Todd Miller – “Storming the Wall.” 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Todd Miller discusses “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security.” He will be joined in conversation by David Archer. Miller’s book works to connect the dots between climate-ravaged communities, the corporations cashing in on border militarization, and emerging movements for environmental justice and sustainability. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/todd-miller-storming-wall-david-archer.
Hyde Park Author Talk: It’s not Forsythia, It’s for Me. 6 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312-747-0511. Dr. Gloria Needleman, an award winning early childhood teacher and Hyde Park native, will talk about her memoir “It’s Not Forsythia, It’s for Me: My Years Teaching Young Children.” As a teacher at CPS and the University of Chicago Lab Schools, Dr. Needleman brings her innovative curriculum of learning through play and passion for teaching to parents and teachers alike. She will share her insightful, innovative and creative experiences as a teacher for more than 34 years. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59c136d9bfc5882400d84789.
Visiting Artist Talk with Ronit Porat. 6 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., free, 773-324-5520. Join us for an evening dialogue with Ronit Porat as she discusses aspects of her practice, what she has been exploring in Chicago during her Residency and more. Bites and sips to be served. For more information about the artist and her work, visit http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2017-10-25-visiting-artist-talk-ronit-porat.
From Spaces to Places: Public Art Walking Tour. 5:30 p.m., Black Sphere sculpture, across from Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., free, 773-702-2787. Public art is a fascinating, spontaneous experience, with some sculptures boldly claiming open spaces and others tucked unexpectedly between buildings. As part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Public Art, this one-hour tour covers a small sample of the stunning works that have helped shape UChicago’s intellectual and cultural life for decades. Registration is requested but not required. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/spaces-places-public-art-walking-tour-9
Ken Klonsky and David McCallum – “Freeing David McCallum.” 6 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Ken Klonsky and David McCallum discuss “Freeing David McCallum: The Last Miracle of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter.” They will be joined in conversation by Steve Drizin. For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/ken-klonsky-david-mccallum-freeing-david-mccallum-steve-drizin
Bill Goldstein – “The World Broke in Two.” 6 p.m. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Bill Goldstein discusses “The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature.” He will be joined in conversation by Carol Anshaw. RSVP is requested but not required. For more information visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/bill-goldstein-world-broke-two-carol-anshaw.
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. Cath their hilarious weekly showcase at The Revival. Ticket are available at the door. For more information visit http://www.the-revival.com/event/8c8b1737cd4ea47a1f35387c7798ecbb.
Community Wealth Building Day. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chicago State University Library (4th Floor Atrium), 9501 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Courtney Jones, president of the Dearborn Realtist Board, in partnership with MB Financial Bank, is sponsoring this free opportunity to help those looking to become a first-time homebuyer, a second-time buyer (those who may have lost homes due to foreclosure), homebuyers looking to avoid foreclosure and others looking to expand the number of homeowners in the community. Jones will be available for media interviews to talk about the work of Dearborn Realtist and its effort to help build wealth in community and to close the African American homeownership gap.
Family Program: Mummies Night. 5 p.m., Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., free with suggested donation of $5, 773-702-9507. Explore ancient Egypt and learn more about mummies at the Oriental Museum. Suggested for ages four and up with adult supervision. To learn more about the event and register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mummies-night-tickets-35638343244.
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.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra All-Access Chamber Music series: Tononi Ensemble. 3 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., free, 773-702-2787. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s free chamber music series presents the Tononi Ensemble, a seven-member group of CSO musicians performing personally-curated music. The program features Beethoven’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Woodwinds and works by Bloch and Loeffler. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/chicago-symphony-orchestra-all-access-chamber-music-series-tononi-ensemble.
Knitting and Crochet Circle. 6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312- 747-0511. Bring your current project and get inspiration to finish it. Meet other knitters and needle crafters in the community. Enjoy great conversations and share tips and resources. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59c126a9be88d42500a12c64.
Robert B. Pippin – “The Philosophical Hitchcock.” 6 p.m. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Spend Halloween with one of our most penetrating and creative philosophers on the “Master of Suspense,” when Robert B. Pippin discusses “The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo and the Anxieties of Unknowingness.” He will be joined in conversation by Dan Morgan. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/robert-b-pippin-philosophical-hitchcock-dan-morgan
Storytime with Colin! 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St., 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. More information can be found at https://www.semcoop.com/event/storytime-colin.
Match Up! Mentoring Program. 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S Kenwood Ave. Career Talks and Academic Assistance Wednesdays: Lawyers in the Classroom and Gym Time Thursdays: Safe Circles and Academic Assistance.
Arts and the Nuclear Age: Takako Arai and Jeffrey Angles. 5 p.m., Logan Center, Seminar Terrace 801., 915 E 60th St., free, 773-834-8524. Arai is known for writing socially engaged poetry. A frequent theme of her work is the lives of working women and the ways that they have been shaped by contemporary trends, especially the push toward globalization, the recent economic downturn, and the 2011 earthquake-related crises in northeastern Japan. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/arts-and-nuclear-age-takako-arai-and-jeffrey-angles-0.
Spanish Storytime! 10:30 a.m., 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Have fun exploring the Spanish language with books, songs, and lots of movement! For children ages five and under. For more information visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/spanish-storytime-7.
Lunchtime Gallery Talk: A Thousand Gods, a Thousand Festivals. 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., free, 773-702-9507. The great majority of Hittite texts are scenarios for cultic celebrations for the gods, usually called festival descriptions. These were lively affairs with song, music, dance and offerings much of it in the presence of the king and queen. What was the purpose of these festivals, how many were there, and what did a typical festival look like? Join Theo van den Hout, Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages who will address these questions in this talk. Explore the ancient world with a 45-minute gallery talk in the Oriental Institute Museum. Travel to a time and place beyond the University to learn about archaeological discoveries, unlock the secrets of civilization, and gain a greater appreciation of our ancestors. For more information contact Oriental Institute – Public Education Office, 773-702-9507.
HPCC Chamber Check-In. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., The Freehling Pot and Pan Co., 1365 E. 53rd. St., free, 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! For more information visit http://www.hydeparkchamberchicago.org.
Reading and Discussion with Reginald Gibbons and Ed Roberson. 6 p.m., The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, free, 773-752-4381. Reginald Gibbons and Ed Roberson read and discuss their new works, “An Orchard in the Street” and “To See the Earth Before the End of the World.” Registration is requested. For more information and to register visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/reading-and-discussion-reginald-gibbons-and-ed-roberson .