Humanities Festival winter season announced

Tribune reporter
Humanities Festival winter season includes "Le Petit Cirque" and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon.

It seems like it was only yesterday that Anjelica Huston closed out the Chicago Humanities Festival season, but another lineup of speakers is already waiting in the wings. The Humanities Festival announced its two-month-long winter season on Wednesday.

It begins with “Le Petit Cirque” (Jan. 17-18), an exploration of sound and circus from electroacoustic musician Laurent Bigot, at the Vittum Theater (1012 Noble St.).

On Jan. 28., Ethiopian-American writer Dinaw Mengestu will discuss his latest novel, “All Our Names,” at the Old Town School of Folk Music (4545 N. Lincoln Ave.).

Scott McCloud will take the stage of the Art Institute’s Rubloff Auditorium (230 S. Columbus Dr.) on Feb. 13 to talk about his new graphic novel, “The Sculptor.”

On Feb. 26, Sonic Youth founding member Kim Gordon will discuss her new memoir, “Girl in a Band,” at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.). The evening will begin with a performance by Girls Rock! Chicago.

Ending the winter season — and hopefully winter — on March 18 will be the author of “The Book of Unknown Americans,” Cristina Henriquez. Her novel follows two Latin American families as they emigrate to the United States. Henriquez will speak at Instituto Cervantes of Chicago (31 W. Ohio St.).

Tickets are now available to CHF members and go on sale to the general public Jan. 7; call 312-494-9509 or visit chicagohumanities.org.

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