February 18, 2011

STD—2/18 to 2/24

Friday, February 18

Arts organization Collaboraction is more than just a theater group. It has the unique mission of combining different media such as music, film, visual art, and dance into theatrical performance. See the best they have to offer with Sketchbook Reverb, a showcase of the eight best pieces from the 10-year history of the group. (1579 North Milwaukee Avenue, Suite #336, 8 p.m., $18)

Saturday, February 19

For its annual banquet, the Muslim Students Association is hosting Dr. Sherman Jackson of the University of Michigan to speak on Malcolm X and the American Muslim Narrative. Professor of Near Eastern History Fred Donner will introduce Jackson. The event will be catered by Pakistani restaurant Sabri Nihari. (Cloister Club, 6:30 p.m., $5)

Every year, the Instituto Cervantes puts on the Flamenco Festival to bring together some of Spain’s most popular and up-and-coming flamenco performers. This year’s festival honoring controversial flamenco dancer Enrique Morente features a performance by the Gipsy Kings on Saturday. Although they are the best-selling French band in history, the Gipsy Kings perform in Spanish with an Andalusian accent. (175 North State Street, 8 p.m., $55)

Sunday, February 20

For the avid traveler who is afraid of flying, the Neighborhoods of the World series at Navy Pier celebrates a different ethnic community every Sunday until April 1. This week, experience Africa in Chicago with an afternoon of music and dance by artists such as M.A.D.D. Rhythms, Chicago Steppers, and the Dahnyeekah African Dance Troup, among others. (Navy Pier, 12 p.m., free)

Monday, February 21

As often happens with natural disasters and other traumatic events, the public quickly loses interest as they fall out of the media spotlight. To counter this, OMSA is hosting “Why Care: Update on the Pakistan Disaster.” The study break will include speakers and presentations on the Pakistan floods from last July. (McCormick Lounge, 8:30 p.m., free)

Tuesday, February 22

Catch a sneak peek of On Motifs of Shakespeare, Prokofiev’s 1935 adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, as staged by choreographer Mark Morris and Princeton musicologist Simon Morrison. The two will also discuss their collaboration on the performance, which will be shown to the general public at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance February 25 through 27. Morris is the founder of Mark Morris Dance group and has choreographed performances for the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera, and the New York City Opera. (Mandel Hall, 7:30 p.m., $5)

Wednesday, February 23

The documentary TRUST tells the story of how an eighteen-year-old survivor of rape copes with the trauma by participating in Chicago’s Albany Park Theater Project. The Project is a neighborhood teen theater that produces original plays based on members’ real life experiences. Filmmaker Nancy Kelly will be in attendance to answer questions after the screening. (Harris School, 7 p.m., free)

Thursday, February 24

Unleash your inner animal during what is sure to be a glittertastic night at Ke$ha’s Get $leazy Tour. The Tennessee native, whose physical appearance various gossip bloggers have compared to that of John Travolta, raps and occasionally sings about her hardcore party lifestyle. (328 North Dearborn, 8 p.m., $39.50)