Lisa Laureta (cast member at 100 Proof Comedy) hosts a comedy fundraiser for Family Rescue, a Chicago non-profit dedicated to eliminating domestic violence by supporting victims of abuse with residential, counseling and advocacy programs. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $10 (presale or at the door). Any and all donations taken at the door and throughout the show will go straight to Family Rescue, as well as portions of ticket sales. The lineup features Cody Melcher, Kristin Clifford, Prateek Srivastava, Stephanie Hasz, and Bill Cruz. The show will be followed by the ComedySportz open mic, The Chaser, so feel free to stay and keep giving throughout the evening.
Enjoy Mardi Gras-themed hors d'oeuvres and a VIP reception tonight from 6-8pm at Rockit, 22 W. Hubbard. The evening benefits non-profit organization, Rock for Kids and will also feature a live performance by Glass Lux. Tickets are $20 and include unlimited drinks and passed apps. They're available for purchase at the door or online. RSVP and more on Facebook.
Columbia College's Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor, hosts Cinema Slapdown, wherein a film is screened and there's a discussion afterward tearing it to shreds. Just in time for Black History Month, tonight's film is The Help, and Louise Love and Natalie Moore are the guest debaters. The film screens at 7pm. Free.
It's normally in November, but the annual Latke-Hamantash Debate sponsored by the University of Chicago has been moved to this evening from 7:30 to 9:30pm at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. on the UC campus. Faculty and scholars will do the honor of debating the merits of both foods; perhaps this year it will be decided. Free to attend, but the post-debate reception (where you'll get to sample some of the material under consideration) is $5.
Come to This Much Is True at the Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark). Tonight's readers include TMIT regulars Scott Whitehair, Deanna Moffitt and Larry Kerns and special guests Julia Borcherts, David Boyle, Linda Gorham, Monte LaMonte, Willy Nast, and Shanna Shrum.. 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.