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By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 12, 2008 5:00PM

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Get an early start to Valentine's Day with a champagne dinner at Café Matou this evening. Chef Charlie Socher will prepare a five-course dinner featuring dishes from the Champagne region, paired with Champagne wines selected by Wine Director James Rahn.

1846 N. Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Cost is $95 (all inclusive); RSVP at 773.384.8911.

2008_02_insight_arts.jpgArt: Insight Arts' monthly art discussion is a showcase for artists to create an impromptu presentation of a single piece from their collection. It's also a great way for aspiring artists to gain some exposure for their work.

1545 W. Morse, 6 p.m. Call 773-507-1300 for more information.

Museum/History: "You Say You Want a Revolution" is the first of a planned three-part series on "The '68 Revolution" at the Chicago History Museum. Today's speakers are activists/educators/former Weather Underground members Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn. Ayers and Dohrn will recollect the experiences and historical moments that shaped the city - and them - forty years ago. This is a can't miss event.

1601 N. Clark, 7 p.m., $10.

2008_02_irish_image.jpgArt: "From Ancient Earth," an exhibit currently showing at the Beverly Arts Center, is an exhibit of art inspired by the Emerald Isle by local artists Dan Addington, Robert Koch and Alice McMahon White. Curated by White, the artists use different approaches to depict the beauty of the Irish countryside and the influence of its history on their work.

2407 W. 111th Street, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Film: Jacques Tati's classic character M. Hulot deserves recognition with Chaplin's Little Tramp, W.C. Fields, and the Marx Brothers among the great icons of film comedy. Tonight, DOC Films screens M. Hulot's Holiday, the debut of Tati's bumbling, pipe smoking character. The film's minimalist approach to sound also draws parallels to Chaplin's Modern Times.

7 and 9:15 screenings, $5.

2008_02_woodpilers.jpgMusic: Still going strong after all these years, Devil in a Woodpile still draws crowds to the Hideout on a Tuesday night. Their approach to "old timey" music is sincere, and the trio of Rick "Cookin'" Sherry, Joel Paterson, and Tom Ray have amazing chops. This is perfect music to that out on a cold night. If you need further enticement, maybe $3 bottles of Newcastle are the perfect tonic.

1354 W. Wabansia, 9:30 p.m.