Zen Meditation. 5-6:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free.
Concert. “New Music for Violin and Viola D’amore.” 7:30-8:30 p.m., Logan Center, performance penthouse 901, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-8484, free. Including performances of works by U. of C. graduate student composers Katherine Pukinskis, Jae-Goo Lee, and Tomas Gueglio.
Lecture. “Debunking the Jazz as Democracy Myth.” 4:30-6 p.m., Classics Building, room 110, 1010 E. 59th St., 773-834-3403, free. U. of C. associate professor of Music and Humanities Travis A. Jackson presents.
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.