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.
Four Way Books Poetry with Miranda Field and Christian Pugh. 6:30 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Miranda Field and Christina Pugh read from their latest poetry collections, Imaginary Royalty and Perception. RSVP is requested, but not required. For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/four-way-books-poetry-miranda-field-and-christina-pugh
Film Screening: Three Songs About Lenin. 7 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., screening room, free, 773-702-0200. First 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/1329/film-screening-three-songs-about-lenin/
Then/Now: Ustvolskaya and The Next Generation. 8 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Free. Concert two of a 3-day immersion into Galina Ustvolskaya’s powerful and intense music. The program includes works by Marina Khorkova, Dariya Manimova, and Galina Ustvolskaya. Performers include Seth Parker Woods, Jeff Kimmel, Shanna Gutierrez, Tara Lynn Ramsey, Andrew Rosenblum, and Chris Narloch.
Hyde Park Used Book Sale. 9 a.m., Lake Park Shopping Center, free, 773-419-1384. Come take advantage of this day-long opportunity to get your hands on some used book and raise money for community organizations and events. Organized by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. For more information visit http://hydepark.org/booksale/booksale.html
Logan Five-Year Bash. 11:30 a.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., free, 773-702-2787. Come enjoy this twelve-hour arts festival celebrating the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts’ five-year anniversary. Free and ticketed programming will include art exhibitions, musical performances, and plenty of BBQ. For more information check out loganfiveyear.uchicago.edu
Drawing Hour. 1 p.m., Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., free, 773-702-9507. Develop drawing skills by closely examining and drawing ancient artifacts, or come by to fun and get inspired. Materials are provided, personal sketchbooks are allowed as well. Pencils only. For more information and to register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drawing-hour-tickets-35638073437
Family Day: Let’s Type! 1 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., free, 773-702-0200. Learn about graphic design, printmaking, and typography and design you own posters, signs, and revolutionary manifestos inspired by the posters on view in Revolution Every Day. Plus, learn how to write your name in Cyrillic and type a letter on a Soviet-era typewriter. All materials provided, best for ages 4-12 accompanied by an adult. For more information visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1317/family-day-lets-type/