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 .
Trey Moe Live. 7:30 p.m., The Revival, 1160 E 55th St., $15. Trey Moe is a comedian from Birmingham, AL who now resides in Los Angeles, CA. Trey is known for his internet sketches that have generated more than 50 million views worldwide. With sold out shows across the nation, Trey is proving to be one of comedy’s brightest stars. Tickets can be purchased at https://tms-llc.myshopify.com/products/chicago.
Carolyn Sufrin – “Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars.” 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, free, 773-752-4381. Carolyn Sufrin discusses “Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars.” Join Carolyn Sufrin as she discusses her new book exploring women’s access to health care behind bars. RSVP is requested but not required. For more information visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/carolyn-sufrin-jailcare-finding-safety-net-women-behind-bars.
Malu Halasa – “Mother of all Pigs.” 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 57th St. Books, 1301 E 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Malu Halasa discusses “Mother of All Pigs.” She will be joined in conversation by Adam Morgan. Halasa’s book unveils contemporary life in the Middle East, as one family confronts its secrets over the course of a weekend’s festivities. For more information and to register visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/malu-halasa-mother-all-pigs-adam-morgan.
Off Off Campus, The Revival. 7:30 p.m. 1160 E. 55th St. Established in 1986 by Second City co-Founder Bernie Sahlins, Off Off Campus is the nation’s second oldest student improv troupe. Catch their hilarious weekly showcase Fridays (7:30p) at The Revival! Tickets available at the door. For more information email, email@example.com.
UChicago Presents: Leila Josefowicz, violin; John Novacek, piano. 7:30 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St., $10 – $38, 773-702-2787. The dazzling and fearless violinist Leila Josefowicz partners with superb pianist John Novacek. $38 general admission, $30 faculty and staff, $20 under 35, $10 students. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/uchicago-presents-leila-josefowicz-violin-john-novacek-piano.
Storytime with Franny! 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Join 57th Street Books’ Children’s Manager Franny Billingsley every Saturday at storytime! Fun for children of all ages, but especially those 0-6. For more information visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/storytime-franny.
Visiting Artist Departure: Ronit Porat. Noon – 1 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., free, 773-324-5520. Ronit Porat works with photography, and also uses archival materials and biographical texts to create photo-based installations. Porat holds an MFA from the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London, and a B.A. in Photography and Digital Media from the Hadassah College in Jerusalem. Her work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo shows, and can be found in private collections.
Holiday Stocking Knit Along. 6 p.m. Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312 747-0511. Learn colorwork knitting and basic sock construction as we knit together the Falling Snow Stocking. Must know how to knit and purl and bring supplies. For more information visit https://tinyurl.com/ya5lu87u.