The Children’s Humanities Festival starts nearly a week earlier than its parent fest, the Chicago Humanities Festival. Events run October 24 through November 2 at the following venues: Art Institute, Michigan and Adams; Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand; Gallery 37, 66 E. Randolph; Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State; Merle Reskin Theatre, 60 E. Balbo; Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston; Sherwood Conservatory of Music, 1312 S. Michigan; and Walter Payton College Prep, 1034 N. Wells. Unless otherwise noted, programs are $6 at the door, $5 in advance (students and teachers are admitted free). Tickets are also available at the Tribune Store, 435 N. Michigan. (Some tickets may become available for sold-out programs; check at the venue 20 minutes ahead of time.) For reservations or for more information call 312-494-9509 or see

Following is the schedule through October 29; a complete schedule is available online at


“Saving Ourselves”

Exhibit of photographs taken by children from around the world; the images “represent attempts by children to preserve, fix, and save themselves.” Gallery 37, fifth floor, 5 to 7 PM. Free reception; tickets not required.


Young Adult Book Prize

The Tribune presents its annual award to Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry for The Silent Boy. Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 10 AM. For young adults and parents.

“The Incredible Dr. Sal Vavoz Show”

Performance with “archaeovoicologist” Dr. Sal Vavoz (Juan Felipe Herrera), M.C. Playit (guitarist Cristian Amigo), and the dancing VoiceVenderinna (poet Margarita Luna Robles). Chicago Children’s Museum, 11 AM and 2 PM. Ages five and up.

R.L. Stine

The author of the “Goosebumps” series reads from Dangerous Girls. Harold Washington Library Center, 11:30 AM. Ages eight and up.

“Little Kids Save and Spend”

McCutcheon Elementary School students express their views on saving and spending in a program of words and music. Chicago Children’s Museum, 12:30 PM. Ages five and up.

Luna Negra Dance Theater

The troupe presents four dances. Harold Washington Library Center, 1 PM. Ages ten and up.

Awadagin Pratt

The concert pianist teaches a master class: Sherwood Conservatory of Music, 3 PM. Ages eight and up (with some musical experience). Pratt gives a recital: Music Institute of Chicago, 7 PM. Ages eight and up.


Luna Negra Dance Theater

See listing for Saturday, October 25. Walter Payton College Prep, 10 AM. Ages ten and up.


Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona Quimby”

Len Jenkin dramatizes the children’s book character. Merle Reskin Theatre, 10 AM. Ages six and up. Sold-out.


Amy Axelrod

The author reads from Pigs Will Be Pigs: Ogden Elementary School, 10 AM. For grades two through five. Axelrod reads stories for preschoolers: Chicago Children’s Museum, 1 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Stephen Sheffield.