Film Screening and Discussion. “Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge.” 6:30-9 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org, $5. A screening of the 2011 film directed by Dalian Adofo and Verona Spence, with a discussion including panelists Songodina Ifatunji, spiritual practitioner; Lee H. Butler, of the Chicago Theological Seminary; Rabbi Capers Shmuel Funnye, Jr., of Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation, and Moses O. Adeola, author of “The Origin of Christianity.” For more information, call 773-947-0600, ext. 223. R.S.V.P. at ancestralvoicesfilm.eventbrite.com.
Tot Lot. 9 a.m.-noon, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., firstname.lastname@example.org, classes are $9 drop-in, $45 for a 10-session pass or $65 for a monthly pass. This class is intended for children 0-4 and their caregivers or parents to get together on a regular basis to learn, play and benefit from one another’s company.
Discussion. Object/Subjective. Noon-1 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, cafe, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, free. Sara Mendelsohn, executive assistant for program support at the Smart Museum, and Faye R. Gleisser, a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University, discuss the work of Bruce Nauman.Lunch is provided. Space is limited. Register at smartmuseum.uchicago.edu /calendar/register.
Family Program. The Look. 6-8 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th ST., 773-702-9507, $9 non-members, $5 members. Participants learn about the origins and science behind Egyptian makeup, how jewelry and clothes is made and how fashion helps archaeologists date artifacts. For families with children age 8 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Second Annual Holiday Dance Recital. 6 p.m., Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., 773-368-4058, $10. Students from the ITwirl Dance Programs perform. To buy tickets, call or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Registration for the programs’ Winter 2014 classes is open. For more information, visit facebook.com/itwirldanceprograms