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Empty Bottle Presents: Tegan and Sara
The Con: 10th Anniversary Acoustic Tour
Saturday November 4 | 8:30 pm

Twin sisters born in Calgary and now residing in Vancouver, Tegan and Sara’s career numbers are impressive—over one million albums sold, seven Gold certifications, one Double Platinum certification, three Juno Awards, two Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination. Few other contemporary artists can cross boundaries of genre and culture so effortlessly. Tegan and Sara’s lyrical and social wisdom comes from an outside vantage looking in. Paradoxically, the essential message that underpins their worldview and identity is inclusion. Their Rockefeller concert is part of a tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of their widely acclaimed hit record, The Con. Information at emptybottle.com; tickets for this event are sold out.

Chicago Humanities Festival:
Alan Alda and Edward O. Wilson - The Humanities, Sciences, and the Origins of Creativity
Sunday November 5 | 2 pm

For more than a decade, Alan Alda hosted PBS’ Scientific American Frontiers. In this rare public conversation, he engages Edward O. Wilson, one of the most celebrated biologists of our time, whose The Origins of Creativity offers a sweeping examination of the relationship between the humanities and the sciences and how both are rooted in human creativity—the defining trait of our species. Join a master communicator and the “senior statesman of science for an eloquent exploration of creativity and its manifestations throughout human history. Tickets at chicagohumanities.org, CHF member $20, general admission $25, students $12. Presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival in partnership with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Chicago Humanities Festival:
Danielle Allen - Cuz: An American Tragedy
Sunday November 5 | 4 pm

Long-time CHF presenter, political theorist, and philosopher Danielle Allen is breaking new ground with Cuz, a family memoir that recounts the story of her cousin Michael, incarcerated at age 15 and released in his mid-twenties, only to meet an early death. Allen weaves the personal and political together in her tale, exploring the failings of both the American judicial system and family in Michael’s tragic fate. Tickets at chicagohumanities.org, CHF member $12, general admission $15, students $10. Presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival as part of the annual Karla Scherer Endowed Lecture Series for the University of Chicago.

Chicago Presents: amarcord
Luther and Music | 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
Friday November 17 | 7:30 pm

Pre-concert lecture with Prof. Robert Kendrick, Dept of Music, at 6:30 pm
Founded in 1992 by former members of Leipzig’s St. Thomas Boys Choir, amarcord is one of the world’s premier vocal ensembles. Here they offer a program of five Gregorian chants, in the original Latin and in Martin Luther’s translation, alongside Reformation and Counter Reformation era motets by J.S. Bach based on these chants. Tickets $39, students $11, under-18s $1, at tickets.uchicago.edu.

Handel's Messiah
Sunday December 3 | 3 pm

Continuing the beloved tradition of a matinee performance of Handel’s Messiah to usher in the Christmas season: James Kallembach conducts the Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Motet Choir, Chicago Men’s a Cappella, and Haymarket Opera Orchestra, led by Jeri-Lou Zike. Featuring soloists Kaitlin Foley, soprano, Lindsey Adams, alto, Matthew Dean, tenor, and Will Liverman, bass.

Tickets $55 chancel, $25 nave. Limited free tickets for students also available on day of performance with current college ID. Tickets available through the University of Chicago Arts Box Office.