UIC School of Theatre & Music September News

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School of Theatre & Music September News

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The School of Theatre & Music provides innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive academic and performance programs as part of its diverse, urban context. These programs develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, intellectual resourcefulness, and imaginative daring in emerging artists and scholars.

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Visit our website at theatreandmusic.uic.edu or follow us on Facebook for up to the minute news regarding our faculty, performances, education programs and much more.

Welcome Class of 2018!
The halls are abuzz and activity fills every room as we welcome our students and faculty back to school for the fall semester. We’re excited to have 57 new majors join our family this year as we roll out facility improvements, new programs and a busy performance season.

Season and single tickets are now available for UIC Theatre’s 2014-15 season.
From the witty and irreverent Misalliance and the chilling Ivanov, to the heartbreaking The Piano Lesson and the beguiling A Matter of Life & Death, characters struggle to fight for what matters most. PURCHASE SEASON TICKETS HERE.

Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Luigi Salerni

Adventure drops from the sky in this uproarious tale of romantic entanglements. With secrets and surprises bubbling under the veneer of social niceties, what will burst free when it does? UIC’s own Luigi Salerni directs this irreverent romp as the caustic wit of playwright George Bernard Shaw transforms the stage into a forum for laughter and “good ideas.”

OPENS Friday, October 37:30PM

Take a lunch break at UIC

Our popular, weekly professional concert series returns on September 9.

Tuesdays-at-One
Recital Hall (L060)
1040 W. Harrison St

September 9 – A Celebration of Sonorities
Saxophone quartet, The Estrella Consort, present a program of music by William Albright, Scott Rubin, Matthias Krüger, Iannis Xenakis and Roshanne Etezady.

September 16 – Bartók & Browning
Ensemble P/4 pairs Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Venus Notorious by Zack Browning, whose music has been described as “propulsive, giddy, rocking… a rush of cyclic riffs and fractured meters” (The New York Times).

September 23 – UIC Jazz Faculty
A showcase by UIC’s stellar faculty: Victor Garcia (trumpet), Chris Madsen (saxophone), Andy Baker (trombone), Dan Murphy (piano), Zvonimir Tot (guitar), Ernie Adams (drums), and Stewart Miller (bass).

September 30 – Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players
Performers drawn from one of the region’s finest symphonic orchestras perform a selection of latino music for string quartet.

Learn more about performances at UIC HERE.

Last week to sign up to make music

Calling all musically-inclined students! Regardless of your intended major, schedule, or ability level, there is a music ensemble for you at UIC. Visit our ensembles page to learn more about the UIC Choirs, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, University Band, Pep Band, and String Orchestra.

News from STM

The UIC Jazz Ensemble made their festival debut to a standing-room-only audience at the Chicago Jazz Festival this pastSunday. Faculty Cheryl Wilson and 2014 Alum Shaun Johnson joined the group to reprise their fall 2013 performance of Kenny Wheeler’s Sweet Time Suite. Many thanks to the Jazz Institute for curating such an exciting weekend of music and Chicago Community Trust for sponsoring the Young Lions stage.

Tanera Marshall spent June and July in Atlanta doing dialect work onInsurgent, the second film in the Divergent series. Naomi Watts joins the cast, which includes Theo James and Jai Courtney. In August she resumed coaching for Chicago Fire, now in its third season.
New faculty member Javier Jose Mendoza talks about how his chamber orchestra (Chicago Arts Orchestra) aims to attract new audiences by programming works with a unique historical perspective in his interview with Sergio Mims, classical music programmer with WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.

For more news about the school and faculty, visit our news page.

Tel: (312) 996-2977
Fax: (312) 996-0954
Email: hvasey@uic.edu

September Events at Powells

September is happening at Powell’s!

This weekend are two fantastic events we hope you’ll attend. Next, we’re heading out to Expo Chicago 9/18-9/21 and The 57th Street Children’s Book Fair on 9/21.

You can also look forward to the Madness of 50% off sales at both locations at the end of the month, and more great literary and community events, so stay tuned for more!

Vivian Maier: Eye to Eye

Friday, September 5th at 7pm

Release party! The latest title on Vivian Maier from CityFiles Press, along with greatly reduced prices on all their fantastic titles on Chicago Art, Architecture, and Photographic history.

Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, authors of the award winning Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, will discuss their new work, which focuses on Maier’s portraits of others around the world.

