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BREAK A LEG--The 16th season of the International Theatre Program continues with Tracy Letts's dark comic drama, Killer Joe, opening at 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, in Todd Theatre. Traveling in the domains of Quentin Tarantino and Sam Shepard, Killer Joe tells the story of the dysfunctional Smith family desperately and disastrously trying to organize the killing (and subsequent cashing in of the life insurance policy) of one of its members.

The production continues at 8 p.m. December 2 to 3, and December 7 to 10, with a matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Tickets can be reserved at www.rochester.edu/theater or by calling x5-4088. Tickets also can be purchased at the door one hour prior to the performance. Killer Joe is recommended for mature audiences only. (Above, from left to right, Mike Riffle '07, Shannon Sapolich '06, Ted Limper '07, and Jonathan Wetherbee '07.)


Events scheduled for Tuesday, November 14 (after 5 p.m.) through Monday, December 5 (before 5 p.m.). All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

MEMORIAL ART GALLERY EVENTS

Memorial Art Gallery--x5-3081; http://mag.rochester.edu

November 17--Creative Workshop. Children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years accompanied by an adult can create an art project, enjoy a story reading, and visit the galleries. Reservations required; call 473-7720, ext. 3056. 10:30 a.m. to noon.

November 17--Concert: The City Songwriters. Many of the composers and lyricists of Tin Pan Alley came from somewhere else, but most of them lived in New York City. Enjoy an evening of song with narrator Michael Lasser and performers Cindy Miller and Alan Jones. Free with gallery admission. Auditorium, 7 p.m.

November 19, 20, 26, 27--Wendell Castle Video. View Tom Muir Wilson's award-winning film on The Music Stand, the 1964 work that brought Castle national acclaim. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Wendell Castle in Rochester. Green Room, 3 p.m.

November 20--Baroque Organ Showcase. James Bobb gives an hour-long recital on the Italian Baroque organ. Bobb is director of music at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word and director of the Genesee Early Music Society. Tickets required; limited seating. Herdle Fountain Court, 5:30 p.m.

November 27, December 4--Going for Baroque. 15-minute presentation and mini-recital on the newly installed Italian Baroque organ. Free with gallery admission. Fountain Court, 1 and 3 p.m.

December 3--Creative Workshop Open House. Celebrate a new session of art classes for all. Creative Workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ONGOING EXHIBITS AND TOURS

Memorial Art Gallery

Gallery Highlights Tour--Free with admission. Meet at the admission desk. November 17; 6:30 p.m. November 18, 20, 25, 27; 2 p.m.

Through November 27--For the Sake of a Single Verse: Lithographs by Ben Shahn. This exhibition presents a portfolio of lithographs by American painter and printmaker Ben Shahn. Presented in honor of President Joel Seligman. Lockhart Gallery.

Through 2005--Wendell Castle in Rochester. Features furniture and sculpture along with preliminary drawings and photos of some of Castle's corporate and public commissions.

River Campus

Through February 25--Tourmaline. Based on Professor of English Joanna Scott's book, Tourmaline, accompanied by examples of gems, manuscript pages, photographs, and correspondence. Hilfiker Gallery, Rare Books and Special Collections, Rush Rhees Library.

Through March--'Oh Death!': Death, Dying, and the Culture of the Macabre in the Late Middle Ages. Illustrates death culture in the European late Middle Ages by focusing on artwork and literature from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Examines the process of preparing for death in the Middle Ages, the experience of death itself, with attention paid to the figure of personified Death in art and literature, and finally the prospect of the afterlife. Robbins Library, Rush Rhees Library.

Through June--75 Years Beside the Genesee. This exhibition commemorates the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the River Campus and includes rare photographs, memorabilia, and oversized drawings and objects. Great Hall, Rush Rhees Library.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

CPR Classes--Offered by the Office for Educational Resources (OER) from January through June. Registration required. All classes held in the OER Department (2-7500 area of the Medical Center). To register, call x5-7666.

November 16--Basic Life Support Original Class: Session One. 5 to 8 p.m.

November 17--Basic Life Support Refresher Class: Session One. 1 to 5 p.m.

November 21--Basic Life Support Refresher Class: Session One. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

November 30--Basic Life Support Refresher Class: Session One. 5 to 9 p.m.

