Storytime with Colin! 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Free. Free. 773-684-1300. Join Colin McDonald for stories and songs each Wednesday at 10:30am at 57th Street Books! Fun for children of all ages, but especially those 0-6. For more information visit www.semcoop.com.
Tango Class. 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St. $10 Enter the classy underground realm of social tango as done in Buenos Aires and around the world. Drop in anytime. You do not need a dedicated partner but gender balance is important, so fellas bring your guy crew and ladies bring as many guy friends as you bring girlfriends. Taught by Ernest Williams. For more information visit www.thesilverroom.com.
What can we learn from the Nordics? 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Prominent scholar and Quaker activist George Lakey discusses the answers to this question as presented in his recent book, Viking Economics: How the Scandanavians Got It Right and How We Can, Too. Lakey, a sociologist and former Swarthmore professor, will describe how Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark have joined the top tier of International ratings for equality, freedom and shared abundance. Free. Lakey’s book will be available.
The Downtown Hyde Park Farmers Market. 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Court. The Hyde Park Farmers Market will feature more than a dozen local and regional farms and Hyde Park area vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, homemade crafts, plants, flowers and more. With new vendors and a highly visible location, the Hyde Park Farmers Market promises to increase the variety and convenience for shoppers, inviting residents and tourists to “Get Fresh!” this season in Hyde Park. For more information visit www.secc-chicago.org.
Community Yoga with Chaturanga Seeds. 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Boulevard. 773-702-9724. Beginner Yoga is designed with the absolute yoga beginner in mind. The focus is an introduction to basic yoga poses and healthy alignment. Here you will practice standing asana (poses) as well as seated poses. Beginner yoga also incorporates yogic breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques & great for stress relief and overall relaxation. For more information visit www.arts.uchicago.edu.
61st Street Farmers Market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. Link and senior farmer’s market coupons accepted. Link purchases matched up to $25 every market day.
Storytime with Franny! 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Free. Free. 773-684-1300. Join 57th Street Books’ Children’s Manager Franny Billingsley every Saturday at storytime! Fun for children of all ages, but especially those 0-6.
Free Tours Of Sites From The Columbian Exposition In Jackson Park. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays from May through October by registration only. 1766 Columbia Drive, on the east side of the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge in the Chicago Park District Parking Lot on Science Drive immediately south of the Museum of Science and Industry. Free. Friends of The White City in cooperation with the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) are again conducting our popular FREE tours of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition right where it all happened! For more information visit www.friendsofthewhitecity.org.
National Public Lands Day. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 63rd Street Beach Dunes (near 63rd Street and Hayes Drive).In honor of National Public Lands Day, there will be a community planting day at the 63rd Street Beach Dunes with the Chicago Park District and the Shedd Aquarium’s Great Lakes Action Days. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the park while they help out at the beach.
Park Tour of the Columbian Exposition of 1893. 11 a.m., Parking Lot East of Darrow Bridge, free. Jackson Park Advisory Council and Friends of the White city host park tours of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, park history and nature. Meet in the lot east of the Darrow Bridge, across the basin from Museum of Science and Industry. The lot can be reached from Lake Shore Drive via 58th Street/Science Drive.
Fall Frolic. 5:30 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., $100, 773-363-1933. Come celebrate the art of giving at the Hyde Park Art Center’s Fall Frolic. Make some art, bid on auction items, and enjoy delicious food from La Petite Folie. Valet parking ($10) and transportation are available. For more information and to make a reservation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-363-1933.
“Thanks, Obama”: Comedian-in-Chief David Litt. 5:30 p.m., Quadrangle Club Main Dining Room, 1155 E. 57th St., free, 773-834-4671. Join the IOP as we welcome David Litt, former speechwriter for President Barack Obama. His new book, “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey Years in the White House” offers both a humorous reflection on his journey through politics and a meditation on President Obama’s legacy. To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thanks-obama-comedian-in-chief-david-litt-registration-37706839171#tickets.
Poetry Reading – Mai Der Vang, Emily Yoon, Zhou Sivan, & Megan Sungyoon. 6 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Mai Der Vang, Emily Yoon, and Zhou Sivan read from their recent award-winning collections, Afterland (2016 Walt Whitman Award Winner), Ordinary Misfortunes (Winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Award), and Sea Hypocrisy (Doublecross Press and Projective Industries, 2016). The reading will be followed by a moderated conversation with Megan Sungyoon. Registration is requested, but not required. For more information and to register visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/poetry-reading-mai-der-vang-emily-yoon-zhou-sivan-megan-sunyoon
Building a Resistance: Indivisible Co-Founder Leah Greenberg. 5:30 p.m., Quadrangle Club Main Dining Room, 1155 E. 57th St., free, 773-834-4671. Join the IOP as we welcome Leah Greenberg, one of the founders of Indivisible, for a conversation on organizing a political movement. For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-a-resistance-indivisible-co-founder-leah-greenberg-registration-37818308579.
Johanna Hanink – “The Classical Debt.” 6 p.m. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Johanna Hanink discusses The Classical Debt: Greek Antiquity in an Era of Austerity. She will be joined in conversation by Alain Bresson. RSVP requested but not required. For more information visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/johanna-hanink-classical-debt
Six Points Reading Series: Mark Tardi and Nina Corwin. 6:30 p.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Join The Poetry Center of Chicago for our October installment of The Six Points Reading Series featuring Mark Tardi and Nina Corwin followed by a conversation with the audience. For more information visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/six-points-reading-series-mark-tardi-nina-corwin
The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls. 7 p.m., Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St., free, 773-834-9775. Lecture exploring the archeological remains of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1946. For more information and to register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-the-archaeology-of-qumran-and-the-dead-sea-scrolls-tickets-36754574923?ref=estw.
LUNCHTIME GALLERY TALK: Land, Water, Gods, and the King. 12:15 p.m., Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., free, 773-702-9507. Join Assistant Professor of Assyriology Hervé Reculeau in exploring the development of farming and irrigation in ancient Mesopotamia. For more information visit https://oi.uchicago.edu/events/event.html?guid=CAL-ff808081-5bebee1d-015b-ef43e373-000069e8eventscalendar%40uchicago.edu&calPath=%2Fpublic%2Fcals%2FMainCal
Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Chamber Check-in. 5:30 p.m., Seven Ten Lanes, 1055 E 55th st., 773-288-0124. Join us for Hyde Park’s premier networking gathering of movers and shakers in the community! It is open to all! Don’t forget to bring your business cards!
Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya. 8 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Free. Concert one of a 3-day immersion into Galina Ustvolskaya’s powerful and intense music. The program includes: Composition No. 1 Dona Nobis Pacem, Composition No. 3 ‘Benedictus’, Symphony No. 4 ‘Prayer’, Symphony No. 5 ‘Amen’, and Piano Sonata No. 3. Performers include: DePaul Ensemble 20+, Liz Pearse, Kuang-Hao Huang, Kevin Harrison, Andrew Rosenblum, Shanna Gutierrez, and Michael Lewanski, conductor.