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Thursday, April 7
Altgeld Hall Art Receptions
Join us for a special evening celebration sponsored by the Office of the President. View the Art Deco Exhibition Suite at the NIU Art Museum and selected NIU student artwork on display in the President’s office gallery. Listen to the live swinging sounds of the Jazz in Progress Combo. First and Third Floors, Altgeld Hall, 5 - 7p.m.

Thursday, April 7
“Art Deco and Women’s Fashion” remarks given by Barbara Cole Peters
Altgeld Hall 125 (or museum hallway), 6:15 - 6:30p.m.

Wednesday, April 13
"Deco Time: How Art Deco Re-Defined Marketing Watches" lecture by William Briska, President, Elgin Area Historical Society
"Deco In Her Hand: Elgin American Compacts, 1928-1941” lecture by Richard Renner, Chicago Art Deco Society
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 - 6p.m.

Monday, April 18
Top Hat Film Screening and Discussion
NIU Professors Scott Balcerzak and Tim Ryan lead a conversation about the 1935 RKO picture starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The musical screwball comedy features music by Irving Berlin including American classic standards “Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails” and “Cheek to Cheek.” It remains the best-known collaboration of Astaire and Rogers. $7 Adults, $5 Members/Students
Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second Street, DeKalb, (101 minutes) Doors open at 6:30, screening 7 – 9:30p.m.

Tuesday, April 19
Blonde Venus Film Screening and Discussion
NIU Professors Scott Balcerzak, Paula Frasz, and Tim Ryan examine the 1932 Paramount Pictures film directed by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich. The complicated love story between an American chemist and German cabaret singer who woos a millionaire to save her ill husband features three Dietrich musical numbers, “You Little So-and-So,” “I Couldn’t be Annoyed,” and “Hot Voodoo.” $7 Adults, $5 Members/Students
Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second Street, DeKalb, (93 minutes; no rating, pre-code) Doors open at 6:30, screening 7 – 9:30p.m.

Wednesday, April 20
"International Influence: Art Deco, Illinois, and the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition." lecture by Rebecca Houze, Professor, Art History, NIU School of Art and Design
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 - 5:50p.m.

Monday, April 25
“Jazz and Experimentation in the Concert Music of Art Deco America” lecture by Brian J. Hart, Professor, Music History, NIU School of Music
Altgeld 315, 6 - 7:30p.m.


Saturday, May 7
Open Late for ARTIGRAS! The Annual DeKalb and NIU Celebration of the Arts
12 - 6p.m., extended hours

Thursday, May 12
“Artistic Highlights in the Deco Suite of Exhibitions” Informal Gallery Talk led by Jo Burke, Director
NIU Art Museum Gallery, 12:10 - 12:50p.m.

Tuesday, May 17
The Chicagoan: Style and Sophistication in the Heartland” Gallery Talk led by Stuart Henn, Coordinator
NIU Art Museum Gallery, 12:10 - 12:50p.m.

For more information please call 815-753-1936 or email the Education Coordinator at shenn1@niu.edu.