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Pencil This In

By Staff in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 24, 2011 5:20PM

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The Portage Theater's annual "Halloween Havoc" film festival kicks off tonight with a Hitchcock double feature: Psycho at 7:15 p.m. followed by Frenzy at 9 p.m. You can browse the full lineup here. (4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Restaurant Openings

Butcher & the Burger, the restaurant from Chef Allen Sternweiler and partner Josh Woodward, is set to open tomorrow with a burger promotion honoring Sternweiler's friend, U.S. Army Private First Class Jordan Hoyt. Hoyt was awarded a Purple Heart medal for his service in Afghanistan and has a soft spot for elk burgers topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, griddled onion and mayonnaise. Butcher & the Burger will donate $2 from every elk burger ordered - with or without Hoyt's favorite toppings - from opening day through Nov. 13 to help offset the costs of Hoyt's continuing medical expenses. Diners will also have the opportunity to donate $5 as part of a special drawing for the opportunity to win a Butcher & the Burger cooler filled with 20 pounds of various ground meats and other retail products (a $250 value). (1021 W. Armitage Ave.)

Theater Fundraisers

The Neoccasion is a Nov. 11 fundraiser for the Neo-Futurists featuring over 30 local and regional craft brews and some of Chicago’s finest pizza, a 30 minute beer-themed performance and a live auction with brewery tours, home brew-kits and other fabulous prizes on tap. Participating breweries include: 5 Rabbit, Argus, Finch’s, Goose Island, Half Acre, Hamburgery Mary’s, Haymarket, Metropolitan, New Glarus, Stone and Three Floyds, among others. Cocktail attire is required for the event. For more information or for tickets, call Dan McArdle at 773-878-4557. Individual tickets are $77.97. That's one cent for every one of the 7,797 world premiere plays performed at The Neo-Futurarium, including Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, since 1988. (5153 N. Ashland Ave.)

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