Word Play. 10 p.m. The Revival,1160 E. 55th St. $15 or $10 with Student ID. Stand-Up Comedy, Music and Consciousness hosted by Leon Rogers. Word Play – a Dave Jeff Joint – is the sound of real hip hop mixed with the hottest new stand ups from across the country and topped with the consciousness of the best spoken word artists on the planet. Word Play harnesses the power of words from different aspects of our culture to incite laughter, cheers and tears. Curated by cultural architect Dave Jeff of PHLI; hosted by acclaimed personality Leon Rogers (WGCI); and featuring Guest DJs and Artists for a PHLI game of words! Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.the-revival.com.
New Destinations Book Club-As Brave As You. 11a.m. – noon. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. “Secret Of The Fortune Wookiee” by Tom Angleberger will be discussed. Light refreshments will be served. Recommended for readers ages 9-12. To check out books for the discussion, please see the children’s librarian.
Read/Write Library Workshop: What We Found. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. In this 45-minute workshop/show and tell, participants who have previously participated in workshop #1 or who have checked out a Q & A card to research can share their findings with one another and anyone who wants to attend as an audience member. This may take the form of storytelling, a live interview with a source, the reading of a publication, playing of music, or sharing a video or an object. Participants who have not attended workshop #1 can generate their own questions with the help of those who have. This event is held in conjunction with “Public School.”
Chamber Music for Voice. 1:30 p.m. University of Chicago, Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 E. 59th St., Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor. Students in the Vocal Studies program present solo works supported by a variety of instruments, and works for small vocal ensembles from a variety of musical periods. A light reception will follow. Admission is free.
Vids! Vids! Vids! 7:30 p.m. The Revival,1160 E. 55th St. $15 or $10 with Student ID. Video sketches, short films, improv & more! A monthly variety show featuring video sketches, short films, stand-up, and improv. The first act features 4-6 short stand-up/improv/sketch acts, and the second act features 4-6 videos. We close the night with a special musical guest. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.the-revival.com.
Night of 1,000 Delights. 9:30 p.m. The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St. $15 or $10 with Student ID. Stand up comedy, music and more! Night of 1,000 Delights is a standup and talent show festival party dreamscape tournament curated by Miranda Van Iderstine and Peter Moller. There will be decorations, big jokes, lots of rules, and pretend fire. Everyone will feel beautiful and upset. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.the-revival.com.
Comcast Hyde Park XFINITY store hiring event. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hyatt Place Chicago South, 5225 S. Harper Ave. Comcast will recruit about 15 full- and part-time employees for the store. At the event, Comcast will have: Recruiting employees on hand to answer questions about careers at Comcast; Managers and employees from other area XFINITY Stores who can answer questions about working in retail at Comcast; and Computers attendees can use to apply for the open positions. Comcast also can assist attendees who want to apply using laptops, smartphones and tablets they bring to the event. To apply for a position visit https://jobs.comcast.com and search for Sr. Sales Consultant positions in zip code 60615.
Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors. Closed Meeting – 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., Open Meeting – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. 773-643-4062. www.hpnclub.org.
Toddler Story Time. 10:30a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Children 6 months to 24 months. Free. 312-747-0511.Themed activities including picture books, action activities and flannel board stories.
“Plan Sub-Area O”discussion. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, University of Chicago in Saieh Hall, 1160 E. 58th St., room 021. The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement is hosting a community meeting to discuss the University of Chicago Woodlawn Avenue “Plan Sub-Area O,” the plan for University of Chicago-owned properties in the 5700 block of South Woodlawn Avenue and 5757 South University Avenue. For more information call Matthew Curtin at 773-834-4773.
Hyde Park Garden Fair. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center on 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Free. A variety of plants will be available for sale from vegetable plants and shrubs to roses and wildflowers.
Hyde Park Community Players present “Clybourne Park.” 8 p.m. University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 online at hydeparkcommunityplayers.org, and $10 for seniors and students with ID.Hyde Park Player Vanessa Ellis directs “Clybourne Park.” The play, written by Bruce Norris, is a spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” and follows a family that is seeking to change their lives as their neighborhood that undergoes gentrification. The remaining show dates are 8 p.m. May 20, and 2 p.m. May 21.
Hyde Park Garden Fair. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center on 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Free. A variety of plants will be available for sale from vegetable plants and shrubs to roses and wildflowers.
Read/Write Library Workshop: Making The Record. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. Each 45 – minute workshop and discussion will feature different guest writers, journalists, musicians, radio producers, documentarians, librarians and more talking about how their work and that of others in their field informs the historical record and how culture is documented. This workshop asks us to consider who gets to create the record, what forms the record should take, and why do we value some forms of the record over others? Participants will also have an opportunity to record their findings via audio for broadcast over the public school radio or on paper for inclusion in a zine to be added to the read/write library collection, or document in another format of their choosing to share. This event is held in conjunction with “Public School.”
Making a Place of Purpose, a Collection of Small Actions. 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. Free. Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. 773-702-0200. This daylong event considers how sites of culture can function as spaces of belonging. Organized by The Smart’s 2016/17 Interpreters In Residence, the, and inspired by conversations with the collection: “Belonging,” the day will feature a variety of small, intimate actions including interactive meals, artist-orchestrated experiences, micro-tours, performative readings, musical performances and shared reflections. Lunch will be served at noon and dinner at 5 p.m. Programs and making stations are open to all, but space may be limited.
The Revival Hour. 7:30 p.m. The Revival,1160 E. 55th St. $15 or $10 with Student ID. The Revival Hour is a hilarious evening of sketch & improv comedy, solo performance and music from a diverse range of artists from across Chicago’s South Side and beyond. This week’s performance is curated by Cody Spellman (Second City, Writer’s Theatre, Jackalope). Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.the-revival.com.
Hyde Park Community Players present “Clybourne Park.” 8 p.m. University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 online at hydeparkcommunityplayers.org, and $10 for seniors and students with ID.Hyde Park Player Vanessa Ellis directs “Clybourne Park.” The play, written by Bruce Norris, is a spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” and follows a family that is seeking to change their lives as their neighborhood that undergoes gentrification. The remaining date is 2 p.m. May 21.
Drop-in Hip Hop Arts Workshop. 4:30p.m. -7:30p.m. Hyde Park Arts Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free. 773-324-5520. Graffiti art, music production, slam poetry, and footworking taught by Kuumba Lynx Performance Ensemble. Held in conjunction with “Public School.”
Self Education Forum 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Hyde Park Arts Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520.Join Jim Duignan for an informal conversation on self education. Self-Education practices are ways of learning akin to the methods we used during our youth—observation, building to think, disciplining ourselves, and imagining outside the confines of school. The evenings will include a charrette to write, draw, record, gather, and develop ideas and material for the next issue of The Trans Action Newspaper. Trans Action, Dialogues In Trans Disciplinary Practice, Issue #3 On Self Education, is a joint newspaper project between Chicago And Dublin, Ireland that exchanges civic and socially engaged ideas and histories between our cities, organized by Jim Duignan and Fiona Whelan. If you have any questions, please contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lead Zine Folding Gathering. Noon – 3 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. The Chicago ACT Collective will host a Lead Zine Folding gathering where the public is invited to hang out, fold zines, and discuss water rights. This event is led by William Estrada and is held in conjunction with “Public School.”