Teacher Workshop. “Teaching Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture with the Oriental Institute Museum Collection.” 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, $40 non-members, $30 members. U. of C. archaeologist Megaera Lorenz presents. With a gallery sketching workshop. Bring a sketchpad and pencils. Space is limited. Register at oi.uchicago.edu/order/classes.
Family Day: Lights Up! 1-4 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, free. Participants work with lights and colored films and create their own yellow helmets and pink sunglasses, with inspiration from the museum’s exhibit on display, “State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970.” All materials provided. Best for children ages 4-12, accompanied by an adult.
Concert. “Holiday Cheer!” 6:30-8 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, $20 family pass, $10 general admission, $5 U. of C. students. The Chicago Men’s A Capella and Chicago Children’s Choir perform. The audience will be invited to join in a round of caroling. Tickets on sale at ticketsweb.uchicago.edu and at the door.
Symposium and Book Launch. “Black Is, Black Ain’t.” 2 p.m., Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107, 1020 E. 58th St., 773-702-8670, free. A panel discussion revisiting issues raised in the 2008 exhibition by the same name, curated by Renaissance Society Associate Curator Hamza Walker, and a book launch for the exhibition catalogue. Panelists include Bennett Simpson, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kellie Jones, of Columbia University; Walker and others.