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December 13, 2012

Arts Roundup: Medieval music and ‘Plastics Unwrapped’ at the Burke

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Burke Museum exhibit "Platics Unwrapped'

The Burke Museum’s new exhibit, “Plastics Unwrapped,” runs from Dec. 20 to May 27, 2013.Burke Museum

The campus is settling into a holiday-induced calm as finals week draws to a close, but there are still things to see. This week brings Medieval chanting in Mary Gates Hall and a major new exhibit on plastics at the Burke Museum.

Also, campus arts groups offer ticket packages for that arts-lover who has everything except good seats to the UW World Series events and School of Drama shows.

Collegium Musicum: “Medieval Chant and Early English Carols,” 4 p.m., Dec. 16. This early music ensemble under the direction of JoAnn

Taricani, associate professor of music, will perform in Mary Gates Hall.  Taricani writes, “The music includes some of the earliest medieval chant from Italy, around the year 1000 in Italy, intricate Latin motets from Paris, around 1200, and English carols from 18th century Cornwall for voice and guitar.” Free. For more information, contact Taricani at taricani@uw.edu.

“Plastics Unwrapped,” Dec. 20-May 27, 2013. Humans existed without plastics for centuries, but now we rely on them to meet our basic needs. They help us stay healthy, yet they linger, in landfills for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture takes a look at our relationship with plastics, past and present. “In order to counter the impact of plastic waste, we need to rethink our relationship with plastics,” advance notes for the exhibit say. “Discover how, at ‘Plastics Unwrapped.'”

  • The museum will hold holiday events in relation to this exhibit on Dec. 20-21 and 27-30.
  • There also will be an event titled “Short Takes on Plastics” on Feb. 5, 2013. Ten experts on plastics will have six minutes and 20 slides each to discuss a range of topics including the unwanted effects of plastics on our health, cultures and environment. Learn more online.

UW arts gifts: The School of Drama asks, “Are you looking for a small holiday feel-good gift that’s easy to wrap and as much pleasure to give as to receive?” They suggest their Drama Flex Pass, which grants six admissions to the school’s main stage productions.

They’re not alone. UW Arts and the Alumni Association are teaming to offer alumni Arts Dawg, a discounted six-show package of arts tickets for music, dance, theater, exhibitions and visual arts. The UW World Series offers mini-series tickets (including two free youth tickets for every adult ticket bought to the International Chamber Music and President’s Piano Series), the UW Arts Ticket Office also offers gift certificates, and the School of Music has plenty of evenings of entertainment scheduled to choose from.