Banish the blues
Chicago Q, 1160 N. Dearborn St. 312-642-1160
The tax man cometh today, but you can console yourself with three courses of bargain-priced Southern comfort cuisine during the Tax Day Prix Fixe. It features your choice of appetizers such as bacon-cheddar hush puppies or smoked chicken wings, plus a sandwich (lunch) or entree (dinner) with sides and a dessert. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $15 (lunch); $18 (dinner).
The Pony, 1638 W. Belmont Ave. 773-828-5055
Tax day relief continues in the form of $4.17 margaritas at this West Lakeview spot. Stretch your savings even further by pairing them up with $1 beef tacos. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Cider house rules
The Publican, 837 W. Fulton Market 312-733-9555
Sample a glass of RedStreak, the just-released, English session-style hard cider from new local producer Virtue—founded by former Goose Island brewmaster Gregory Hall and venture partner Stephen Schmakel—which can be yours for $5 per 12-ounce draft. 3:30-11:30 p.m.
Reruns of wee ones
Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. 773-418-4475
A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company continues its monthly TV Re-Runs: The Season of Sin series with humorous staged readings of TV show scripts about a sin we've all committed: puberty. See hormone-fueled enactments of episodes from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer,""The Brady Bunch" and, of course, "Punky Brewster," plus the five-minute "Puberty Helper" sketch from "SNL." 7:30 p.m. $10.
Laugh it up
Watra, 4758 S. Pulaski Road. 773-927-0710
Get your giggles on at the ROFLMAO Open Mic Comedy Contest, where local funnyman Alex Ortiz (Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," HBO's "P Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy") hosts five-minute stand-up sets. Winners advance to the May 8 finals for a chance at a $150 cash prize and an opening set for a national headliner. Want to compete? Find instructions at alexortiz.com. 8:30 p.m. $5.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Get tickets for Talib Kweli's April 25 show at the Shrine (2109 S. Wabash Ave.): theshrinechicago.com.
JULIA BORCHERTS IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR. METROMIX@TRIBUNE.COM