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Seminar at the Newberry: “Tolstoy’s Family Happiness and Anna Karenina”

Tolstoy’s Family Happiness and Anna Karenina at the Newberry Library in the fall.

Saturdays, 10 am – Noon
September 29 – December 8 (class will not meet November 24)
Ten sessions, $210

Saturdays, 1 – 3 pm
September 29 – December 8 (class will not meet November 24)
Ten sessions, $210

How does Tolstoy narrow the gap between literature and life? We will move from the early and delicate Family Happiness to the intense world of Anna Karenina, examining Tolstoy’s poetics, key themes, and philosophical perspectives on family mores. The texts will be supplemented with biographical, historical, and critical material provided by the instructor. Please read Family Happiness for the first meeting.

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Fanfara Ciocarlia, Balkan Funk Party

When? September 25, 2012
Where? City Winery Chicago
How much? Tickets $18-$25

Use the special promotional code “ROCXCW” to let them know you’re with ROCX!
Come join us dance the night away!

ROCX is partnering with City Winery to present Fanfara Ciocarlia to Chicago audiences. Fanfara Ciocarlia is one of the world’s foremost Gypsy brass band, and they have gone on to create a furious Balkan funk that has set the planet dancing.

Even by world music standards, the success of Fanfara Ciocarlia comes out of leftfield: the band members were peasant farmers and factory workers, men who played at weddings and baptisms for extra lei yet were not lautari (the caste designating professional Gypsy musicians in Romania ). Rooted in the soil of their native Moldavia, the music Fanfare make is relentless in its tempo and ferocious in delivery, music powered by great spirit and a desire to include everyone in the party.

They rave, they roar, they rage! Wherever and whenever Fanfara Ciocarlia blow their cheeks, nobody stands still – no matter how cool they pretend to be! Their instruments, bearing the marks of the previous decades, have lost their shine and gained their own patina. With them Fanfare Ciocarlia set off a musical firework display, displaying an unbelievable talent for intricate rhythms and dizzy tempos. Traditional Romanian dances and rhythms from Turkey, Bulgaria and Macedonia are played on horns, trumpets, clarinets and timpani.

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Screening: “Tsar to Lenin”

This Saturday, a screening of “Tsar to Lenin”, the most complete cinematic account of the Russian Revolution of 1917, will be accompanied by a lecture from David North, “The Historical Significance and Enduring Political Relevance of the 1917 Russian Revolution” at Powells Bookstore in Chicago.
David North is the chairman of the editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site, and a principal leader in the Trotskyist movement. His efforts to clarify the historical record of the life and work of Leon Trotsky, in his book In Defense of LeonTrotsky, were recently recognized in Bertrand M. Patenaude’s review of Robert Service’s Trotsky: A Biography and In Defense of Leon Trotsky, which appeared in the American Historical Review in 2011.

Saturday, September 15, 6pm
Powells Bookstore, 1218 S Halsted, Chicago

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Lecture: Islam, Gender and Localization in Southeast Asia:A Historical Perspective

Lecture: Islam, Gender and Localization in Southeast Asia:A Historical Perspective

Lecture at Loyola Lakeshore Sept. 17
“Islam, Gender and Localization in Southeast Asia:A Historical Perspective”
Barbara Andaya, U. of Hawaii

4 pm
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Free and Open to the public

For information contact: Marcia Hermansen,

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Call for Submissions: 1st Juried Member Exhibit, UIMA

Open Call for Submissions for 1st Juried Member Exhibit

Entry Deadline: MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012
Exhibit Dates: December 1, 2012 thru January 27, 2013

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago (UIMA) is accepting submissions for the 1st Juried Member exhibit from visual artists.

There is no theme. It is open to all media and subject to space (max 48 in. in width). All works must be contemporary in nature completed within the past 2 years.

Only UIMA members may submit proposals.
Become a member.

Please visit the UIMA website more information and submission guidelines.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences, Chicago Events

Mapping Difference: The Many Faces of Women in Contemporary Ukraine”

“Mapping Difference: The Many Faces of Women in Contemporary Ukraine”

Presentation and book signing at the UIMA

Saturday, June 23 at 7:00 PM

The book of essays by scholars in various disciplines focuses on the challenges confronting women in Ukraine today. Each author offers a fresh perspective on a key issue: from survival in a patriarchal society, to the pressures of economic migration, to the lack of gender equality and political power, to questions of nationalism and democracy.

Marian J. Rubchak is a Senior Research Professor of History at Valparaiso University whose work focuses on reimagining Slavic identities in various contexts. She has written on the role of myth in shaping the identity of contemporary Ukrainian women and the difficulties they face in a transitional society that is often biased against women.

Cost: $10 for Members of UIMA and CBPG, $15 for non-members

The book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

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75th Anniversary of the Opening of The Polish Museum of America

The 75th Anniversary of the opening of The Polish Museum of America

with a special exhibit featuring the early years of the Museum in photographs from our archival collection, along with recognition of the centennial anniversary of the PRCUA building housing the Museum.

Refreshments and entertainment.

Friday, June 15, 2012
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

In the Sabina P. Logisz Great Hall of
The Polish Museum of America
984 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

Admission $10.
Members of the PMA and Chicago Cultural Alliance $5. (Must present membership card.)
Special promotion for this event!
Free admission with purchase of a Museum membership!
(Membership categories start at $25.)

Exhibit on view from
June 15 — August 31, 2012
11 am — 4 pm, closed Thursdays.
Free parking in lot next to the Museum building.

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Three Sisters at the Steppenwolf

Chehkov’s Three Sisters at the Steppenwolf Theater
June 28-Aug 26, 2012

The Prozorov family chafes at the constraints of life in their small provincial town, once a bustling army garrison where their late father served as general. Attempts to shore up their crumbling social status lay bare the larger forces of unrest that will soon engulf them all.

Tony® Award-winning ensemble members Tracy Letts and Anna D. Shapiro continue their celebrated collaboration, bringing fresh insight to this classic story of a privileged family’s changing fortunes.

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New Czech Films at the Gene Siskel Film Center

New Czech Films U.S. Tour 2012

June 9-26

Provocative premieres and prize-winners make up this series of six recent films from the Czech Republic. They range from PROTEKTOR’s stylish but sinister drama and the real-life human comedy of MATCHMAKING MAYOR to LEAVING, the first and only film directed by playwright and former Czech Republic president, the late Vaclav Havel. The series opens with WALKING TOO FAST, the thriller that swept the 2011 Czech Lion Awards, with director Radim Spacek in person on June 9.

The touring series “New Czech Films U.S. Tour 2012” is curated by Irena Kovarova, and organized by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Czech Film Center, and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Chicago, with additional support from the Czech Center New York.

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International Music Day in Hyde Park


people sharing their love of music on the longest day of the year

INTERNATIONAL HOUSE (1414 East 59th Street) 2–8m

2:00 Golden String Quartet
2:30 Jonathan Cambry (piano)
3:00 Shawn Payne Quartet (jazz)
3:30 American Chamber Opera
4:00 Tigist Bekele (Ethiopian pop)
4:30 Middle Eastern classical
5:00 ChickenFat Klezmer Band
5:30 Potts and Pans (steel drum ensemble)
6:00 Melodicos (classical vocal)
6:30 Marissa, John, & Catherine (pop)
7:00 Kmang-Kmang (jazz)
7:30 K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Klezmer Band Continue reading →

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