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Saturday, March 25
As part of the Conversations at the Edge series, Steve Reinke and Chris Gehman screen examples of animation from 1908 through 2004. Their 2005 anthology The Sharpest Point discusses the history and future of animation. 6 PM. Tickets are $9, or $5 for Film Center members. 164 N. State St. For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit the website.
The House Theatre of Chicago presents its third Potluck tonight, after the performance of its current show Valentine Victorius at the Viaduct Theater (3111 N. Western). No food is involved; the Potluck is an hour of short plays, scenes from the upcoming House production Ellen Under Glass, and karaoke by the House company. The Potluck is free and open to the public, and begins around 10:00 tonight. If you can't make it tonight, the Potluck will also happen the evening Sunday, March 5th; see Slowdown for that date for details.
The Public Square of the Illinois Humanities Council co-sponsors this lecture and booksigning by Rabbi Michael Lerner, founder of Tikkun and author most recently of The Left Hand of God: Taking Our Country Back from the Religious Right. Lerner will discuss his new book as well as current events. A reception will follow the lecture. Free, 6 PM. Harris Hall 107, Northwestern University; 1881 Sheridan Rd, Evanston. For more information, visit the website or call 847-491-7946.
GLBT bloggers, friends, family, and fans are all welcome to come out tonight at 8pm to meet, greet, schmooze, cruise, network, flirt, or just have a good time.
John Vinci, who assisted with the Pilgrim Baptist Church restoration in 1986, leads a panel in discussion of the South Side landmark, which was built in 1891 and designed by Adler and Sullivan; and sadly burned this past January. 6 PM. Free, but pre-register by calling 312-922-3432 x 225, or emailing bgordon [at] architecture [dot] org. In the John Buck Company Lecture Hall Gallery. 224 S. Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit the Chicago Architecture Foundation website.
Affordable wine education is great, and you can get some at Andersonville wine shop In Fine Spirits tonight at 7pm. Their class will teach you that wine is not complex or difficult to understand. Your job as a taster is to use these tools that help you gain confidence and understanding of wine in order to have a better experience. Master an understanding of these 12 steps and you will have a basic understanding of most any wine. Reservations required for all wine appreciation classes. Classes are $30 each or $50 for 2 classes, pre-paid at time of reservation. Fees for Wine Club members are $20 per class. In Fine Spirits is located at 5418 N. Clark Street. Call (773) 506-WINE for more information.