Third Thursday: Extra-Ordinary. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, free. Visitors make their own conceptual art, inspired by the museum’s new exhibit, “State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970.” All materials provided. Open to adults of all skill levels.
Third Thursday: Extra-Ordinary. Appreciate the art of the mundane and make your own conceptual art inspired by “State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970.” Use commonplace materials—even your body—to transform the banal into the beautiful and bizarre. Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 5:30-7:30 p.m., 773-702-0200.
Author Talk. 6-9 p.m., International House, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-753-2274, free. Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols, authors of “Dollarocracy: How Billionaires Are Buying Our Democracy and What Can we Do About It,” present.
Gallery Talk. 6-7:30 p.m., Logan Center, Gallery 107, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, free. Artist Floyd Atkins, appraiser Diane Dinkins-Carr and collector Patric McCoy present a discussion in conjunction with the Logan Center’s new exhibit, “Disaporal Rhythms: A Ten Year Love Affair with Collecting Art of the African Diaspora.”
Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols on Dollarocracy: How Billionaires Are Buying Our Democracy and What Can We Do About It. International House, 1414 E. 59th St., 6-9 p.m., 773-753-2274.
The Social Justice Address. Address by William Upski Wimsatt, Lab ’90, social entrepreneur, philanthropic consultant, journalist, and political organizer. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 6:30-7:30 p.m., 773-702-1431.
Poetry reading by Dana Gioia. Swift Hall, third floor lecture room, 1025 E. 58th St., 7 p.m., 773-955-5887.
Latino Music Festival. 8-10 p.m., Fulton Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-8484. Music by U. of C. graduate student composers and more.
Worship Without Prerequisites. 8-9 p.m., Bond Chapel, 1050 E. 59th St., 773-702-2100. A chance for those interested in progressive Christian theology and community to gather for music, discussion, open prayer time, communion and fellowship.
“Latino Music Festival.” New Music by UChicago graduate student composers and guests with Fonema Consort Ensemble. Works by Carrizo, Gueglio, Castillo Trigueros and more. Part of the 2013 Chicago Latino Music Festival. Fulton Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., 8-10 p.m., 773-702-8484.
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.
Lecture. “Mental Health and Gender Politics in Post-Genocide Rwanda.” Noon-1:30 p.m., Biological Sciences Learning Center, Room 001, 924 E. 57th St., 773-834-0957, free. Rwandan health experts Naasson Munyandamutsa and Donatilla Mukumana present. Light lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. by sending an e-mail to email@example.com (encouraged).
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.