December 1--Basic Life Support Refresher Class: Session One. 1 to 5 p.m.

Childbirth Classes--For a list of classes offered through Highland Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital, visit www.stronghealth.com/services/womenshealth/resources.cfm.

Medical Center Fitness and Wellness Center--Call x5-2437 for information. Medical Center, G-5680.

November 14, 17, 21, 28, December 1--Shotokan Karate. 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.

MUSIC

Eastman at Washington Square--"Thursday Lunchtime Concerts" at the First Universalist Church, corner of South Clinton Ave. and Court St., 12:15-12:45 p.m. Brown-bag lunches welcome during performance.

November 17--Prelude to a Fugue: Part Two. Enjoy the second installment of Josephine Gaeffke's presentation of J. S. Bach's famous collection of preludes and fugues.

December 1--Legno Duo. Pia Liptak and Margaret Lennhouts perform duos from the violin repertoire. Carolyn Ray, pianist, accompanies.

Eastman School of Music--24-hour Music Line x4-1100. www.rochester.edu/Eastman

November 14--Eastman Wind Orchestra. John Hunt, bassoon; Mark Davis Scatterday and Martin Seggelke, conductors. Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

November 15--World Music Series: Masters of Caribbean Music. Features sounds of Trinidad, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. Tickets required. Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

November 16--Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. Neil Varon, conductor. Eastman Theatre, 8 p.m.

November 16--Ossia. Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

November 17--New Jazz Ensemble. Dave Rivello, director. Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

November 18--Eastman Chorale. William Weinert, conductor. Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

November 19--Friends of Eastman Opera Voice Competition. Voice and opera students at the Eastman School vie for awards and accolades at the fifth annual competition. Kilbourn Hall, 3 p.m.

November 20--Faculty Artist Series. Zvi Zeitlin, violin; Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano; Barry Snyder, piano; and Bonita Boyd, flute. Tickets required. Kilbourn Hall, 3 p.m.

November 21--Faculty Artist Series. John Marcellus, trombone. Tickets required. Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

November 28--George Perle 90th Birthday Concert. Eastman faculty and students perform music of the distinguished American composer. Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

November 29--Faculty Artist Series. Karen Holvik, soprano, and Russell Miller, piano. Tickets required. Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

November 30--Eastman Jazz Ensemble. Peter Erskine, guest drummer, and Bill Dobbins, director. Tickets required (free to University ID holders). Kilbourn Hall, 8 p.m.

December 1--Grand Pianists. Emanuel Ax. Tickets required. Eastman Theatre, p.m.

December 2--Eastman Wind Ensemble/Eastman Philharmonia. Mark Davis Scatterday and Neil Varon, conductors. Eastman Theatre, 8 p.m.

December 4--Eastman-Ranlet Series: Ying Quartet. Timothy Ying, Janet Ying, violins; Phillip Ying, viola; and David Ying, cello. Tickets required. Kilbourn Hall, 3 p.m.

Department of Music in the College--www.rochester.edu/College/MUR

November 16--Chamber Ensembles. Conducted by David Harman. Lower Strong Auditorium, 8 p.m.

November 18--Jazz Ensemble. Program ranges from swing classics by Benny Goodman to modern pieces by Frank Mantooth. Concert is free; donations accepted in support of jazz musicians affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Eric Schmitz, director. Strong Auditorium, 8 p.m.

November 19--Chamber Singers and Musica Spei. Program of chant, Renaissance choral music, and 20th-century choral classics based on chant. L. Brett Scott, conductor. St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt. Hope Ave., 8 p.m.

December 3--Symphony Orchestra. Concert concludes the orchestra's 50th anniversary year celebration. Program includes Schumann's "Concerto for Cello" with Eastman professor Steven Doane; Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis;" and Wagner's "Overture to Rienzi." David Harman, conductor. Strong Auditorium, 8 p.m.

December 4--Gospel Choir. Rev. Alvin Parris III, director. Interfaith Chapel, noon.

RELIGION

River Campus Interfaith Chapel--x5-4321; www.rochester.edu/chapel

Roman Catholic Mass (www.urnewman.org)

November 15, 22, 29--Sanctuary, 5:15 p.m.

