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Pencil This In

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 11, 2011 5:20PM

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Photo credit: James Hall

Anne Lamott is stopping by the Oak Brook Borders tonight (one of the few Chicagoland locations that’s staying open while the company figures out all that bankruptcy stuff). She is promoting the paperback release of her most recent novel, Imperfect Birds. In this book, she continues the story of Elizabeth Ferguson and her daughter Rosie. As Elizabeth struggles with sobriety, teenager Rosie struggles with her own addiction. For more on Anne Lamott, check out our interview with her last summer. Anne Lamott reads from Imperfect Birds, Oak Brook Borders, 1500 16th Street, Suite D, Oakbrook, 7 p.m.

Last Minute Plans: Gilt Bar, Brendan Sodikoff’s Michelin-recognized River North hotspot, is hosting a dinner to benefit The Voices and Faces Project tonight. The Voices and Faces Project helps to give a voice to victims of sexual violence. Tickets for the event cost $100, and the menu is spectacular. Highlights of the huge list include sweet basalmic roasted garlic and olive oil, tenderloin steak tartare, mushroom and truffle pasta, oven-roasted pork meatballs with grits, and six different cocktails. Buy tickets online.

Casablanca graces the Portage Theater's screen tonight. Even though it won an Academy Award for Best Picture, the folks involved with the film simply intended it to be a serviceable picture when it was originally released nearly 70 years ago. Instead, Casablanca has stood the test of time to become one of the iconic films of American cinema. (8 p.m., 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

The Encyclopedia Show is a live variety extravaganza that commissions local and touring artists and experts from many disciplines to use their individual talents to present a different verbal encyclopedia entry each month. Curated by performance artists Robbie Q. Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney, The Encyclopedia Show endeavors to build an age-integrated community cultivating accidental knowledge and irreverent loving kindness. Tonight's installment is the first of three to focus on the subject of Hell. (Links Hall, 3455 N. Sheffield, 7:30 p.m. Tickets available here.)