Expect everything from big band classics and standards to improvisations and experimental compositions when UW jazz faculty members take the stage together Oct. 10 at Benaroya Hall. They’ll wind up the evening with a big group finale.
Folks at the School of Music can’t remember the last time all these jazz talents shared a stage, so they expect, as one said, “a dazzling display of musicianship and creativity.” It’s a highlight in a busy week as fall quarter begins to gather steam.
Burke Trivia Night, 8 p.m. Oct. 4. Natural science, teamwork and beer make a great combination at the Burke Museum’s monthly trivia night for science buffs at the College Inn Pub. Also, Burke admission is free on the first Thursday of every month and the museum is open until 8 p.m.
Exhibit: China posters, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 4. Reception for an exhibition featuring infographics created by design students at the UW and Southeast University in Nanjing, China. This show, at the Sandpoint Gallery, is a result of an exchange program between the two universities. RSVP for reception on the exhibit’s Facebook page.
Faculty recital: Kari Ragan and Rhonda Kline, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Ragan, soprano, and Kline, pianist, bring recital programming into the 21st century with “Ah! Love But a Day,” a recital of operatic arias and music theatre songs in the School of Music’s Brechemin Auditorium featuring works by Bellini, Stravinsky and Douglas Moore alongside the contemporary music theater songs of Jason Robert Brown, Frank Wildhorn and Stephen Sondheim. Tickets $15, cash or check at the door.
UW Jazz Faculty Showcase, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The faculty musicians of the UW Jazz Studies Program gather for a concert in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. Sets by the Fred Radke Quintet, Michael Brockman, Tom Collier, Marc Seales and the Cuong Vu Quartet will be followed by a group finale. This performance includes a special appearance by drummer Ted Poor, artist-in-residence at the School of Music during fall quarter 2012, and by School of Music director Richard Karpen. Tickets are $17-$22. 206-215-4747.
Cairns: Messengers in Stone, 7 p.m. Oct. 10. Nature writer David B. Williams explores the history of cairns from the moors of Scotland to the peaks of the Himalayas. They can indicate a trail, mark a grave, serve as an altar or shrine, reveal property boundaries or sacred hunting grounds, and even predict astronomical activity. At the Burke Museum. $5 at door; free for members.
Also: The Burke is recruiting volunteer docents. Learn more online.
Art by Sang-gyeun Ahn, Karen Cheng, Ann Gale, through Oct. 19. The School of Art displays work in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery by three faculty members being considered for promotion. Two public lectures remain: Gale at 6 p.m. Oct. 9, in Art 003 and Cheng at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Henry Art Gallery auditorium.
“Why Live: The Value of Live Performance in a Digital Age,” through Oct. 30. A lecture series that, press notes state, “considers the presence, power and authenticity of the live and the real in the arts, and through the arts, the experience of the real world.” Tickets are $10, all lectures are 7:30 p.m. at the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse. Two lectures remain, on Oct. 16 (Herbert Blau) and Oct. 30 (Andrew Tsao). Learn more at the School of Drama website.
Exhibit: “The Space Between Things,” through Oct. 27. Works by Anne Gale as well as School of Art alumni Eric Elliott, Caroline Kapp, Robert Maki and Evelyn Woods are included in this exhibit at the Prographica gallery.
Chamber Dance Company: “On Their Own,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-14. The company pays tribute to five women pioneers of modern dance: Ruth St. Denis, Ethel Winter, Helen Tamiris, Jean Erdman and Mary Wigman. The concert features nine solos choreographed between 1906 and 1944. Meany Hall. Tickets are $10-$20, available online or at the UW Arts Ticket Office, 1313 N. 41st St. or by calling 206-543-4880.