Uchicago Arts

ArtsPass Exclusive: The Hutchins Plan

Fri Sep 30, 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM

The Revival, 1160 East 55th Street

Join us at The Revival - the improv and sketch comedy club at the birthplace of the art form. Named for former University of Chicago President Robert Maynard Hutchins, this show features an ensemble of UChicago improvisers alongside a rotating cast of Special Guests for an evening of hilarious Chicago-style improv comedy. For more information and to get tickets, visit artspass.uchicago.edu. $5 includes admission to the show and free pizza.

Audition for UT's Autumn Season!

Tue Sep 27, 7:00 PM to Wed Sep 28, 10:00 PM

Cobb Hall, 3rd Floor, 5811 South Ellis Avenue

University Theater is open to all current University of Chicago students, regardless of major. Every quarter is a new opportunity to get involved and start learning, making friends, and making art! Sides are now available! (But preperation is not required.)


Bulls and Buns: Breakfast and Scavenger Hunt at the Oriental Institute

Thu Sep 22, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Oriental Institute Museum Galleries, 1155 East 58th Street

A Colossal Statue of King Tut. A 40-ton Winged Bull. Ann Sather’s Cinnamon Rolls. Experience all this and more as you hunt for ancient secrets in the Oriental Institute. View the museum’s renowned collections excavated from ancient sites in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Israel. Don’t miss this opportunity to see art and artifacts that visitors from around the world travel thousands of miles to see! Breakfast will be provided by the Ann Sather Swedish Bakery, a Chicago restaurant landmark renowned across town for their famous cinnamon rolls. The breakfast and hunt are free. Don’t forget to sign up for your courtesy Arts Pass membership! 


Thu Sep 29, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue

Back-to-school BBQ celebrates art and architecture. Build a gigantic inflatable dorm sculpture inspired by Jeanne Gang’s design for the new Campus North Residence Hall and play in an architectural-themed cornhole tournament. Plus, Chicago-style hot dogs and cake! 

Louder Than a Bomb Film and Talk

Fri Sep 23, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema, 1212 East 59th Street

Join us for the screening of the award-winning documentary Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB), which tells the story of an annual youth poetry slam event in Chicago. This month-long poetry festival celebrates youth voice by providing a platform for young poets to share their stories. The movie follows the stories of several Chicagoland high school teams competing in Olympic-style poetry bouts. LTAB is sponsored by the nonprofit Young Chicago Authors (YCA), which offers year-round programming to promote literacy and creative expression among young people through writing and performance. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s featured poets and with LTAB and YCA staff to learn how to support their programming.

Music Department Performance Program Open House

Tue Sep 20, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse, 915 East 60th Street

This open house/information session provides the opportunity to meet some of the ensemble directors and many of the student musicians active in the Music Department Performance Program. Learn about the wealth of musical opportunities available on campus: two orchestras, a wind ensemble, four choirs, various specialty ensembles (which focus on early music, Middle Eastern music, South Asian music, and more), as well as programs in piano, chamber music, and vocal studies. Hear excerpts of recent concerts, browse through recent concert programs, talk with student musicians, and ask questions. Refreshments will be served, and you’ll also have an opportunity to sign up for an audition appointment.

O-Week FEF Fest

Tue Sep 20, 9:00 PM

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 915 East 60th Street

Come join Fire Escape Films for our O-Week FEF Fest! We’ll be showing some great studentmade short films to celebrate the beginning of the new school year and to welcome the class of 2020 to the club!

Occam's Razor O-Week Show

Fri Sep 23, 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM

The Revival 1160 East 55th Street

Join Occam’s Razor - the University of Chicago’s independent improv troupe—for a hilarious welcome to campus. Tickets will be sold for $1.

Opening Reception: There Was A Whole Collection Made

Wed Sep 28, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue

The first public look at an inspiring collection of photography. Spanning the very earliest days of the medium to the near-present day, the special exhibition There was a whole collection made mines the Estate of Lester and Betty Guttman’s 2014 gift of 830 photographic works by 414 artists to the Smart Museum and introduces this vital new resource to scholars and the public.

Performing Arts Open House

Fri Sep 23, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, TAPS Student Lounge on the 2nd Floor, 915 East 60th Street

Hang out, grab some lunch, and learn about all the unbelievable opportunities with Theater and Performance Studies, Dance Council, University Theater, Off Off Campus, Dean’s Men, a cappella groups, and the circus group Le Vorris & Vox. Pick up discounted tickets to TAPS/ UT’s production of A Winter’s Tale!

Performing Arts RSOs and Theater and Performance Arts Panel

Thu Sep 22, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Reynolds Club, FXK Theater on the Third Floor, 5706 South University Avenue

Meet the different performing arts organizations including dance, theater, film, improv, commedia, and circus. Get involved sooner than later. Pick up discounted tickets to A Winter’s Tale!

Reynolds Club, Mandel Hall, 5706 South University Avenue

Fri Sep 23, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Reynolds Club, Mandel Hall, 5706 South University Avenue

Join us for free pizza and a post-show discussion as Court Theatre kicks off its 62nd Season with the world premiere production of Man in the Ring, the true story of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith. When Griffith’s arch-rival challenges his sexual identity, Griffith responds in the ring and leaves a mark that lingers long after their legendary encounter. Tickets are $15 in advance, group tickets for 10 or more are $10 each.

Smart Start: Coffee and Calligraphy

Thu Sep 22, 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue

Join the Smart Museum of Art for an O-Week wake-up in our beautiful courtyard! Enjoy free coffee and breakfast treats, and learn how to draw using two viscous liquids: black coffee and sumi ink.

Studying the Arts

Wed Sep 21, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema, 1212 East 59th East

This session, hosted by UChicago Arts and the Division of the Humanities, will present information about arts majors, minors, co-curricular arts activities, and campus arts partners and resources. Bill Michel, Executive Director of UChicago Arts and the Logan Center will do a short presentation followed by breakout sessions based on discipline, allowing students to get one-on-one time with representatives from departments to address common questions and concerns. 

Tenth Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Sun Sep 25, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Various locations in arts and cultural venues throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood

(See the 9/24 listing of this event or visit hydeparkjazzfestival.org for more details.)

Tenth Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Sat Sep 24, 1:00 PM to Sun Sep 25, 12:00 AM

Various locations in arts and cultural venues throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood

The 10th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival features some of Chicago’s most critically acclaimed artists as well as nationally and internationally recognized jazz talents. Presented on 14 stages across Hyde Park—including two stages on the Midway Plaisance, Logan Center for the Arts, and Oriental Institute Museum—this one-of-a-kind two-day free festival presents more than 30 live jazz performances in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings, film screenings, a dance floor, picnic areas, food vendors, and artisan booths. See hydeparkjazzfestival.org for complete information. 

9/24 Performances

1:00 - 2:30 PM
Matt Ulery’s Loom
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Free performance by Matt Ulery’s Loom as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

2:30 - 4:00 PM
Thaddeus Tukes & Isaiah
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Free performance by Thaddeus Tukes (vibraphone) and Isaiah Collier (saxophone) as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

Randy Weston at Rockefeller
Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue
Randy Weston plays a solo concert at Rockefeller Chapel at the apex of the weekendlong Hyde Park Jazz Festival. The Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich says of Weston that the “towering pianist remains at the forefront of interweaving musical practices of Africa with contemporary jazz improvisation and composition.” Free.