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February 5, 2020

Arting Around: Week 5


Maroon Staff / The Chicago Maroon

Hi. Before raging or celebrating the Oscar winners this weekend, why not immerse yourself in the wonderful world of artistic vision?  

Ongoing This Week and Beyond 

Weekend of Workshops [2/6–2/8] 

FXK Theater, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Join University Theater’s student directors with a demonstration of their creative liberties. Featured: The Asian Crime Show Play by Kenjiro Lee and directed by Al Nguyen, and ’Amlet, Act One by William Shakespeare, directed by Don Harmon. Tickets on sale at UChicago Arts. 

UW Presents: Singing Valentines [2/9, 2/13–2/14] 

Tabling at Reynolds 2/3–2/12, singing 2/9, 2/13, 2/14, prices vary.

Unaccompanied Women will sing for a dearly beloved, a sworn archenemy, a chill TA, or really anybody of your choice. Prices vary per Valentine gift, and, of course, you can send anonymously. Find out their prices and song selection through their event page, or contact unaccompaniedwomen@gmail.com with further questions. Long live the ever-successful, seductive melodies of “Call Me Maybe.” 

Wednesday [2/5] 

Life of the Mic: Open Mic Night 

Hallowed Grounds, Reynolds Club, 6:45–9 p.m., free.

LOM’s performances are open to all. Whether you are the funniest person you know, or you just want to laugh, enjoy the night with UChicago’s only stand-up comedy club. 

Thursday [2/6] 

OscarsSoWhiteAgain: A Pre-Oscars Discussion 

Stuart 101, 6–7 p.m., free.

Frustrated, like one of our editors, that Parasite is being crushed by Joker in terms of number of nominations? (Sacrilegious, honestly.) Think Greta Gerwig deserved a nomination for Best Director? Have some piping hot takes about Lulu Wang? Join Fire Escape Films in a discussion about the Oscars and its future within a shifting industry. 

Friday [2/7] 

[love] Birds Aren’t Real 

Café Logan, 7–9 p.m., free.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, how does a poet cope with Singles Awareness Season? And are birds even real? Have you ever seen a baby pigeon before? Find out with Catcher in the Rhyme. 

Saturday [2/8] 

Opening Reception: The Allure of Matter at the Smart 

Smart Museum and Wrightwood 659, 3–7 p.m., free

On exhibit simultaneously at the Smart and Wrightwood 659, this colossal collection shows off the works of Chinese contemporary artists. Using the very ordinary materials of gunpowder, iron nails, and everything in between, this opening and overall exhibition is certainly not something to miss. Light food and refreshments served at the Smart.

University Chamber Orchestra 

Logan Center, 8–10 p.m., free.

From Beethoven’s Prometheus overture to Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, this concert features near-quaint interpretations of classical music.  

Loving Vincent 

Doc Films, 4–6 p.m., $7.

Support Outside the Lines with a special feature of Loving Vincent. An oil-painted film, animated with over 60,000 frames, the award-winning experimental drama explores the tragedy of Van Gogh’s death and the drawbacks of his artistic genius. 

Sunday [2/9] 

A24 x FEF x Doc Films Present: Oscars Viewing Party 2020 

McCormick Lounge, Reynolds Club, 6:30–9:30 p.m., free.

The moment we film-fanatics have been waiting for…or not. A collaboration between Fire Escape Films, Doc Films, and A24, be prepared to be utterly right or devastatingly wrong about the winners of each Oscar category. Exasperated as to why The Lighthouse received barely any nominations? And how did Joker get those 11 nominations, again? Why?* Light refreshments and dessert served.  

*This is merely a viewpoint of one of the editors, no offense intended. We live in a society.

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