The School of Drama leads this busy week in the arts with its first production of the year, John Guare’s “Landscape of the Body,” in the Meany Studio Theater.
Also, art, lectures, a weekend workshop at the Henry Art Gallery, the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet performs, Nancy Pearl talks books and the Simpson Center present a conference on feminist art. All this and — wanna buy some art?
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.’” In the Meany Studio Theatre. Watch a video interview with director L. Zane. Tickets $10-$20. 206-543-4880.
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.
Exhibit: “Soft Power, Activated,” through Nov. 10. An exhibit in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery that, advance notes say, seeks to expand the definition of the gallery “beyond a repository of objects.” Curated by art alumna Susie J. Lee and Kolya Rice, an art history lecturer. Closing reception 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9, in the gallery.
Nancy Pearl discusses “Book Lust ReDiscoveries,” 6:30 p.m., Nov. 9. Pearl visits the University Bookstore to discuss her series devoted to reprinting some of the best novels now out of print from 1960 to 2000. She teaches part-time for the Information School and is on the advisory board of the master in library and information science program. Free.
Art Discovery Family Workshop, 2-3:30 p.m., Nov. 11. Dig deeper into the Henry Art Gallery’s exhibit, “Now Here is Also Nowhere, Part 1” with this family-centered guided tour followed by an art-making activity. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited; email email@example.com for more information.
Art by Kathryn Lien, Nov. 13-17. An exhibition by a student graduating from the 3D4M (Three-D Forum) in the Ceramic and Metal Arts Building. Reception 6-8 p.m. Nov. 13. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and by appointment only on Saturday.
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, 8 p.m., Nov. 15-17. This company has distinguished itself through its exceptionally talented dancers and its repertory of new works by the world’s most sought-after international choreographers. In Meany Hall, presented by the UW World Series. Tickets are $39-$43 ($20 for students), 206-543-4880.
Conference: New Geographies of Feminist Art, Nov. 15-17. An interdisciplinary conversation among art historians, anthropologists, historians, artists, curators and Asian and cultural studies scholars examining the practice, circulation and cross-cultural significance of feminist art from Asia. Press notes state, “We seek to understand how Asian women have negotiated changes in the contemporary art world and intervened in politics of visual representation.” Organized by Sonal Khullar, UW assistant professor of art history; and Sasha Welland, assistant professor of anthropology and gender, women and sexuality studies. Information and agenda are online. Keynote address by Shu-mei Shih of the University of California, Los Angeles, at 6 p.m. Nov. 15, in 220 Kane Hall.