Calendar

Jul
31
Thu
“Explore Thursdays: Bears, Bears, Bears.” @ Blackstone Library
Jul 31 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

“Explore Thursdays: Bears, Bears, Bears.” 3:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, chicagopubliclibrary.org. Participants learn about bears. Open to children ages 6 to 11.

Aug
1
Fri
Family Program. “LamaSeuss Series: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.” @ Oriental Institute
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Family Program. “LamaSeuss Series: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.” 11 a.m.-noon, Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, oi.uchicago.edu, free. Participants explore the museum’s hatted artifacts to learn what ancient hats can tell archaeologists. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for children ages 5 to 8. Required registration at oi.uchicago.edu/order/classes.

Concert. “Dee Alexander CD Release Concert: Songs My Mother Loves.” @ Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall,
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Concert. “Dee Alexander CD Release Concert: Songs My Mother Loves.” 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, $50 VIP seats (includes CD), $20 general, $10 students. “Songs My Mother Loves” is the title of Dee Alexander’s current recording project, which consists of selections of classic jazz that her mother listened to when Dee was a child.

Music @ Chant
Aug 1 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 12:00 am

Music. 9 p.m.-midnight, Chant, 1509 E. 53rd St., 773-324-1999, chantchicago.com. Curtis Black Jazz Band performs.

Aug
2
Sat
Performance. “the timekeeper’s meditation…” @ Hyde Park Art Center
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Performance. “the timekeeper’s meditation…” 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Artist Lindsey Barlag Thornton holds a 100-pound block of ice, which drips into tin buckets below a hand-made wooden table over the course of the day.

Workshop. “Saturday School.” @ Hyde Park Art Center
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop. “Saturday School.” 10 a.m.-noon, Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Southside Hub of Production hosts a workshop inside John Preus’s exhibition “The Beast.”

Workshop. “Summer Saturdays: Origami.” @ Frederick C. Robie House
Aug 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop. “Summer Saturdays: Origami.” 10 a.m.-noon, Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., flwright.org, $5 per child (accompanying adults free). Participants learn origami designs, make figures inspired by architecture and discover how Japanese art influenced Frank Lloyd Wright. Ages 8 and up with an adult.

Taste of Kenwood @ Kenwood United Church of Christ
Aug 2 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Taste of Kenwood. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-373-2861, kenwooducc.net. Featuring food, fun and live entertainment, as well as a dance contest and raffle.

“Family Day: Fishy Fashion.” @ Smart Museum of Art
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“Family Day: Fishy Fashion.” 1-4 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu, free. Create collages, drawings and watercolor paintings inspired by Robert Lucy’s Sea Fashions series. Recommended for ages 4 to 12. Must be accompanied by an adult.

“Grand Finale of ‘Rahm’s Readers’: Explore and Roar.” @ Blackstone Library
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm

“Grand Finale of ‘Rahm’s Readers’: Explore and Roar.” 1 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, chicagopubliclibrary.org. Grand finale of the Summer Learning Challenge with stories, crafts and prizes.

Reception @ Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 2 and the Cleve E. Carney Gallery
Aug 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reception. 2-5 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 2 and the Cleve E. Carney Gallery, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Join the artists and curators of the new exhibition, “Mind the Gap.”

Shakespeare in the Parks @ Jackson Park, music court, south of the Museum of Science and Industry
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm

Shakespeare in the Parks. 5 p.m., Jackson Park, music court, south of the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. A performance of Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” by Spectralia Theater.

Concert. “Hyde Park Suzuki Institute Capital Campaign Kickoff Concert.” @ Logan Center for the Arts
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm

Concert. “Hyde Park Suzuki Institute Capital Campaign Kickoff Concert.” 8 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, $75 VIP seats, $25 general. Hyde Park Suzuki Institute hosts concert featuring bands Slave and Captain Sky. Purchase tickets at ticketsweb.uchicago.edu.

Music @ Chant
Aug 2 @ 10:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 2:00 am

Music. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Chant, 1509 E. 53rd St., 773-324-1999, chantchicago.com. DJ night with house music.

Aug
3
Sun
Film. “Half of A Yellow Sun.” @ DuSable Museum of African American History
Aug 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Film. “Half of A Yellow Sun.” 2-4 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org, $10. The South Side of Chicago premier of “Half of A Yellow Sun,” written by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Performance @ Room 43
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Performance. 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. Hyde Park Jazz Society presents the Jazz Community Big Band led by Marianne May.

Aug
5
Tue
Preschool Story Time @ Blackstone Library,
Aug 5 @ 10:30 am

Preschool Story Time. 10:30 a.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, chicagopubliclibrary.org. Includes picture books, songs, action activities and flannel board stories. Open to ages 3 to 6.

Author Talk @ 57th Street Books
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm

Author Talk. 6 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., 773-684-1300, semcoop.com. Discussion with Prajwal Parajuly, author of “The Gurkha’s Daughter.”

Aug
6
Wed
Family Fun Hour @ Blackstone Library
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm

Family Fun Hour. 6 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, chicagopubliclibrary.org. Families will have an opportunity to play classic board games or to make crafts.

Movie. “Midweek @ the Midway.” @ Midway Plaisance Center
Aug 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Movie. “Midweek @ the Midway.” 8-9 p.m., Midway Plaisance Center, 1130 Midway Plaisance, 59th Street between Ellis and Woodlawn Avenues, free. Screening of “Back to the Future.” Movies begin at dusk.