This week there is a smattering of events with a highlight being the School of Drama’s “Fifth of July,” directed by Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton.
Also, if Mongolian music suits your fancy, you’re in luck because the vibrant young ensemble, AnDa Union makes their Seattle debut on the Meany stage.
7 p.m., Nov. 7 | UW Tower Auditorium
Short lectures on big ideas in Jewish history and culture. This year’s faculty speakers will discuss: “Are you Jewish or are you Hispanic?”; “Is Spinoza Good for the Jews?”; “Embracing My Inner Shtetl”; and “Anti-Semitism as a Christian Problem.” This free event is presented by the Stroum Jewish Studies Program at UW. More info.
Faculty Lecture Series-Helen O’ Toole, Painting + Drawing
6 p.m. Nov. 7 | Henry Art Gallery
O’Toole, an associate professor, discusses her work as part of the tenure and promotion process. This lecture accompanies an exhibition of O’Toole’s artwork at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery Through Nov. 15. More info.
20×20: Design Internship Pecha Kucha Presentations
6:30 – 8 p.m. Nov. 7 | Art Building, Room 003
Division of Design students from the class of 2014 present stories and accomplishments from their internships during the last year. More info.
8 p.m., Nov. 8 | Meany Hall
The group’s 10 singers and instrumentalists from Inner Mongolia dig deep into Mongolian traditions and unearth forgotten musical treasures. Presented by the UW World Series. More info.
Guest Artist Concert: Dave Douglas with UW Jazz
7:30 p.m., Nov. 9 | Jones Playhouse
The School of Music and Earshot Jazz present noted New York City trumpeter Dave Douglas in concert with UW Jazz faculty Cuong Vu, trumpet, Ted Poor, drums; and top UW Jazz Studies students. More info.
ArtVENTURES: Scratch, Sniff, Create
2 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 | Henry Art Gallery
Sensations and experiences can activate the mind in unique ways. Join the Henry as they look at the work of Jason Dodge and explore how literary descriptions and smells can stimulate senses. Back in the Education Lounge they will be creating scratch and sniff poems. More info.
Bill Frisell‘s Big Sur Quintet with Jim Woodring
7:30 p.m., Nov. 10 | Meany Hall
After Eyvind Kang and cartoonist Jim Woodring join him in an opening performance, Frisell presents his Big Sur Quintet. Playing Frisell’s compositions, the group evokes the singular spacious beauty of the California coastline. More info.
“Fifth of July”
7:30 p.m., Nov. 13-24 | Meany Studio Theater
Set in rural Missouri in 1977, the play revolves around the Talley family and focuses on their disillusionment with America in the wake of the Vietnam War. Wilson’s poignant play is rife with acting challenges while actively confronting many American taboos. More info.
Faculty Lecture Series-Rebecca Cummins, Photomedia
6 p.m. Nov. 14 | Henry Art Gallery
In the last lecture in the series, photomedia Cummins, an associate professor, will discuss her work. This lecture accompanies an exhibition of Cummins’ artwork at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery through Nov. 15. More info.
“Shakespeare Ever After: His Remarkable Legacy”
6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 | ACT Theatre
Ten Shakespeare scholars, students and actors — most from the UW — discuss the Bard’s life and work. More info.
Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Senior Show, “Overlap”
Nov. 15-24 | Sand Point Gallery
Students in this quarter’s Interdisciplinary Visual Arts capstone class with Associate Professor Lou Cabeen present their work. More info.
Nov. 19 | Hall Health Center
About 140 unique (including a few nationally recognized) pieces of artwork created by UW students, faculty, staff and alumni will be on display for the UW community. There will also be a brief presentation led by Mark Shaw, Hall Health director of health promotion, discussing the topic, “How Art Can Enhance the Healing Process.” More info.