It’s finally nice out, so we don’t blame you for wanting to spend your time on the Lakefill. But once the sun goes down, take some time to check out the on-campus entertainment for the week.
The University of Hip Hop with Mayda Del Valle
Support a local artist at the library Tuesday afternoon, where poet Mayda Del Valle will read excerpts from her first chapbook, The University of Hip Hop, published by Northwestern University Press. From the South Side of Chicago, Del Valle has worked on the Tony-winning Broadway production of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. 4 p.m., New Book Nook at Main Library. Free.
After listening to Del Valle on Tuesday, check out spoken word poet Bianca Phipps on Thursday at an event hosted by SHAPE. Phipps will perform pieces focused on intersectional feminism, healing, family and love. 7:30 p.m., Dittmar Gallery. Free.
Watch the Star Wars prequel everyone was talking about – either for the first time or the 10th – courtesy of A&O Films this weekend. Taking place between the third and fourth Star Wars films, Rogue One tells the story of a rebel group’s attempt to steal plans for the Death Star. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., McCormick Auditorium. Also April 14 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Free.
This Is Not a True Story
It’s no secret that we have talented students at NU, and Vertigo Productions gives you a chance to support some of them by seeing Communication junior Preston Choi’s play, This Is Not a True Story. The show brings together three Asian women from other stories, putting them at the centers of their stories while they deal with their white male suitors. 8 p.m., Shanley Pavilion. Also April 14 at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; April 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $5 for Northwestern students.
Festival of Devised Works
When I said NU has talented students, I meant it – like, talented enough to create plays in a few months. Watch short plays created by three groups of students, presented by Spectrum Theatre Company. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Jones Great Room. Also April 15 at 7 p.m. Free.
Fusion Music Awards
Awards season may be over, but not for Fusion Dance Company. Catch the hip-hop dance group in its annual spring show, dancing to songs by Kanye West, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, to name a few. 9 p.m., Tech auditorium. Also April 15 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $5 for students.
Go Dog Go
Relive your childhood with this musical adaptation of P.D. Eastman’s famous children’s book. The show promises to use color, space and motion to tell its story, and should be entertaining for audiences of all ages. 7 p.m., Mussetter-Struble Theater. Also April 15 and 22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; April 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.; April 21 at 7 p.m.; April 23 at 5 p.m. $6 advance, $8 door for Northwestern students.
PLAYground Festival of Fresh Works
Spend your Saturday enjoying some more theater for young audiences at Purple Crayon Players’ annual PLAYground festival, featuring readings of three new plays. The writers of the plays will hold discussions after each reading, and the festival also includes a panel by area arts administrators on working with theater for young audiences. Seabury Great Room. Yasmin's Alien Invasion Adventure: 10:30 a.m. Panel: 11:45 p.m. Stories in our Stars: 1:45 p.m. Meet Me at the Gates, Marcus James: 3 p.m. Free.