7–9 p.m. Award-winning photographer, essayist, and art historian Teju Cole will be speaking at the Logan Center about image-making and civic responsibility in Seeing and Writing and Both: A Conversation with Teju Cole. Logan Center, free.
7 p.m.–12:30 a.m. Ready to dance the night away? Come to the Salsa at The Promontory: 3 Year Anniversary for a long night of free salsa lessons and performances. The Promontory, free.
7:30 p.m. UT/TAPS presents: Next to Normal, a musical that questions the ethics in modern psychiatry and what it means to be “normal.” Performances continue on November 17 at 7:30 p.m., and November 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Theater West, Logan Center, free on November 16, $6 in advance, $8 at the door on November 17 and 18.
8:30–10:30 p.m. Et tu, Brute? The Classical Entertainment Society’s gender-blind film noir–inspired production of Julius Caesar restages the Shakespeare classic in 1930s Manhattan. Hutchinson Commons, $5 in advance, $7 at the door through November 19, free on November 17.
3:30–5 p.m. Professor of musicology at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Phil Ford will be discussing music during the Cold War period in an event for the series Arts and the Nuclear Age. Fulton Recital Hall, Goodspeed Hall, free.
5–8 p.m. Join the Renaissance Society for the opening of its next exhibit from Alejandro Cesarco, Song, a multimedia installation including photography, video, and sound elements. The reception will feature a discussion with Cesarco and the curator Solveig Øvstebø. The Renaissance Society, free.
7:30 p.m. Want to see your teachers perform long-form improvisation? Come see The Hutchins Plan, a traditional UChicago improv comedy night featuring guest professors from different departments across the University, this week starring economist Greg Kaplan. The Revival, $5 for students.
7 p.m. The Middle East Music Ensemble celebrates its 20th anniversary as it takes the audience on a tour of Turkey with classic Turkish hits over the years. Logan Center, $10 for tickets, $5 for students.
3 p.m. Head to I-House for the next part of the Global Voices Performing Arts Series featuring The Chicago Ensemble. This chamber music organization will perform a self-described “eclectic” set including Mozart, Francis Poulenc, Brahms and more. International House, free for students.
4–5:30 p.m. The Chamber Orchestra will be playing Haydn’s Symphony No. 103, “The Drumroll,” the overture to Così fan tutte by Mozart, and Stravinsky's Eight Instrumental Miniatures. Logan Center, free.