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At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22 and Friday, February 28, 2014, V-Day Chicago West Town presents a reading of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women. Edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle, the two-night benefit will take place at Chicago’s Gorilla Tango Bucktown on 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue.

Tickets are ($15-$20) are available at gorillatango.com/bucktown and at 773-598-4549. Ninety percent of the ticket proceeds will go to the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, Inc. For more information on V-Day and its campaigns, visit www.vday.org.

The sixth annual 2014 Peace on Earth Film Festival comes to the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater on 78 East Washington with free screenings for the public from Thursday, March 6 through Sunday, March 9.

Opening night focuses on peace in the Middle East with the Palestinian-Israeli feature narrative Under the Same Sun as well as the documentary Partners for Peace directed by Ed Kucerak, who will be in attendance, along with WBEZ Worldview host Jerome McDonnell serving as the evening’s emcee.

Presented by Transcendence Global Media, NFP and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the festival will premiere The Ghosts of Jeju; From Spokane With Love; A Step Too Far?; and GMO OMG. A Student Filmmaker Showcase and a Filmmakers Panel Discussion moderated by Oscar-nominated filmmaker John D. Hancock is also on the lineup. For the full schedule, visit www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org.

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