Baird Harper – “Red Light Run.” 6 p.m. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Baird Harper discusses Red Light Run. This event is presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Committee on Creative Writing. RSVP is requested but not required. For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/baird-harper-red-light-run
Destined for War?: U.S.-China Relations in 2017. 12:30 p.m., Quadrangle Club Library 1155 E. 57th St., free, 773-834-4671. Join the IOP and the Paulson Institute as we welcome political scientist and Harvard professor Graham Allison. In light of his latest book, “Destines for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydide’s Trap?” Mr. Allison will discuss the future of U.S.-China relations, examining the potential conflicts between the two world powers. To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/destined-for-war-us-china-relations-in-2017-registration-37815032781
Game Day. 10 a.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312- 747-0511. Play board games or RPGs all day long. Learn new games and enjoy some of your old favorites including Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride. Pathfinder Society Scenario PFS 8-19(levels 1-5): Treacherous waves will be played. To sign up for Pathfinder please call 312-747-0511 or sign up online at Warhorn (www.warhorn.net). Space is limited. Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition will also be played. For adults and kids 9 and up.
Family Program: Junior Archaeologists. 1 p.m., Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., $14 general admission, members $10 (1 child + 1 adult); $7/$5 each additional registrant, 773-702-9507. Kids and adults take part in a simulated excavation and interactive guided tour while learning more about archaeology. Ages 5-12. Registration required. For more information and registration visit https://oi.uchicago.edu/register
Hyde Park Art Center 2017 Gala. 6 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., $500, 773-324-5520. Join the Hyde Park Art Center for a night of drinks, dinner, dancing and recognitions. Shirley & Walter Massey and Anne Wilson will be honored by the Center. Tickets must be purchased in advance, after party tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2017-10-14-2017-gala
Wines and Steins Harvest Festival. 7 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle School (Gym), 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., $40-$65, 773-667-1142. Support the St. Thomas the Apostle School Endowment Fund at this tasty event with seasonal craft beers and wines selected from all over the world by Madison Fine Wines. Heavy appetizers and a raffle will be a part of the event as well, each ticket will include one entry into the raffle. Ticket prices go up after the Oct. 1 early bird deadline. For more information visit http://stapostleschool.com/wines-and-steins-2017/.
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.
All-Store Parent-Child Read. 2 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Book-loving parents and children, please join us for an in-store discussion of the hilarious kids’ novel “The Pushcart War” by Jean Merrill. The event will be led by Franny and Miranda, a mother-daughter duo who read the book together and absolutely loved it. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/all-store-parent-child-read
Amir Engel – “Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography.” 3 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Amir Engel discusses “Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography.” He will be joined in conversation by Paul Mendes-Flohr. Presented in partnership with the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/amir-engel-gershom-scholem-intellectual-biography
John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch & Marc Lamont Hill – “Gentrifier.” 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill discuss “Gentrifier,” a book that demystifies the idea of gentrification by opening a conversation that links the theoretical and the grassroots, spanning the literature of urban sociology, geography, planning, policy, and more. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/john-joe-schlichtman-jason-patch-marc-lamont-hill-gentrifier
The Music Teachers of Hyde Park Artist Series: Laura Fenster. 6:30 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312- 747-0511. Music Teachers of Hyde Park is an alliance of independent private music teachers serving Chicago’s Hyde Park, Kenwood, and South Shore neighborhoods. The Artist Series is presented by the artist members of Music Teachers of Hyde Park. October’s program will be Laura Fenster on piano featuring the Robert Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op. 13. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59c03550be88d42500a11e65.
History and Forms of Lyric: Lecture by Aaron Kunin. 7:30 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, Seminar Terrace 801, 915 E. 60th St., free, 773-834-8524. Aaron Kunin specializes in the literature of the English Renaissance, and has broad research interests in poetry and poetics. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Cold Genius: A Book of Poems (Fence, 2014). He is currently working on a book that celebrates the Renaissance notion of character. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/history-forms-lyric-lecture-aaron-kunin.
Mini-Member Stroll. 10:30 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr., free, 773-684-1414. Casual and engaging tour of museum exhibits designed for parents and caregivers with babies. For more information and registration visit http://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/events/member-stroller-club/rsvp/.
Artist Talk: Marissa Lee Benedict. 1 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., free, 773-324-5520. Join artist Marissa Lee Benedict for an afternoon discussion about her time in residency in Tel Aviv where she conducted research into infrastructural forms related to water management and drought resistance in the Israeli landscape and their parallels in the United States. To learn more about the event visit http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2017-10-19-artist-talk-marissa-lee-benedict-on-chicago-via-tel-aviv.
We the Publics: Meals in the Commons. 7 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., free, 773-702-0200. We the Publics began as an exhibition at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and will now take the form of a migratory dinner series unfolding across multiple sites in Chicago. Hosted by Sweet Water Foundation and the Smart Museum, the meals will convene artists, agriculturalists, cultural workers, activists, academics, and others to actualize the essential rights outlined in the manifesto. The dinner is free but space is very limited, advance registration is required and opens on Oct. 2. For more information and to register visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1335/we-the-publics-meals-in-the-commons/.
Film Screening: Lullaby. 7 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., screening room, free, 773-702-0200. Second screening in a three-part series of “poetic documentary” films by Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov. This film explores Lenin’s legacy through interviews with workers, peasants, and newly liberated women of Central Asia. Screening is free but space is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1328/film-screening-lullaby/.
Film Screening: Lullaby. 7 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., screening room, free, 773-702-0200. Second screening in a three-part series of “poetic documentary” films by Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov. This film explores women’s place in the Soviet Union in the mid-1930s. Screening is free but space is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1328/film-screening-lullaby/.
Off Off Campus Weekly Comedy Show. 7:30 p.m., The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St. Tickets available at the door. Established in 1986 by Second City Co-Founder Bernie Sahlins, Off Off Campus is the nation’s second-oldest student improve troupe. Catch their hilarious weekly showcase at The Revival. Tickets are available at the door. For more information visit http://www.the-revival.com/event/8c8b1737cd4ea47a1f35387c7798ecbb.
Curator Tour: Revolution Every Day. 9:30 a.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., free, 773-702-0200. Join co-curator Diane Miliotes (Interim Curator of Modern Art and Design at the Smart Museum) for a tour that explores the experiences of women under (and after) communism through a selection of Soviet posters and contemporary video. Space is limited, for more information and to register visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1334/curator-tour-revolution-every-day/.
Virginio Ferrari: Full Circle, 1957-2017. 2:00 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-702-0200. As part of Humanities Day at the University of Chicago, join acclaimed sculptor and former faculty member Virginio Ferrari for the official release of “Virginio Ferrari: Full Circle, 1957–2017.” For more information and to register visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1327/virginio-ferrari-full-circle-19572017/.