There is much to be thankful for in UW arts this week — exhibits, weekend fun at the Burke Museum and an ensemble concert by the Chamber Singers and University Chorale.
Plus, the Undergraduate Theater Society opens the musical “Pippin” and the School of Music offers two nights of jazz by such names as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Thelonius Monk.
In their tune “It Could Happen to You,” songwriters Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen, also included, explain thusly: “All I did was wonder how your arms would be — and it happened to me.”
Mammals at the Burke Museum, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nov. 24-25. Explore a different natural or cultural theme in monthly weekend activities at the Burke. This month, mingle with mammals from the museum’s collection. Learn more and register online.
School of Art exhibit, Nov. 27 – Dec. 8. A juried exhibition of student work selected by Greg Bell, curator at Vulcan, Inc., in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Reception is 4-7 p.m., Nov. 27.
3-Dimensional Forum student art, Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. Exhibitions by graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students Kevin Bray and Jesse Jennings in the Ceramic and Metal Arts Building. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; by appointment Saturday. Reception is 6-8 p.m. Nov. 27, at the gallery.
Ensemble concert: Chamber Singers and University Chorale, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 27. The UW Chamber Singers and University Chorale present “Too Short a Life,” featuring works by Morten Lauridsen, Thomas Skempton, Francis White, Jan Sandstrom, Paul Mealor and UW alumnus Eric Barnum. Music Professor Geoffrey Boers conducts the singers, and Associate Professor Giselle Wyers conducts the chorale. In Meany Hall. Tickets $10-$15. 206-543-4880.
Jazz Innovations, I and II, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 28, 29. Student jazz ensembles pay homage to the icons of jazz and break new ground with original compositions in two consecutive evening performances. Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets to evenings I and II are $5, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
2012 Stratus now available. The 2012 edition of Stratus: Journal of Arts & Writing is now available from Professional & Continuing Education. “Stratus is a great annual opportunity for our students and graduates to reach a wider audience and take another step toward fulfilling their artistic dreams,” said Roxanne Ray, program manager for academic programs in the arts and edits the compilation of works by students and graduates of courses in literary fiction, photography, natural science illustration and other topics. Read a 2011 UW Today story about the publication, and read the 2012 edition online.
Art Break: Henry Art Gallery staff tour, noon, Nov. 28. The museum offers free 30-minute tours for UW faculty and staff. Tours convene in the museum lobby, and exhibition guides will encourage a lively discussion around a selection of works on display. Register online. Next Art Break staff tour will be Dec. 26.
‘Pippin,’ Nov. 29-Dec. 9. The UW Undergraduate Theatre Society presents this 1972 musical by Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell”) with book by Roger O. Hirson that tells the story of a young man’s quest to find personal significance. An archetype of the everyman, Pippin yearns to discover the secret of true happiness, finding it in the simple joys he has discovered along the way. In the Cabaret Theatre in Hutchinson Hall Tickets $5-$10.
Exhibit: “Dark Arts,” through Dec. 21. About 30 mixed-media pieces including metalwork, paintings and collages are on display in the first floor gallery of the School of Social Work. The exhibit is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays; the reception is 5-7 p.m. Nov. 29, at the gallery.
- Next week: “Die Fledermaus” rises.