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Actions for the Earth: Art, Care & Ecology

Starting June 26, 2024
Evanston
Actions for the Earth: Art, Care & Ecology is a traveling exhibition that considers kinship, healing, and restorative interventions as artistic practices and strategies to foster a deeper consciousnes...
Visual ArtsJune 20241719421200

A Little Truth: Fact and Fiction in Family Photography

Starting June 26, 2024
Evanston
When we have our picture taken, we often try to present our best selves. Even during difficult moments, we might force a smile, sit straighter, move closer together, cover the stain on our shirt. We m...
Visual ArtsJune 20241719421200
Summer Writers' Conference

Summer Writers’ Conference

Starting July 19, 2024
Online
The Northwestern University Summer Writers’ Conference returns on Friday, July 19 – Saturday, July 20. Once again, it will be held online, welcoming writers from around the globe to participate in thi...
HumanitiesJuly 20241721399400

Dissident Sisters: Bev Grant and Feminist Activism, 1968–72

Starting September 18, 2024
Evanston
An exhibition drawn from the collections of The Block Museum and Northwestern Libraries During a pivotal period in American public life, Bev Grant participated in and photographed radical political m...
Visual ArtsSeptember 20241726678800

Federico Solmi: The Great Farce

Starting September 18, 2024
Evanston
Past and present, history and amusement, reality and spectacle are conflated and distorted in Federico Solmi’s monumental media work, The Great Farce (2017). This immersive video is made up of nine vi...
Visual ArtsSeptember 20241726678800

Looking 101

Starting September 18, 2024
Evanston
Class is in session. Learn to look through art. The average museum visitor spends fewer than 30 seconds looking at a work of art. It usually takes us far less time than that to draw conclusions about ...
Visual ArtsSeptember 20241726678800

The Block Collects - Fall 2024

Starting September 18, 2024
Evanston
Every year The Block brings new works of art into the collection to support Northwestern University’s teaching and learning mission. Each work becomes part of an expanding resource that students, facu...
Visual ArtsSeptember 20241726678800

The Ballad of Mu Lan, an encore screening

June 29, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Evanston
written and directed by Alvin Chan When Mu Lan dresses up as a boy to take her father’s place in the army, she has lots to learn and lots to prove, but her biggest battle might be with her confidence....
Theatre and DanceJune 20241719687600

Airness

July 19, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Chicago
 This production is part of the MFA Acting Summer series, matching Northwestern’s emerging MFA actors with visionary Chicago directors to create exciting and unexpected collaborations in contemporary ...
Theatre and DanceJuly 20241721435400

Airness

July 20, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Chicago
 This production is part of the MFA Acting Summer series, matching Northwestern’s emerging MFA actors with visionary Chicago directors to create exciting and unexpected collaborations in contemporary ...
Theatre and DanceJuly 20241721502000

Airness

July 20, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Chicago
 This production is part of the MFA Acting Summer series, matching Northwestern’s emerging MFA actors with visionary Chicago directors to create exciting and unexpected collaborations in contemporary ...
Theatre and DanceJuly 20241721521800

Airness [copy] [copy]

July 21, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Chicago
 This production is part of the MFA Acting Summer series, matching Northwestern’s emerging MFA actors with visionary Chicago directors to create exciting and unexpected collaborations in contemporary ...
Theatre and DanceJuly 20241721588400
colorful graphic of brain circuitry

Generative AI, Critical Thinking, and Wonder in the 21st Century: Exploring the Intersection

August 2, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Online
Generative AI is a terrific tool that can help save time and costs, spare us from tedious work necessary so we can dedicate our energies to higher level work. But what is it doing to our own abilities...
HumanitiesAugust 20241722639600

Oregon Trail

August 2, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Chicago
 his production is part of the MFA Acting Summer series, matching Northwestern’s emerging MFA actors with visionary Chicago directors to create exciting and unexpected collaborations in contemporary t...
Theatre and DanceAugust 20241722645000

Oregon Trail

August 3, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Chicago
 his production is part of the MFA Acting Summer series, matching Northwestern’s emerging MFA actors with visionary Chicago directors to create exciting and unexpected collaborations in contemporary t...
Theatre and DanceAugust 20241722711600

