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Monthly List of Featured Events

Northwestern University is a vibrant place with numerous ways for everyone in the community to learn and participate, often free of charge. Every month, Neighborhood and Community Relations provides a catalogue of on-campus events and opportunities open to the public. These include special performances from world-renowned musicians, family-friendly events for children, Big 10 athletics, and lectures in the humanities and sciences.

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Highlighted May Events

Block Museum Sunday Afternoon Tours
Sundays, 4/8 to 6/10, 3:00-4:00 PM, free, Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh,
40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Join the Block Museum's docents for a deeper look into the ideas and themes at play in the current exhibitions. These free, informal tours kick off in the museum lobby at 3:00 PM on Sundays and can be tailored to the questions and interests of those attending.

The Marriage Battle
Wed, 5/2, 4:30-6:30 PM, free, McCormick Foundation Center, Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston
Journalists Susan Green and Robin Phillips’ book The Marriage Battle: A Family Tradition tells the story of the struggles that Green’s parents faced as an interracial couple wanting to marry, and the struggles Green and Phillips have faced in the fights for marriage equality for same sex couples.

The 87th Annual Waa-Mu Show: Manhattan Miracle
Fri 5/4 - Sun 5/13, times vary, tickets $10-$30, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St.
The Waa-Mu Show is Northwestern University's own original musical, written, performed, and presented by Northwestern students. This story begins in late 19th century New York City. Days before opening, a failing melodrama finds itself in need of an overhaul. Simultaneously, a Parisian ballet troupe is left without a theatre. The troupes decide to combine their talents and create a new show with song, dance, and drama.

Alice Millar Spring Festival Concert: The Young Handel
Sun, 5/20, 5:00-7:00 PM, free, Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston
This year’s Spring Festival Concert explores two youthful and boldly imaginative works of the young Handel. His setting of Psalm 113, Laudate pueri Dominum, dates from 1707, his 22nd year. As with his famous Dixit Dominus from the same year, Handel provides thrilling and virtuosic music for soloists and chorus alike. The Te Deum for the Peace of Utrecht of 1713 was the first sacred music composed by Handel for his adopted country of England. This celebratory and majestic work uses a large orchestra, chorus, and soloists to great effect.

Dearborn Observatory Public Viewing 
Fridays, 9:00-11:00 PM, free, Dearborn Observatory, 2131 Tech Drive, Evanston
The Dearborn Observatory is open for public viewing every Friday night from 9 to 11 PM during the spring and summer months (Apr-Jul). The sessions are free and open to all. All visitors should note that the dome is neither heated nor air-conditioned so please dress appropriately. Friday evening sessions are held "rain or shine." Unfortunately, the Dearborn is not ADA-accessible. Several staircases must be climbed in order to reach the telescope.

They Live (1988) [Film Screening] 
Thurs, 5/31, 7:00-9:00 PM, free, Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
The film follows a drifter (Roddy Piper) who finds a stash of glasses that reveal the world as it actually is—one ruled by a race of aliens who maintain control through ubiquitous subliminal messages commanding obeisance, consumption, and conformity.

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