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Glenn Greenwald and Moustafa Bayoumi: Islamophobia and Surveillance in the Trump Era
Tuesday September 27 | 7:30 pm

A wide-ranging discussion between investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and writer Moustafa Bayoumi. Free. Tickets are required for entry, obtainable at haymarketbooks.org. Presented by Haymarket Books and the Lannan Foundation, with the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

Light and Gold: Eric Whitacre and Donald Nally, conducting
Friday October 13 | 8 pm

Eric Whitacre and Donald Nally conduct Northwestern University’s Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble at Rockefeller Chapel. Featuring Whitacre’s earliest works like Sleep to more recent explorations of color like Sainte-Chapelle, paired with music from some of today’s most creative compositional minds: Ted Hearne, David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Blake Henson, and Blake Wilson. Tickets online, $30 general, $10 students. Part of the GIA Fall Institute sponsored by GIA Publications.

Chicago Humanities Festival:
On Being with Krista Tippett and Ta‑Nehisi Coates
Monday October 16 | 7 pm

In her Peabody-award winning public radio show and podcast On Being, Krista Tippett provides a space for conversations with profound thinkers. In this live taping of her show she interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates on the occasion of his latest book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, a collection of essays that examine the eight years of the Obama presidency, a dramatic era in politics, activism, and culture. As part of On Being’s Civil Conversations Project, they explore issues ranging from the idea of a post-racial world to Coates’ meticulously constructed case for reparations for slavery. Information at chicagohumanities.org; tickets for this event are sold out. Presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Schola Antiqua | Music in Secret
Friday October 20 | 7:30 pm

Renaissance music historian Naomi Gregory leads the women of Schola Antiqua in music from medieval and early modern convents. Music in Secret offers some of the earliest known polyphony associated with nuns from the anonymous 1543 collection of printed partbooks Musica quinque vocum. In addition to plainchant sung from projected images of a 13th century source now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago, the program includes music of Sulpitia Cesis, a nun from the northern Italian city of Modena, and keyboard works linked to Italian convents, performed by Gregory. Tickets $30, students $10, at schola-antiqua.org.

Empty Bottle Presents:
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile and the Sea Lice
Thursday October 26 | 7:30 pm

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile share the stage, performing songs from their upcoming album as well as delving into their respective back catalogues and classics, with their band The Sea Lice, a revolving cast of musicians including Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts). “A cookin’ band and an intercontinental country duo for the ages—minus the country,” says Vile. Information at emptybottle.com; tickets for this event are sold out. Part of Empty Bottle’s 25th Anniversary Series.

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 on-sale beginning Tuesday October 3 at 12 noon through the University of Chicago Arts Box Office.