Drama leads this week’s busy UW arts schedule, if by a nose, with the Undergraduate Theater Society’s staging of the Cyrano de Bergerac story and the School of Drama’s production of “Pentecost” — a play about art, which ought to count double.
Also, exhibits, lectures, the University Symphony, something new at the Henry Art Gallery, a Hindustani classical singer and the annual Dance Majors Concert, titled “From Foundations to the Floating Cities Within.”
Undergraduate Theater Society: “Cyrano,” 7:30 p.m., Feb. 28 – Mar. 10. Cyrano de Bergerac’s larger-than-life personality is matched only by his even-larger nose. In the Hutchinson Hall Cabaret Theatre. Adapted by Barry Kornhauser from a play by Edmond Rostand. Directed by Ben Phillips. Tickets $5-$10.
UW Dance Majors Concert 2013, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 28 – March 2. A concert covering a wide range of dance styles and eras, from the foundations of legendary choreographer José Limón to premieres by alumna Rhonda Cinotto and current dance majors. Performed in the Meany Studio Theater. March 3 matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-$18. 206-543-4880.
Play: “Pentecost,” 7:30 p.m., Feb. 28 – March 3. The School of Drama presents a play by David Edgar, directed by Andrew McGinn, about a mysterious church fresco discovered in a Balkan country that may rewrite the history of art. In the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse. Sunday, March 3, show is at 2 p.m. Watch a video about the play. Tickets are $10-$18.
Art project: Tamara Henderson and Julia Feyrer, Feb. 28 – March 16. Henderson, one of the artists participating in the Critical Issues in Contemporary Art lecture series, is building a bar-like structure and film set in one of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery rooms with Vancouver, B.C., artist Julia Feyrer. Reception 8-10 p.m., Feb. 28.
Also: Henderson will discuss her work in the seventh lecture in the Critical Issues in Contemporary Art series, at 7 p.m., Feb. 28, in the Henry Art Gallery auditorium.
University Symphony with Ludovic Morlot, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 28. In his first appearance as a UW affiliate professor of music, Morlot, Seattle Symphony music director, conducts the University Symphony in a performance of Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2.” Also, winners of the UW Concerto Competition perform works by Ferdinand David, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Prokofiev. In Meany Hall. Tickets $10-$15.
Career panel: “The Real World,” 6-7 p.m., March 1. A panel of professionals talks about life in the art world. Organized by the Undergraduate Art History Society. Free and open to the public, in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. Learn more online.
Weekend activities at the Burke Museum, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends, March 2-31. Do you dig dinos? Every weekend in March, channel your inner paleontologist and explore how fossils ranging from the largest dinosaurs to the tiniest plant pollens help us learn about prehistoric life on earth.
Also: Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub, 8 p.m., March 7. Natural science meets beer in this tradition that continues the first Thursday of the month though June. Learn more online. $5 per team.
“Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty,” March 2 – Sept. 1. An exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery that juxtaposes new and unknown works, offering a cross-cultural read on beauty through portraiture, documentary, constructed images and fashion photography dating back to the 19th century. From the Henry’s collection and UW Libraries Special Collections. Curator Deborah Willis of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts will speak at 7 p.m., March 1, in the Henry auditorium. Tickets $5-$10, RSVP online.
Also: The Henry has half-hour guided tours at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, such as March 7. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ana Moura, 8 p.m., March 2. A star of Portuguese fado, a poetic, deeply expressive style of music now having a renaissance, Moura has taken the art form in new directions with collaborations with such artists as The Rolling Stones and Prince. NPR said, “Her mesmeric appeal radiates from within, even if you don’t know a syllable of Portuguese. Her ability to alternately whisper, growl and ring like a silver bell are the hallmarks of a fine singer.” In Meany Hall. Tickets $34-$38, $20 for students.
Paul Roberts, lecture, recital, 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., March 3. Roberts, a concert pianist and specialist in French Impressionism, will present “Capturing the Illusive Image: The Debussy Preludes,” a lecture-recital, as well as a concert of works by Debussy. The concert, part of the French Connections series, also features Grace Huang, piano, and the School of Music’s Oceana Quartet. Roberts also provides commentary during the concert portion of this two-part event. Admission to the 4:30 p.m. concert is included with paid admission to the 2:30 p.m. lecture/recital. Hosted by Piano Professor Robin McCabe. Tickets are $10, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
Student art exhibit, March 5 – 9. Graduation exhibition by Alex Kewitt, a Bachelor of Fine Arts student with the Three-D Forum (3D4M) in the Ceramic + Metal Arts Building. Reception 6-8 p.m., March 5.
Khatia Buniatishvili, 7:30 p.m., March 6. This 25-year-old Georgian pianist, performing since age 6, makes her Seattle debut in Meany Hall in the President’s Piano Series, playing works by Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Liszt and Stravinsky. Regular tickets $35-$39, UW faculty and staff $33-$37, $20 for students.
Ethnomusicology visiting artist Srivani Jade, 7:30 p.m., March 6. Jade, a Hindustani classical singer, and students present music in the North Indian classical form of Khayal, as well as traditional and folk-inspired music such as Thumri-Dadra, Tappa and Bhajans. The concert is the culmination of Jade’s winter quarter residency at the School of Music, and is part of the Ethnomusicology Program’s 50-year anniversary celebration. In Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets are $5, cash or check at the door. 206-685-8384.
Lecture: Diala Khasawnih and Ola El-Khalidi, 7 p.m., March 7. The eighth and last lecture in the Critical Issues in Contemporary Art series, in the Henry Art Gallery auditorium. Free.