Chicago Humanities Festival 2012: Highlights of the 23rd Annual Cultural Arts Event.

Chicago Humanities Festival 2012: Highlights of the 23rd Annual Cultural Arts Event.
Chicago's Celebrity Chef Grant Achatz of Alinea and Next will shed light on the "Culinary Cutting Edge" at this year's Chicago Humanities Festival.

CHICAGO, IL. Sunday, October 14, 2012. It's hard to believe that it's been 22 years since the first Chicago Humanities Festival took place as a one-day event featuring eight programs at the Art Institute of Chicago and Orchestra Hall. Of course, it was a huge success, has expanded in scope and continues every fall.

The mission of the Festival is to offer access to cultural, artistic and educational opportunities to explore the human condition through a variety of programs. The Chicago Humanities Festival is devoted to making the humanities a vital and vibrant ingredient of daily life.

This year's festival, kicking off today, runs a total of 13 days with more than 100 programs--at 23 different venues--expanding outside of the city limits into Evanston.  The dates for 2012 are Sunday, October 14, Sunday, October 21 and Thursday, November 1 through Sunday, November 11.

The theme for this year's 23rd annual Chicago Humanities Festival is America: From Art and Literature to the History and Present of the Americas.

Tickets are on sale online with prices to programs ranging from $5 to $28, with students and educators admitted free or at reduced ticket prices to many events.  Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 312-494-9509, Monday–Friday 10a.m.–5p.m.  Ticket buyers can create and manage an online itinerary on the website and share it via email with friends. Many programs sell out, so it is important to order early to avoid disappointment.

Highlights of this year's Festival include:

Sunday, October 14.  (on Northwestern University campus (Morry and Dolores Kaplan Northwestern Day).

Sunday, October 21.  (on the University of Chicago campus--sixth annual Hyde Park Day).

Tickets are available for:  Rajiv Chandrasekaran's The War within the War, The Lady Gagas of the 19th Century, Women and the Word in Early America, and Fred Hersch's Leaves of Grass performance. Sold out programs include: Adam Gopnik's The Table Comes First, High Rise Stories, Anne Waldman's performance, and the Leopold and Loeb tours.

Thursday, November 1.

  • Mother Jones founder Adam Hochschild and editor Tom Engelhardt in conversation about writing and editing. (6 - 7 pm, Francis W. Parker School, 2233 North Clark Street).
  • Monologist Mike Daisey exposes a distinctly American vision of utopia in American Utopias 7:30 pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue).

Friday, November 2.

  • The Daily Show’s ―Senior Black Correspondent, writer, and actor Larry Wilmore (7:30 - 8:30p.m., Francis W. Parker School, 2233 North Clark Street).

Saturday, November 3.

  • Noted humanist Alexander Nemerov unfolds the link between Abraham Lincoln, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and the poetry of Walt Whitman (10:30 – 11:30 am, The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street).
  • Writer Maureen Orth and former president and board chairman of the Chicago Bears Mike McCaskey share their experiences as Peace Corps volunteers (4 – 5 pm, Francis W. Parker School, 2233 North Clark Street).
  • Baritone Nathan Gunn, accompanied by pianist Julie Jordan Gunn, presents a special program highlighting the range of American songs, from Charles Ives to Tom Waits (7:30 pm, Francis W. Parker School, 2233 North Clark Street).

Sunday, November 4.

  • Chef and restaurateur Grant Achatz on his culinary and aesthetic vision (10 – 11 am, Francis W. Park School, 2233 North Clark Street).
  • Culture Critic Camille Paglia examines sex and beauty in art, literature, and media (2:30 – 3:30 pm, Francis W. Park School, 2233 North Clark Street).

Monday, November 5.

  • Collaborators Doug Peck, Rob Lindley, and director Nick Bowling bring Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins to the CHF stage (7:30 pm, Francis W. Parker School, 2233 North Clark Street).

Wednesday, November 7.

  • Lively bouts and debates with WRITE CLUB writers/performers along with founder Ian Belknap (7:30 – 9:00 pm, Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street) .

Thursday, November 8.

  • Art Institute of Chicago President’s Lecture with British Museum director Neil MacGregor (6 – 7pm, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue).

Saturday, November 10.

  • Russ Feingold discusses Campaign Finance reform with law professors Pamela Karlan and Geoffrey Stone (12 –1 pm, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue).
  • Ernest Green, one of the Little Rock Nine, in conversation with this son Adam Green, professor of history at the University of Chicago (12 – 1 pm, Harold Washing Library Center, 400 South State Street).
  • Writer David Brooks on his most recent book The Social Animal (2 – 3 pm, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue).
  • Chicago Human Rhythm Project founder Lane Alexander, along with performing ensembles FootworKINGz and BAM! bring the history of American dance forms to the CHF stage (7:30 pm, Francis W. Parker School, 2233 North Clark Street).

Sunday, November 11.

  •  Visual artist Liza Lou in conversation with CHF Artistic Director Emeritus Lawrence Weschler (11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan).
  • Kim Ng, senior vice president of baseball operations for the Major League Baseball, reflects how quantitative analysis has changed America’s game (11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern University School of Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue).

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