Gaining posthumous fame as a street photographer through her powerful, arresting photographs, Maier never showed work in her lifetime. Vivian Maier: Eye to Eye casts a new light on the warmth and intimacy of a figure heretofore seen as reclusive and quirky. Fascinated with shadow and reflection, especially in her self-portraits, some of her most striking images come about in the direct, eye-to-eye portraits where she captures the world and her fellow humanity straight on.

Vivian Maier: Eye to Eye also uses innovative four-color printing technology to approximate the stunning quality of original silver gelatin prints, bringing Maier’s photographs to life beautifully.

more information:
Facebook Event
CityFiles website

Saturday, September 6th at 7pm

Join us this Saturday for readings from local and international critically acclaimed and boundary-pushing talent.

May-Lan Tan lives in London. She is the author of the story collection Things to Make and Break (CB Editions, 2014) and the chapbook Girly (Future Tense, 2014), and a collaborator with Marina Abramović Institute’s Immaterial.  may-lan.com

Mia McCullough’s plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and Stage Left Theatre in Chicago, as well as around the country. Most recently her play SINCE AFRICA received its NYC premiere at Red Fern Theatre in February 2014.

Dan O’Brien is a poet and playwright in Los Angeles. His debut poetry collection, War Reporter, was published in 2013 and won the prestigious 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh Prize and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.

Daniel M. Shapiro lives in Pittsburgh. He is the author of How the Potato Chip Was Invented (sunnyoutside press), Interruptions (with Jessy Randall, Pecan Grove Press), The 44th-Worst Album Ever (NAP), and Teeth Underneath (FootHills Publishing).

Don Share is the editor of Poetry magazine in Chicago.  His most recent books are Wishbone (Black Sparrow), Union (Eyewear Publishing), and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions); His translations of Miguel Hernández were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize.

Facebook Event

Tuesday September 16th at 6pm

SlutWalk Chicago and FURIE (Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation) team up to present a community forum on rape culture and street harassment.

UIC School of Theatre & Music August News

School of Theatre & Music August News

School of Theatre & Music

NEW

BOLD

INCLUSIVE

RELEVANT

The School of Theatre & Music provides innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive academic and performance programs as part of its diverse, urban context. These programs develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, intellectual resourcefulness, and imaginative daring in emerging artists and scholars.

SPOTTED

UIC music alum Eric Brink on the big screen at Lollapalooza, performing with Wildcat! Wildcat!

Show us what you got!

Performing in a great show over your summer break? Playing a gig with UIC alums? Tag us on instagram and let us know what you’re up to or follow us to find out what’s happening at the School of Theatre & Music this summer.

@uictheatremusic

Stay in Touch

Visit our website at theatreandmusic.uic.edu or follow us on Facebook for up to the minute news regarding our faculty, performances, education programs and much more.

A busy summer for UIC Theatre & Music
Along with another successful year of our Summer Program in the Arts for incoming freshmen, STM launched three new high school arts camps this year!

Over the course of three weeks 75 high school students worked with UIC faculty and guest artists to create an original theatre work, polish their jazz improvisation skills and/or perform in symphonic band with students from all over Chicagoland. Visit our facebook page or gallery to see more photos.

Take a guess & win free tickets!

We are incredibly excited to announce our upcoming theatre season next week. In the meantime we just can’t help dropping a few hints about our plans so we decided to let you in on the fun.

If you’re not already following us on facebook or instagram (@uictheatremusic) get on over there quick! We’ll share tidbits about a different play each day. Comment with your best guess on which work we’re presenting and we’ll pick a winner at random to join us on opening night!

P.S. UIC Theatre students – sorry guys, no insider trading allowed, you don’t get to play!

Walkin’ About

The Jazz Ensemble’s new CD is now available! Walkin’ About is led by Andy Baker, Director of Jazz Studies, and features guest vocalist Cheryl Wilson. You can purchase a copy now at the School of Theatre & Music office (1040 W. Harrison St, L017) for $10 or pick one up at the ensemble’s Chicago Jazz Festival appearance later this month.

Jazz Ensemble
August 31, 2:50pm
Young Lion’s Stage, Millennium Park

Chicago Jazz Festival 

Come play with us

Regardless of your intended major, schedule, or ability level, there is a music ensemble for you here at UIC. Visit our ensembles page to learn more about the UIC Choirs, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, University Band, Pep Band, and String Orchestra.

