It’s good to have everyone back for the winter quarter! As the snow flurries in, sip on your coffee and join in some conversations around campus.
Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107, 6:30–7:30 p.m., free
Join UChicago Audubon Society in their screening of Monty & Rose, a documentary about two piping plovers and their controversial nesting on Montrose Beach. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Bob Dolgan.
The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 6-7 p.m., free
Political science professor Lisa Wedeen joins the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory in discussion about her latest book, Authoritarian Apprehension: Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria. She analyzes the failures of Arab uprisings to overthrow authoritarian governments, and the exploitation of new media as a warning of political uncertainty and polarization.
Reynolds Club, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., free
Joe-Joe’s vs. Oreos? Find out if Trader Joe’s is superior to quite literally everything else in a taste test feast with UChicago Hillel. Do let us know if the cookie butter is as heavenly as rumored.
The Revival, 1160 East 55th Street, 5:15–6:30 p.m., free
Last quarter, selected Chicagoans wrote about the intersectionality of music and politics. Join the Institute of Politics in celebration of its first-ever Jukebox Ballot collection. Dinner (and music) provided.
The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 6–7 p.m., free
Join Professor Berthold Hoeckner in discussion about his new book Film, Music, and Memory. Music has the capability to recall certain films, specific scenes, and captivating characters. With music and the cinematic experience so tightly interwoven, Hoeckner adds to that link with an analysis of the power of the human memory.
Logan Center for the Arts, Room 201, 7 p.m., free
UChicago Department of Cinema and Media Studies will screen Rafiki, a queer romance by Wanuri Kahiu, which follows two women in their fight for love against a conservative Kenyan society. Afterward, join Erin Moore in a discussion about gender, sexuality, and global feminism.
Hallowed Grounds, 7–9 p.m., free
Open mic, free West Town Bakery goods, and the latest Sliced Bread issue? Savor the creativity, bite into literature, and indulge in the poetry.
FXK Theater, 8–11 p.m., free
Words cannot fully explicate the abstraction that is Occam’s Razor. Hop on over to FXK for a night of improv—pulp-free juice not guaranteed upon admission.
Logan Center for the Arts, Gallery, 6–8 p.m., free
Explore the sculptural, audio, and photographic artworks of artist Harold Mendez as he conceives unconventional notions of the self. Mendez will lead a tour of his show at 6:30 p.m.
Ida Noyes Hall, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., free
The UChicago Japanese Animation Society holds a free anime convention once a year. This year, stop by Ida Noyes for a café, artist alley, screenings, and more!
Doc Films at the University of Chicago, 4 p.m., $7
Save yourself the pain of watching the 2017 box office disaster and feast your eyes upon one of the great Japanese animated classics, revolving around an evil Puppet Master and a cyborg-human hybrid in a technological science-fiction world. Tickets are $7, and a quarterly pass is $40.
Doc Films at the University of Chicago, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $7
Missed the Rian Johnson hit? Slide by Doc Films to watch a star-studded cast investigate a surprisingly funny, twisted mystery within a dysfunctional, strange family—all stereotypical tropes reversed one way or another. There will be another showing on Sunday, January 25, starting at 4 p.m.