At the Threshold. 5-7:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu, free. Featuring drinks, music and a chance to socialize.
Jazz X-tet. 8-9:30 p.m., Logan Center, Performance Hall 074, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-8484, free. A celebration for X-tet members. Reception follows.
Kirschner Memorial Lecture. 6:30-9 p.m., International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-834-0957, free. Aryeh Neier, founder of Human Rights Watch, presents.
Gallery Talk. Lunchtime Traveler Series. 12:15-1 p.m., Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, free. Dennis Campbell, of the U. of C., presents on objects in the museum’s Henrietta Herbolsheimer, M.D. Syro-Anatolian Gallery.
Noontime Concert Series. 12:15-1 p.m., Fulton Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-8484, free. Featuring chamber music.
Knitting and Needle Crafters Circle. 6 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511.
Zen Meditation. 5-6:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free.
Knitting and Needle Crafters Circle. 6 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S.Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511.