Performance. “Dance in the Parks.” 6:30-7:45 p.m., Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr., danceintheparks.org, free. Chicago-area dance groups perform, including Hyde Park School of Dance’s youth company, Tyego Next Generation.
Film. “Midweek @ the Midway.” 8-9 p.m., Midway Plaisance Center, 1130 Midway Plaisance, 59th Street between Ellis and Woodlawn Avenues, free. Screening of “The Butler.” Movies begin at dusk.
“Dave Dinaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles.” 11 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, chicagopubliclibrary.org. Interactive program about reptiles and amphibians.
Family Program. “Junior Archaeologists.” 1:30-3:30 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, oi.uchicago.edu, $18 general ($9 additional registrant), $10 members ($5 additional registrant). Participate in a simulated excavation site. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Required registration at oi.uchicago.edu/order/classes.
Lakefront Safety Class. 3-4 p.m., 57th Street Beach, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. City of Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose A. Santiago presents a class on water and boating safety.
“Explore Thursdays: Snakes, Cool and Slithery.” 3:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, chicagopubliclibrary.org. Participants learn about reptiles. Open to children ages 6 to 11.
“Colin Ward Memorial Potluck: Jamie Kalven.” 6-8 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Writer Jamie Kalven of Invisible Institute leads conversation on homicide. Participants are asked to bring food or drink for potluck dinner.
Family Program. “LamaSeuss Series: Safari, So Good!” 11 a.m.-noon, Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, oi.uchicago.edu, free. Participants learn about animals in the ancient Near East. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for ages 5 to 8. Required registration at oi.uchicago.edu/order/classes.
“Fourth Friday Tour.” 1:30-2:15 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Deputy Director Christina Jensen leads behind-the-scenes tour.
Sounds for Wellness. 4:30-4:45 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu, free. Zachary Cahill plays bagpipe music from a PA system.
Music. 9 p.m.-midnight, Chant, 1509 E. 53rd St., 773-324-1999, chantchicago.com. Chester McSwain’s jazz band performs.
Workshop. “Art Glass Done Wright.” 10 a.m.-noon, Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., flwright.org, $5 per child (accompanying adults free). Participants create art-glass designs using colored pencils. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Purchase tickets online at flwright.org.
Workshop. “Saturday School: Junk Drawer Workshop.” 10 a.m.-noon, Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Eric Bartholomew leads writing workshop. Participants should bring an item from a junk drawer to write and share stories about.
Artist of the Month Program. 1-3 p.m., The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St., 773-752-2020. Painter Maria Jang will be on site to discuss her work on display at the store.
Music. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Chant, 1509 E. 53rd St., 773-324-1999, chantchicago.com. D.J. night with house music.
Film. “Sign, Symbol, and Script: Origins of Written Communications and the Birth of the Alphabet.” 2-3 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, oi.uchicago.edu, free. Documentary screening on communication, spanning gestures, phonetics and written language.
“Makin’ Manhood.” 7 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, Theater East 127, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, email@example.com, $10 suggested donation. Storytelling event about raising Black boys in the urban landscape.
Performance. 7:30-11:30 p.m., Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St., hydeparkjazzsociety.com, $10 adults, $5 University students with ID and children with adults. Hyde Park Jazz Society presents drummer Charles Heath with pianist Alexis Lombre, bassist Kurt Shelby and saxophonist Isaiah Collier.
20×20 Presentations: School. 6-8 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. A spoken presentation organized by Rachel Herman and Hannah Kushnick.
Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, chicagopubliclibrary.org. Discuss the short story collection “Games Creatures Play.”