Lecture. “The Power of the Presidency in a Time of Political Gridlock.” 4:30-6 p.m., Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. President Obama’s former Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary, Chris Lu, presents.
Lecture. “The Emergence of Institutionalized Male Conflict among the Nasca in Southern Peru.” 3:30-5 p.m., Kelly Hall, room 114, 5848 S. University Ave., 773-702-8420, free. Maria Cecilia Lozada, of the U. of C.’s Romance Languages and Literatures department, presents.
Musical Performance. New Organ Recital: Lunch with Mr. Skinner. 12:30-1 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free. Part of a series of recitals with Tom Weisflog and guest organists.
Musical Performance. MTHP Artists Series. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Pianist Alice Sheu performs Schubert, Brahms and Debussy.
Knitting and Needle Crafters Circle. 6 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511.
Infant Playgroup. 10 a.m.-noon, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, email@example.com, classes are $9 drop-in, $45 for a 10-session pass. Playtime along with infant-oriented music time toward the end of class. Intended for infants and toddlers from birth to 18-months-old.
Theatrical Performance. “The Animal of Time.” 7:30-9 p.m., Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-3662. The world-premier performance of the English-language adaptation of Valère Novarina’s “Discours aux Animaux.”
Homeless Food Run. 6-8 p.m., Calvert House, 5735 S. University Ave, 773-288-2311. Those attending prepare and pass out bagged meals for the city’s needy.