6:30 p.m. Join artists Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes, Juarez Hawkins, and Caroline O’Boyle for Cultural Memory, Erasure, + Chicago's Public Art, a discussion on public art in Chicago. This panel discussion calls for reflection on the personal and social effects of public art and investigates the impact of gentrification on the medium. Welcome and Learning Center, first floor, Southwest Garland/Washington Street Side, free.
4:30 p.m. The Cracow Duo, consisting of cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer, will perform a program of Polish composers Chopin, Różycki, and Tansman, as part of the University's weekly Tea Time Concert series. Tea and cookies will be served before, at 4:15. Fulton Recital Hall, free.
5:30 p.m. Learn a little bit more about the history and context of the pieces of art you pass on your daily routine on campus with the Public Art Walking Tour, as part of Chicago’s Year of Public Art. The tour will last one hour and end with complimentary refreshments at the Smart Museum (5811 S. Ellis Ave), tours begin at the Black Sphere sculptures opposite Cobb. Free.
7 p.m. Memories of the Eichmann Trial interviews Holocaust survivors and their children in the wake of the famous trial of Adolf Eichmann, a senior Nazi officer who was tracked down in Argentina after the war and hung for war crimes in Israel in 1962. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director’s daughter and several UChicago professors. Logan 201, free.
7:30 p.m. UT launches its Weekend of Workshops featuring short, explorative works, enabling student directors to push the boundaries of their work. Playing through Saturday evening, this quarter’s workshops include The Rope by Eugene O’Neill, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and new student work. Performances will continue through Saturday. FXK Theater, Free on Thursday, $6 in advance, $8 at the door.
8 p.m. Enjoy a festive study break from stressful midterms with the swanky Party at the Smart: Masquerade Ball. Dress up and enjoy free seasonal desserts and DJ sets from Rafael FM and Daniel Chavez. Smart Museum, free.
4–5:30 p.m. UCIJAM and Fire Escape Films present a screening of web series Brujos, alongside a discussion with its Chicago-based creators. Logan Penthouse, free.
7–10:30 p.m. Boos N’ Ribs, COUP’s largest fall quarter event, presents free food, a capella performances, swing dancing, and live music! Dress to impress; the costume contest winner gets four tickets to an advanced screening of Thor: Ragnarok. Ida Noyes, free.
7:30 p.m. For their second show of the quarter, “Jersey? Sure…” Off Off Campus invites you to dress up as one of Jersey Shore’s characters. Laugh off the stress of fourth week! The Revival, $5.
7:30–11 p.m. Trick or triple-step! Dance to some spooky jazz tunes and learn the Shim Sham routine at the Chicago Swing Dance Society’s Halloween Java Jive. Come in costume! Third Floor Theatre, Ida Noyes, free.
3 p.m. Rediscover the monumental legacy of 20th century composer Arnold Schoenberg with a special performance by Spektral Quartet. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m. with professors Berthold Hoeckner and Seth Brodsky, and a reception afterwards. Fulton Hall, free.
3 p.m. Celebrate the Dia de los Muertos with an exciting program of events at the National Museum of Mexican Art including face paint, altar demonstrations, live musical performances, and delicious traditional sweets. To learn more visit http://www.diadelosmuertosxicago.com. National Museum of Mexican Art, free.
3 p.m. The CSO highlights the intimate nature of chamber music with a program of Beethoven, Bloch, Loeffler, and Poulenc. Reserve tickets at cso.org. Logan Center, free.
7 p.m. In partnership with Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Logan Center presents Performing Black Masculinities, a panel discussion of professors and artists that will examine the ways black masculinities are shaped by geography, generational divides, and nationality, and their relevance to communities and individuals. Logan Center Performance Hall, free.