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Thursday, March 23
Chicago White Sox's Mark Teahen and many of his teammates, including Gordon Beckham, Matt Thornton and others, will host a benefit to raise awareness for Chrysalis, a domestic violence prevention agency. Guests will enjoy cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres during the reception and a live auction emceed by Mark Teahen. Guests will also be granted a raffle ticket with entry. Tickets can be pre-purchased for $30 at rockitbarandgrill.com or at the door for $40. The event is from 7pm to 9pm at Rockit's River North location at 22 West Hubbard.
The Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., presents "Body Language," today at 12:15pm. As part of the "Dancing in the Library" series, dancers from the Chicago-based Leopold Group will perform Lips of Their Fingers, exploring the art of pantomime and its relationship to dance. This free event takes place in the library's Pritzker Auditorium. For more information, call (312) 747-4300.
Wendy McClure will join the GB Book Club staff at Sheffield's (3258 N. Sheffield Avenue) tonight to discuss The Wilder Life, her story of a road trip through the land of Little House on the Prairie, and the actual events, culture (remember the TV show?) and ideas that entails -- both for the book's characters and real-life inspirations, the author, and the people that feature in her journey into the life and times of Laura Ingalls Wilder. 7:30pm. Free!