Make the meringue-y cookie that made France famous today at Alliance Francaise, 30 W. Huron, 10am-1pm. Cost $70-80 with a $15 materials fee.
The Peace on Earth Film Festival runs March 6-9 at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., and features films about peace, nonviolence, social justice and ecology. The festival runs from 10am to 10:30pm today; see the schedule for films and times. Free.
To honor National Craft Month, the Chicago Craft Mafia and Blue Buddha Boutique are teaming up to create a day of sessions where you can watch things being made, make things with your own hands and take those items home with you. There will be a lock-picking class, card-making, lampwork glass making, a photo booth, a 3D printer demonstration, and a demo on making your own bath salts. The event is free and open to adults and children. Donations are encouraged to offset materials costs for some of the demos. Demos will rotate through the day today from 11am to 6pm at Blue Buddha Boutique (1127 W. Granville).
The 12 boutiques making up the Wicker Collective -- Trillium, Penelope’s, Study Hall, Kokorokoko, Moon Voyage, Mulberry & Me, Anastasia, Emma, Beyond Boutique, Milk Handmade, Stock Mfg, Madein Jewelry, Zora Jewelry and Shades of Grey Jewelry -- are holding a "warehouse sale" today and Sunday from 11am to 5pm at the Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave. Shop for last season's clothes, jewelry and accessories for men and women at deep discounts. Admission is free.
The Hideout's annual SXSW Send-off Party this year features Radar Eyes, KINS, Outer Minds, Bailiff, Bonzie, Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Absolutely Not, Basic Cable, Marrow, Ryley Walker and Wrekmeister Harmonies. It all gets started with a group photo at 1pm. $10 at the door, 21+ Hideout's at 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
The Post Family will be moving into their new home at Comfort Station (2579 N Milwaukee Ave.) this month and are kicking off a month of events for "Family Friends" and new friends alike. Join them today from 2:30 to 6:30 for a public collage and doodle party with tasty comfort food provided by Plenty Grocery and Deli. The event is free, and open to adults and children.
NYTimes film critic introduces the 1947 feature Body and Soul and discusses the impact of leftist Jewish filmmakers on Hollywood, today at 2pm at Block Cinema, 40 Arts Circle Dr. on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Admission is $4 for students, $6 for non-students.
The Paper Machete this week features stories by Ian Abramson, Ian Belknap, Brent Morin, Dana Norris, the Puterbaugh Sisters and Tanner Tanenbaum, plus Chad the Bird and musical guests Brother George. Christopher Piatt hosts. It's at 3pm at Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway. Free, 21+
At 7:30pm at the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern, 2110 Sheridan Rd. in Evanston, Steve Rashid and Friends perform. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students), available at the door.
At Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., laurenzi/ernst/green perform at 9:30pm, followed by the Nick Mazzarella Trio featuring Frank Rosaly and Anton Hatwich. $15 minimum donation. 21+
Interested in live music, dancing and visual art? The Core Project is an arts company which focuses on the art of storytelling. The event is tonight from 7:30 to 10:30, at 3101 N Sheffield Ave. Light snacks and drinks are provided. Prepay for $8 or pay $10 at the door tonight!