Dance, opera, exhibition openings and the annual Roethke Reading fill this especially busy week in the arts. From the MFA Dance Concert to School of Music and Pacific MusicWorks’ production of G.F. Handel’s “Semele,” there’s plenty to see and do on the main stages. Also, don’t forget to check out the University District Street Fair, May 17-18, and swing by the ArtsUW booth for some fun prizes!
Painting + Drawing BFA Show
Through May 16 | Art Building
The graduation exhibition for students receiving Bachelor of Fine Art degrees from the Painting + Drawing Program. More info.
MFA Dance Concert
May 13 – May 18 | Meany Studio Theater
Enjoy original choreography created by the UW Dance Program’s world-class MFA candidates. These candidates work with advanced dance students creating human movement to entertain and inspire. More info.
U-District Street Fair
May 17-18 | 45th Avenue and University Way
Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the longest running street fair in the country, with local arts and crafts, music and food. Also, stop by the ArtsUW booth and take a spin on their prize wheel for your chance to win prizes. More info.
International Museum Day
May 18 | Henry Art Gallery
Celebrate both International Museum Day and Art Museum Day with free admission to the Henry Art Gallery. Go see their exhibitions and participate in a curator-led tour of “Parallel Practices: Joan Jonas & Gina Pane” at 2 p.m. More info.
UW Opera: G.F. Handel’s ‘Semele”
May 16 – May 18 | Meany Theater
The UW School of Music and Pacific MusicWorks present G. F. Handel’s brilliant English oratorio in a visceral new staging. This opera illuminates the darkly comedic story of a mortal woman’s tryst with a dangerous God. Chaos ensues in the wake of unbridled lust, jealousy and revenge. More info.
3D4M MFA Show by Chen
Through May 17 | Ceramic and Metal Arts Building
Graduation exhibitions by 3D4M:ceramics-glass-sculpture Master of Fine Arts student Hesheng Chen. More info.
Music of Today
May 19 | Meany Hall
The UW Modern Music Ensemble performs works by Webern, Donatoni and Feldman, and premieres two works by UW student composers Jeff Bowen and Anna Stachurska. More info.
Ethnomusicology Concert: Javanese Gamelan Music
May 20 | Meany Hall
Visiting artist Heri Purwanto (gamelan musician) and his students are joined by Ki Midiyanto (shadow puppet master), Jessika Kenney (vocalist), Christina Sunardi (dancer), and Gamelan Pacifica in this evening of Javanese music, dance, and shadow puppet theater. More info.
IVA Honors + Juried Show
May 20-30 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery
The graduation exhibition for honors students receiving Bachelor of Art degrees from the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Program, as well as other students who graduated during the year. More info.
Jazz Innovations Part 1 & 2
May 21-22 | Brechemin Auditorium
Student jazz ensembles pay homage to the icons of jazz and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions. More info.
51st Roethke Reading: Ellen Byrant Voigt
May 22 | Roethke Auditorium (130 Kane Hall)
Professor of creative writing in the Warren Wilson College and former poet laureate of Vermont, Ellen Bryant Voigt has published eight volumes of poetry and two collections of essays. Her two most noted books of poetry are “Shadow of Heaven” and “Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976-2006,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. More info.
“Take Me There: Maps and Books from Old Japan”
Through June 5 | Allen North Lobby and East Asia Library (Gowen Hall 3rd Floor)
See books, manuscripts and maps published in Japan’s Tokugawa Period (1603-1868) that came to light and were cataloged during the Tateuchi Retrospective Cataloging project in the East Asia Library. Guided tours will be led by the exhibit curator, Saeko Suzuki. More info.