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December 3, 2014

Arts Roundup: Lectures, music — and UW Symphony and Opera Theater

This week there are lots of events to keep students, staff and faculty busy before finals.  Don’t miss “Idleness,” the second Factory Showroom exhibit at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, or the UW Symphony and UW Opera Theater performing a version of Puccini’s opera “Gianni Schicci.”  If you’re looking for something that challenges your outdoor recreational spirit, catch the Fly Tying and Fishing Artifacts day at the Burke Museum.

Mladen Stilinovich, "Artist at Work," 1977. On display at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.

Mladen Stilinovich, “Artist at Work,” 1977. On display at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery.Mladen Stilinovich

Factory Showroom “Idleness”
Through Jan. 17 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery
The second program as part of Factory — a series of displays, labor demonstrations, motivational speeches, quality controls and new product launches — organized to explore the question, “Is a school a factory?” It serves as the dialectical counterpoint to “Industry,” the first exhibition in the series which celebrated traditional, industrious studio practices and notions of labor. “Idleness” presents artists who embrace boredom, laziness, idleness, daydreaming, anti-labor and indifference as vital and generative activities for art production. More info.

International Ladino Day
Dec. 4 | Kane Hall
The UW Sephardic Studies Program and the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies will host Seattle’s second annual International Ladino Day celebration. This year’s expanded event will showcase encore performances as well as fresh faces joining the celebration of Ladino as a language that is alive and spoken in Seattle. More info.

UW Symphony and Opera Theater
Dec. 5 | Meany Hall
David Alexander Rahbee conducts the University Symphony in a program of works by Respighi and Puccini. The orchestra is joined by students from the UW Opera Theater (Thomas Harper, director), performing a concert version of Puccini’s opera “Gianni Schicchi.” More info.

Fly Tying and Fishing Artifacts from the Burke Collections
12:30 p.m., Dec. 6 | Burke Museum
Join the Burke Museum for a special day devoted to how humans fish. See displays of fishing hooks, lures and nets that were used by fishermen on the shores of Puget Sound hundreds of years ago. Try your hand at tying flies with members of the Washington Fly Fishing Club. At 1 p.m. there will be a presentation on Fly Tying with Ryan Smith, biologist, fisherman and owner of The Avid Angler. More info.

Medieval Music in Mary Gates Hall
7:30 p.m., Dec. 6, Commons of Mary Gates Hall
The UW Collegium Musicum uses the resonant acoustics of Mary Gates Hall to present medieval music written for the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris in 1200, and also will present newly discovered carols from 18th-century Cornwall. More info.

Music from the War to End All Wars
Dec. 7 | Brechemin Auditorium
This series, produced by Robin McCabe, professor of piano, features music composed during or about World War I, with historical context offered in commentary and narration. The debut concert features works by Debussy and De Falla, with a pre-concert lecture, “A Gathering Storm? Artistic Crisis and the Coming of the First World War,” by Robert Stacey, UW history professor and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The series continues March 8 and May 3, 2015. More info.

“The Picture of Dorian Gray”
Through Dec. 7 | Cabaret Theater, Hutchinson Hall
In turn-of-the-century London, artist Basil Hallward paints a portrait of Dorian Gray, an impossibly attractive young man. When Dorian unknowingly trades his soul for permanent youth and beauty, he sinks into a life of darkness and debauchery, corrupting all who fall for his charms. Neil Bartlett takes Oscar Wilde’s classic story to the stage in a haunting new adaptation that explores the thin line between perception and reality. Presented by the Undergraduate Theater Society. More info.

Incite-Insight Lecture: Daniel Joseph Martinez
7 p.m., Dec. 11 | Henry Art Gallery
Martinez engages in an interrogation of social, political and cultural mores through artworks that have been described as nonlinear, asymmetrical, multidimensional propositions. The works are executed in a wide range of media, including text, sculpture, photography, painting, installation, robotics, performance and public interventions that delve into topics of race and sociopolitical boundaries present within American society. More info.

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