Centennial Brooks Evening Kickoff. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. DuSable Museum of African American History ,740 E. 56th Pl. Free. 773-947-0600. Opening event of three-day Gwendolyn Brooks centennial celebration featuring poets Ishion Hutchinson, Haki Madhubuti, Ed Roberson, Sonia Sanchez and Evie Schokley , the music and poetry of Jamila Woods and music by Nicole Mitchell and the Black Earth Ensemble. Brooks’ daughter, Nora Brooks Blakely, will also appear.
Lap-sit Story Time. 10:30 a.m. Blackstone Public Library 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Interactive program with simple picture books, nursery rhymes, puppets, musical instruments and movements. Children 0-18 months.
Money Smart-Understanding Medicare. 10:30 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Information will be presented about Medicare A and B, prescription drug coverage, enrollment periods and other relevant topics.
Female Contemporaries. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St. Free. 773-702-2787. Moderator Deborah Nelson and panelists Evie Shockley and Margo Natalie Crawford discuss Gwendolyn Brooks’ relationship with the Black Arts Movement and feminism. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration.
Career and Reception. 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St. Free. 773-702-2787. Moderator Adrienne Brown and panelists Sonya Posmentier, Anthony Reed and Lawrence Jackson . Gwendolyn Brooks’ career and the lasting reception of her work are discussed. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration. There will be a reception afterwards from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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.
In the Mecca. 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Free. 773-702-2787. Discussion of Gwendolyn Brooks poem In the Mecca. Moderated by Quraysh Ali Lansana. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration.
Children’s Spring Cupcake Decorating Workshop. 11 a.m. – noon. Freehling’s Pot and Pan 1365 E. 53rd St. Freehling’s Pot and Pan is hosting a Spring Cupcake Decorating Workshop for children ages 5 and older. All materials will be provided. You’ll learn how to create grass, bird nests and Easter eggs with decorating tools. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will take home beautiful, delicious cupcakes.
New Directions Book Club-As Brave As You. 11a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Discussion of ‘As Brave As You’ by Jason Reynolds.
Canonization and Publication. 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St. . Free. 773-702-2787. A discussion of key poems from different periods of Gwendolyn Brooks’ career. Four poets will participate. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration.
Black Arts and Music/Performance. 1:30p.m.-3 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St. Free. 773-702-2787. A dialogue examining Gwendolyn Brooks role as a reader and performer and the Black Art Movement in general. Discussion will feature Nicole Mitchell, Jacqueline Stewart and Ivy Wilson. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration.
Nature space play date at Cornell Park. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave. Children 8 and younger, accompanied by an adult, are invited to a nature play date in Cornell Park, where they can learn about the Cornell Park nature play space; build with logs, sticks, rocks, and sand; search for buried treasures; meet residents of a bug motel and create art. For more information contact Norm Bell, president of the advisory council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poetry Fun. 2:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 773-702-2787. Children 5 and up recite their favorite poem or create one of their own.
On Rioting and Riot: A Roundtable Discussion. 3:15 p.m.-4:45p.m. Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St. Free. 773-702-2787. A discussion of Gwendolyn Brooks’ role as an inspiration to younger poets in the context of the Civil Rights movement. Moderated by Nate Marshall. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration.
Sherry Poetry Reading. 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Free. 773-702-2787. Pearl Andelson Sherry Memorial Poets Ed Roberson and Ishion Ira Hutchinson read their work. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration.
Black Earth Ensemble, Jamila Woods and music by Nicole Mitchell. 7:30 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. . Free. 773-702-2787. Music inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks and performed by the Black Earth Ensemble. Part of the Centennial Brooks celebration.
Vineyard Church Grand Opening. 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. 5333 S. Greenwood Ave. (773) 939-3445.
email@example.com. www.thevc.org.The Vineyard Church of Hyde Park invites the community to the Grand Opening of its new church home. Services will include invited special guests. In addition to the adult services, the VineKidz children’s program for ages 6 months – 6th grade is available at both services and the UpLift teen youth group for Grades 7-12 meets during the 11 a.m. service. Parking is available at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St., at the corner of 54th Street and Ellis Avenue.
Five From Afar. 3p.m. Performance Hall, Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. $47. 773-702-2787 .Contempo presents five recent works by leading international women composers, with contemporary music interpreters Ensemble Dal Niente, mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Butcher, Kontras Quartet, and pianist Pawel Checinski. 773-702-2787 visit
Curtis Black Quartet. 9 p.m.-midnight. Woodlawn Tap, 1172 E. 55th St. Free, donations appreciated. 773-643-5516. Improvisational jazz.