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Last chance to see India blooming in Chicago…

Check out this FREE event brought to you by the people at the Chicago Opera Theatre in collaboration with the University of Chicago as part of the India Blooms in Chicago series:

Stories Heard: Musical Narratives from India

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 6pm Chicago Cultural Center,
78 E Randolph St, Randolph Café, Chicago, IL 60602

Understand the integral role music plays in telling stories – from classical Indian musical styles to Bollywood films – with University of Chicago Ethnomusicologist Kaley Mason. FREE, but reservations requested (online, 312.704.8420 x23 or

This event is in collaboration with the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies, South Asia Language & Area Center and Chicago Cultural Center

Go enjoy this great event and support MAPH Alum Sarah Pesin (’07) who is working with the Chicago Cultural Center.

Up All Night

Get out of Hyde Park! Go to the Loop! Ignore your theses drafts!

Friday, May 2, starting a 5pm, is Chicago’s own all-night artistic celebration Looptopia.   In its second year running, Looptopia offers events from dusk until dawn, including visual arts, music acts, theater, and something the website labels as “spectacle.”  Check it out for a few minutes or perhaps all 14 hours (5pm-7am).  All events are FREE but after midnight, wristbands are required for those events with limited space.  All the info, including a handy chart of events by hour is on the website:

Just one more cool thing about living in Chicago in the Springtime.

FREE Opera Simulcast in Millennium Park

Come and be part of an historic event when, on May 9th, the Chicago Opera Theater will be having Chicago’s first simulcasted opera screened at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. A performance of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will be broad casted on to a large screen directly from a performance at the Harris Theater. This FREE simulcast will take place on May 9 at 7:30pm for an audience of up to 11,000.

So, pack yourself a picnic and experience an evening of fine performance art as the Chicago Opera Theater brings its Da Ponte/Mozart series to a close with this free rain or shine event.

visit the Millennium Park website or the COT website for more info.

24 Hours of Art and Moving Mountains

The Hyde Park Art Center is putting on its third annual 24-hour arts event, Creative Move 2008: Moving Mountains. This fabulous event comes right after our very own “Works in Progress” and is a great place to go, have fun, create art, talk with your peers, dance, and even have a few drinks. The event is FREE and begins on Friday April 25th at 8pm and runs until the next day, finishing at 8pm.

Events include performances by guest DJs, dance shows, open mike opportunities, film screenings, hatha yoga classes in the early morning hours, film screenings, an exhibition that they claim invites you to “literally move mountains,” and chances to win prizes from local vendors! You can also visit the HPAC website for a full schedule of events.

Also, if you want to get involved with the event itself, you can volunteer to help; volunteer shifts run from 7pm on Friday to 9pm on Saturday and are broken up into 4 hours shifts. For doing this you will get a free t shirt and free delightful food treats from Whole Foods. If you are interested in helping out, please email the volunteer Coordinator Michal Lynn Shumante at

This really is a great opportunity to do something cool within Hyde Park and help support the nationally recognized Hyde Park Art Center!

Save the Date – MAPH Reunion, June 6

Join MAPH alumni for an evening of celebration as the University hosts its annual Alumni Weekend. Our private MAPH Reunion will take place on Friday, June 6 at Landmark Grill and Lounge, located at 1633 North Halsted. Tickets for graduating MAPHers are compliments of Martha T. Roth, Dean of the Humanities Division; a formal invitation is forthcoming. For more information, visit or call Heather Upshaw at (773) 834-2502.

Feeling Artsy?

Hey MAPHers, suffering a case of the winter thesis doldrums? Get in touch with your artistic side and express yourself by taking art classes at the Hyde Park Art Center (you don’t have to discuss Lacan in these classes, although I suppose you could if you wished. People might raise eye brows). The HPAC begins its five-week art courses NEXT WEEK, on February 11! It’s one 2.5 hour class a week, so take some time off, and get creative to chill out!

Courses offered:

**CERAMIC TILES** Produce your own hand made tiles

~STAINED GLASS~ Cut glass and build panels

**METAL SMITHING AND JEWELRY**chain making, jewelry,
vessels, flatware – and lots of sawing!

~CROCHET~ Make your own winter woollies


~TEXTILE MANIPULATION~ felting, fulling, knitting, crochet,
quilting, and even recycling!

The Hyde Park Art Center is located on 5020 S. Cornell, in the building that says “ART” in gigantic colorful letters.

For more information on classes at the center, visit:
or call the art centre (773 324 5520) to register.

Adventures in babysitting (or petsitting)

Winter quarter is certainly upon us: the skies are gray, thesis proposals are looming, library visits are frequent and seemingly interminable. But not to worry! Spring is coming…eventually (I mean, hey, it’s light at 5pm now!) and when that Spring comes and you can frolic in the streets out among society once again, you may find your pockets to be just a wee bit empty.

But where can one find a reliable cash flow to work around your very unruly schedule? (think things that are legal)

This is where the website comes in handy. This website allows you to fill out a personal profile and receive job postings based on your interests and location about people in need of childcare, pet care, senior care, and home care! It’s a bonanza of paid care-giving opportunities! Applying for jobs is easy– all you have to do is reply to the posts that people create that are in need of services. The site makes it easier to find work without having to search want ads or pray that Joan sends another email about a professor that needs someone to watch his/her child. This site also lets you pick and choose what types of jobs you want– some people are looking for regular sitters or pet walkers a few times a week, while others post for that emergency Friday night that they need someone ASAP.

So, when that moment comes when you have the time to take a leisurely stroll down Michigan Avenue (it will come, I promise!), now you will have the cash money to accompany that trip (or you can just use the money now on your weekly visit to Jimmy’s).