After School Story Break – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 4:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. Participants read stories and complete a craft in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Open to children of all ages.
Book Talk. 4:30-6 p.m., Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, 5733 S. University Ave., 773-834-0957, free. Barbara Ransby, of the University of Illinois, presents on her book, “Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson,” as part of the Hard Times
Tea Time Concert Series. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Fulton Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-8484, free. Flutist Masha Popova and pianist Svetlana Krasnova perform. With complimentary tea and cookies at 4:15 p.m.
Third Thursday: Draw Bad. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, free. A workshop on how to “draw badly.” All materials provided. Open to adults of all skill levels.
Poetry Reading. 6 p.m., Cobb lecture Hall, room 409, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-8670, free. Poet Dorothea Lasky presents.
Vespers. 8-9 p.m. Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free.
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.
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.
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.
Lecture. “Defining Religion and Civilization in Imam Bayezidof’s Refutation of Renan.” 4:30-6 p.m., Swift Hall, common room, 1025 E. 58th St., 773-702-9565. Monica M. Ringer, a visiting professor at the U. of C., presents as part of the U. of C.’s Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative.
Film Screening and Discussion. “How to Survive a Plague.” 6-8 p.m., Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-9936, free. David France’s 2012 film, followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Melissa Gilliam, of the University of Chicago Medicine, and U. of C. professors Judy Hoffman and Harold Pollack. R.S.V.P. requested in advance.
Performance. “A Dream Deferred or a Dream Come True?” 7-9 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org, $20. A performance of Ernest Dawkins’ musical, featuring the Live the Spirit Ensemble and poet Khari B. To buy tickets, visit goo.gl/a6A8Xx.
Concert. “A Winter Song.” 7:30-9 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-8484, free. The Motet Choir performs winter-themed music by Rachmaninoff and more.
Workshop. Lego Architects. 10 a.m.-noon, Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., 312-994-4000, gowright.org, $5 per child, free for accompanying adults. Participants use Legos to create a 3D model of a floor plan design. Visit gowright.org to buy the required advance tickets. Appropriate for children ages 6 and up with an adult.