This coming week in the arts there’s an array of dance, theater and exhibitions to enjoy. Don’t miss Dino Day at the Burke Museum, ArtVENTURES at the Henry Art Gallery or Cloud Gate presented by the UW World Series. Also, the School of Music revs up with several performances by the Studio Jazz Ensemble, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Modern Band and more.
8 p.m., March 6-8 | Meany Hall
Returning to the Northwest for the first time since Vancouver’s 2010 Cultural Olympiad, Cloud Gate makes its Seattle debut with Lin Hwai-min’s “Songs of the Wanderers,” a visually stunning work inspired by Siddhartha’s quest for enlightenment and brought to life on a set of three and a half tons of shimmering golden grains of rice. More info.
Circle of Friends: Music of Brahms, Schumann, and Mendelssohn
4:30 p.m., March 9 | Brechemin Auditorium
This series, produced by piano professor Robin McCabe, features samplings from their rich and prolific repertoires, with historical context offered in commentary and narration. This program features a pre-concert lecture by George Bozarth, professor of music history. More info.
“The Arabian Nights“
Through March 9 | Jones Playhouse
A world full of movement and music emerges as Scheherazade’s stories unfold from the secret crevices and dark shadows on stage. The trappings of a Persian palace help transport audiences to another time and place where the young Scheherazade tells a story every night to postpone the death sentence imposed by her husband, King Shahryar. More info.
“Map of Virtue“
Through March 9 | Hutchinson Hall, Cabaret Theater
An exploration of the extremities of human relationships and the beauty of language, this play is a study in symmetry that switches between interview, poetry, scenes, and silence. Presented by the Undergraduate Theater Society. More info.
10 a.m., March 8 | Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Get an up-close view of the museum’s paleontology collections. See and touch fossils, try out a fossil dig pit and more. Plus, learn from paleontologists about the end of the dinosaur era and the emergence of flowering plants. See for the first time several Triceratops from Montana and Wyoming, the dinosaur precursor Asilisaurus from Tanzania, and other fossils that play a vital role in research both in the Northwest and around the world. More info.
ArtVENTURES: Dig In!
2 p.m., March 9 | Henry Art Gallery
Dig into the sculptures of Katinka Bock and excavate themes of history and archaeology in the exhibition “Katinka Bock: A and I.” Adults and children are invited to explore the transformation of natural materials in an interactive way. More info.
Studio Jazz Ensemble and Modern Band
7:30 p.m., March 10 | Meany Hall
Led by Fred Radke, the ensemble performs selections from the big band repertoire, including “Straight Out,” and “Looking Through the Back Door,” plus an original work by the band’s own trombonist and vocalist, Kevin Jenson. The Modern Band, led by Cuong Vu, performs original music by band member Raymond Larsen, trumpet, including a large-scale composition, “New Studies of the Starry Skies,” and a setting of three poems by Emily Dickinson. More info.
Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
7:30 p.m., March 11 | Meany Hall
Enjoy “Short Stories,” by Joel Puckett, a concerto for string quartet and wind ensemble; Symphony in B flat; by Paul Hindemith; Prelude and Fugue in G minor, by J.S. Bach, and others. More info.
Chamber Singers and University Chorale
7:30 p.m., March 12 | Meany Hall
Among other works on the program, the Chorale performs works by composers from Argentina, Venezuela, United States, and more. The Chamber Singers preview their upcoming Northwest Choral Conductors Association conference appearance with their set entitled “….and we beheld again the stars,” featuring works by Claudio Monteverdi, Ingvar Lidhold and School of Music alumnus Eric Barnum. More info.
Artist Lecture: Geoffrey Farmer
7 p.m., March 13 | Henry Art Gallery
The UW School of Art and the Nebula Project present this Canadian guest sculptor and photographer as part of the Winter Quarter 2014 artist lecture series. More info.
Book events: Michael Honey’s “Sharecropper’s Troubadour”
3:30, 7 p.m., March 13 | 230 Communications / University Temple, United Methodist Church
The UW Tacoma professor of history gives presentations and musical performances based on his latest book, about folk singer and labor organizer John Handcox. More info.