Oregon Trail

August 3, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Chicago
 his production is part of the MFA Acting Summer series, matching Northwestern’s emerging MFA actors with visionary Chicago directors to create exciting and unexpected collaborations in contemporary t...
Theatre and DanceAugust 20241722731400

Oregon Trail

August 4, 2024
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Chicago
 his production is part of the MFA Acting Summer series, matching Northwestern’s emerging MFA actors with visionary Chicago directors to create exciting and unexpected collaborations in contemporary t...
Theatre and DanceAugust 20241722798000
Headshots of the six readers and Northwestern SPS logo

Summer Graduate Reading presented by the MFA in Prose and Poetry and MA in Writing Programs at SPS

August 16, 2024
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Evanston
Recent creative writing graduates of the MFA in Prose and Poetry and MA in Writing Programs at SPS will read original work. Featured readers will include Nimra Chohan, Rachel Kennedy, Natalia Nebel, M...
HumanitiesAugust 20241723849200
Jeffrey Siegel seated at a grand piano

The Power and Passion of Beethoven

September 27, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Jeffrey Siegel, piano Für Elise, the Sonata in F-sharp Major (“For Thérèse”), and the “Appassionata” Sonata.
MusicSeptember 20241727483400
A portrait of Jeffrey Kahane posing next to a piano

Jeffrey Kahane, piano

October 4, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Skyline Piano Artist Series “achievement of a joy that can’t come too soon and can’t wait” —LA Times Pianist, conductor, and scholar Jeffrey Kahane is now in the fifth decade of an expansi...
MusicOctober 20241728088200
Paul O'Dette performing onstage with a lute

Paul O'Dette, lute

October 5, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series “the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument.” —Toronto Globe and Mail One of the most influential figures in his field, lutenist Paul O’Dette ...
MusicOctober 20241728174600
Clayton Stephenson smiling and sitting on the edge of a stage with a piano in the background

Clayton Stephenson, piano

November 1, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Skyline Piano Artist Series “Stephenson is not just a remarkable virtuoso, but a poet, a dramatist and a master story-teller.” —Gramophone American pianist Clayton Stephenson’s love for mu...
MusicNovember 20241730507400
A portrait of the Kupinski Duo performing together

Kupinski Duo

November 16, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series "elegance of sound (...) and maturity of interpretation.” —Twoja Muza Magazine The Kupinski Guitar Duo, comprised of Ewa Jablczynska and Dariusz Kupinski, h...
MusicNovember 20241731807000
Jeffrey Siegel seated at a grand piano in front of an audience on the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall stage

A Few of Our Favorite Things

December 13, 2024
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Jeffrey Siegel, piano Beloved music of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy.
MusicDecember 20241734139800
The members of the Dover Quartet walk through a train station, smiling and carrying their instrument cases

Dover Quartet

January 10, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Bienen School of Music Quartet-in-Residence Part of the Winter Chamber Music Festival Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violin; Julianne Lee, viola; Camden Shaw, cello “The power of the Dover Quartet to commun...
MusicJanuary 20251736559000
The members of Third Coast percussion stand in front of a green background with various percussion instruments; Jessie Montgomery stands in front of a window

Third Coast Percussion with Jessie Montgomery

January 11, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Winter Chamber Music Festival Jessie Montgomery, violin; David Skidmore, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, Sean Connors, and She-e Wu, percussion Grammy Award-winning composer and violinist Jes...
MusicJanuary 20251736645400
The members of Trio Valtorna stand holding their instruments and smiling in front of a window

Trio Valtorna

January 12, 2025
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Part of the Winter Chamber Music Festival Ida Kavafian, violin; David Jolley, horn; Gilles Vonsattel, piano The Danbury News-Times praises Trio Valtorna’s balance of “gentleness and power.” Bringing t...
MusicJanuary 20251736715600
The members of the Vertavo String Quartet sit on a bench, holding their instruments, under a staircase in front of a green tile wall

Vertavo String Quartet

January 17, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Winter Chamber Music Festival Øyvor Volle and Annabelle Meare, violin; Berit Cardas, viola; Bjørg Lewis, cello “With phenomenal expressive flexibility, the Vertavo moved from warmest sensu...
MusicJanuary 20251737163800
The members of the Viano Quartet stand, holding their instruments, in a spotlight against a white wall

