Two dancers in red (on lying on the floor on the left, the other crouched right, play with yellow ropes entangled around them.
LightPlay, a piece that premiered in April at Hedwig Dances as part of the program Field Theory. Credit: Vin Reed

Those of us of a certain age fondly remember Steve Martin’s appearance on Saturday Night Live as Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber. But women were also all up in the bloodletting and potion-making. Tonight at 6 PM the International Museum of Surgical Science (1524 N. DuSable Lake Shore Dr.) offers a presentation by historian Jennifer Borland, “Women and Medieval Household Healthcare,” drawing upon a late medieval health guide known as the Régime du corps whose illustrations show women involved in consultations with physicians, as well as advice on food and beverages for the sick—all suggesting that women had more agency over health decisions for their families than we might have suspected. The program is free, but reservations are suggested at (KR)

The American Writers Museum hosts an author and artist talk tonight with photographer Carell Augustus, whose new book Black Hollywood: Reimagining Iconic Movie Moments was published by Sourcebooks earlier this month. Black Hollywood was a decade-long project for Augustus, who photographed contemporary Black actors and personalities such as Vanessa Williams, Karamo Brown, and Shemar Moore in recreations of iconic scenes from film history. Augustus will sit in conversation with Northwestern University lecturer (and Reader contributor) Arionne Nettles for this event, which begins at 6:30 PM at the museum (180 N. Michigan, second floor); tickets are $9-$14. The program will also be viewable online as a livestream for those who can’t attend in person. This event is presented in conjunction with “Dark Testament: a Century of Black Writers on Justice,” (read Reader social justice reporter Debbie-Marie Brown’s story here) currently on view at the museum. (SCJ)

As the city’s Year of Chicago Dance moves toward its conclusion, the Dance Center at Columbia College participates in the cross-town festival Elevate Chicago Dance 2022, produced by Chicago DanceMakers Forum. It kicks off tonight at 7:30 PM and continues at 7:30 PM tomorrow. The featured artists at Dance Center include Ginger Krebs, Hedwig Dances (choreography by Jan Bartoszek), and Donnetta Jackson with M.A.D.D. Rhythms (the latter reprising A M.A.D.D. Mixtape, which had its world premiere earlier this month during the Chicago Tap Summit). Tickets are $30 ($10 students/$15 Columbia College faculty and staff) at Other Elevate events take place across the city through 10/16 at indoor and outdoor venues; for a complete schedule, see (KR)