Chicago to host a variety of performing and visual arts events this week

Looking to up your appreciation of the arts?

We've rounded up four artsy events around Chicago this week that will scratch your cultural itch, from a dance performance to an art exhibition.

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Melvin Edwards in Conversation

From the event description:

Artist Melvin Edwards uses existing objects—chains, shovels, hooks—in small, fierce sculptures that respond to racial violence in the United States. Edwards will be in conversation with Geof Oppenheimer, sculptor and associate professor of practice in the Department of Visual Arts, and Emily Lynn Osborn, associate professor of African History, African Studies and the students at the University of Chicago. 

When: Wednesday, May 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Price: Free

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Discussion: Object Lessons

From the event description:

From stuffed toys to knitted sweaters, peculiar shoes to plastic wrap, common objects become "agents" or activators in Liz Magor's sculptures, bringing with them elusive narratives or up-swells of feeling. For this program, artists Alex Chitty and Jenine Marsh each respond to Magor's practice, followed by a conversation together. 

When: Thursday, May 9, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th St., Floor 3
Price: Free

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Butoh Dance Performance

From the event description:

Spend the evening awake in your senses with three visceral Butoh performances by Jon Poindexter, Sara Zalek and Holly Chernobyl. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with performances beginning at 6 p.m. Light fare and beverages included.

When: Friday, May 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive
Price: $12 for students; $12 for IMSS Museum Members; $24 for general admission

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Linda Ann Weber ART Attitude Exhibition

From the event description:

Come celebrate the Chicago launch of ART Attitude. ART Attitude is an exhibition by local, contemporary artist, Linda Ann Weber, who will be debuting her work for the first time in Chicago. This exhibit will feature her Graffiti Series, a layered, mixed media collage technique on canvas. Opening reception will feature an interactive art installation and the unveiling of two Chicago-themed artworks created specifically for this event.

When: Saturday, May 11, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Workshop 4200, 4200 W. Diversey Ave.
Price: Free

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International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N Lake Shore Dr