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Monday, February 20
The Jane Austen Society of North America - Greater Chicago Region presents Pride and Prejudice: A Live Reading today in the Block 37 pedway at 108 N. State St. from 7am to 7pm. Groups of volunteers will take turns reading Austen's classic novel. Preview in Book Club. Free.
Red Door, 2118 N. Damen Ave., hosts a chili cookoff tonight at 6pm in support of the "Chicken Freedom Project" by Slagel Family Farms. Chefs Troy Graves of Red Door, Mark Steuer of Carriage House, Matt Troost of Three Aces, John Manion of La Sirena Clandestina, Enoch Simpson of endgrain, Eric Mansavage of Farmhouse, Rob and Allie Levitt of The Butcher & Larder, and Art and Chelsea Jackson of Pleasant House Bakery compete to see whose chili the audience and judge Audarshia Townsend of 312 Dining Diva vote the best. Tickets are $25.
Food and culture intersect tonight at Mayne Stage (1328 West Morse) for The Dinner Party. Michael and Patrick Sheerin of the Trencherman will be serving hors d'oeuvres, Vin Divino beings the wine and Vosges the chocolate; a jazz duo opens the evening, followed by art collector Howard Tullman, musician Kelly Hogan and Black Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Jackie Taylor. They may talk, perform, or just sit there; you'll have to find out yourself. Cocktails at 6:30pm, event begins at 7pm. Tickets $30.
Interested in signing up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share? Representatives from local CSAs will be on hand at the Epiphany UCC, 2008 W. Bradley from 7-9 pm tonight. The event is sponsored by the Northcenter Neighborhood Association. It is free.
The cast of the Oprah Winfrey Network's new show "My Life is a Joke," Patti Vasquez, Kellye Howard, Lisa Laureta and Natalie Jose, takes the stage at Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N. Wells St., tonight at 8:30pm for one show only. Tickets are $20 with two drink minimum. 21+