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Wednesday, February 22
Leslie Goddard, author of Chicago's Sweet Candy History: Images of America, leads a discussion of the photography exhibit Sweet Home Chicago currently on display on the 9th floor of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., today at 6pm in the Video Theater, lower level. Free.
This hybrid stand-up/storytelling showcase presents a special Valentine's Day edition featuring funny, horrifying love stories from Keith Ecker, Jen Bosworth, Sean White, and many more. Audience can put their name in a hat for a chance to tell their own story, and the winner (loudest applause) is invited back as a featured performer. Hosted by Caitlin Bergh, $5, BYOB at LooseLeaf Lounge (2915 N Broadway). 7:30pm.
The Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., presents "New Jack Swing Valentine Jam," tonight at 8pm; the line-up includes chart-topping 90s R&B artists Dru Hill, Guy, SWV, and more. Tickets are $55-$75; for more information, call 312-791-6190.
The Reader hosts its annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party tonight at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Blvd. DJ SloMo and the Hood Internet spin, the Fly Honeys dance troupe performs, and Salonathon reads "Words from Our Loves, Words from Our Exes." Enjoy complimentary Budweiser Black Crown and SoCo Cherry shots. Doors open at 8pm. The first 100 people through the door receive a gift bag from the Pleasure Chest. Tickets are $14 in advance, $28 at the door. 21+
Tonight at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., hosts the ninth annual Chris Saathoff Foundation benefit show, featuring White Mystery, Absolutely Not, Twin Peax and Post Honeymoon. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 9pm. 18+