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.
Third Thursday. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu, free. Visitors join a docent for a look a pair of clay figurines from China, called mingqi, and make their own object from clay and paint a mini-replica of a mingqi figurine to take home. All materials provided. Open to adults of all skill levels.
Discussion. Diasporal Vertigo. 6-8 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org, free. Author Valorie Thomas speaks with painter Candida Alvarez and film-maker Cauleen Smith, whose work is currently on exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.
Discussion. Watered Down. 6:30-8:30 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History,
740 E. 56th St., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org, free. In conjunction with the museum’s “Dust in their Veins” exhibit. Panelists include: Candace Hunter, the creator of “Dust in their Veins,” Soyini Madision, professor of anthropology, performance studies, and African studies at Northwestern University, Kim Miller, co-founder and director of the non-profit Surge and Tzviatko Chiderov, a regional field director at the ONE campaign. To R.S.V.P., call 773-947-0600, ext. 290.
“Navigating the Cultural Divide: Bridging the Gap Between our Professional, Public and Private Selves.” 9 a.m.-Noon, School of Social Service Administration, lobby, 969 E. 60th St., 773-702-1250, ssa.uchicago.edu, $15. Panelists include: Jinnie English, CEO of the International and Chicago’s High Achievers, Norman Kerr, vice president of the Chicago Institute for Transforming Youth, Denice Murray, deputy director of licensing for the Department of Children and Family Services and Mikal Rasheed, chair of the Department of Social Work at Chicago State University. Presented by The African American Alumni Committee of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Alumni Association. To register, visit ssa.uchicago.edu/navigating-cultural-divide.
Curator Tour. 2-3 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood
Ave., 773-702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu, free. Jessica Moss, Smart Museum associate curator for contemporary art, gives a tour of “The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism In India since 1989,” and explores how artists in India have inspired social and political dialogue through provocative and engaging public actions.
Performance. Bach St. John Passion with the Chicago Chorale. 3-5 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, $35 reserved tickets, $25 general admission, $20 advance student, $5 extra at the door. Tickets may be purchased at chicagochorale.com. Preceded by a free 2 p.m. lecture by by U. of C. Divinity School professor Martin Marty at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.