News from STM

We’re thrilled to welcome two more new faculty members this month.

Rachelle Palnick Tsachor joins us as Assistant Professor of Theatre in Movement. Her research, scholarship and artistic creation focus on the connection between the mind and the body, and how function and expression work well together.

Saxophonist Christopher Madsen comes on board as music faculty. Since returning to Chicago he has performed all over the city with his own groups as well as the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Ron Perrillo quartet, and the Rob Parton, Tom Matta, Mulligan Mosaics, and Joe Clark big bands. He has released four albums under his name and been involved with countless other recording projects.
Along with acting as faculty director for our theatre camp, Jason Martin somehow found the time to coach FIVE different accents for Merry Wives of Windsor at First Folio Theatre and is currently coaching dialect for a new adaptation of Jane Eyre at Lifeline Theatre. His summer activities covered RP British, Cockney, Devonshire, Welsh, French, Polish, and Yorkshire. What a mouthful!

For more news about the school and faculty, visit our news page.

UIC an Accidental Sports Center on the world stage?

In cities around the US and the world, economic and business development agencies and local governments compete to attract major events such as sports competitions, conventions, conferences and others . They do this for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, tourism spending and marketing exposure both of which foster increased economic development. On the last weekend in June, two large events were hosted in Chicago and UIC played a role in both.  UIC’s Forum and the UIC Pavilion are assets that are important to the University and to City of Chicago because events require a variety of facilities from which organizers might choose.

On June 29 at the UIC Pavilion, Street League Skateboarding was televised nationally on Fox Sports and had an international web cast. The event included a public expo. As you might expect the event attracted a younger crowd but young people  grow up and many of them go to universities and television viewers often choose places to live or visit.

On the same weekend, the International Triathlon Union had a stop in the World Tour in Grant Park. This event was televised in over 60 countries and continues to be shown in re-runs. A national level amateur event attracted 4000 participants from all over the USA (there were some local residents who participated). The USA Elite team secured training time at UIC and there’s considerable potential for this sort of activity in many sports.

Given UIC’s facilities’ proximity to downtown, it’s easy to imagine, without adding significant spending, attracting the world’s best in countless activities being drawn to our area. A coordinated effort in this area would create jobs; be a priceless marketing opportunity for the University; an excellent way to position the community to prospective students, professors, and administrators; an enhancement of the University’s reputation in the local and wider community; and great exposure for our community. With the right planning of Roosevelt Square during the upcoming master planning process for which C4C successfully advocated, and institutional employer-assisted housing programs targeted to Roosevelt Square, and more effort to attract events like those UIC attracted in June, our community and Chicago could benefit immensely.

Skating

ITU

July Events at Powells

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*July 11th, 7pm
Five Hundred Sirens with Jay Shearer
Join us for a reading and discussion with Jay Shearer, a finalist for the 2013 Flannery O’Connor prize in short fiction.

*July 20th, 4pm
Buddhist Boot Camp with Timber Hawkeye
Non-judgement day is near! Timber Hawkeye joins us to share his unique blend of humor and enlightenment.

*July 24th, 7pm
Saintly Sex with Dr. John McHale
Saintly Sex takes a bold, critical look at the Catholic Church, calling for reform in gender-based practices.

World Number 1 Triathlete and USA Triathlon Elite team to train at UIC

This weekend, 2 miles away, the world’s best triathletes will compete in a leg of the ITU World Tour. The team will include World number 1 Gwen Jorgenson who is an alumnus of the University of Madison. The USA team will do some of its swimming preparation at UIC.

There is an open race of 4000 people on Sunday morning which features some local residents. The Elite Women race on Saturday at 12:30 PM. The Elite Men race at 4:00 PM on Sunday. The course includes multiple loops for ideal spectator viewing.

Race Schedule

Course Maps

Volunteer Opportunities

June Events at Powells

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*The 30th Anniversary of Printer’s Row Lit Fest is here!

*June 20th, 6pm
Bad Grammar Theater brings you readings from the best local authors in pulp, scfi-fi, horror, and fantasy.

*June 21, 1pm
Join us for Haiku Festival’s annual poetry reading.

*June 26th, 7pm
Lisa Kirchner joins us for a reading and signing of Hello American Lady Creature, a memoir of the feminist foibles of living in Qatar as a newly single American lady creature.