The week is bustling with arts events as we head into a rainy November. Common Book author Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot speaks, violist Melia Watras reteams with an old colleague and the Hall Health Center holds an art walk to highlight art by students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Plus, the visiting Newband performs on vintage hand-made instruments and the School of Drama opens its season with a play by John Guare. All this creativity just a short, soggy stroll away.
Pianist Helene Grimaud, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1. A charismatic and expressive performer, Grimaud is one of Deutsche Grammophon’s most imaginative recording artists. Recipient of numerous awards, she has been appointed “Officier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Ministère de la Culture and “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite.” The New Yorker calls her “a reinventor of phrasings, a taker of chances.” Presented by the UW World Series. Tickets $40-$44.
Faculty Recital: Dainius Vaicekonis, piano, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1. Vaicekonis will perform works by Berg, Debussy, Schubert, Scriabin, Kutavičius, and Ligeti. This program will be his debut performance as a member of the UW piano faculty. Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets $15, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot, “Respect: An Exploration,” 6:30 p.m., Nov. 5. UW Bothell presents the author of the 2012 Common Book, “Respect,” for an investigation into the meaning and role of respect in our personal, professional, and civic lives in 130 Kane Hall. Free but registration required. Learn more at the Common Book website. 425-352-3427.
Melia Watras and Atar Ada, violists, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5. UW faculty violist Watras shares the stage with Arad, her colleague and former teacher and a
world-renowned violist. Arad teaches at Indiana University, where Watras studied with him and served as his associate instructor. The program includes works by Arad, Watras, Schubert and Clarke, and features pianist Kimberly Russ. Meany Hall. Tickets $12-$20.
Play: “Landscape of the Body,” Nov. 7-18. The School of Drama presents John Guare’s nonlinear two-act drama that begins when a woman is killed by a bicycle on a New York street. The New York Times called the play “a happy reminder that no one puts the sting in whimsy like Mr. Guare, the author of ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ and ‘The House of Blue Leaves.’” Directed by L. Zane in the Meany Studio Theatre. Tickets $10-$20. 206-543-4880. Special UW Club dinner performance on Nov. 16.
Music of Today: Newband, featuring the Harry Partch Instrument Collection, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7. The New Jersey-based Newband is artist ensemble in residence at Montclair State University. Since 1990, when the group gained custodianship of the original Harry Partch Instrument Collection (including all of the instruments built by Partch between 1930 and 1974), Newband has been resurrecting Partch’s works while commissioning new works for this unique collection. Meany Hall. Tickets are $12-$20.
Hall Health Center Art Walk, 5:30-7 p.m., Nov. 7. An art walk for the campus community and public showing the health center’s more than 100 unique works of art by UW students, alumni, faculty and staff. “Art and health are uniquely connected, and while Hall Health Center is not a traditional forum to display art, these pieces add value to the health center, brighten patient visits and showcase the amazing talents of the UW community,” said Mark Shaw, center director. To learn more, contact Shaw at 206-616-8476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture-recital: Andrew Rangell, 3:30 p.m., Nov. 8. Pianist Rangell, one of the world’s most distinguished interpreters of the music of Bach, presents a performance with commentary of J.S. Bach’s “The Art of Fugue.” Free, in Brechemin Auditorium.
Lecture: “Slaves Waiting for Sale: Visualizing the American Slave Trade,” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8. Presented by Maurie McInnis, professor of American art and material culture at the University of Virginia. Part of the Allan and Mary Kollar Lectures on American Art and Artists presented by the Division of Art History in the School of Art. In room 133 of William H. Gates Hall, reception to follow in room 115. Free but registration required.
Next week: “New Geographies of Feminist Art,” Nov. 15-17.