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Thursday, March 23
The Chicago Public School debate continues tonight at Chicago Forward: Pass or Fail where Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett joins Chicago Tribune editorial page editor Bruce Dold in a discussion about Chicago schools. $20, 6 p.m., Chase Auditorium, 10 S. Dearborn St. Buy tickets at the Trib Nation website.
SOMM, a documentary that follows four people in their journey to become a master sommelier, ends a nearly weeklong run at the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., tonight at 6:30pm. Master sommelier, restaurateur and local media personality Alpana Singh will be on hand to answer questions about the love of the wine beforehand; you'll even get a glass to enjoy during the film. Admission $20.
The Hideout presents the monthly literary pugilistic bout known as Write Club. Host Ian Belknap presides over bouts of authors taking up opposing concepts, and presenting their arguments for their sides. A panel of judges decides the winners, who get a donation to the chairty of their choice. Doors open tonight at 7:00pm, and admission is $10. Full details at the Hideout Website. Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia. (773) 227-4433.
Solo in the 2nd City Reading Series is back for the monthly reading at Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago Avenue at 7:30 PM. Solo in the 2nd City is a collective of stories of single, sex, and dating centered in our fair city. Music starts at 7:30pm by DJ Continental and readings begin at 8pm. The event is free and collects donations for Chicago Women's Health Center. This month's edition features Jen Bosworth, Angela Benander, Whit Nelson, Linda Montgomery and AJ Aronstein. The event is hosted by bloggers Melinda McIntire and Carly Oishi.