Calendar

Dec
13
Sat
Java Jive @ Ida Noyes Hall, East Lounge
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm

Java Jive. 8 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, East Lounge, 1212 E. 59th St., free. A weekly dance session with the Chicago Dance Society, featuring a beginner’s lesson at 8 p.m. and open dancing at 9 p.m.

Performance. Noise Patterns @ Logan Center, performance penthouse 901
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm

Performance. Noise Patterns. 8 p.m., Logan Center, performance penthouse 901, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-0200, free. New York-based experimental composer and artist Tristan Perich presents a new composition of 1-bit patterns of white noise, programmed for and performed by microchip.

Performance. “Holidays a cappella.” @ Rockefeller Chapel
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Performance. “Holidays a cappella.” 8-9:15 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, $38 preferred seats, $30 general admission, $25 seniors, $12 students. Chicago a cappella performs holiday season songs. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit chicagoacapella.org.

Dec
14
Sun
Sunday at Rockefeller @ Rockefeller Chapel
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Sunday at Rockefeller. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100. Music, communion and a sermon.

Second Sunday @ Hyde Park Art Center
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Second Sunday. 1-4 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5520 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Participants join artist Gilda Clarke to create their own paper weave holiday place mat.

Closing Reception @ Hyde Park Art Center
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing Reception. 2-4 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Artist presentations and a Q and A session about “Front and Center,” HPAC’s third annual show of work by Center Program participants on display through Jan. 4.

Family Program: Little Scribe @ Oriental Institute
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Family Program: Little Scribe. 2-4 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, free. Participants learn about the history and evolution of writing, and get a chance to write in two of the world’s most ancient written languages. Presentations and tours begin at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Recommended for families with children ages 9 to 14. Register at orientalinstitute.eventbrite.com.

Film Screening. “Hidden Colors: The Triumph of Melanin.” @ DuSable Museum of African American History
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Film Screening. “Hidden Colors: The Triumph of Melanin.” DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, 773-947-0600, $5. A screening of Tariq Nasheed’s 2012 film, as part of the DuSable Museum’s screening of the 3-part documentary “Hidden Colors.” To buy tickets, visit thedusablemuseum.eventbrite.com.

Holiday Party. The Hyde Park Historical Society @ The Hyde Park Historical Society
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Holiday Party. The Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights of the The Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Holiday Party include a live performance of holiday songs sung by Andy Carter. Children are welcome and guests are encouraged to bring treats to share. 

Pipes for the Season @ Rockefeller Chapel
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Pipes for the Season. 5-6 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free. U. of C. organist Thomas Weisflog and associate U. of C. organist Phillip Kloeckner perform holiday season organ works by Eugue Gigout and more. Hot cider and savory snacks will be served.

Sunday Mass @ Calvert House
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm

Sunday Mass. 5 p.m., Calvert House, 5735 S. University Ave., 773-288-2311.

Christmas Carol Fest @ Blackstone Library
Dec 14 @ 6:30 pm

Christmas Carol Fest. 6:30 p.m. Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. A sing-a-long of new and traditional Christmas carols with a choir and instruments, including piano. Open to all ages.

Sunday Evening Jazz @ Room 43
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Sunday Evening Jazz. 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. The Hyde Park Jazz Society presents the Geof Bradfeld Quintet.

Dec
16
Tue
Tuesday Toddler Time @ Blackstone Library
Dec 16 @ 10:30 am

Tuesday Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Picture books, activities and crafts for children ages 2-3.

Dec
17
Wed
Nighttime Family Story Time @ Blackstone Library
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm

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.

Dec
18
Thu
Happy Holiday Story Crafts @ Blackstone Library
Dec 18 @ 4:00 pm

Happy Holiday Story Crafts. 4 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Holiday stories and crafts for children of all ages.

Lecture. “Everything’s an Argument: Understanding the Power of African Centered Perspective.” @ DuSable Museum of African American History, IBLA Auditorium
Dec 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Lecture. “Everything’s an Argument: Understanding the Power of African Centered Perspective.” 6:30-8 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, IBLA Auditorium, 740 E. 56th Place, 773-947-0600, $5. Novelist, poet and children’s author Kim L. Dulaney, of Chicago State University, presents as part the DuSable Museum’s Missing Pages Lecture Series. To buy tickets, visit thedusablemuseum.eventbrite.com.

Thursday Toddler Time @ Blackstone Library
Dec 18 @ 10:30 pm

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.

Dec
19
Fri
Tot Lot Holiday Party @ Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tot Lot Holiday Party. 10 a.m.-noon, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, $5. Featuring holiday crafts, free play, a $5 photo booth and snacks for sale.

Dec
20
Sat
Primary Stars Book Club @ Blackstone Library
Dec 20 @ 11:00 am

Primary Stars Book Club. 11 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. First, 2nd and 3rd graders discuss Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Open to children ages 6-9.