February 25, 2005

STD - 2/25/05

Friday, February 25

For one night only, the Smart Museum Activities Committee curates an exhibition of student art. (5-8 p.m., Smart Museum)

Float on over to the Congress Theatre to catch Modest Mouse. Dude, in high school, we never thought in a million years that Isaac Brock and the gang would be playing venues this large. Or that they'd be featured on The O.C. Granted, it would've been hard to have the foresight to dream up something as wonderful as Seth Cohen. The best thing is that it hasn't seemed to change them; they're still fantastic live. (6 p.m., $22, 2135 North Milwaukee Avenue)

Keep your Lenten vows at Calvert House with bingo and a fish fry. (6 p.m., Calvert House)

Principle flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Mathieu Dufour joins the Kalichstein/Laredo/Robinson Trio, named the best ensemble of 2002 by Musical America. They will play Haydn, Ravel, Schubert, and Brahms. (8 p.m., $11, Mandel Hall)

University Ballet presents selections from Swan Lake and original dances set to Cuban-inspired classical music in Classic Meets Cuba. (8 p.m., today and Saturday, $5, International House)

Come see The Sweeter the Pushin', the final show of Off-Off Campus' winter season. (9 p.m. tonight and next Friday, $4, University Church)

Saturday, February 26

College students don't get to play enough musical chairs, especially not for charity. We bet you already know what we're about to say. We're about to say that there's a giant musical chairs game for tsunami relief today. It's that kind of foresight that will win you big prizes. (3 p.m., $5, Henry Crown Field House)

The Middle Eastern Studies Student Association is serving Moroccan music, poetry, and food catered by Couscous. (7 p.m., International House Home Room)

Staying in Hyde Park tonight? Catch Pictures and Sounds, Chicago's own Azita, and other musical performers play with silent films by the likes of Stan Brakhage. (7 p.m., Cobb 307)

The Motet Choir, Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Women's Chorus, and University Chorus join for In the Glorious Company of the Apostles. Swedish artist Michel Ostlund, whose paintings of the Apostles and Paul are hanging in Rockefeller, will speak about his work in between the choirs' pieces. (8 p.m., $5, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel)

Get-Up Kids side project the New Amsterdams plays Schuba's. (10 p.m., $12, 3159 North Southport Avenue)

Sunday, February 27

The University Wind Ensemble presents "Movement and Music." The musicians themselves will not move much, but the music is all about motion. (4 p.m., free, Fulton Recital Hall)

Gefiltefest, a Union of Festivity and Tradition, might as well be called a Festival of Union and Tradition, or a Tradition of Unity and Festivity. At any rate, the Ashkenzi and Sephardic sects will be happily united with skits, klezmer, and lots of food sponsored by Hillel. (5-8 p.m., $5 in advance, $7 at the door, Ida Noyes)

Will Scorsese finally get his elusive Best Director award? Will Sideways survive the backlash and take home some Oscars? Most importantly, will Johnny Depp be the father of our babies? All of these questions, and many more, will be answered tonight when Chris Rock hosts the 77th Annual Academy Awards on ABC. So tune in for the tears, the dresses, and—oh yeah—the awards. (7 p.m.)

Monday, February 28

Doc films presents Godzilla, in all its 1954 special-effects-and-nuclear-overtones glory. (7 p.m., $4, Max Palevsky Cinema)

Japanese indie pop band Shonen Knife is playing at the Bottom Lounge tonight. (8 p.m., $12, 3206 North Wilton Avenue, 18+)

Remember that GOAt series we told you about during election season? Well, it's back for round two. Head over to the Hideout for some thinkin' and drinkin'. Tonight's political discussion centers on "Revolutionaries vs. Terrorists." (7 p.m., $10, 1354 West Wabansia Avenue, 21+)

Tuesday, March 1

MLB player Jose Canseco will sign his new book, Juice: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big at Borders downtown. We had no idea he had hemorrhoids?! Oh, steroids. Never mind! (12:30 p.m., 150 North State Street)

We may know Anna Deavere Smith from The West Wing, but the more learned know her as a playwright and professor with a unique take on racial issues. She presents "Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change." (7 p.m., $5 with student ID, Mandel Hall)

Wednesday, March 2

Chicago's Serendipity Theatre Company kicks off 2nd Story '05 tonight. This ongoing series at wine bars combines many of STD's favorite things: wine, music, and stories. This week it's at the Webster Wine Bar and features U of C creative writing teacher Megan Stielstra, as well as other storytellers and musician Michael Row. You can buy tickets beforehand at: (7:30 p.m., 1480 West Webster Avenue)

Naked Theater presents Muffet's Leap, a play that tours campus, confounding traditional space and roles in the university. (7:30 p.m., tickets must be ordered in advance from, play starts at the Reynolds Club seal)

NYC post-punk band Radio 4 is playing at the Empty Bottle tonight. They're touring in support of their new CD Stealing the Nation. (9:30 p.m., $10, 1035 North Western Avenue, 21+)

Thursday, March 3

Svetlana Belsky, our Coordinator of Piano Studies, focuses on Schumann's Carnaval for this week's Noontime Concert Series. (12:15 p.m., Fulton Recital Hall)

MacArthur Fellowship winner C. D. Wright reads for Poem Present this week. (5:30 p.m., contact for location)

The Contemporary Iranian film series at Doc continues this week with Under the Skin, which centers on familial sacrifices and the workplace. Alyssa Gabbay, from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, will introduce the film. (7 p.m., $4, Max Palevsky Cinema)