From Spaces to Places: Public Art Walking Tour. 5:30 p.m. Free. Begins at Black Sphere, across the street from Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., and ends at The Smart Museum Of Art. Public art on the University of Chicago campus. This one-hour tour covers a small sample of the stunning works that have helped shape U. of C.’s intellectual and cultural life for decades.
Classic Kink (Part II). 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Avenue. 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. This Two-Part Program Explores Themes Of Classicism In Relation To Contemporary LGBTQ Communities. Part II features a discussion of the history and future of Chicago’s active LGBTQ community and a tour of classically-themed 1960s and 70s physique photography and murals by Chuck Renslow and Etienne at the Leather Archives & Museum, which preserves the history and culture of fetish, kink, and leather communities in Chicago. Following the tour, the University of Chicago student organization RACK (risk-aware consensual kink) will give a demonstration about the aesthetics and safe practice of contemporary kink.
Martin L. Deppe book signing. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. Martin L. Deppe, retired United Methodist Church pastor in Chicago, attended the first organizing meeting of Operation Breadbasket and worked with Breadbasket until its closing. His new book, “Operation Breadbasket: An Untold Story of Civil Rights in Chicago, 1966-1971,”was just released by the University of Georgia Press. During the event, He will be reading and signing copies of his book.
Podcast Workshop 4, Session 2. 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.
Panel: “The Future of Latin American-China Relations.” 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St. As President Trump withdrew from Trans-Pacific Partnership creating a degree of uncertainty in global trade, Chinese President Xi Jinping praised open trade and globalization during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos; as the current administration plans to build a wall on the border with Mexico, China is building a bridge to Latin America through investments, trade, and cultural exchanges; as Ford canceled its factory in Mexico, Huawei is selling more smartphones and building more telecom towers in the Dominican Republic. At this critical juncture in history, the University of Chicago plans to host a panel dedicated to fostering conversations about opportunities and challenges affecting the future development of the relationship between China and Latin America. We are inviting renowned academia in this arena to discuss this important topic. Moderators: Professor Dali Yang (University of Chicago) and Professor James A. Robinson (University of Chicago). Speakers: Professor Kevin P. Gallagher (Boston University), Ted Piccone (J.D. Columbia University School of Law) and Professor Riordan Roett (Columbia university). For more information contact: Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) 773-702-8647.
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.
Word Play. 10 p.m. The Revival,1160 E. 55th St. $15 or $10 with Student ID. Stand-Up Comedy, Music and Consciousness hosted by Leon Rogers. Word Play – a Dave Jeff Joint – is the sound of real hip hop mixed with the hottest new stand ups from across the country and topped with the consciousness of the best spoken word artists on the planet. Word Play harnesses the power of words from different aspects of our culture to incite laughter, cheers and tears. Curated by cultural architect Dave Jeff of PHLI; hosted by acclaimed personality Leon Rogers (WGCI); and featuring Guest DJs and Artists for a PHLI game of words! Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.the-revival.com.
New Destinations Book Club-As Brave As You. 11a.m. – noon. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. “Secret Of The Fortune Wookiee” by Tom Angleberger will be discussed. Light refreshments will be served. Recommended for readers ages 9-12. To check out books for the discussion, please see the children’s librarian.
Read/Write Library Workshop: What We Found. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. In this 45-minute workshop/show and tell, participants who have previously participated in workshop #1 or who have checked out a Q & A card to research can share their findings with one another and anyone who wants to attend as an audience member. This may take the form of storytelling, a live interview with a source, the reading of a publication, playing of music, or sharing a video or an object. Participants who have not attended workshop #1 can generate their own questions with the help of those who have. This event is held in conjunction with “Public School.”
Chamber Music for Voice. 1:30 p.m. University of Chicago, Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 E. 59th St., Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor. Students in the Vocal Studies program present solo works supported by a variety of instruments, and works for small vocal ensembles from a variety of musical periods. A light reception will follow. Admission is free.
Vids! Vids! Vids! 7:30 p.m. The Revival,1160 E. 55th St. $15 or $10 with Student ID. Video sketches, short films, improv & more! A monthly variety show featuring video sketches, short films, stand-up, and improv. The first act features 4-6 short stand-up/improv/sketch acts, and the second act features 4-6 videos. We close the night with a special musical guest. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.the-revival.com.
Night of 1,000 Delights. 9:30 p.m. The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St. $15 or $10 with Student ID. Stand up comedy, music and more! Night of 1,000 Delights is a standup and talent show festival party dreamscape tournament curated by Miranda Van Iderstine and Peter Moller. There will be decorations, big jokes, lots of rules, and pretend fire. Everyone will feel beautiful and upset. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting www.the-revival.com.
Comcast Hyde Park XFINITY store hiring event. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hyatt Place Chicago South, 5225 S. Harper Ave. Comcast will recruit about 15 full- and part-time employees for the store. At the event, Comcast will have: Recruiting employees on hand to answer questions about careers at Comcast; Managers and employees from other area XFINITY Stores who can answer questions about working in retail at Comcast; and Computers attendees can use to apply for the open positions. Comcast also can assist attendees who want to apply using laptops, smartphones and tablets they bring to the event. To apply for a position visit https://jobs.comcast.com and search for Sr. Sales Consultant positions in zip code 60615.
Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors. Closed Meeting – 6:30 – 7:00 p.m., Open Meeting – 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. 773-643-4062. www.hpnclub.org.
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.
“Plan Sub-Area O”discussion. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, University of Chicago in Saieh Hall, 1160 E. 58th St., room 021. The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement is hosting a community meeting to discuss the University of Chicago Woodlawn Avenue “Plan Sub-Area O,” the plan for University of Chicago-owned properties in the 5700 block of South Woodlawn Avenue and 5757 South University Avenue. For more information call Matthew Curtin at 773-834-4773.
Hyde Park Garden Fair. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center on 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Free. A variety of plants will be available for sale from vegetable plants and shrubs to roses and wildflowers.
Hyde Park Community Players present “Clybourne Park.” 8 p.m. University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 online at hydeparkcommunityplayers.org, and $10 for seniors and students with ID.Hyde Park Player Vanessa Ellis directs “Clybourne Park.” The play, written by Bruce Norris, is a spin-off of Lorraine Hansberry’s play “A Raisin in the Sun” and follows a family that is seeking to change their lives as their neighborhood that undergoes gentrification. The remaining show dates are 8 p.m. May 20, and 2 p.m. May 21.
Hyde Park Garden Fair. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hyde Park Shopping Center on 55th Street and Lake Park Avenue. Free. A variety of plants will be available for sale from vegetable plants and shrubs to roses and wildflowers.
Read/Write Library Workshop: Making The Record. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. Each 45 – minute workshop and discussion will feature different guest writers, journalists, musicians, radio producers, documentarians, librarians and more talking about how their work and that of others in their field informs the historical record and how culture is documented. This workshop asks us to consider who gets to create the record, what forms the record should take, and why do we value some forms of the record over others? Participants will also have an opportunity to record their findings via audio for broadcast over the public school radio or on paper for inclusion in a zine to be added to the read/write library collection, or document in another format of their choosing to share. This event is held in conjunction with “Public School.”