Teacher Program. “History through Writing: Exploring Egyptian Hieroglphys in Context.” 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., $40 non-member, $30 member. A chance to learn about hieroglyphs and ancient scribes with U. of C. Ph.D. candidate Megaera Lorenz.
Game Day. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. A chance to play board games. For adults and kids 9 and up.
Family Saturday Festival. “Family and Friends.” Noon-5 p.m., Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, $20 families of five or more, $5 individuals. Featuring a screening of films for the 31st Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and storytelling by Carmen Deedy. To buy tickets, visit ticketsweb.uchicago.edu.
Family Day. “Blockheads.” 1-4 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, free. Participants make helmets that look like Chicago buildings, play Jenga and build action figures and dolls. All materials provided. Activities best for children ages 4 to 12, accompanied by an adult.
Author Talk. 3 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381. Richard Fizdale, author of “999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories,” presents.
Panel Discussion. “Lessons from El Mozote.” 3:30-5 p.m., Logan Center, seminar terrace 801, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-8420. Focusing on the 1981 El Mozote massacre in El Salvador.
Poetry Performance and Open Mic. “The New Speak.” 4:30-6 p.m., Logan Center, screening room 201, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, free. A poetry open mic and performance for teenagers, hosted by the Rebirth Poetry Ensemble.
Artist Talk. 5-7 p.m., The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St., 773-752-2020. Artist of the Month Xavier Zehir will discuss “Angels,” his exhibit of paintings on display during November at the Great Frame Up.
Concert. 7:30 p.m., Logan Center, performance hall, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-8420. Third Coast Percussion performs to commemorate the 1981 El Mozote massacre in El Salvador.
Family Program: Junior Archaeologists. 10 a.m.-noon, Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507. Featuring a simulated archaeological dig in the institute’s Kipper Family Archaeology Discovery Center. For children ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult. To register, visit oi.uchicago.edu/register.
Founder’s Day. Noon-5 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, 773-947-0600, free. A celebration of the DuSable Museum’s founder, Margaret Burroughs. Featuring performances, exhibitions, a special tribute to Willie Dixon, birthday cake and the awarding of The Dr. Margaret Burroughs Scholarship to a single mother pursuing education opportunities.
Boy Scout Archaeology Workshop. 2-5 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago, 773-702-9507, oi.uchicago.edu, $20 non-members, $15 members. Participants work toward earning a Boy Scout archaeology merit badge. Register at oi.uchicago.edu/order/classes.
Concert. “A Murder of Crows.” 4-5 p.m., Logan Center, performance penthouse 901, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2100, $15 general admission, free with student ID. Men’s vocal ensemble The Rookery performs with illusions by The Great Frankini.
Lecture. “Re-imaging Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Fiction by Haitian Women.” Noon-1:30 p.m., Wieboldt Hall, room 207, 1050 E. 59th St., 773-702-8481. Nadeve Menard, of the Univtersite d’Etat d’Haiti, presents.
Performance. “Clinic.” 3-5 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5520 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. With Center Program artist Steve Juras.
Lecture. “Living in Ellipsis: On Biopolitics and the Attachment to Life.” 4-5:30 p.m., Classics Building, room 110, 1010 E. 59th St., 773-702-0230.
Lecture. 6-7:30 p.m., Logan Center, performance hall, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, free. Artist Theaster Gates presents.
Knitting Class. 10 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4944 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511.
Concert. “Pictures and Sounds.” 8-11 p.m., International House, assembly hall, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-753-2274, free. Drummer Eli Keszler and bassist Joshua Abrams perform in a concert sponsored by WHPK and the International House Global Voices Program.
Wednesday Lunch. “Ecumenism 101 with Aaron Hollander.” Noon-1:15 p.m., Swift Hall, common room, 1025 E. 58th St., 773-702-8200, $5. U. of C. Ph.D. student Aaron Hollander presents. To sign up in advance, send an e-mail to email@example.com.