Arts Roundup: ArtVenture, JACK Quartet, and Louis Lortie

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This week, bring the whole family for an ArtVenture at Henry Art Gallery to discover how Paul McCarthy transformed small objects into giant sculptures, or catch performances from JACK Quartet and pianist Louis Lortie.

ArtVenture at Henry Art Gallery.Photo: Chona Kasinger

ArtVenture: Toy Transformation! With Michelle Hagewood1 p.m., January 8 | Henry Art Gallery
How do toys reflect who we are? Bring a toy or dig through a collection of oddities to build a new doll, vehicle, or inventive plaything. We will explore how artist Paul McCarthy transformed small objects into giant sculptures and then we will work together to make objects that reflect our individual creativities.
Held the second Sunday of each month, ArtVentures encourage families to play, learn, and create together. More info.

JACK Quartet.

JACK Quartet7:30 p.m., January 10 | Meany TheaterThe JACK Quartet electrifies audiences worldwide with their virtuosity and viscerally exciting performances. The Washington Post has commented, “The string quartet may be a 250-year-old contraption, but young, brilliant groups like the JACK Quartet are keeping it thrillingly vital.” The JACK are recipients of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA’s Trailblazer Award and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. More info.

Pianist Louis Lortie.

Louis Lortie
7:30 p.m., January 11 | Meany Theater
French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. The London Times, describing his playing as “ever immaculate, ever imaginative,” has identified the artist’s “combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have.” Lortie has made more than 30 award-winning recordings, covering a vast repertoire from Mozart to Stravinsky. For his Meany Center recital Lortie will perform an all-Chopin program. More info.
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