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Upcoming Chicagoland discussions are the talk of the town

Tonight, January 21, at 8:00 p.m, WBEZ reporters, comedians, poets and spoken-word artists will come together for the first-ever Year in Review to comically address the headlines of 2013. This Much Is True founder Scott Whitehair and Moth GrandSLAM Champion Stephanie Douglass cohost this inaugural event at Chicago’s Park West on 322 W. Armitage. Tickets are $25; $18 for WBEZ members; and $10 for students at www.wbez.org/year-review-109283.

In conjunction with the Block Museum’s current art exhibition Steichen | Warhol, an interdisciplinary gallery talk is stated for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 30 with Northwestern University’s Nick Davis, associate professor of English; Mary Poole, Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the department of theatre; and Beth Corzo-Duchardt, adjunct lecturer in the department of radio/television/film. The discussion will continue later this winter through a collaborative program between Northwestern’s Art Theory and Practice program titled Art Theory and Practice Visiting Artist Lecture with Candice Breitz. The Berlin-based video artist, who has written about Andy Warhol, will discuss his influence on her work in the context of Steichen | Warhol. For more information, visit blockmuseum.northwestern.edu or call 847-491-4000.

The National Geographic Live speaker series brings Chicago even icier temperatures with a journey into the arctic during a one-night-only event at Goodman Theatre on February 10 when award-winning National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen will reveal what it takes to get the shots while on assignment in some of the world’s coldest places during Spirit of the Wild. Tickets ($31-$50) can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org, by phone at 312-443-3800, or at the box office on 170 N. Dearborn Street.

On Monday, February 17 at 7 p.m., conversations will flow over food, wine, chocolate and artist performances when Elysabeth Alfano hosts The Dinner Party. Presented by Fear No Art, guests include comedienne and improviser Susan Messing; Lookingglass Theatre artistic director Andrew White; international architect Jordan Mozer; and executive chef Tim Graham of Travelle restaurant. Patrons will enjoy tastings of the chef’s appetizers and entrées paired with wine from City Winery, Voss Artesian Water from Norway, DAVIDsTEA and Vosges chocolates. For more information, please 312-733-WINE or visit www.citywinery.com.

The international humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide U.S. will be honored at the annual Women of Concern Awards Luncheon in Chicago on Friday, February 28, with a reception at 11:00 a.m. and luncheon and awards program at 12:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on 151 East Wacker Drive. This year’s Awards Luncheon salutes Marie Tillman, President and Co-Founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation, with the 2014 Leadership Award, and Susan Walsh, Founder and President of Little by Little, with the 2014 Humanitarian Award for their outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic leadership.