Let’s Dance Gala. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. Tickets $130 and up. 773-493-8498. Fundraiser for Hyde Park School of Dance. A program featuring Broadway inspired dance performed by HPSD company dancers with music by Bopology. A silent auction, raffle, dinner & dancing and awards ceremony will be featured. Visit https://hydeparkdance.org/gala
Chicago Home Theater Festival. 1 p.m.-3p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Free. 773-324-5520. Participants will gather neighborhood stories and create zines, audio collages, and dramaturgical tools which will be utilized by artists to create neighborhood-specific work and performed as part of HPAC festival in May 2017
Botanical Shakespeare. 3 p.m. Co-op Bookstore, 1301 E. 57th St. Author Gerit Quealy discusses “Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Cited by the World’s Greatest Playwright.” Free. 773-684-1300 RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/751720711645475
Curtis Black Quartet. 9 p.m.-midnight. Woodlawn Tap, 1172 E. 55th St. Free, donations appreciated. 773-643-5516. Improvisational jazz.
Gallery Talk with Anthony Grafton. Noon. Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. Free but registration required. 773-702-0200. Historian Anthony Grafton talks on the classical tradition from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century in connection to objects on view in the Smart Museum of Art’s special exhibition Classicisms. Visit email@example.com
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.
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.
Chess in the Library for Youth. 4:p.m.-5:30p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Annual Chicago Public Library Annual Chess Program. Children and young adults chess instruction.
Family Story Time. 6:30p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Stories, games and crafts for children of all ages.
Protecting the Homeland: National Security in the Trump Administration. 5:15 – 6: 30 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St., Main Dining Room. Free. The University of Chicago Institute of Politics welcomes Lisa Monaco, former US Homeland Security Advisor to President Obama, to discuss The Trump Administration’s promises for big changes to the U.S. national security policy. Jim Sciutto, CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent, will moderate the event. This event is open to the public. Registration at Eventbrite.com is required. Doors will open 30 minutes before the event begins. Any unclaimed seats will be released 10 minutes before the event begins.
Information Session with Art Critic Jason Foumberg. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. 773-324-5520. Hear from Jason Foumberg, contributing art critic for Chicago Magazine, in a free workshop on how writing about art can empower your art practice and career. For more information visit hydeparkart.org.
“In Good Faith: Divided We Fall: Are Justice, Healing, and Reconciliation Possible in Trump’s America?” 6 p.m. Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. Free, pre-registration required. 773-371-5400. Discussion will be moderated by Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). visit http://www.ctu.edu/rsvp#.
Be My Baby In Babylonia and Vice Versa. 7p.m.-9p.m. Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St. Free. 773-702-9520. An illustrated lecture by Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian, University of London which presents two Old Babylonian incantations in comparative perspective.
Get the Health Care you need with the Affordable Care Act. 10 a.m-1 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Help signing up for the Affordable Care Act. A health insurance counselor helps guide you through the application process for the ACA.
Toddler Story Time. 10:30a.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Children 6 months to 24 months. Free. 312-747-0511.Themed activities including picture books, action activities and flannel board stories.
Science Thursday. 4:30 p.m. Blackstone Public Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. Free. 312-747-0511. Simple science experiments will be performed along with a discussion of the scientific method.
Tea Time Concert Series. 4:30 p.m. Samantha Farmilant Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 E. 59th St., Goodspeed Hall, 4th Floor. This week’s concert features Samantha Farmilant, soprano. Free. The Tea Time Concert Series includes a wide variety of musical genres, instruments and repertoire selections featuring both student and faculty performers from the University of Chicago as well as professional musicians from the Chicago area. Complimentary tea and cookies will be served at 4:15 p.m.
Classicism and the Transmission of Antiquity. 5p.m. Cochrane-Woods Art Center 5540 S. Greenwood Ave., Rm. 157. Free with registration. 773-702-0200. Jas’ Elsner discusses the ways artworks were viewed in their original context and how they relate to other forms of cultural, social, and spiritual practice. Elsner is the Humfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Art at Corpus Christi College in the University of Oxford. Registration required. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-jas-elsner-registration-31462102997#tickets .
The Justice League: Navigating the Legal Limits of Federal Policy. 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Check the University of Chicago website for updates on location. Free. The Institute of Politics welcomes Steve Bunnell, former General Counsel of the US Department of Homeland Security,David R. Hill, former General Counsel of the US Department of Energy, and Harold Hongju Koh, former Legal Adviser of the Department of State for a lawyer’s view of governing in Washington, as they discuss how executive branch lawyers help develop, approve and implement policy at the highest levels in government. Robert S. Rivkin, former General Counsel of the US Department of Transportation, will be moderate the conversation. This event is free and open to the public but registration at Eventbrite.com is required. Doors will open 30 minutes before the event begins. Any unclaimed seats will be released 10 minutes before the event begins. For more information contact IOP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-834-4671.
Chamber Check – in. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Community Programs Accelerator, 5225 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Free. 773-288-0124. Meet Hyde Park’s movers and shakers at this premier network event. Bring business cards. Open to the public.