Lecture. “Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue.” 5 p.m., Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507. Amy Landau, of the Walters Art Museum, presents.
Concert. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Pianists Jesus Garcia and Carlos Schwartz perform as part of the Music Teachers of Hyde Park Artist Series.
Family Fun. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. A chance for families to listen to stories, play board games and make crafts. For all ages.
Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Stories and activities for children up to age 2.
Seminar. Noon, U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Chicago Sun-Times deputy editorial page editor Kate Grossman presents as part of her U. of C. Institute of Politics fellow seminar series, “The Politics of School Reform.” For more information, or to RSVP, visit uchipolitics.eventbrite.com.
Talk. “The Battle for Standing: Fighting for the Right to be Heard in Politics.” 12:15 p.m., University of Chicago Law School, 1111 E. 60th St., 773-834-4671, free. Michael Ignatieff, former Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, presents. For more information, or to register, visit uchipolitics.eventbrite.com.
Seminar. 4:30 p.m., U. of C. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-834-4671, free. Former Turkish parliament member Suat Kiniklioglu presents as part of his U. of C. Institute of Politics fellow seminar series, “The Bridge Between the Bosphorus.” For more information, or to RSVP, visit uchipolitics.eventbrite.com.
Author Talk. 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381. With Katha Pollit, author of “PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.” To RSVP, visitsemcoop.com.
Author Talk. 6 p.m., International House, home room, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-753-2274. Chigozie Obioma, author of “The Fishermen,” presents.
Lecture. “Countering Violent Extremism: Preventing the Spread of Radical Ideologies.” 6 p.m., Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., 773-834-4671, free. Farah Pandith, the country’s first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, presents. For more information, or to RSVP, visit uchipolitics.eventbrite.com.
Artist Talk. 5-7 p.m., The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St., 773-752-2020. Presented by Artist of the Month Carolyn Pereira, whose oil and watercolor paintings are currently on display at the store in an exhibit entitled “Air Born.”
Author Talk. 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381. With Ronald Rosbottom, author of “When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944.” To RSVP, visitsemcoop.com.
Concert. 7:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2787, $35 general admission, $5 students. Professional vocal ensemble Blue Heron performs music from Tudor England, preceded by a 6:30 p.m. lecture.
Play. “The Musical of Musicals! (The Musical!)” 8 p.m., University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., $15 tickets at the door, $12.75 advance tickets. A Hyde Park Community Players production of Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell’s 2003 play, directed by Corinna Christman. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit hydeparkcommunityplayers.org.
Teacher Program. “Geometry and Islamic Arts.” 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, $15-$40. Teachers learn about the relationship between Islam, arts and geometry using Islamic literature and objects in the Oriental Institute’s exhibit, “A Cosmopolitan City: Muslims, Christans, and Jews in Old Cairo.” Workshop recommended for librarians and math, social science, art and history teachers. CPDUs available. To register, visitoi.uchicago.edu/register.
Workshop. LEGO Architects. 10 a.m.-noon, Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., 312-994-4000, gowright.org, $5 per child, free for accompanying adults. Participants use LEGOs to create a 3D model of their own floor plan design. Visit gowright.org to buy required advance tickets. Space is limited. Appropriate for children ages 6 and up with an adult.
Primary Stars Book Club. 11 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Participants discuss Rick Riodan’s “The Red Pyramid.” Open to children ages 6 to 9.
Book Discussion. 1-2:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Participants discuss Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Curator Tour. 2 p.m., Smart Museum, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, free. With Kenneth Warren and Martha Ward, guest curators of the museum’s exhibit, “Objects and Voices.” Space is limited. Register in advance by visiting smartmuseum.uchicago.edu.
Book Launch. 4:30 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., 773-684-1300. For Hyde Park author Liesl Shurtliff’s new novel, “Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk.” To RSVP, visit semcoop.com.