Performance. Music Teachers of Hyde Park (MTHP) Artists Series. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, free. Elaine Smith, Beth and Van Bistrow, and Dan Golden perform.
Knitting and Needle Crafters Circle. 6 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Visitors learn how to knit and meet other knitters.
Wednesday Night Family Story Time. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511.
Author Talk. “Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair.” 6-7 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381, semcoop.com. Authors Joseph M. Di Cola and David Stone present.
Discussion. “Between the Ballot and the Bullet.” 7:30-9:30 p.m., International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-753-2274, free. Speakers include U. of C. professors Bernard Harcourt and John Mearsheimer. Presented by the Global Voices Lecture Series, Student Forum on Political Thought, and Students for Justice in Palestine.
Black History Month Women’s Innovation Panel. 6-8:30 p.m., International House, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-753-2274, free. Panelists include marketer Jetta Bates and public relations entrepreneur Dori Wilson. Moderated by NBC 5 Chicago reporter LeeAnn Trotter. Hosted by the Women’s Innovation Network.
A Conversation with Newt Gingrich. 6-7:30 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. Former Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich speaks with Obama strategist David Axelrod.
Discussion. 6-7 p.m., 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave., Room 107, 773-834-4672. Blogger and writer Janet Mock presents.