Paris, France by Heather Sabina

 Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

This week we will start with Film and Conversation Club series that takes place in the Oasis (Grant Hall 308) throughout the year.

Please forward the Film and Conversation Club information to your students. Most gatherings have free coffee and tea, provided by the School.

Scroll down to see our featured Cultural Events in the Chicago area, and if you know of an event you think would fit, please send it to us by 9 am on Friday mornings and we'll include it in our Monday newsletter.

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International Films

ALL FILMS ARE SCREENED IN 308 GRANT HALL.  All films are sub-titled in English.

All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend all films! Here's the complete calendar for films and conversation clubs.

If you'd like to host an event, please use these forms. Note the different links at that page for different types of events.

This Week's Films

French flag iconTUESDAY, September 2nd, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: The French Minister (2013)

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. 

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, September 5th, 1:00-3:00PM

POLISH FILM SERIES: Interrogation (1989)

Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of.

Russian flag iconFRIDAY, September 5th, 3:00 - 5:00PM

RUSSIAN FILM SERIES: Everybody Dies but Me (2008)

One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco, on the coming Saturday night. The girls feverishly start preparing for the event, which rapidly becomes the most important moment ever in their universe, and looks like the ideal way to escape their daily lives. 

Next Week's Films

French flag iconTUESDAY, September 9th, 2:00-4:00PM

FRENCH FILM CLUB: On the Other Side of the Tracks (2013)

On the Other Side of the Tracks is the story of two very different police officers who team up after a business mogul's wife is murdered.

Polish flag iconFRIDAY, September 12th, 1:00-3:00PM


Russian flag iconFRIDAY, September 12th, 3:00-5:00PM


Cultural Events in the City

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, September 2nd

Brückenschlagen! Building Bridges, An Open Air Exhibition

The open air Exhibition “Brückenschlagen! Building Bridges” on Two North Riverside Plaza shows 24 historic and contemporary photographies of bridges in Chicago and Hamburg. Bridges are of enormous importance for both cities’ economy and trade.The open Air Exhibition is presented by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Two North Riverside Plaza, Museum der Arbeit Hamburg, the Archive of the Hamburg Hochbahn AG, State Archive Hamburg, Foundation Germanic Technic Museum Berlin, Aufwind Luftbilder (Holger Weitzel) and photographers Ron Gordon, Tom Palazzolo, Marcia Papazzolo and Damon Shell (photographer and curator).
Location: Two North Riverside Plaza, Chicago
Fee: N/A
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ñWEDNESDAY, September 3rd, 7:00PM

Sones de México 20 Year Anniversary!

The twice GRAMMY™ nominated ensemble will be joined by many past and current collaborators drawn from Chicago’s diverse community of musicians and dancers.
Founding member and Musical Director Victor Pichardo, who is on sabbatical in Mexico, is writing the arrangements for the concert and will return to Chicago to perform in it. All past members of the group are also expected to perform during the evening, including founding members René Cardoza and Raul Fernández.
Sones de México has invited many of their past and current collaborators to participate in the concert as guest musicians and dancers. 
LocationMillennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St, Chicago
Fee: Free admission
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Next Week's Culture Events in the City

German flag image, icon sizeTUESDAY, September 9th, 6:00PM

"Berlin Now - The City after the Wall", Reading and Discussion with ACG President William M. Drozdiak

Berlin Now is a longtime Berliner’s bright, bold, and digressive exploration of the heterogeneous allure of this vibrant city. Delving beneath the obvious answers—Berlin’s club scene, bolstered by the lack of a mandatory closing time; the artistic communities that thrive due to the relatively low (for now) cost of living—Schneider takes us on an insider’s tour of this rapidly metamorphosing metropolis, where high-class soirees are held at construction sites and enterprising individuals often accomplish more without public funding—assembling a makeshift club on the banks of the Spree River—than Berlin’s officials do. Schneider’s perceptive, witty investigations on everything from the insidious legacy of suspicion instilled by the East German secret police to the clashing attitudes toward work, food, and love held by former East and West Berliners have been sharply translated by Sophie Schlondorff. The result is a book so lively that readers will want to jump on a plane—just as soon as they’ve finished their adventures on the page.
Location: Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601
Fee: Free
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Italian flag image, icon sizeWEDNESDAY, September 10th, 6:00PM

