The holiday season kicks off in full force with a variety of arts events to enjoy. If you’re in need of a little post-Thanksgiving boot camp the Henry Art Gallery is offering a three-part “circuit training” series throughout the gallery. Or, if seasonal carols are more your tempo, School of Music’s annual CarolFest on Dec. 4.
Also, the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies in partnership with the Seattle Jewish Theater Company offers the play “Mirel Efros,” by influential Yiddish playwright Jacob Gordin. This play, considered by many “the Jewish Queen Lear,” will be performed in English.
Circuit Training with Lacy Draper
2 p.m., Dec. 1 | Henry Art Gallery
Exercise your body and mind with a three-part circuit training series led by Draper, a local artist and UW MFA alumna. Part museum tour and part boot camp, each active session will focus on a single theme — such as architecture, discernment, identity, or documentation — and explore a work from each exhibition through the lens of that theme. More info.
Studio Jazz Ensemble & Modern Band
7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 | Meany Studio
Led by Fred Radke, the ensemble performs big band arrangements and repertory selections. The Modern Band, led by Cuong Vu, performs innovative arrangements of jazz standards, selections from the outer limits of the genre and new original compositions. More info.
UW Gospel Choir
7:30 p.m., Dec. 2 | Meany Theater
Directror Phyllis Byrdwell leads the 100-voice choir in songs of praise, jubilation and other expressions of the Gospel tradition. More info.
7 p.m., Dec. 3 | Ethnic Cultural Theater
This classic Yiddish play, performed in English, is the masterpiece of Ukrainian-born Jacob Gordin, a hugely influential Yiddish playwright. It is also the most widely-performed play in the Yiddish theatrical canon. Arrive early and enjoy klezmer music before this free staged reading. More info.
Kevin Burke: Irish Fiddle Music
7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 | Brechemin Auditorium
Visiting artist Burke, in residence at the School of Music during Fall Quarter 2013, is oined by his students and guest artist Tom Creegan on Irish pipes. More info.
A Totem Pole History: The Work of Lummi Carver Joe Hillaire
7 p.m., Dec. 4 | Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Join editor Gregory Fields, Coast Salish carver Felix Soloman (Lummi/Haida) and pigment and paint specialist Melonie Ancheta for a richly illustrated discussion of the life and influence of Joseph Hillaire, who is recognized as one of the great Coast Salish artists, carvers and tradition-bearers of the 20th century. More info.
7: 30 p.m., Dec. 4 | Meany Theater
The Chamber Singers, University Chorale, University Singers, Women’s Choir, Gospel Choir and UW Men’s Glee Club present “Silent Night, Joyous Night,” feature variations on Silent Night, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the death of composer Franz Grüber. More info.
Collection in Focus: Prints and Photographs of Meiji Japan
7 p.m., Dec. 5 | Reed Collection Study Center
Join Catherine Roche, Japanese art historian and guest curator of “Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan 1880 – 1930,” for a discussion on the dynamic relationship between prints and photographs in Meiji-era (1868-1912) Japan. More info.
7:30 p.m., Dec. 5-8 | Hutchinson Hall Cabaret Theater
The Undergraduate Theater Society presents this drama by Georg Büchner, directed by Elizabeth Schiffler. More info.