Columbia and New York City are packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, and there’s never been a better time to experience it first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined.

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  • February 6 to March 23, Neiman Gallery
  • This exhibit, curated by Mark Dion, features a selection of prints highlighting the theme of day and night, all drawn from the Neiman Center’s archive. This is the fourth installation of a series of exhibits celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Neiman center.

Nonfiction Dialogues: Yiyun Li

  • February 15, 7:30 pm, Dodge 501
  • The next installment of the School of the Arts’ Nonfiction Dialogues series features Yiyun Li, author of ten books and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, among other awards. She will speak with Writing Program Chair Lis Harris about the craft of nonfiction.

Angie Cruz Craft Talk

  • February 16, 7 pm, Dodge 413
  • The third out of four creative writing craft talks in February features Angie Cruz, author of How Not To Drown in A Glass of Water and Dominicana. She is also the editor-in-chief of Aster(ix) Journal

Affirming Queer Intimacies in Sinophone Cinema

  • February 15 to 17
  • This three-day-long conference features the screening of critically acclaimed films of leading independent filmmakers. The included films are New Beijing New Marriage, directed by Popo Fan, Enter the Clowns, directed by Zi’en Cui, and Spider Lilies, directed by Zero Chou. On Friday from 6:45 to 8 pm there will be a roundtable discussion between the directors of the films and Columbia faculty members at the Lenfest Center for the Arts. 

Pop-Up Concerts: Ekmeles Sings Stockhausen

  • February 14, 6 pm, Miller Theatre
  • On Valentine’s Day, the vocal ensemble Ekmeles will continue their unofficial annual tradition of singing Stimmung by Stockhausen, an hour-long six-part a capella work. Sit onstage and receive a free drink at the Miller Theatre. 

Asian-American Jazz: Past, Present, Future

  • February 17, 9 am to 6 pm, Faculty House
  • The Center for Jazz Studies hosts a day-long symposium exploring Asian-American involvement with jazz, featuring leading scholars and musicians. 

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