Off Off Campus & UT/TAPS present Nightmare on Sesame Street. 7:30 p.m. Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St. $5. Now introducing: the 31st Generation. Off-Off has a brand new show every Friday night, so stop by the Revival, 1160 E 55th St., for sketch comedy, improv, and preglow performances from both talented and talentless groups across campus. Alumni include playwrights David Auburn and Greg Kotis, as well as innumerable writers, performers, upstanding civilians, and others who also turned out fine. See them here first. To buy tickets visit boxoffice.uchicago.edu. For more information call the University Theater at 773-702-9315.
University Symphony Orchestra: Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert. 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Free. Donations requested at the door: $10 general, $5 students. The University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra and combined choruses culminate their 2016-2017 concert season with a gala presentation of Ludwig van Beethoven’s final symphonic masterpiece: the monumental Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, with its distinctive final movement that incorporates a hybrid version of Friedrich Schiller’s 1785 “Ode to Joy”. Beethoven’s powerful setting has been utilized in recent history both as a protest anthem and as a celebration of music – from the Chilean demonstrations against the Pinochet dictatorship, the Chinese student broadcast at Tiananmen Square, Leonard Bernstein’s performance after the fall of the Berlin Wall, to commemorations after the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Acclaimed Chicago soloists Christine Steyer (soprano), Katherine Calcamuggio (alto), Jesse Donner (tenor), and David Govertsen (bass-baritone) join the 250 musicians on stage for two stirring performances, presented by the Department of Music as the 2017 Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concerts. For more information contact the University of Chicago Music Department 773-702-8484.
UT/TAPS & The Dean’s Men present LEAR. 9:30 p.m. Logan Center, Courtyard, 915 E. 60th St. Free. UT/TAPS & The Dean’s Men present LEAR, written by William Shakespeare, directed by Remy Solomon. It’s the near future. Three spears of light loom large in Logan Center Courtyard. They throw triple shadows on a body, buffeted by a storm: “Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!” Lear, once a monarch, wanders amidst mountains, old men, and matriarchs, as Shakespeare’s most relentless tragedy braves the elements to ask the question: how can those laid low speak truth to power, when broken bonds threaten to bring a nation to its knees? For more information contact University Theater at 773-702-9315.
Drop-In Hip Hop Arts Workshop. 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. Graff, Music Production, Slam Poetry, And Footworking Taught By Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble.