Author Talk. 6-7 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-752-4381. W. W. Martin, author of “So I Bought an Air Force: The True Story of a Gritty Midwesterner in Somoza’s Nicaragua,” presents.
Talk and Panel Discussion. “Interrupting a Culture of Violence Against Women.” 6-8 p.m., Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., 773-241-6044, experimentalstation.org, free. Salamishah Tillet, of the University of Pennsylvania, presents a talk entitled, “How Ending Violence Against Women Will Save the World.” Followed by a panel discussion with Beth Richie, of the University of Illinois at Chicago; Natalie Moore, of WBEZ, rape victim advocate Sharmili Majmudar and gender-based violence expert Claudia Garcia Rojas. Registration required.
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., email@example.com, 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.
Tot Lot and Outdoor Playground. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hyde Park Neighborhood Club,
5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, $9 drop-in, $45 for a
10-session pass or $65 for a monthly pass.
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.
Jumu’ah Prayers. 1-1:30 p.m. and 1:45-2:15 p.m., Bond Chapel, 1050 E. 59th St., 773-702-2100. Muslim Friday prayers.
Winter Holiday Party. 4:30-7 p.m., Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org. A celebration of Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and more. Co-sponsored by the Neighborhood Parent Network.
Volunteer Work Day. 9 a.m., Jackson Park, Bobolink Meadow. Participants spread native grass and seeds in the meadow. For more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Holiday Party. 2-4 p.m., Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave. Those attending are invited to bring their stories and refreshments to share.
Logan Center Family Saturdays. 2-4 p.m., Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, free. Featuring workshops on arts and crafts, music videos, DJing and legos, as well as storytelling and musical performances. Register in advance (recommended) at ticketsweb.uchicago.edu.
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