Viano Quartet

January 19, 2025
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Part of the Winter Chamber Music Festival Lucy Wang and Hao Zhou, violin; Aiden Kane, viola; Tate Zawadiuk, cello In a recent review of the Viano Quartet, the Boston Globe proclaims, “…one stopped lis...
MusicJanuary 20251737320400
The members of the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam sit playing their instruments against a white backdrop

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

January 24, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Winter Chamber Music Festival Judith van Driel and Marleen Wester, violin; Marie-Louise de Jong, viola; David Faber, cello ChicagoClassicalReview.com praises the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam’s ...
MusicJanuary 20251737768600
A picture of father-and-son duo Jeffrey and Gabriel Kahane, with Jeffrey's photo on the left and Gabriel's on the right

Jeffrey and Gabriel Kahane Duo

January 25, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Skyline Piano Artist Series Pianist, conductor, and scholar Jeffrey Kahane is in the fifth decade of an expansive and versatile career which has included concertos with the New York Philha...
MusicJanuary 20251737855000
The members of the Miró Quartet stand, holding their instruments, in front of a fountain outside a brick building

Miró Quartet

January 26, 2025
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston
Part of the Winter Chamber Music Festival Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violin; John Largess, viola; Joshua Gindele, cello Hailed for their “explosive vigor and technical finesse” by the New Y...
MusicJanuary 20251737925200
A portrait of Louis Lortie wearing a navy blue sweater

Louis Lortie, piano

January 31, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Skyline Piano Artist Series “immaculate pianism and artistry” —The Guardian Pianist Louis Lortie appears in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals, including London’s Wig...
MusicJanuary 20251738373400
A portrait of Meng Su with her guitar in an empty theater

Meng Su, guitar

February 8, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series “Pure musical alchemy… the audience jumped to its feet in ovation.” —Courier & Press Multifaceted guitarist Meng Su captivates audiences around the world wi...
MusicFebruary 20251739064600
A portrait of Tom Borrow smiling and sitting next to a window

Tom Borrow, piano

February 14, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Skyline Piano Artist Series “In a world teeming with gifted young pianists, Borrow stands out with a touch that’s both light and powerful, and supremely incandescent” —Cleveland Plain Deal...
MusicFebruary 20251739583000
Jeffrey Siegel, seated at a grand piano, speaks to the audience in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Schubert: The Sorrowful and the Sublime

February 21, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Jeffrey Siegel, piano Beloved Impromptus and the joyous Sonata in A Major, D. 664.
MusicFebruary 20251740187800
A portrait of Shin-ichi Fukuda in navy blue, holding his guitar

Shin-ichi Fukuda, guitar

March 14, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series “Sensuously beautiful tone…lyrical and sublime” –San Francisco Classical Voice Shin-ichi Fukuda began playing the classical guitar at the age of eleven unde...
MusicMarch 20251741998600
A close-up of Christopher Guzman, smiling and wearing glasses

Christopher Guzman, piano

April 4, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Skyline Piano Artist Series “coiled...explosive” —New York Times Pianist Christopher Guzman enjoys an international performing career that showcases a broad range of styles from the Baroqu...
MusicApril 20251743813000
A portrait of Michelle Cann in a floral dress

Michelle Cann, piano

May 2, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Skyline Piano Artist Series “a pianist of sterling artistry” —Gramophone Lauded by audiences and critics alike, Michelle Cann has become one of the most sought-after pianists of her genera...
MusicMay 20251746232200
Aniello Desiderio smiling with his guitar

Aniello Desiderio, guitar

May 10, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of the Segovia Classical Guitar Series Following his first public performance at the age of eight, Aniello Desiderio quickly established himself as a concert artist with a distinct voice. He has ...
MusicMay 20251746923400
Jeffrey Siegel stands onstage in front of a grand piano, speaking to the audience in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall

Humor in Music

May 16, 2025
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Evanston
Part of Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Jeffrey Siegel, piano Witty and whimsical selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Stravinsky.
MusicMay 20251747441800