6–7:30 p.m. Come to the Seminary Co-Op and Committee on Creative Writing’s first poetry event of the year as UChicago professor Peter O’Leary and New Zealand–based Steven Toussaint read from their latest poetry collections. The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore. Free.
7:30 p.m. Listen to music across the ages as artist-in-residence Daniel Pesca is joined by an ensemble of guest musicians to present a program featuring work from J.S. Bach to UChicago professor emeritus Shulamit Ran. Logan Performance Penthouse. Free.
5–8 p.m. Experience over a dozen exhibitions, try drop-in sketching in the galleries of South Asian art, and watch multi-instrumentalist David Boykin perform work inspired by Kemang Wa Lehulere all for free at the UChicago Night at the Art Institute of Chicago. 111 S. Michigan Ave. Free with UCID.
4:45–7 p.m. Attend a live broadcast of the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” with Chris Thile as he is joined by musicians Andrew Bird, Laura Marling, and Beth Stelling to create music and make you laugh. Symphony Center. $35 to $80.
6–9:30 p.m. Watch one of the most well-known Chinese love stories unfurl with a modern, sci-fi twist as CUSA presents “The Butterfly Lovers,” featuring romance and time travel. Chinese food will be served for dinner before the show. Mandel Hall. $8 in advance/$10 at the door.