A few days remain for this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival, an annual epic event full of worthy lectures, panels and performances. On November 12, John Adams delivers a lecture at the Art Instutute of Chicago on how fiction writers describe in their work the act of listening to music, with a special emphasis on Thomas Mann and Marcel Proust. On November 13, political commentator Barbara Ehrenreich speaks at Northwestern’s Thorne Auditorium about her most recent work, “Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy,” as well as women and culture in general. On November 14, Francis W. Parker School hosts a panel discussion titled “Four Women Talk About Being Funny,” featuring four women from Chicago’s theater scene: Martha Lavey (pictured), Leslie Buxbaum Danzig, Tanya Saracho and Lauren Katz. The festival wraps up on November 15 with a day of events that includes a discussion of mad scientists in film, called “Scared Silly,” with Scott Kurtis, Rocky Colb and Sidney Perkowitz, at the Chicago Cultural Center. (Tom Lynch)
The Chicago Humanities Festival runs through November 15 at various venues across the city. For complete details, visit chicagohumanities.org.