The Hideout (1354 West Wabansia) holds its Soup and Bread weekly fundraiser tonight from 5:30-8pm (or until the soup runs out). Local chefs and foodies prepare a selection of soups for your casual slurping from the bar's crock pots, with (encouraged) donations going to a local food-related charity. This year each week has a theme, and tonight's is "Noodles, dumplings, and kreplach." Event is age 21+, but children can be admitted if accompanied by an adult.
Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn St., will host the Chicago Tribune's "Chicago Forward: The Future of the Arts in Chicago," tonight at 6pm. This panel discussion, moderated by Chicago Tribune editorial editor Bruce Dold and critic Chris Jones, will highlight issues faced by the city's creative professional community. Panelists include City of Chicago cultural commissioner Michelle Boone, playwright and artist Tony Fitzpatrick and renowned chef, Rick Bayless. Tickets are $20; for more information, call 312-222-4369.
No-knead pizza and bread pioneer Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery in New York City will be cooking up a few pizzas at Bar Toma, 110 East Pearson, at 6:30 tonight. There will be a brief welcome reception before a family-style meal of antipasti and three of Lahey's pizzas. Tickets are $45 before fees. Lahey's book My Pizza will also be on sale.
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 pro and con afterwards.Tonight's film is Compliance. The film screens at 7pm. Free.