Throughout our anniversary year, we will be hosting Logan Five Year Signature Events, a palette of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary arts that highlight the variety of offerings to be found in a single destination: the Logan Center.





Logan Center Bluesfest
October 13–15, 2017
Throughout the Logan Center

A new festival featuring three days of concerts, workshops, film, food, and conversation.

University Wind Ensemble
with Imani Winds
November 12, 2017, 4PM
Performance Hall

Don Michael Randel Ensemble in Residence Imani Winds, joins the University Wind Ensemble to perform David Gillingham’s Concerto for Woodwind Quintet and Wind Ensemble.

Middle East Music Ensemble
November 18, 2017, 7PM
Performance Hall

The Middle East Music Ensemble is a 45-piece orchestra that explores a variety of classical, neo-classical, and popular forms from throughout the Middle East, encompassing compositional and improvisational techniques unique to non- Western musical culture.

Third Tuesday Jazz with
Quentin Coaxum, trumpet
November 21, 7:30–10PM
Café Logan

The Hyde Park Jazz Society selects local jazz musicians to perform on the third Tuesday of every month at Café Logan.

Jazz at the Logan: Rene Marie &
Experiment in Truth
January 19, 2018, 7:30PM
Performance Hall

René Marie’s sensational Sound of Red finds the singer at the top of her game, breaking new ground with her first album of entirely self-penned originals.

Contempo: Imani Winds, Ensemble
dal Niente, and Guests
February 9, 2018, 7:30PM
Performance Hall

The Contempo-Jazz Double Bill returns, featuring incomparable women composers across generations and genres.

Ligeti Series: Pierre-Laurent Aimard
March 6, 2018, 7:30PM
Performance Hall

The Ligeti series concludes with the highly lauded Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who had a long association with Ligeti and is regarded as a key interpreter of the music of our time.




Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
Presents Alone/Together
October 21, 7PM
Performance Hall

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre brings its
fall concert, Alone/Together.

Black Masculinity in the Arts through
the Lens of the African Diaspora
October 30, 7PM
Performance Hall

Logan Center for the Arts in partnership with the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents a panel of scholars, artists, and activists exploring topics of masculinity within the arts through the lens of the African Diaspora.

Next to Normal
November 16–17, 7:30pm;
November 18, 2PM and 7:30PM
Theater West

How do we respond to crisis? Does that change depending on who’s watching? This University Theater production of Next to Normal investigates the effects of mental illness and trauma on a family that’s desperately trying to keep it together.



October 13–19, 2017
Throughout the Logan Center

Public convening with Romi Crawford, Haki R. Madhubuti, Dominique Malaquais, Naeem Mohaiemen, Marilyn Nance, and Floyd Webb, among others.

October 19, 2018, 6PM
Room 801
Roundtable with Françoise Vergès.
Jurriaan Benschop
October 16, 6PM
Performance Penthouse

The Department of Visual Arts (DoVA)’s Open Practice Committee presents a talk by Dutch essayist, art critic, and curator Jurriaan Benschop.

Mike Cloud: The Myth of Education
January 26–March 11, 2018

A suite of new works by the critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist.

DoVA BA and MFA Thesis Exhibitions
March 30–June 9, 2018

A series of exhibitions highlighting the final student BA and MFA projects.




Filmmaker Haile Gerima shows Sankofa:
Resistance Then and Now

October 28, 3PM
Performance Hall

Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima will introduce his award-winning film Sankofa (1993) about slavery from Africa to the US, the Caribbean, and the Western Hemisphere. Jacqueline Stewart and Adom Getachew interview Gerima from their own academic and personal backgrounds, with artist and Sankofa production designer Kerry James Marshall joining them in discussion.

Revolution Every Day | Dziga Vertov
in the 1930s: The Three Heroines
November 10, 8PM
Screening Room

In the 1930s, Soviet documentary filmmaker Dziga Vertov undertook a series of “poetic documentaries” that show him wrestling with the new possibilities of sound documentary.

Simon Starling
November 30, 2017, 7PM
Screening Room

The Arts, Science & Culture Initiative, Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Department of Visual Arts (DoVA), and Film Studies Center present a screening and talk by British visual artist Simon Starling.



Hyde Park Youth Symphony
Annual Holiday Concert
December 17, 3PM
Performance Hall

This holiday program will include family favorites, including selections from Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet The Nutcracker.

Family Saturdays
First Saturday of the month, 2–4PM
Logan Center

Cultivate your child’s artistic curiosity with free thematic art workshops led by local artists, art organizations and UChicago students the first Saturday of every month.

Hyde Park School of Dance presents
Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story
June 16 and 17, 2018
Performance Hall

In honor of its 25th anniversary, Hyde Park School of Dance premieres a brand-new story ballet.


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Poetry Reading by Aaron Kunin
October 17, 6PM
Room 801

Aaron Kunin is the author of Cold Genius and four other books of poetry and prose. He teaches at Pomona College in California.

In Conversation with Teju Cole
November 15, 7–8:30PM
Performance Hall

Essayist, photographer, and art historian Teju Cole will join the communities of the University for a public conversation about the ways in which images and image-making inform and propel our contemporary discourse about the intersections of artistic practice and civic responsibility.