Local Music Mixtape Sessions 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.773-324-5520. The HPAC invited local artists and musicians to share their favorite local music with the “Public School” Exhibition. Broadcasting will be live in Gallery One and the show will be recorded and rebroadcast on the school radio.
Friends of the Blackstone Library meeting. 6 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave.
Learning Circle – Start Fiction Writing. 6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. 312 – 747 – 0511. This hands-on eight-week course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters. You’ll learn how to develop your ideas and the importance of reflecting on writing and editing, and you’ll hear other writers talking about their approaches to research and consider ways of turning events into a plot. You will also have the opportunity to review and comment on the work of fellow writers and receive peer feedback on your own writing.
Family Story Time. 6:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 773-747-0511.This program will include weekly activities designed for family fun for all ages including stories, games and make-and-take crafts to share with others. Open to children of all ages.
Get Covered Illinois. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. 312-747-0511. Get the health care you need with the affordable care act. A health insurance counselor is available to guide you through the process of getting signed up. Sponsored by Get Covered Illinois and Near North Health Service Corporation, Komed/Holman Health Center.
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.
Grandma’s Kitchen. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Smart Museum Of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Free. Grandma’s Kitchen is a series of pop-up interpretive experiences designed and hosted by Smart Museum Docent Josephine McEntee And Service collaborators Carlos Carpenter And Dave Morris. Participants are welcome to have their remembrances recorded while they enjoy food and drink with the hosts.
Classic Kink (Part I). 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Smart Museum Of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Free. University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, Office Of LGBTQ Student Life, And The Leather Archives & Museum are partnering for a special two-part program that explores classicism in relation to the history of LGBTQ communities. Part I (May 4) features a tour of the Smart Museum’s special exhibition Classicisms, including a set of nineteenth-century photographs of suggestively posed young men amid Roman ruins. Led by Benjamin Morgan, assistant professor, Department of English Language and Literature, the conversation will focus on the public and private dissemination of LGBTQ culture through the clandestine trading of images in the Victorian Era, as well as the validation that can come from the Deployment Classical Aesthetics. This discussion will be followed by a figure drawing session where participants will create works in response to the exhibition and discussion.
Podcast Workshop 4, Session 1 6:30p.m. – 8 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. Over the course of two 90 minute sessions, participants will have the chance to record ambient noise, collect interviews and record their narration for their pieces. Workshops also include a basic lesson in editing and production, and participants will be able to select a backing score from our library of local and independent music. This event is in conjunction with public school and will be led by David Ladon and Jim Duignan. Limited spots available. Please RSVP To Exhibitions@hydeparkart.org.
Twenty Minutes Still. 8 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Bond Chapel, 1050 E. 59th St. Still the mind and body: meditation for twenty minutes in the stillness of bond. All welcome, whether or to you’ve ever meditated before.
Library Book Sale. 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Regenstein Library, Room A-10, 1100 E. 57th St. The library is holding a sale of more than 10,000 duplicate and discarded volumes. These include hardbacks, trade and scholarly paperbacks, multi-volume sets, maps and miscellaneous material. Prices start at $20/Hardbacks, $10/paperbacks/CDs, and $5/miscellaneous materials. Prices will be reduced each successive day with all remaining items free on the final day, Monday May 8. For accessible access, please contact Renee Darosky at 773.702.8736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committed Knitters. Noon – 3 p.m. Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. Free. Learn the basics of knitting and crocheting or make an experienced project and share ideas. All supplies provided.
On Writers and Writing: The Work, The Scene. 6:30 p.m. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. 773-752-4381. Peg Boyers and Robert Boyers discuss managing one of the longest running literary magazines in the country. The Boyers, editors of the quarterly “Salmagundi” (founded in 1965), read briefly from their own work and discuss the rewards and challenges of the literary vocation, building relationships with writers for more than half a century, and the occasional difficulties of editing a magazine and interacting with gifted, ambitious writers.
Off Off Campus. 7:30 p.m. The Revival,1160 E. 55th St. $5. University of Chicago’s Student Improv Troupe. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.the-revival.com.
The Hutchins Plan (Law School Edition). 9:30 p.m. The Revival,1160 E. 55th St.$10 or $5 with Student ID. Longform Improv featuring Randy Picker & Lior Strahilevitz. The Hutchins Plan is named for early twentieth century University of Chicago President Robert Maynard Hutchins. Featuring “Special Guests” from across the College, the performance begins with an extemporaneous monologue that inspires a series of interconnected scenes. Join host Prof. Randal Picker, Special Guest Prof. Lior Strahilevitz and The Hutchins Plan Ensemble for an evening of classic long-form improvisation. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.the-revival.com.
Family Game Day. 10 a .m. – 4 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Play board games all day long. Learn new games and enjoy some of your old favorites including Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride.
Half Pint Poetics Opening Ceremonies & Preliminary Bouts. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. An Elementary School Poetry Slam Led By Kuumba Lynx Held In Conjunction with “PUBLIC SCHOOL.”
Concrete Family Festival. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Smart Museum Of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Reva And David Logan Center For The Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
Free. Family Day features hands-on art activities designed to inspire children to think about and respond creatively to art and the world around them. Join in an afternoon of hands-on family activities related to concrete. Learn how to pour and shape this ancient material with concrete masons from ozinga, make mini concrete cars, and get up close to a real-life concrete mixing truck. Activities best for kids ages 4 -12, accompanied by an adult.
Read/Write Library: Why We Ask & Who We Ask. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. In this 45-minute workshop, participants will discuss the role of libraries and other institutional keepers of knowledge and explore simple approaches to transferring that authority to their own communities by challenging and adding to the record. Questions will be generated about Chicago, neighborhoods, schools, or whatever line of local inquiry participants choose, and work together to compile potential sources. Participants can either take their questions with them to do their own research, or leave their questions in the Q&A card exchange for others to check out and research.
Intellectual Property Rights & Protections for Creative People. 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. $20. What are intellectual property rights for creative people, and what should you know about the legal protections for your creations? The Lakeside Quilting Guild has brought together a distinguished assembly of professionals in the field who will provide different perspectives of this very timely and relevant topic. Leading this lively discussion will be panelists: Carolyn Mazloomi, historian, curator, author and artist; James Harris, Intellectual Property Attorney and Hague Williams, artist and educator. The public is invited to meet this diverse and dynamic group of experts to ask questions about intellectual property protections, rights and fair use of imagery. Proceeds to benefit the guild’s programs and service projects. Pre-register at http://lakesidequiltingguild.weebly.com/.