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May 8, 2002 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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University of Chicago students to hold campus-wide arts festival

Arabic calligraphy, klezmer music, drag cabaret, wood carving, installation art, a post-apocalyptic circus… All these and more will be featured at the student-run Festival of the Arts (FOTA), to be held on the University of Chicago campus from May 12 to May 26.

The annual festival will also include exhibitions of photography and painting, theater performances, classical music, rock concerts, a daily craft workshop on the Main Quadrangle, and lectures by performance artist Dr. Annie Sprinkle and American-Israeli filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg. Most events are free and open to the public. FOTA was underwritten by a grant from UChicagoArts, the University’s new arts funding body. Among the highlights:

Arabic calligraphy by Nihad Dukhan, a Palestinian artist, will be exhibited with a collection of photographs by Sabeel, a Christian organization in Bethlehem. Sponsored by the Arab Student Union. Ida Noyes Library and Lounge, 1212 E. 59th St., Sunday, May 12 - Sunday, May 26.

Art of the Eye, a collection of paintings by visually impaired artists. Sponsored by Friends of the Greek Council and Delta Gamma. (Delta Gamma’s community service centers on helping the blind.) School of Social Service Administration Building, 969 E. 60th St., Sunday, May 12 - Sunday, May 26.

Alterity and Everyday Political Consciousness. A collection of photographs of Afghan refugees in Pakistani refugee camps, taken by fourth-year Daniel Pepper in December 2001. First floor, Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St., Sunday, May 12 - Sunday, May 26.

Cigarette Box Shrines. Third-year Sarah Vogel and several other student artists have converted used cigarette packets into "shrines"–some featuring Catholic or other religious imagery, some with dirt and seeds for planting. The shrines will be sold for 75 cents out of a converted cigarette machine in Ex Libris coffee shop, Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St., Sunday, May 12 - Sunday, May 26.

Public art. Student work will be displayed in Crerar Library, Harper Library, Ida Noyes Hall, Regenstein Library, and Reynolds Club, Sunday, May 12 - Sunday, May 26. Exhibitions include paintings by Melissa Buschey, Vicente Cano, John Clayton, Ayelet Even-Nur, Wylie Garcia, Daryl Osuch and Tim Schneider; photography by Jean Bauer, Andrea Parker, and Amber Staab; collage by Arline Welty; and installation art by Elliott Brennan and Johnathan Puff, Ceyda Oskay, Arturo Perez, and the artists’ collective "The Staff." Exhibition openings begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12 and 4 p.m. Monday, May 13. Food and drink will be served, and the artists will be available to answer questions.

Promises, an Oscar-nominated film about children caught up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg will answer questions after the screening. Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.

Haunting Pierrot’s Ghost, a full-length feature film made by University Theatre and filmmaking club Fire Escape Productions, with the support of a $10,000 UChicagoArts grant. The genre-defying film, written and directed by alumnus Nima Bassiri (A.B.’01), tells the story of the son of a famous mime artist, and his struggle to come to terms with that much-loathed art form. Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Tickets cost $4.

Dragattack Cabaret Workshop, a group of drag kings and queens from Olympia, Washington, presents Third Antenna, a film about the radical nature of drag. Sponsored by the Center for Gender Studies. Room 130, Harper Memorial Library, 1116 E. 59th St., 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17.

Music, theater and performance
At the Apartment, a rock opera about life in a Hyde Park apartment. Written and directed by Ethan Sellers (AB’96) and performed by University Theatre. Francis X. Kinahan Theater, Reynolds Club, 1135 E. 57th St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.

Lollapalivingroom. A festival of student and local bands. Hutchinson Courtyard, 1135 E. 57th St., 7-11 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15.

An Evening of Klezmer and Storytelling, featuring the Maxwell Street Klezmer Sextet. Sponsored by Newberger Hillel Center. Francis X. Kinahan Theater, Reynolds Club, 1135 E. 57th St., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23.

Lectures and other events
Spread the Love: Art for All. Fourth-year Ricky Abisla will set up a craft table, complete with construction paper, glue, glitter, paper plates and popsicle sticks. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by and rediscover their inner artist. Main Quadrangle, Sunday, May 12 - Sunday, May 26.

Euphony Release Party/Hyde Park Band Showcase. Listen to Hyde Park bands (Liz Ptacet, Peace In Space, Soul Calculus, inchWORM, Cordell, Matt and Rodney, and Mike Kuszynski of Plane Recordings) and pick up a free copy of the literary magazine Euphony, featuring work by former Poet Laureate Mark Strand. FOTA Tent (on the Main Quadrangle), 5-11 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

Dr. Annie Sprinkle. The renowned performance artist will talk about her life and work. Admission: $5 for students / $8 for non-students. Room 107, Kent Hall, 1020 E. 58th St., 7:30 pm. Friday, May 17.

Le Vorris and Vox, Circa 3002, a post-apocalyptic circus. See student acrobats, clowns, stilt-walkers, fire-breathers, jugglers and a side show (i.e. a German student reading Hegel in German) in a ring made of industrial trash. Main Quadrangle, 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

Wood Carving Project: Journey to Adulthood. In a culture without defined rites of passage, how do young people establish themselves as adults? Fourth-year Johnathan Puff and second-year Shawn Lavoie will explore this question in a performance-based wood carving project. Main Quadrangle, dawn to dusk, Sunday, May 26.

For a complete list of events and daily updates, see the FOTA web site.
Last modified at 03:20 PM CST on Wednesday, May 15, 2002.

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