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Wednesday, February 22
It's the second Tuesday of the month, time for another installment of This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include: Keith Ecker; Mike Manship; Deanna Moffitt; Lisa Scott; Debbi Welch; and Scott Whitehair. Show starts at 7:30pm, and is free. A word to the wise: get there early for a seat, and bring cash - credit cards are not accepted in the upstairs bar. For more info visit This Much is True or Hopleaf.
Charity and cowboys get together for the 6th annual Cheers! for Mercy fundraising event hosted by the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls junior board tonight at The Pony Inn (1638 W. Belmont). For just $40 in advance enjoy unlimited well drinks and domestic bottles from 7-10pm, a delicious selection of appetizers, music, raffle prizes and networking. Tickets are $45 at the door. All proceeds from this event support the Legacy of Learning campaign at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Purchase advance tickets here.
Still using a French press? C'mon, that's so 2007. Head over to the Lincoln Square Beans and Bagels outpost, 2601 W. Leland, and learn about the many different methods for manual brewing: Aeropress, Chemex, Hario V-60, siphon and -- yes -- French press. The free workshop, led by emissaries from Milwaukee's Alterra Coffee Roasters, runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Chicago by the Book reading series brings together the authors of great reads about the city with an adoring audience (this means you, my friend). Discussion is moderated by author and NU prof Bill Savage; book signing to follow. Tonight's author is Neil Steinberg (the forthcoming You Were Never in Chicago). Event runs 6:30-8pm at the UC Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive; admission $10.
The documentary Living on One Dollar, about families living on a dollar a day in Guatemala, screens tonight at 7pm at Northwestern University Law School, in room 150 of the Rubloff Building, 375 E. Chicago Ave. A Q&A with the directors and founders of the nonprofit Living on One follows. Free, but registration required; RSVP here.
Erasing the Distance presents Will You Stand Up?, a performance of five true stories exploring the connection between violence and mental health, at 7:30pm tonight in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center On Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Ave., 3rd Fl. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The show will also be staged Nov. 12, 19 and 20.
The premier and finals for the 30 Seconds Over Chicago competition happen tonight at Double Door (1572 N Milwaukee Ave). 30-second commercials crowdsourced from Chicago's top filmmaking and copywriting talent will be presented one at a time, followed by critiques from three creative directors from local ad agencies. The winners will be decided by the votes of the audience--a combination of those in attendance at the Double Door and those watching the live stream on GigityTV. Musical interludes provided by The Sometimes Family. $10 admission. Goes down at 8pm.