November 16, 23, 30--Friel Lounge, 10 p.m.

November 20, 27, December 4--River Level, 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m.

Jewish Services (www.urhillel.org)

November 18, 25, December 2--Shabbat, River Level, 6 p.m.

November 19, 26, December 3--Shabbat, Commons Room, 10:30 a.m.

Muslim Services

Daily Prayers: Thuhr, 1:30 p.m.; Asr, 3 p.m.; Magrib, sunset; Isha, 7:30 p.m.; Jumma, Friday only, 1:15 p.m. (Commons Room). All prayers held in Meditation Room 220 unless otherwise specified.

Protestant Services

November 17, December 1--University Christian Fellowship, Sanctuary, 8 p.m.

November 20, 27, December 4--University Christian Fellowship, Sanctuary, 3 p.m.

November 16, 23, 30--Protestant Community Chapel, Sanctuary, 5:30 p.m.

November 20, 27, December 4--Protestant Community Chapel, Sanctuary, 5 p.m.

FILM

December 1--Babymother. Considered a milestone in cinema as the first black British musical. Film Series on Black British Cinema sponsored by Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. Morey 321, 7:15 p.m.

THEATER

International Theatre Program--Killer Joe. A darkly comedic drama in the style of director Quentin Tarantino. Recommended for adults only. Tickets can be reserved online at www.rochester/edu/theater or by calling x5-4088. Tickets also can be purchased at the door one hour prior to the performance. Todd Theater. December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m.; matinee December 4 at 3 p.m.

LECTURES AND READINGS

November 16--Department of Chemical Engineering Seminar. "A (Random) Walk on a Scale-Free Nets," Daniel Ben-Avraham of Clarkson University. Gavett Hall 202, 2 to 3 p.m.

November 16--Department of Chemistry Colloquium. "Problem Solving: The Difference between What We Do and What We Tell Students to Do," George Bodner of Purdue University. Hutchison Hall 473, noon.

November 17--Craig Owens Memorial Lecture. Renowned film- and video-maker and artist Isaac Julien discusses "Cinematic Rearticulations." His talk is part of the yearlong programming series organized by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies and the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies on Visual Culture and the African Diaspora. Free admission to University faculty, staff, and students. Gowen Room, Wilson Commons, 6 p.m.

November 21--Department of Biology Donut Talk. "Contrasting Infection Strategies in Generalist and Specialist Wasp Parasitoids of Drosophila Melanogaster," Todd Schlenke of Cornell University. Hutchison Hall 473, noon to 1 p.m.

November 28--Department of Biology Donut Talk. "Interactions and Dynamics of the Core Histone Proteins in Chromatin Model Systems," Jeffrey Hayes, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Hutchison Hall 473, noon to 1 p.m.

November 30--Work in Progress Seminar. Jennifer Stoever, predoctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of African-American Politics, will discuss a 1943 short story by African-American writer Ann Petry in a talk titled "Colorblind but not Colordeaf: Sonic Colorlines in the Work of Ann Petry." Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies. Morey Hall 314, 12:30 p.m.

December 5--Department of Biology Donut Talk. "Drosophila Models of Pancreatic Islet Cell Programming," Eric Rulifson of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Hutchison Hall 473, noon to 1 p.m.

December 5--Skalny Luncheon Seminar. Joanna Mishtal, doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, discusses reproductive health rights in Poland. Sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Center for Global Health at the Medical Center. Free, but reservations requested at x5-9898. Gamble Room, Rush Rhees Library, noon.

MISCELLANY

November 14 to 18--International Education Week. Series of events highlight benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Part of a national program. Visit www.rochester.edu/international/iew.html for a complete schedule.

November 17--Warner School Information Session. Learn more about degree programs designed specially for current students. To reserve a place at the reception, e-mail warner@rochester.edu or call x5-3950. For more information, visit www.rochester.edu/warner. Havens Lounge, Wilson Commons, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

December 1, 7--Understanding the University's Retirement Program and Fundamentals of Investing. Information session is designed for employees newly eligible to participate in the University's direct contribution program and for those who are new to investing or who want to review their current investment strategy. Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), Medical Center, 11 a.m. to noon (December 1) and noon to 1 p.m. (December 7).



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