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.
Beginning Knitting Class. 6 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Bring one skein of worsted #4 yarn and US size 8 or 9 knitting needles.
Visual Art and Poetry with Steven Schroeder. 6:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Chicago poet Steve Schroeder reads his poems and leads a discussion about poetry and art.
Story Time and Crafts. 10 a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Children 2-5. Themed activities including picture books, action activities and flannel board stories.
Story Time.10:30 a.m Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. Free, reservation recommended. 773-684-1414. Look, listen and learn as museum staff and volunteers read stories about robots, rockets, exploration and other activities. Each story time session includes one story and a hands-on activity.
Chess in the Library for Youth. 4 p.m.-5:30p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Chicago Public Library Annual Chess Program. Children and young adults’ chess instruction.
Money Smart-Identity Theft. 2 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Discussion on identity theft and how to prevent it.
Happy Birthday Harold Washington! 6:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. A celebration of the life of Harold Washington for children and their families. Featuring stories and crafts.
Tea Time Concert: Chamber Music Showcase. Free. 4:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m. Fulton Hall. 5845 S. Ellis Ave. 4th Fl. Musicians from the University of Chicago and around the city perform.
Antheus/MAC Properties Community Meeting. 6 p.m. East Park Tower, 5242 S. Hyde Park Boulevard. Updates on the building proposed for the north east corner 53rd Street and Cornell Avenue will be discussed.
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.
Space. 9:30 p.m. The Revival Theater, 1160 E. 55th St. $10 for adults $5 for students. Space is a monthly queer variety show hosted by stand up comedians Carly Ballerini and Shannon Noll. Each show will bring a new assortment of the best performers in Chicago who happen to be LGBTQQIA identified. Every show will be rooted in stand up, with featured acts including dance, music, drag and storytelling. This month will feature performances from Peter Kim (stand up), Cody Melcher (stand up), Melody Kamali (stand up), Erin Diamond (stand up), Kimothy (drag), and Serjeeoh (music).Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead of time from the theater’s website: http://www.the-revival.com/event/ed9ac2a29d3eda16c4023c30a1f12d28 .