Reggies Rock Club, 2109 S. State St., hosts Comedy with a Cause tonight at 6pm. Hosted by Lyndel Pleasant, the evening features stand-up and improv by DC Intervention, Melissa Duprey, Mona Aburmishan, Posey, Victorious Secret and more. $20 at the door, with proceeds benefiting Chicago Youth Center's Fellowship House. 21+
Artist and author Ann Fessler, whose powerful book The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade (Penguin Press, 2006) is an account of the millions of young women who gave birth in the 1950s and '60s with the expectation (and often, demand) that their children be put up for adoption, appears tonight at 6pm at the Ferguson Lecture Hall of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave., to screen the accompanying documentary A Girl Like Her and answer audience questions. Admission is free.
The Chicago International Movies & Music Festival runs April 30-May 4. Various musical performances, movie screenings, panel discussions, and other events are happening throughout the city; see the schedule for full details. Each show is ticketed separately, or buy a day pass for $35, a festival pass for $75, or a VIP pass for $150.
Tonight at 7pm, the Heartland Café (7000 N. Glenwood Ave.) and Red Line Tap (7006 N. Glenwood Ave.) host memorial benefits for Evan and Jamie West, former Heartland employees who were hit by a drunk driver at SXSW Music Festival in March Jamie was killed instantly, and Evan was seriously injured. The benefit will feature music by Twin Peaks in the Heartland Café and Red Line Disaster with special guests The Polkaholics and Can I Get an Amen in the Red Line Tap. There will also be a silent auction and more, with all proceeds to go to Evan West. The Heartland event is all ages, while the Red Line Tap event is 21+. Admission to each is $10.
The North Side chapter of Story Club returns to the Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., tonight at 7:30pm. The theme this month is "Sprung," with guests Keith Ecker, Scott Whitehair and Katie Prout, plus three open mic slots; Dana Norris hosts. Suggested donation is $10. 21+
The Found Footage Festival returns to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., tonight with its seventh collection of video bits and oddities. Doors open at 9pm, show begins at 9:30pm. Tickets are $12.