A.W.E. African Art and Cuisine. 7-9 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org, $20 general admission, $15 advance registration. Featuring performances, visual arts demonstrations and food.
Performances. Sounding Light. 7-9 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org, free. Featuring performances of light, projection music and sound by artists Lori Felker and Todd Mattei.
Concert. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., 773-702-8068, $35 general admission, $5 students. Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny joins British ensemble Fretwork to perform music by composer John Dowland. With a pre-concert performance by violist Rogher Chase. Call 773-702-2787 for tickets.
Lecture. “Justice for Genocide: A Survivor’s Story.” 7:30-9:30 p.m., University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., 773-702-7721. Anselmo Roldán Aguilar of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation will speak discuss the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.
Friday Staged Reading. “Selected Short Works” @ Augustana Lutheran Church
Nov 8 @ 8 pm – 9:30 pm
Staged Reading. “Selected Short Works” 8 p.m., Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. Continuing their series of Friday Staged Readings of dramatic works, Hyde Park Community Players presents several short works and part of a longer play in progress by Rachel Baker, directed by Paul Baker. The performance will be followed by coffee and light refreshments and discussion of the plays. $5 admission. Parking is available at the church. For more info, visit: hydeparkcommunityplayers.org
Staged Reading. “Selected Short Works by Rachel Baker.” 8 p.m., Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave.,hydeparkcommunityplayers.org, $5 general admission. Short works and part of a longer play in progress by Rachel Baker, directed by Paul Baker. The performance will be followed by coffee and light refreshments and discussion of the plays. Parking is available at the church.
Off the Record: A Listening Party. 7:30-11 p.m., Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd, 773-702-2787, free. A party for the limited release album, “Tim Kinsella sings the songs of Marvin Tate by LeRoy Bach featuring Angel Olsen,” available Dec. 3. An event featuring performances by poet avery r. young, former Wilco guitarist LeRoy Bach and more.
Concert. 10-11 a.m., Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-363-6063, hpuc.org. The Fareed Haque Trio and vocalist Jade Maze perform, with a sermon by Rev. Chris Dorsey.
Lecture. “Maimonides and His Predecessors on Martyrdom.” 10:30 a.m.-noon, KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., 773-924-1234, free. U. of C. philosophy professor William H. Colvin presents.
Family Program: Junior Archaeologists. 2-4 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-702-9507, $5 members, $9 non-members. Children and parents experience a simulated archaeology dig in the institute’s Kipper Family Archaeology Discovery Center. For ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult. Register at oi.uchicago.edu/order/classes (required).
Talk on Camp Douglas: “Chicago and the Civil War.” 2 p.m., Hyde Park Historical Society, 5229 S. Lake Park Ave., 773-493-1893, hydeparkhistory.org. David Keller, managing director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation discusses the Civil War prison located in present-day Bronzeville.
Concert. 3-5 p.m., Logan Center, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-8068, $15 general admission, free for those with U. of C. ID. The Spektral Quartet string ensemble performs Benjamin Britten, Bela Bartok and more. For tickets, call 773-702-7287.
Spektral Quartet: Britten, Ades, Ferneyhough, Bartok. Logan Center, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St., 3-5 p.m., $15/free to U. of C. ID holders, 773-702-8068.
Lecture. “Living History: Modern Assyrian Communities in Upper Mesopotamia and their Significance.” 5-7 p.m., Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St., 773-834-9775, free. Register at eventbrite.com/event/8878057509. Nicholas Al-Jeloo, of the University of Sydney, presents.