Films Inspired by Art/Architecture. 1:30 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., free, 773-324-5520. The Hyde Park Art Center and South Side Projections have teamed up for a screening of Manfred Kirchheimer’s 1981 film Stations of the Elevated, which combines images of graffiti-covered subway trains crisscrossing the landscape set to ambient jazz and gospel music by Aretha Frinaklin and Charles Mingus. Following the screening there will be a discussion with legendary Chicago graffiti artist Gabriel “Flash” Carrasquillo Jr., a pioneer who began creating graffiti art in Chicago in the early 1980’s. For more information visit http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2017-10-08-films-inspired-by-architectsarchitecture.
Hyde Park Used Book Sale. 9 a.m., Lake Park Shopping Center, free, 773-419-1384. Come take advantage of this day-long opportunity to get your hands on some used book and raise money for community organizations and events. Organized by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. For more information visit http://hydepark.org/booksale/booksale.html
Pod Save America Takes Hyde Park. 10:30 a.m., International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., free, 773-834-4671. Join the IOP as we welcome the hosts of Crooked Media’s Pod Save America: Jon Favreau, former head speechwriter for Barack Obama from 2005-2013, Jon Lovett, former speechwriter for Hillary Clinton and President Obama, Dan Pfeiffer, former Senior Advisor to President Obama for Strategy and Communications, and Tommy Vietor, former spokesperson for the National Security Council. For more information and to register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pod-save-america-takes-hyde-park-registration-37812368813
Holiday Stocking Knit Along. 6 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 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://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59bbd1d1bfc5882400d7eca7
Sin País. 6 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312- 747-0511. Film exploring one family’s “complex and emotional journey involving deportation. To learn more about the screening, visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59836b8602893b3a00106d40.
Nathaniel Tarn – “Gondwana and Other Poems.” 6 p.m. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Nathaniel Tarn reads from and discusses his latest collection, “Gondwana and Other Poems.” He will be joined in conversation by Peter O’Leary. RSVP is requested but not required. For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/nathaniel-tarn-gondwana-and-other-poems-peter-oleary
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel 5:30 p.m., International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St., free, 773-834-4671. Join the IOP as we welcome Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. Chairwoman McDaniel will address the state of American politics, the future of the GOP, and the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rnc-chairwoman-ronna-mcdaniel-registration-37707380791
Butterflies in Migration. 6:30 p.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312- 747-0511. Learn more about Monarch butterflies and their migrations from Lincoln Park Zoo educators at this drop-in workshop. For more information visit https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/59836b6b28df814000cb793b
Letters from Baghdad: Screening followed by Discussion with Filmmakers. 6:30 p.m., Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall, 1155 E. 58th St., free with registration 773-702-9514. Join filmmakers for a screening of a film detailing the story of Gertrude Bell, a British explorer and spy in post-WWI Iraq. Discussion led by McGuire Gibson, Professor of Mesopotamian Archaeology, will follow the screening. For more information and to register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-letters-from-baghdad-screening-followed-by-discussion-with-filmakers-tickets-37463821298?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing.
Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). 5:30 p.m., Quadrangle Club Main Dining Room, 1155 E. 57th St., free, 773-834-4671. Join the IOP as we welcome Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO). Drawing on his years of public service, the senator will discuss the importance of institutional norms, the state of American public education, and the challenges and opportunities for bipartisan collaboration – both in Colorado and across the country. To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/senator-michael-bennet-d-co-registration-37815841199
Baird Harper – “Red Light Run.” 6 p.m. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Baird Harper discusses Red Light Run. This event is presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Committee on Creative Writing. RSVP is requested but not required. For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.semcoop.com/event/baird-harper-red-light-run
Destined for War?: U.S.-China Relations in 2017. 12:30 p.m., Quadrangle Club Library 1155 E. 57th St., free, 773-834-4671. Join the IOP and the Paulson Institute as we welcome political scientist and Harvard professor Graham Allison. In light of his latest book, “Destines for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydide’s Trap?” Mr. Allison will discuss the future of U.S.-China relations, examining the potential conflicts between the two world powers. To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/destined-for-war-us-china-relations-in-2017-registration-37815032781
Game Day. 10 a.m., Chicago Public Library Blackstone Branch, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., free, 312- 747-0511. Play board games or RPGs all day long. Learn new games and enjoy some of your old favorites including Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, Pandemic and Ticket to Ride. Pathfinder Society Scenario PFS 8-19(levels 1-5): Treacherous waves will be played. To sign up for Pathfinder please call 312-747-0511 or sign up online at Warhorn (www.warhorn.net). Space is limited. Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition will also be played. For adults and kids 9 and up.
Family Program: Junior Archaeologists. 1 p.m., Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., $14 general admission, members $10 (1 child + 1 adult); $7/$5 each additional registrant, 773-702-9507. Kids and adults take part in a simulated excavation and interactive guided tour while learning more about archaeology. Ages 5-12. Registration required. For more information and registration visit https://oi.uchicago.edu/register
Hyde Park Art Center 2017 Gala. 6 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., $500, 773-324-5520. Join the Hyde Park Art Center for a night of drinks, dinner, dancing and recognitions. Shirley & Walter Massey and Anne Wilson will be honored by the Center. Tickets must be purchased in advance, after party tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2017-10-14-2017-gala
Wines and Steins Harvest Festival. 7 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle School (Gym), 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave., $40-$65, 773-667-1142. Support the St. Thomas the Apostle School Endowment Fund at this tasty event with seasonal craft beers and wines selected from all over the world by Madison Fine Wines. Heavy appetizers and a raffle will be a part of the event as well, each ticket will include one entry into the raffle. Ticket prices go up after the Oct. 1 early bird deadline. For more information visit http://stapostleschool.com/wines-and-steins-2017/.
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.
All-Store Parent-Child Read. 2 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Book-loving parents and children, please join us for an in-store discussion of the hilarious kids’ novel “The Pushcart War” by Jean Merrill. The event will be led by Franny and Miranda, a mother-daughter duo who read the book together and absolutely loved it. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/all-store-parent-child-read
Amir Engel – “Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography.” 3 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. Amir Engel discusses “Gershom Scholem: An Intellectual Biography.” He will be joined in conversation by Paul Mendes-Flohr. Presented in partnership with the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/amir-engel-gershom-scholem-intellectual-biography
John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch & Marc Lamont Hill – “Gentrifier.” 6 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., free, 773-752-4381. John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch and Marc Lamont Hill discuss “Gentrifier,” a book that demystifies the idea of gentrification by opening a conversation that links the theoretical and the grassroots, spanning the literature of urban sociology, geography, planning, policy, and more. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/event/john-joe-schlichtman-jason-patch-marc-lamont-hill-gentrifier