The Music Teachers of Hyde Park Artist Series: Laura Fenster. 6:30 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312- 747-0511. Music Teachers of Hyde Park is an alliance of independent private music teachers serving Chicago’s Hyde Park, Kenwood, and South Shore neighborhoods. The Artist Series is presented by the artist members of Music Teachers of Hyde Park. October’s program will be Laura Fenster on piano featuring the Robert Schumann Symphonic Etudes Op. 13. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59c03550be88d42500a11e65.
History and Forms of Lyric: Lecture by Aaron Kunin. 7:30 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, Seminar Terrace 801, 915 E. 60th St., free, 773-834-8524. Aaron Kunin specializes in the literature of the English Renaissance, and has broad research interests in poetry and poetics. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Cold Genius: A Book of Poems (Fence, 2014). He is currently working on a book that celebrates the Renaissance notion of character. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/history-forms-lyric-lecture-aaron-kunin.
Mini-Member Stroll. 10:30 a.m., Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr., free, 773-684-1414. Casual and engaging tour of museum exhibits designed for parents and caregivers with babies. For more information and registration visit http://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/events/member-stroller-club/rsvp/.
Artist Talk: Marissa Lee Benedict. 1 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., free, 773-324-5520. Join artist Marissa Lee Benedict for an afternoon discussion about her time in residency in Tel Aviv where she conducted research into infrastructural forms related to water management and drought resistance in the Israeli landscape and their parallels in the United States. To learn more about the event visit http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2017-10-19-artist-talk-marissa-lee-benedict-on-chicago-via-tel-aviv.
We the Publics: Meals in the Commons. 7 p.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., free, 773-702-0200. We the Publics began as an exhibition at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and will now take the form of a migratory dinner series unfolding across multiple sites in Chicago. Hosted by Sweet Water Foundation and the Smart Museum, the meals will convene artists, agriculturalists, cultural workers, activists, academics, and others to actualize the essential rights outlined in the manifesto. The dinner is free but space is very limited, advance registration is required and opens on Oct. 2. For more information and to register visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1335/we-the-publics-meals-in-the-commons/.
Film Screening: Lullaby. 7 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., screening room, free, 773-702-0200. Second screening in a three-part series of “poetic documentary” films by Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov. This film explores Lenin’s legacy through interviews with workers, peasants, and newly liberated women of Central Asia. Screening is free but space is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1328/film-screening-lullaby/.
Film Screening: Lullaby. 7 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., screening room, free, 773-702-0200. Second screening in a three-part series of “poetic documentary” films by Soviet filmmaker Dziga Vertov. This film explores women’s place in the Soviet Union in the mid-1930s. Screening is free but space is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1328/film-screening-lullaby/.
Off Off Campus Weekly Comedy Show. 7:30 p.m., The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St. Tickets available at the door. Established in 1986 by Second City Co-Founder Bernie Sahlins, Off Off Campus is the nation’s second-oldest student improve troupe. Catch their hilarious weekly showcase at The Revival. Tickets are available at the door. For more information visit http://www.the-revival.com/event/8c8b1737cd4ea47a1f35387c7798ecbb.
Curator Tour: Revolution Every Day. 9:30 a.m., Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., free, 773-702-0200. Join co-curator Diane Miliotes (Interim Curator of Modern Art and Design at the Smart Museum) for a tour that explores the experiences of women under (and after) communism through a selection of Soviet posters and contemporary video. Space is limited, for more information and to register visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1334/curator-tour-revolution-every-day/.
Virginio Ferrari: Full Circle, 1957-2017. 2:00 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-702-0200. As part of Humanities Day at the University of Chicago, join acclaimed sculptor and former faculty member Virginio Ferrari for the official release of “Virginio Ferrari: Full Circle, 1957–2017.” For more information and to register visit http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/events/1327/virginio-ferrari-full-circle-19572017/.
Bob Sutton – Stark Mad Abolitionists. 3 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., free, 773-684-1300. Bob Sutton discusses “Stark Mad Abolitionists: Lawrence, Kansas, and the Battle over Slavery in the Civil War Era.” For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/bob-sutton-stark-mad-abolitionists.
Park Tour of the Columbian Exposition of 1893. 11 a.m., Parking Lot East of Darrow Bridge, free. Jackson Park Advisory Council and Friends of the White city host park tours of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, park history and nature. Meet in the lot east of the Darrow Bridge, across the basin from Museum of Science and Industry. The lot can be reached from Lake Shore Drive via 58th Street/Science Drive.
Dorit Rabinyan – “All the Rivers.” 3 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Join Dorit Rabinyan, one of Israel’s most acclaimed novelists, to discuss her controversial, award-winning story about the passionate but untenable affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/dorit-rabinyan-all-rivers.
Hyde Park Jazz Society Presents “Jazz at Room 43.” 7:30 p.m., Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St., adults $10, University students w/ ID and children $5. Featuring Bernard Scavella. Room 43 offers bar and food service, including a tasty selection of “Jazz Bites.” For more information visit http://www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com/series.html.
Sarah Schulman – “Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair.” 5 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, Centers for Gender/Race Studies, Community Room (105) 915 E. 60th St., free, 773-702-9936. Sarah Schulman discusses her Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Non-Fiction winning book, “Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair.” For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/sarah-schulman-conflict-not-abuse-overstating-harm-community-responsibility-and-duty-repair.
Bold Literary Talkers Toastmakers Club. 6 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312-747-0511. Ignite your career, grow your relationships and become a better speaker and presenter. Program is free and open to all interested parties. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59bbeadccc31313400cb58ce.
Knitting and Crochet Circle. 6 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312-747-0511. Bring your current project and get inspiration to finish it. Meet other knitters and needle crafters in the community. Enjoy great conversations and share tips and resources. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59c126a9be88d42500a12c64.
Todd Miller – “Storming the Wall.” 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Todd Miller discusses “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security.” He will be joined in conversation by David Archer. Miller’s book works to connect the dots between climate-ravaged communities, the corporations cashing in on border militarization, and emerging movements for environmental justice and sustainability. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/todd-miller-storming-wall-david-archer.
Hyde Park Author Talk: It’s not Forsythia, It’s for Me. 6 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312-747-0511. Dr. Gloria Needleman, an award winning early childhood teacher and Hyde Park native, will talk about her memoir “It’s Not Forsythia, It’s for Me: My Years Teaching Young Children.” As a teacher at CPS and the University of Chicago Lab Schools, Dr. Needleman brings her innovative curriculum of learning through play and passion for teaching to parents and teachers alike. She will share her insightful, innovative and creative experiences as a teacher for more than 34 years. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59c136d9bfc5882400d84789.
Visiting Artist Talk with Ronit Porat. 6 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., free, 773-324-5520. Join us for an evening dialogue with Ronit Porat as she discusses aspects of her practice, what she has been exploring in Chicago during her Residency and more. Bites and sips to be served. For more information about the artist and her work, visit http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2017-10-25-visiting-artist-talk-ronit-porat.