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Thursday, March 23
Chocolatier Katherine Anne Confections (2745 W Armitage) hosts an open-house-style preview party for their August line of caramels and cocktail-inspired truffles, such as French Gimlet, Mojito, and Sangria, tonight from 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. CH Distillery will be whipping up a cocktail to pair with the truffles and Ale Syndicate will be serving tastings of their microbrews. The party is $25. RSVP here.
Mayne Stage presents a panel discussion hosted by WBEZ editors and reports, who will discuss what our planet will look like in the future, when drinkable water will be in short supply. Doors open at 5:00pm, and the show starts at 6:00pm. The event is free, but you should claim your tickets at the Mayne Stage site to guarantee admission. Mayne Stage: 1328 West Morse Avenue. Box office: (773) 381-4554.
Nelarusky, an annual benefit concert for Special Olympics, is tonight at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. This year's lineup features Twin Shadow, Sylvan Esso and Santah. Tickets are $26. Doors open at 6pm, show's at 7pm. 18+
Miss Spoken, the all-female reading series, returns to the Gallery Cabaret, 2020 N. Oakley Ave., tonight at 7pm. This month the theme is periods, and the readers include Wendy McClure, Allison Kelly, Katie Prout and Charlotte Hamilton. There's also an open mic slot if you've got a period story to share. No cover, 21+
The inaugural Physical Festival of physical theatre runs July 25-Aug. 2 in Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave. Tonight's performance is Scratch Night, a collection of samples of current projects from seven theaters, at 7pm; see the schedule for details. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, with festival passes available for $35.
Frontier's (1072 N Milwaukee) monthly, five-course "So You Think You're a Foodie" dinner feature's lamb this month. The $65 dinner starts at 8:00pm tonight with optional course pairings for an additional $25. Call (773) 772-4322 to reserve.