UChicago Presents: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Logan Center Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m., $10 student/$30 faculty and staff/$38 general.
Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, a long associate of György Ligeti, concludes the Ligeti Series honoring the Hungarian composer with a performance of Ligeti études paired with Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” sonata.
Stories on Race in the Classroom
Smart Museum, 4:30 p.m., free.
The Smart Museum hosts a panel of students and teachers to discuss the topic of race in the classroom. Led by the Race and Pedagogy Working Group, the event is inspired largely by Emmanuel Pratt’s approach to “regenerative placemaking.”
A Lady Has the Floor Reading
57th Street Books, 6 p.m., free.
Author Kate Hannigan visits 57th Street Books to talk about her latest release, A Lady Has the Floor. The picture book biography, illustrated by Alison Jay, is a celebration of the fascinating life of Belva Lockwood, the first woman to run for president.
Transylvania Transit: A Musical Journey Through Modernism’s Mirror
Logan Center Penthouse 901, 8 p.m., free.
The New Budapest Orpheum Society, a Jewish cabaret ensemble, will explore the 20th century Transylvanian world through a wide range of music. As part of the conference, “Dislocations: Reassessing Ligeti’s Many Worlds in the 21st Century,” the group will perform everything from “post-Shoah Polish cabaret,” to Hebrew songs of modern Israel, to music of the shtetls.
Iris Presents: For Colored Girls
Logan Center, 7:30 p.m., free.
Iris, a theater group dedicated to sharing voices of people of color, performs Ntozake Shange’s the acclaimed choreopoem tragedy For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
Logan Center Performance Hall, 8 p.m., free.
UChicago’s very own big band Jazz X-tet will be performing its triannual concert, focusing on the 1960s style of fusion jazz.
Study at the Smart
Smart Museum, 9 p.m.–midnight, free.
Add some excitement and artistic inspiration to your late-night cramming with free pizza, snacks and coffee at the Smart Museum. UChicago ArtsPass, the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness, and Uncommon Nights open up the museum to students for the night as part of a series of finals week study sessions.
Partner Charleston Workshop
Ida Noyes Library Lounge, 7–9 p.m., free with UCID.
Dance away your finals week blues by learning the basics of Charleston, an energetic swing dance style! The Chicago Swing Dance Society will also host a Collegiate Shag workshop on Saturday afternoon.
Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s Patience
Mandel Hall, 7:30 p.m., $5 students/$25 general.
Enjoy one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most successful operas: a delightful, romantic, story of poets and their groupies. Joined by the University Chamber Orchestra, Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company is sure to present an exciting show with all the musical fun for which the partners are known.
Mohsen Namjoo and Faraualla
Logan Center Performance Hall, 8 p.m., $30 student/$50 general.
Let Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo's new album On The String of a Tear's Bow take you on a unique journey from Mongolia to Eastern Europe, exploring the local mourning rituals along the way. Joined by the Italian female a capella group Faraualla, Namjoo and his band will perform both the new album and a collection of some “favorite classics.”
Run for Cover Album Release Concert
Logan Center Penthouse, 4:30–6 p.m., $5 advance/$7 door.
Join a capella group Run for Cover for their release concert, titled “The Twilight Saga: Breaking DAWN,” as they celebrate the release of their second album, DAWN.
The Poet X Reading
Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5 p.m., free.
Elizabeth Acevedo discusses her first novel, The Poet X, a Y.A. book about slam poetry that reflects her own past as a Latina girl in Harlem. The event will open with a conversation with Luis Carranza, himself a slam poet.