Reading. Where Popular and Literary Meet: A Dicussion About Great Writing in the Mystery Genre. 5 p.m. 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St. Panelists Michael Harvey, Lori Rader-Day and Libby Fischer Hellmann will explore the whos, whats, whys and hows of great history writing. Moderated by Don Evans.
Event. Opera Gala Benefit Concert. $15 in advance through Oct. 2/$20 at door/$12 students, seniors & religious. 6:30 p.m. St. Thomas Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave. A fundraising benefit concert to support the music ministry of St. Thomas The Apostle Church. Featuring favorite artists and duets. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting. 4th Ward Constituent Night. 5-8 p.m. Fourth Ward Office, 435 E. 35th St. Opportunity to meet with alderman one-on-one to discuss issues in the community. Free legal counsel also available.
Performance. First Monday Jazz. 7 p.m. Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd. The First Mondays Jazz Series features Chicago artists the first Monday of every month. The performances showcase artists and introduce more of the Chicago community to the Arts Incubator in Washington Park.
Event. The HP Village Salon-Eat, Talk and Be Friendly! Free. 4:30 p.m. The Snail Restaurant, 1649 E. 55th St. On the first Tuesday of every month, villagers are invited to join The Salon, a changing group of compatible members who like to socialize and eat.
Event. Hyde Park Dinner Trek. $25. 5:30-9 p.m. Nine stops on the tour including Noodles etc., Medici, Bergstein’s NY Delicatessen, Thai 55, Piccolo Mondo, Seven Ten, B’Gabs Goodies, Pho 55 and Jimmy John’s. To purchase tickets, go to hydeparkchamberchicago.org/trek.
Meeting. 57th Street Art Fair Member Recruitment Meeting. 7-9 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. The 57th Street Art Fair Committee seeks members ready to jump in and play a hands-on role in organizing the yearly fair. A love of art, sense of Hyde Park pride, enthusiasm for connecting artists with the art buying public and a willingness to roll up your sleeves for the 69th Annual Fair are required. Individuals with finance, governance, communication, marketing, development, arts management, social media and webpage management skills are especially needed. Questions? Call 773-493-3247 or email: email@example.com
Meeting. Park Advisory Council: Harold Washington Park. 7 p.m. Del Prado building, 2nd floor lobby, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd.