Conversation. “Thinking Sculpture.”

When: December 13, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Where: Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

Conversation. “Thinking Sculpture.” 2 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, free. David Gesty, of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and sculptor Kelly Kaczynski discuss sculpture.

Concert. Winter Arts Choral Music Festival

When: December 12, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 South Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615, USA

Concert. Winter Arts Choral Music Festival. 7-9 p.m., Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., 773-535-1350, $10. The Kenwood Academy Concert Choir performs.

Opening Reception. Party on the Ground Floor

When: December 12, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615, USA

Opening Reception. Party on the Ground Floor. 6-8 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. For HPAC’s new exhibit, “Ground Floor,” featuring art by 20 recent graduates of Chicago’s top M.F.A.(…)

Fundraiser. “Let’s Raise Some Dough for Kenwood Academy Brotherhood.”

When: December 11, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Pockets, 1307 East 53rd Street, Chicago, IL 60615, USA

Fundraiser. “Let’s Raise Some Dough for Kenwood Academy Brotherhood.” 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Pockets, 1307 E. 53rd St., 773-667-1313. Customers who say “Kenwood Academy Brotherhood” will have 50 percent of their order’s proceeds donated to the(…)

Thursday Toddler Time

When: December 11, 2014 @ 10:30 am
Where: Blackstone Library, 4944 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615, USA

Thursday Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m. and 11:15, Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Picture books, activities and songs for infants to children age 3.

Nighttime Family Story Time

When: December 10, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Where: Blackstone Library, 4944 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615, USA

Nighttime Family Story Time. 6 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Picture books, activities and crafts for children of all ages.

Discussion. “National Security in the 21st Century.”

When: December 4, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Where: U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

Discussion. “National Security in the 21st Century.” 6 p.m., U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Former California Democratic U.S. Rep. Jane Harman and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius discuss(…)

Seminar. “Running for President.”

When: December 3, 2014 @ 1:01 pm – 2:01 pm

Seminar. “Running for President.” 4:30 p.m., U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, a fall fellow at the U. of C. Institute of Politics, presents. To(…)