Epic Wednesday: Spring Equinox. 5-8 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, $15 non-members, $12 U. of C. staff and members, $10 U. of C. students, $10 per person for groups of more than five and free for Young Professional Leader members. A special evening event featuring a tour of the museum’s galleries, live music, trivia and food and drink.
Family Fun. 6 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. A chance for families to listen to stories, play board games and make crafts. For all ages.
Despres Family Memorial Lecture. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Author Eric May discusses his first novel, “Bedrock Faith,” as part of a monthly lecture presented by the Friends of Blackstone Library. For more information, visit friendsofblackstone.wordpress.com.
Author Talk. 7 p.m., Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787. With Kazuo Ishiguro, author of “The Buried Giant.”
Thursday Toddler Time. 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Picture books, activities and crafts for children up to age 2.
Homeschool Workshop: Not Pi. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, $16 non-members (one child plus adult), $10 members (one child plus adult), $8 per additional non-member, $5 per additional member. Kids learn about math through history. Open to children ages 5 to 12. Register at oi.uchicago.edu/register.
Girl Scouts. 3-5 p.m., Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org. For more information, call Lauara Stern at 773-387-4488.
Dance Party Fun with Xbox. 3:30-4:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. A chance to compete in a dancing game for the Xbox.
Author Talk. 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381. With Aron Dunlap, author of “Lacan and Religion.”
ChakaFest 2015. 6-10 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5520 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. A free fundraiser featuring music by and inspired by Chaka Khan, snacks and a cash bar. For more information, or to R.S.V.P., visit hydeparkart.org.
Boy Scouts Archaeology Workshop. 9 a.m.-noon, Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago, 773-702-9507, oi.uchicago.edu, $20 non-members, $15 members. Participants work toward earning an archaeology merit badge. Register at oi.uchicago.edu/register.
Primary Stars Book Club. 11 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. First, 2nd and 3rd graders discuss Grace Lin’s “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.” Open to children ages 6 to 9.
Junior Archaeologists. 1-3 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, $14 non-members, $10 members, $7 per additional non-member, $5 per additional member (prices include one child age 5-12 plus one adult). Featuring a simulated archaeological dig in the institute’s Kipper Family Archaeology Discovery Center. To register, visit oi.uchicago.edu/register.
Film Screening. “Revolution and Religion: A Dialogue Between Cornel West and Bob Avakian.” 3-7 p.m., Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., $100 and $50 premium tickets, $20 general admission, $10 students. A premiere screening of the new film of public intellectual West’s November 2014 dialogue with Bob Avakian, chairman of the Revolution Communist Party, USA. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Reception to follow. To buy advance tickets, visit chicagorevolutionbooks.blogspot.com or contact thegmail.comChicago BA Everywhere Committee by calling 312-860-8167 or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Night of 100 Stars Gala. 6 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, Ames Auditorium, 740 E. 56th Place, 773-947-0600, $21.95 tickets, $400 donation per person. The museum’s 20th annual Night of 100 Stars Gala, featuring dancing, dinner and an awards ceremony with honorees including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and School of the Art Institute President Walter E. Massey. To buy tickets, visit thedusablemuseum.eventbrite.com.
Sunday Evening Jazz. 7:30-11:30 p.m., Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St., hydeparkjazzsociety.com, $10 adults, $5 university students with ID and children with adults. The Hyde Park Jazz Society presents vocalist Joan Collaso for her Fifth Sunday Jam.
Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Participants discuss Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s “Good Omens.
Preschool Story Time. 10:30 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Picture books, activities and crafts for children ages 2-3.
Author Talk. 6 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., 773-684-1300, semcoop.com. With Blue Balliett, author of “Pieces and Players.”
Talk. “Power Forward: From the Basketball Court to the White House.” 6 p.m., Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., 773-834-4671, politics.uchicago.edu. President Barack Obama’s former assistant and aide Reggie Love presents. For more information, or to register, visit uchipolitics.eventbrite.com.