Storytime with Colin! 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Join Colin McDonald for stories and songs each Wednesday at 10:30am at 57th Street Books! Fun for children of all ages, but especially those 0-6. More information can be found at https://www.semcoop.com/event/storytime-colin.
Urban Art and the Building: Object Symposium. 2 p.m., William Eckhardt Research Center, 5640 S. Ellis Ave., free, 773-702-5116. The Objects Symposium, part of the 2017-2018 Sawyer Seminar on Urban Art and Urban Form, focuses on all that “stuff” in urban space that’s neither building nor infrastructure—benches, streetlights, bus shelters, sculptures, performance works, and small-scale projects. Speakers include Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects, Dana Cuff, Pope.L., and Dan Peterman. Event will be held in room 401B. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/urban-art-and-building-object-symposium .
Luvvie Ajayi – “I’m Judging You.” 6 p.m., The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, free, 773-752-4381. Everyone’s go-to source for bracingly smart takes on pop culture through her enormously popular blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi has become a bulwark of good humor and crucial common sense at what can seem a nonsensical time. The author discusses her new book, “I’m Judging You” at the Co-Op. For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/luvvie-ajayi-im-judging-you.
Spanish Storytime! 10:30 a.m., 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Have fun exploring the Spanish language with books, songs, and lots of movement! For children ages five and under. For more information visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/spanish-storytime-4.
Finding Ourselves in Nature. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., free, 773-324-5520. O.L.A.F.T. Lead Artist Doug Fogelson speaks with Openlands Conservation Manager, Aimee Collings, and Openlands Director of Communications, Brandon Hayes about the year-long artist residency project studying boundaries and conservation in preservation parks across Illinois. For more information visit http://www.hydeparkart.org/event/finding-ourselves-in-nature/.
Community Yoga with Chaturanga Seeds. 9:30 a.m., Arts Incubator, Washington Park, free, 773-702-9724. The Arts Incubator offers community yoga classes throughout the year. Beginner Yoga is designed with the absolute yoga beginner in mind. The focus is an introduction to basic yoga poses and healthy alignment. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/community-yoga-chaturanga-seeds-229
Closing Keynote Address. 5:20 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St., free, 773-834-0858. Address by Ernest Moniz, Former United States Secretary of Energy, Nuclear Physicist, and Co-Chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. To RSVP visit http://nuclearreactions.uchicago.edu/events/reactions-new-perspectives-on-our-nuclear-legacy/
Phantom Limbs and Future Remains: Films by Jay Rosenblatt. 7 p.m., Logan Center, Screening Room 201, 915 E. 60th St., free, 773-702-8596. The Film Studies Center presents a screening of films by Jay Rosenblatt. Since 1980, Rosenblatt has been composing film essays of staggering personal, historical, and ethical immediacy. By salvaging clips from religious films, Nazi propaganda, and instructional videos, and blending them with haunted voice-overs and poetic monologues, Rosenblatt’s montages capture the beauty of a broken world through intimate representations of personal memory and historical trauma. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/phantom-limbs-and-future-remains-films-jay-rosenblatt
Revolutionary Song from Proletarian Dictatorship to Soviet Empire. 7 p.m, Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., free, 773-702-0200. Kiril Tomoff (PhD ’01) returns to the University of Chicago for a presentation that traces revolutionary song from its role in the revolutionary circles of late Tsarist Russia through its appearance as material for the powerful symphony that Dmitri Shostakovich wrote fifty years later to commemorate the events of 1917. For more information visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1344/revolutionary-song-from-proletarian-dictatorship-to-soviet-empire/
Stand Up 101. 7:30 p.m., The Revival, 1160 E 55th St., $5. Join us for an evening of laughs featuring promising young comics, storytellers and artists from the University of Chicago. Hosted and curated by the hilarious Val Bodurtha. Tickets and more information can be found at http://www.the-revival.com/event/ed44d0f6aaca692a5e126d3cb8632295
