A Classical Ballet in Three Movements. 3 p.m. Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Free. 773-702-0200. A ballet in three movements presented by University Ballet of Chicago.
Earth Day Celebration. 4:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Stories and crafts in observance of Earth Day. Free. 312-747-0511. Ages 5 and up.
Indie City Writers presents New Beginnings: A Night of Live Lit and Poetry. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. ML Kennedy (The Mosquito Song) hosts an evening of performances by local authors, poets and up-and-comers. Featured talent includes R.E. Wright, Yvonne Jeffries, Marissa McCants, Michael Fischer, Julian Wiley, Sarah E. Lauzen, and Harry Lazerus (the upcoming Thirteen Tales from the Hippocampus).
Born to Film and Willie with Danny Lyon. 7 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Free. The new Direct + Present Documentary Experience series showcases work both contemporary and historic, with the goal of creating a space for thoughtful conversation for documentarians and audience alike to explore world concerns and cinematic ones. Born to Film (1982, 33 min.) is a funny and ethereal autobiographical meditation on filmmaking and fatherhood, in which the two are more intertwined than a bull snake in a bin full of celluloid.
United Church of Hyde Park to host 27th Annual Quilt Show and Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. $6. The 27th Annual Quilt Show and Sale “Everybody Loves Quilts” highlights include over 200 handmade quilts, challenge quilts, a free catalog describing all quilts, quilts and other fabric arts for sale and other vendors. There will be coffee on sale in the Tea Room. Proceeds will go toward the pipe organ and capital fund. For more information call 773-363-1620 or visit uchpchicago.com.
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House After-hours Gathering .5 p.m.-8 p.m. Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. $30 members $35 for general admission. Private evening tour of Wright’s masterpiece with drinks and hors d’oeuvres and a small jazz band will be featured. Visit lwright/afterhoursrobie
Olivia Block, 132 Ranks. 8 p.m. Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Free. 773-702-8670 .Organ concert presented by the Renaissance Society.
Elm Park Citywide Earth Day Celebration. 5215 S. Woodlawn Ave. 10 a.m. – noon. Volunteers are welcome to participate in gardening and cleaning activities. All gardening supplies will be provided. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Elm-Park-Advisory-Council-156172511071512/
United Church of Hyde Park to host 27th Annual Quilt Show and Sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St. $6. The 27th Annual Quilt Show and Sale “Everybody Loves Quilts” highlights include over 200 handmade quilts, challenge quilts, a free catalog describing all quilts, quilts and other fabric arts for sale and other vendors. There will be a light lunch on sale in the Tea Room. For more information call 773-363-1620 or visit uchpchicago.com.
Washington Park Arts Festival. Noon – 3 p.m. Chicago Youth Programs, 5350 S. Prairie Ave. Free. The University of Chicago Community Service Center of the Office of Civic Engagement, University of Chicago Student Government, UChicago Arts + Public Life, Chicago Youth Programs (CYP), and the KLEO Community Family Life Center will host the Second Annual Washington Park Arts Festival. The arts festival will feature complimentary food catered by locally-owned businesses including Yassa African Restaurant and Bronzeville Jerk Shack and will showcase performances by a number of U. of C. student organizations including UChicago Maya and The Random Notes as well as by students at the Arts Incubator, CYP, and KLEO. university students will coordinate a number of age-appropriate arts activities for the whole family. For more information call Cosmo Albrecht, University of Chicago Student Government, at (210) 378-0694 or email email@example.com or call Amy Chan, University of Chicago Community Service director, at (773) 834-1549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Klein/Olson. 5p.m.-8 p.m. Talk by curator Solveig Ovstebo at 6p.m. Kent Hall, Room 120, 1020 E .58th St. Free. 773-702-8670. The work of Astrid Klein and B. Ingrid Olson is presented. Opening night of a two-month exhibit. Presented by the Renaissance Society.
Curtis Black Quartet. 9 p.m.-midnight. Woodlawn Tap, 1172 E. 55th St. Free, donations appreciated. 773-643-5516. Improvisational jazz.
“Jumping Over Shadows” book discussion. 1 p.m. Congregation Rodfei Zedek , 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. Annette Gendler, a Hyde Park-based author, teacher and blogger will be at Congregation Rodfei Zedek to discuss her latest book, “Jumping Over Shadows.”
Money Smart-Promoting Retirement Savings. 2 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Presentation on defining your retirement goals. Presented by a Benefits Advisor from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
Beginning Knitting Class. 6 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Bring one skein of worsted #4 yarn and US size 8 or 9 knitting needles.
Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511 6:30p.m.-7:45p.m.Discussion of ‘The Immortals’ by Jordanna Max Brodsky.
Story Time and Crafts. 10 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Children 2-5. Themed activities including picture books, action activities and flannel board stories.
Chess in the Library for Youth. 4p.m.-5:30p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Chicago Public Library Annual Chess Program. Children and young adult’s chess instruction.
Learning Circle-Start Fiction Writing. 6 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. First in a series of 8-week workshop on writing fiction. Register first at the P2PU website https://learningcircles.p2pu.org/en or at the first session.
Family Story Time. 6:30p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Stories, games and crafts for children of all ages.