Eighth blackbird

Commedia dell'arte star Isabella Andreini of Padua dazzled audiences at festivities for the wedding of Ferdinand de' Medici to Christine of Lorraine when she performed in her own play, which called on Isabella to feign madness and adopt her celebrated hermaphroditic persona to play all the parts, male and female.  The musicians of eighth blackbird and composer/librettist Amy Beth Kirsten echo her spirit in Colombine’s Paradise Theatre, their fantasy concert played in character using masks and costumes, with direction and design by Mark DeChiazza. They talk about their imaginative update of the grand story of love, mischief and illusion with Robert L. Kendrick, Professor of Music at the University of Chicago, illustrating today’s vital connection with the early modern music and culture scene which cultivated Isabella’s celebrated commedia dell'arte.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1450
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ñTHURSDAY, September 11th, 7:00PM

Farruquito: Improvisao with special guests Maya, Mehran & Old Town School Flamenco Students

Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya, Farruquito, is the son of Flamenco singer Juan Fernández Flores, El Moreno, and Flamenco dancer Rosario Montoya Manzano, La Farruca. The inheritor of a unique school, founded by his grandfather Farruco, has lived his whole life immersed in the most pure Flamenco art.His latest production is called Improvisao. In Improvisao, Farruquito reflects the truth and the roots of flamenco at its highest level. Improvisao, in the artist's own words, “It is a return to my roots and a sample of what I've learned in this profession. Singing, guitar and dance fused with total freedom to create a different show every day.” A show that transports us to a traditional and magical universe, an art of celebration of life, in which the dancer and his musicians are the center of the artistic creation, without any artifice, with improvisation as a leitmotiv.
Location: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln avenue, Chicago
Fee: $55 General Public, $53 Members
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Chinese flag image, icon sizeFRIDAY, September 12, 6:30PM

Autumn Moon Festival Gala

In honor of the Autumn Moon Festival and to celebrate the Chinese Fine Arts Society’s 30 years as ambassadors between diverse communities, please join us for the Autumn Moon Festival Gala on September 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM.
Feast upon a 10-course banquet prepared by celebrity chef and “mayor of Chinatown” Tony Hu while watching the legend of Chang’e as it is brought to life through exquisite performances by Chinese Fine Arts Society dancers and martial artists. Spend an evening among the museum-quality furniture, decor, and art pieces on display at Pagoda Red, bid for silent auction items from the best art, entertainment, and sports venues across Chicago, and take a spin on our dance floor to commemorate the night! Suggested: cocktail attire.
Location: Pagoda Red (1714 N Damen, Chicago, IL 60647).
Fee: Tickets starting at $200
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Polish flag iconSATURDAY, September 13th, 6:30PM


Aga Zaryan, singer, songwriter and producer. Born Agnieszka Skrzypek in Warsaw on January 17th, 1976. One of the most internationally recognised jazz vocalists of her generation in Poland. She is known for her distinctive style, elegance and intimate approach to singing, characterised by a lightness of phrasing and warm, slightly matt-toned voice She was named Jazz Vocalist of The Year in the European Jazz Forum Magazine’s yearly Jazz Top readers’ poll in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Beauty is Dying, recorded in the summer of 2007, is Aga Zaryan’s first album on which she sings in Polish. On it she is backed by a jazz piano trio, enhanced by a 17-piece string section with harp and oboe. The album contains nine works by Polish poets, depicting scenes of Warsaw at the time of the ’44 Uprising in commemoration of the 63rd Anniversary of the Uprising. All songs on the album were selected and sung by Aga herself to original music composed and arranged by pianist Michał Tokaj. Her personal connection to the project stemmed from her family history – her grandmother was a liaison officer and her grandfather had fought in the Kryśka group. The album has been described as lyrical and pulsing with emotion, the delicate string section and laid-back jazz trio melding perfectly with Zaryan’s singing.
Concert will feature also polish choirs: COLLEGIUM CANTORUM POLONIA and CHICAGO NIGHTINGALES -children’s choir who will perform major songs from the period of Warsaw Uprising 44′ that will include Michl’s Palace, the war-time anthem of the “Parasol” Battalion, and Hey, Boys, Fix Bayonets! accompanied by THE CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA directed by Arek Gorecki.
Location: Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630
Fee: $30 – $35
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All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills!

View the complete calendar.


Chinese flag image, icon size Chinese
Mon, 1 - 2 PM

Polish flag icon Polish
Mon, 2 - 3 PM


Russian flag iconRussian
Tue, 12 - 1 PM

ñ Spanish
Tue, 1 - 2 PM


German flag image, icon sizeGerman
Wed, 12 - 1 PM

Wed, 1 - 2 PM

Italian flag image, icon sizeItalian
Wed, 2 - 3:30 PM


Thurs, 1 - 2 PM

ñ Ukrainian
Thurs, 4 - 5 PM


French flag iconFrench
Fri, 12 - 1 PM

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