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Monday: Eat. Drink. Do.

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April 29, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye


Get Stoned

The Barrelhouse Flat, 2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421

What could be better than a five-course dinner? Five courses served with beers from Stone Brewing Co., of course. On Monday, chef Nick Hertel offers nude softshell crab paired with Stone Arrogant Bastard, a malted crepe cake with Stone Imperial Russian Stout and more. 6-8 p.m. $75. RSVP required:

Chow and chat

Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. 773-381-4551

Eavesdrop without guilt at The Dinner Party, where Elysabeth Alfano of the Fear No Art Web series hosts a live-stream taping of conversations with comedian Nora Dunn ("Saturday Night Live"), designer Peach Carr ("Project Runway") and Chicago Human Rhythm Project artistic director Lane Alexander over dinner prepared by Publican Quality Meats' Paul Kahan—which you also sample. 6:30 p.m. $25. RSVP required:


Finish line

Spin, 800 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-7711

Cheer on Chicago's own Phi Phi O'Hara, Sharon Needles and Chad Michaels at the"RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 4 finale viewing party as "Startender"/Season 1 contestant Jade Sotomayor serves up $4.50 Absolut cocktails and $4 Miller Lite and Coors Light drafts. Additional festivities include drag queen hosts and performances, themed giveaways, step and repeat photo ops, and post-show karaoke. 8 p.m. No cover.

200 sips

River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St. 312-321-1001

Feeling parched? Vinitaly in the World offers a cure with walk-around tastings of more than 200 Italian wines from 45 producers, served with light appetizers. 6-8:30 p.m. $30. RSVP required:


Open up

Trace, 3714 N. Clark St. 773-477-3400

Want to hear great stories in the raw? Head to the launch for Do Not Submit, where This Much Is True reading series founder Scott Whitehair and The Moth GrandSLAM champion Shannon Cason co-host a seven-minute storytelling open mic for professionals and amateurs. Got one of your own to try out from memory or on paper? Arrive at 7:30 to sign up. 8 p.m. No cover.


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