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-7.
Lunchtime Gallery Talk: A Thousand Gods, a Thousand Festivals. 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m., Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., free, 773-702-9507. The great majority of Hittite texts are scenarios for cultic celebrations for the gods, usually called festival descriptions. These were lively affairs with song, music, dance and offerings much of it in the presence of the king and queen. What was the purpose of these festivals, how many were there, and what did a typical festival look like? Join Theo van den Hout, Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages who will address these questions in this talk. Explore the ancient world with a 45-minute gallery talk in the Oriental Institute Museum. Travel to a time and place beyond the University to learn about archaeological discoveries, unlock the secrets of civilization, and gain a greater appreciation of our ancestors. For more information contact Oriental Institute – Public Education Office, 773-702-9507.
HPCC Chamber Check-In. 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., The Freehling Pot and Pan Co., 1365 E. 53rd. St., free, 773-288-0124. Join us for Hyde Park’s premier networking gathering of movers and shakers in the community! It is open to all, don’t forget to bring your business cards! For more information visit http://www.hydeparkchamberchicago.org.
Reading and Discussion with Reginald Gibbons and Ed Roberson. 6 p.m., The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, free, 773-752-4381. Reginald Gibbons and Ed Roberson read and discuss their new works, “An Orchard in the Street” and “To See the Earth Before the End of the World.” Registration is requested. For more information and to register visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/reading-and-discussion-reginald-gibbons-and-ed-roberson .
Trey Moe Live. 7:30 p.m., The Revival, 1160 E 55th St., $15. Trey Moe is a comedian from Birmingham, AL who now resides in Los Angeles, CA. Trey is known for his internet sketches that have generated more than 50 million views worldwide. With sold out shows across the nation, Trey is proving to be one of comedy’s brightest stars. Tickets can be purchased at https://tms-llc.myshopify.com/products/chicago.
Carolyn Sufrin – “Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars.” 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, free, 773-752-4381. Carolyn Sufrin discusses “Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars.” Join Carolyn Sufrin as she discusses her new book exploring women’s access to health care behind bars. RSVP is requested but not required. For more information visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/carolyn-sufrin-jailcare-finding-safety-net-women-behind-bars.
Malu Halasa – “Mother of all Pigs.” 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 57th St. Books, 1301 E 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Malu Halasa discusses “Mother of All Pigs.” She will be joined in conversation by Adam Morgan. Halasa’s book unveils contemporary life in the Middle East, as one family confronts its secrets over the course of a weekend’s festivities. For more information and to register visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/malu-halasa-mother-all-pigs-adam-morgan.
Off Off Campus, The Revival. 7:30 p.m. 1160 E. 55th St. Established in 1986 by Second City co-Founder Bernie Sahlins, Off Off Campus is the nation’s second oldest student improv troupe. Catch their hilarious weekly showcase Fridays (7:30p) at The Revival! Tickets available at the door. For more information email, email@example.com.
UChicago Presents: Leila Josefowicz, violin; John Novacek, piano. 7:30 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St., $10 – $38, 773-702-2787. The dazzling and fearless violinist Leila Josefowicz partners with superb pianist John Novacek. $38 general admission, $30 faculty and staff, $20 under 35, $10 students. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/uchicago-presents-leila-josefowicz-violin-john-novacek-piano.
Storytime with Franny! 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Join 57th Street Books’ Children’s Manager Franny Billingsley every Saturday at storytime! Fun for children of all ages, but especially those 0-6. For more information visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/storytime-franny.
Visiting Artist Departure: Ronit Porat. Noon – 1 p.m. Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., free, 773-324-5520. Ronit Porat works with photography, and also uses archival materials and biographical texts to create photo-based installations. Porat holds an MFA from the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London, and a B.A. in Photography and Digital Media from the Hadassah College in Jerusalem. Her work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo shows, and can be found in private collections.
Holiday Stocking Knit Along. 6 p.m. Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312 747-0511. Learn colorwork knitting and basic sock construction as we knit together the Falling Snow Stocking. Must know how to knit and purl and bring supplies. For more information visit https://tinyurl.com/ya5lu87u.
Subhadra-dhananjayam (Arjuna’s Love for Subhadra): A Performance by Nepathya. Logan Center, Performance Hall, 915 E 60th St., 7 p.m., free, 773-702-8637. Nepathya is a troupe of dancers and musicians from the state of Kerala in southwest India. They perform in the classical Sanskrit tradition known as kudiyattam, a living tradition that has continued for centuries. Such performances are typically made over many nights; here they will share with Chicago a portion of Drama of the Ring. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/subhadra-dhananjayam-arjunas-love-subhadra-performance-nepathya.
Tuesday Tales. 10:30 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr., free with membership. Preschool-age children are invited to attend our member-exclusive Tuesday Tales! Look, listen and learn as Museum staff and volunteers read stories about robots, rockets, exploration and more! Each story time session includes one story and a hands-on activity. Reservations are not necessary. However, space is limited and not guaranteed. For more information visit http://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/events/tuesday-tales/.
Hyde Park OWL, The Voice of Women 40+. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Treasure Island, 1526 E. 56th St. (lower level community room) Social time: 1 p.m. Program at 1:30 p.m. The event will include a presentation and a panel discussion on: “Key Issues for Seniors in the 2018 Illinois Governor’s Race.” This topic should interest everyone age 40+. Hyde Park OWL welcomes men to attend and join in the discussion. Bring a snack to share with everyone for the social time. Invite your friends to join in the discussion. For information, contact Dee Spiech, President, at: 773-548-4228 or at:firstname.lastname@example.org .
Amy and Dave Freeman – “A Year in the Wilderness.” 6 p.m., 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Amy and Dave Freeman discuss “A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters,” a beautifully illustrated account of their year living in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to raise awareness about the threats of sulfide-ore copper mining. Fore more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/amy-and-dave-freeman-year-wilderness.
The Margaret Burroughs Centennial Film Series – The Edge of Each Other’s Battles: The Vision of Audre Lorde, 7 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., free, 773-947-0600. Presented by South Side Projections and the DuSable Museum. The documentary is a tribute to legendary Black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde (1934-1992). For more information visit dusablemuseum.org/events 773-947-0600.
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.
Michelle Commander – “Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative returns and the Black Fantastic.” 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave, free, 773-752-4381. Michelle D. Commander, Ph.D., discusses “Afro-Atlantic Flight: Speculative Returns and the Black Fantastic.” In her book, Commander analyzes what compels Black American cultural producers, travelers, and historical preservationists to journey toward imagined Africas in Ghana, Brazil, and the U.S. South in the post-1965 moment. For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/michelle-commander-afro-atlantic-flight-speculative-returns-and-black-fantastic-badia-ahad-leg.
Marija Gimbutas Memorial Lecture. Free. 7 p.m. – 8:45 pm. Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall 155 East 58th Street. Colin Renfrew, Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Formerly Disney Professor of Archaeology and Director of the McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge. The first Memorial Lecture will offer a critical review of the question of Indo-European language origins, and will highlight the contribution of one of the leading prehistorians of the twentieth century. To register //www.eventbrite.com/e/lecture-marija-rediviva-dna-and-indo-european-origins-tickets-36757838685.