Lecture. “Why Disability? Or, Who Should and Should Not Inhabit the World?” 4:30-6:30 p.m., Classics Building, Room 110, 1010 E. 59th St. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, of Emory University, presents.
Author Talk. “Wrong: Nine Economic Policy Disasters and What We Can Learn From Them.” 6-7:30 p.m., International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-753-2274, free. Richard Grossman, of Wesleyan University, presents on his similarly titled book.
Film Screening and Discussion. “Gasland 2.” 7-9 p.m., Cobb Lecture Hall, Room 307, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-7721. A screening of director Josh Fox’s 2013 film, the sequel to his Oscar-nominated “Gasland.”
Lecture. 7 p.m., St.Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., 773-324-2626, free. Richard Cahan, author of “Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home: Chicago’s Forgotten Renaissance Man,” discusses the architect’s work and his connection to the church.
Dance and Opera Performance. “Traviata.” 8 p.m., Logan Center, Peformance Hall, 915 E. 60th St., 773-702-2787, $15 general admission, $5 students. Tickets for sale at ticketsweb.uchicago.edu. Italy’s Artemis Danza dance company presents Guiseppe Verdi’s work.
Open House. 9:30-10:30 a.m., Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., 773-535-0970. A tour for prospective parents, starting in the school’s cafeteria.
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.
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.
Poet Talk. 3-4:30 p.m., Taft House, Room 102, 935 E. 60th St., 773-834-8524, free. British poet Keston Sutherland presents.
Open Rehearsal. 3:30-5 p.m., Fulton Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-8484. An open rehearsal by the Spektral Quartet string ensemble, moderated by U. of C. musicologist Seth Brodsky. Audience members are invited to ask questions, critique and suggest ideas to the quartet.
Poet Reading. 6 p.m., Midway Studios, Room 108, 929 E. 60th St., 773-834-8524, free. British poet Keston Sutherland presents alongside an emerging writer from the U. of C.
Film Screening and Q and A. “Hoodwinked.” 6:30-8:30 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th St., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org. A screening of the 2012 film followed by a Q and A with director Janks Morton, Jr.
Opera. “Carmen.” 6:30-9:30 p.m., International House, Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., 773-753-2274, $50 VIP, $30 general admission, $20 students and seniors. The American Chamber Opera presents George Bizet’s “Carmen.” Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at acocarmen.eventbrite.com.