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November 5, 2010

STD—November 5 to November 11

Friday | November 5

Cellist Ani Aznavoorian and pianist Lera Auerbach will make their Chicago recital debut with an homage to Shostakovich. In addition to this repertoire, the two musicians will also perform Auerbach’s own “24 Preludes for Violoncello and Piano, op. 47.” (Mandel Hall, 7:30 p.m., $5)

Saturday | Novermber 6

There ain’t no party like a Schumann party, so celebrate the German composer’s 200th birthday in style. Music department faculty will be playing selected works by Robert Schumann, followed by a reception complete with a birthday cake. (Fulton Recital Hall, 3 p.m., free)

Sunday | November 7

Doc Films will be taking a break from its usual weekend of new releases to screen the classic sci-fi film Back to the Future just in time for its 25th anniversary. Even though it was filmed in the ’80s, millions still enjoy Marty McFly and his time traveling follies. (Max Palevsky Cinema, 3:15 p.m., $5)

As part of the Dance Chicago festival, the Mexican Dance Ensemble will be performing traditional Mexican folk dances at Stage 773 in Lakeview. Dance Chicago is an annual festival featuring over 250 individual acts and over 2,500 artists. (1225 West Belmont Avenue, 5 p.m., $25)

Monday | November 8

Vegans just want to have fun, so join the Vegan Society at its Vegan Ice Cream Social. Ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, and root beer floats will be offered, and those who bring their own bowl and spoon will be entered into a raffle to win a vegan cookbook. (Reynolds Club South Lounge, 8:45 p.m., free)

Tuesday | November 9

In conjunction with Teach for America and the Urban Teacher Education Program, OMSA will be hosting a panel discussion titled Beyond Waiting for Superman: How do we overcome inequities in our urban schools? Panelists include Tim King (founder and president of Urban Prep Academies), UTEP faculty, and Teach for America alumni. (5710 South Woodlawn Avenue, 6 p.m., free)

Wednesday | November 10

Learn about present-day Navajo culture at the Program on the Global Environment’s Navajo Boy and Yellow Dirt: Uranium Contamination in Navajo Nation. The event will combine film clips from the documentary The Return of Navajo Boy by Jeff Spitz and a panel discussion with Spitz, author Judy Pasternak, and Navajo activist Mary Begay. (Law School Auditorium, 6 p.m., free)

Thursday | November 11

Lucha VaVOOM promises tons of sexo y violencia at the Park West Theater. Be sure to buy your tickets early in order to get ringside seats for the perfect combination of Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque, and comedy. (322 West Armitage Avenue, 8 p.m., $25)

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