Why You Should Leave Your Apartment

Bench outside the back of Walker

This is a picture of what this campus looked like last February.

That means, you should take advantage of the comparatively gorgeous weather we’re having right now, get out of your apartment and enjoy winter quarter a bit. We know that even without the massive amounts of snow on the ground it’s hard to get out to the fabulous Chicago neighborhoods when it’s a bit chilly. So, here are some things right on campus and in Hyde Park that might be fun to check out.

We, of course, have to start with the stuff that we’re hosting for you this week.

1. Open Mic Night on Thursday, February 2nd at 5:00PM: Right in your very own Anscombe Lounge. You’re all on campus on Thursdays anyways, so why not stop by on your way home to nosh a bit and maybe play a song or two on guitar. Or, better yet, sit back on a comfy Lounge couch with a glass of wine, and just let the music and literary readings of your fellow MAPHers wash over you.

2. Jeff’s Talk on Thesis Stuff on Friday, February 3rd at 12:30PM: Jeff’s giving another super useful talk on thesis-related things this Friday. If you came to the last one, you know how helpful the info is. If you didn’t come to the last one, you really NEED to come to this one.

(See other, non-MAPH hosted events after the jump)

However, we’re not the only ones giving you reasons to leave your apartment. Here’s a bunch of stuff that’s going on around the neighborhood and on campus that you might be interested in:

1. Invisible Man at the Court: An adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man is up at the Court Theater on 55th and Ellis. It runs through February 19th and, while most of the Saturday night shows are sold out at this point, you can still get in for a Wednesday evening or Sunday matinee performance. With your UChicago ID, you get tickets for $10.00, and when regular-priced tickets are $45.00, that’s quite the deal, folks!

2. Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man Symposium: Maybe theater’s not your thing? Well, in conjunction with the world premier of the play at the Court Theater this month, scholars are coming together at the DuSable Museum of African American History on Friday, February 3rd at 10:00AM to talk about the book and the performance (Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: In Its Time and Ours).

3. The Royal Tenenbaums at Doc Films: Screening three times this Friday evening7:00PM, 9:15PM, and 11:30PM–it’s the perfect thing to do on a Friday when there’s no social hour. And, if you haven’t been to Doc Films yet, that’s really sad and you should get there ASAP. Let this ridiculous movie be your first visit. With a film starring such a weird combination of people–Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Danny Glover (anyone remember when he was in Angels in the Outfield?!)–you can’t lose.

4. “Someone Else’s Dream” at the Hyde Park Art Center: This fantastic exhibit just opened, but is running through May 6th, so you have lots of time to see it. But, given how busy you’re going to get with finals and thesis stuff, why not go this weekend? These paintings are from ten artists’ ideas about the fusion of reality and fantasy. They’re bright, they’re beautiful, they’re inspiring, and they’re in the same building as Istria, where you can get some of the best coffee in Hyde Park. Wander over to 51st and Cornell to see the exhibit, and then check out Encore, the unexpected and super cute Hyde Park thrift store across 51st from the Art Center.

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