5–7 p.m. Pulitzer Prize–winner and two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway will give a poetry reading as a part of the Logan Center’s fifth anniversary. The event will be followed by a signing. Logan Center, free.
6 p.m. Join Executive Director Solveig Øvstebø for a walk-through of the Renaissance Society’s latest exhibition: Jennifer Packer’s Tenderheaded. Renaissance Society, free.
9 p.m. In honor of Logan’s fifth anniversary, the Hyde Park Jazz Society will present a special Tuesday Night Jazz concert. Café Logan, free.
Head west of Navy Pier for Chicago’s 53rd Annual International Film Festival, a two-week event offering dozens of film screenings throughout the day. AMC River East 21, $12 per film with a student ID.
6–7:30 p.m. Baird Harper, visiting faculty in the Creative Writing Department, will discuss his recently published debut novel, Red Light Run, a tale of 11 characters in the aftermath of a car wreck in a Chicago suburb. Seminary Co-Op, free.
9 a.m. The Logan Center Bluesfest kicks off on Friday and will continue through Sunday with performances from the Elvin Bishop Big Fun Trio and Mike Ledbetter Trio, as well as various music workshops and panel discussions. Logan Center, free workshops, performances are $25 for adults, $5 for under 21.
2–3 p.m. Find out more about the Obama Presidential Center at a panel discussion with the museum’s director and interdisciplinary members of the Exhibition Design Team. DuSable Museum of African American History, free.
6–7 p.m. Dutch essayist, critic, and artist Jurriaan Benschop will be giving a talk on his work and curating experiences. Logan Center room 901, free.