UChicago Presents: Brad Mehldau Trio. 7:30 p.m., Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St., $10 – $38, 773-702-2787. The incomparable American pianist, composer, and arranger brings his trio for performances of his recent album, “Blues and Ballads,” and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu/events/2017-2018/2017-12-02-013000
Too Lit for TV. 9:30 p.m. The Revival, 1160 E 55th St., $15. The Martin Luther Kinds of Comedy and Good Speech Entertainment present “Too Lit for TV!” Step out the crib and watch the kind of content you won’t find on the small screen. Comedy so hot, so raw, so real, so in your face, it could never be televised! Join us for a night full of lit sketches, stand up comedy and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.the-revival.com/event/7ecff3c6dc0f1d816fc1711c38cdde2c
Hyde Park Holly-Day. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., various locations, free. Various holiday-themed events will be held throughout the day. Events include breakfast with Santa, cookie decorating, caroling, among others. A complete listing of events and locations can be found at http://hphollyday.com
Family Day: Blankets, Banners, and Flags. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., free, 773-702-0200. Design incredible flags for your own imaginary nations and participate in the Smart Museum’s Welcome Blanket project by making a blanket together. All materials provided, best for children ages 4 – 12, accompanied by an adult. For more information visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1319/family-day-blankets-banners-and-flags/
Family Program: Junior Archaeologists. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., $10 and up, 773-702-9507. Let loose your inner Indiana Jones! Children and parents dig into our simulated excavation while learning about the real science of archaeology at the Oriental Institute’s Kipper Family Archaeology Discovery Center. This program includes an interactive guided tour of the galleries. For more information on pricing and registration, visit https://oi.uchicago.edu/events/event.html?guid=CAL-ff808081-5d07311f-015d-0a045c80-00002a6ceventscalendar%40uchicago.edu&calPath=%2Fpublic%2Fcals%2FMainCal
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas Party. 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Ring in the reissue of “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,” the beloved holiday classic from the creators of “Frances the Badger,” celebrating the 40th anniversary of Jim Henson’s film adaptation, with live music and sing-a-longs, a puppet making workshop, and plenty of holiday cheer! For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/emmet-otters-jug-band-christmas-party
The Revival Hour. 7:30 p.m., The Revival, 1160 E 55th St., $5 – $10. The Revival Hour is a hilarious evening of sketch and improve comedy, solo performance and music from a diverse range of artists from across Chicago’s South Side and beyond. For more information and to buy tickets visit http://www.the-revival.com/event/333e309402b4297f26594367b99b09bd
Concert: Echoes of History. 8 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th st., donations requested, 773-702-1234. The 100-member University Symphony Orchestra presents three powerful and poignant musical reflections on historical turning points of the last 100 years. Event is free but donations are requested: $10 for adults, $5 for students/children. More information can be found at http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1331/concert-echoes-of-history/
Faded by T Murph. The Revival, 1160 E 55th St., $20 – $30. Faded is back! StandUP NBC Finalist T. Murph will be filming a special set to submit to Comedy Central. October’s “Faded” show not only SOLD OUT but was oversold. The made for TV Comedy Show “Faded By T. Murph” is the best comedy experience in Chicago Come and enjoy one of the BEST NIGHTS of Comedy period. RedEye has billed FADED one of the TOP shows to see in Chicago. For more information and to purchase tickets visit
I Know a Man… Ashley Bran. 2 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., price TBD, 847-902-0733. “I reach for the child in everyone,” says Ashley Bryan. Best known as the beloved author and illustrator of over fifty children’s books, including such classics as “Beautiful Blackbird” and “Dancing Granny,” the prolific Bryan has also created collages, puppets, and stained-glass windows, all deeply rooted in spirituality and the Black experience. Presented by Gene Siskel Film Center. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/i-know-manashley-bryan-presented-gene-siskel-film-center