students (including non-UChicago students) and $8 for non-students.
CSO Student Night
Students are invited to a special pre-concert reception before the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Shostakovich’s first & 15th symphonies. The reception, located in Buntrock Hall, includes dinner, dessert, and a Q&A session with CSO musicians Alexander Hanna and Sylvia Kilcullen.
February 6, reception at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Orchestra Hall. Student tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the CSO Box Office or at cso.org/ticketsandevents/student-tickets/.
Double Bill at Chicago Opera Theater
Chicago Opera Theater presents two one-act operas: Poulenc’s gripping La Voix Humaine and Puccini’s raucous Gianni Schicchi. La Voix Humaine eavesdrops into the phone call between Elle (“she” in French) and her ex-lover—we see and hear only her side of the story. In Gianni Schicchi, the miserly Donati family recruits Gianni to change the terms of an unfavorable will. Guile, glee, and gold-digging—and all under an hour!
February 6, 7:30 p.m., Harris Theater. Student tickets are $15 and can be purchased at chicagooperatheater.org/box-office/. A second performance will be held on February 14, 3 p.m.
University Chamber Orchestra
University Chamber Orchestra presents a sneak peak of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida with orchestra and principal cast. The program also features Dvorák’s Czech Suite and the overture to Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
February 6, 8 p.m. Logan Performance Hall. Free and open to the public.
Wil Sands on Waiting for Mother Russia: Ukraine’s Frozen War
This Wednesday, the day before his exhibition opening at the Art Works Project Studio, photographer Wil Sands, co-founder of Fractures Photo Collective, will host a lecture on his newest series Mother Russia—In Two Acts. The series explores the interactions between Ukrainians and Russian loyalists over the past few years to give voice to civilians often overlooked.
February 10, 6–7:30 p.m., International House Assembly Hall. Free and open to the public.
Night at the DuSable
The DuSable Museum will open up their archives exclusively for UChicago students next Thursday night. The event will feature lectures by members of the museum’s curatorial team about the main exhibition, titled The DuSable Masterworks Collection, as well as guided tours. Among the artists exhibited are Henry Ossawa Tanner, William A. Harper, and Archibald Motley, Jr. Night at the DuSable also marks the beginning of a new partnership with UChicago: admission is now free to all UChicago students. Refreshments will be provided.
February 11, 6–9 p.m., The DuSable Museum. Admission is free for students with UCID.
“Elizabeth. Like the Queen” at the Art Institute
The Art Institute presents a lecture on Andy Warhol’s fascination with actress Elizabeth Taylor by Neil Printz, editor of the artist’s catalogue raisonné. His talk starts with the iconic Liz #3 recently added to the Institute’s contemporary collection and explores Warhol’s radical reconsideration of portraiture.
February 11, 6–7 p.m., The Art Institute of Chicago. Free for UChicago students with Arts Pass.