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Thursday, May 17

May 16, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye

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PINK LINE AND DINE

Pink Line 'L' stop, 18th and Paulina Streets 773-340-1358

Keep the Cinco de Mayo spirit going with a guided neighborhood walk around churches, Mexican murals and more during the Pilsen Cultural Tour; then, feast on a group buffet dinner with a margarita or Mexican beer at Cuernavaca followed by a bus trip to Dos Diablos for a cash bar fiesta. 6 p.m. $50. RSVP required by 3 p.m.: cityswarmchicago.com.

HOW THEY ROLL

Union Sushi & Barbeque Bar, 230 W. Erie St. 312-662-4888

Step into modern-day Tokyo at this River North spot, which celebrates its first birthday with $8, eight-piece Old City Market sushi rolls (spicy tuna and seared salmon in a collard green wrap) and $5 glasses of Snowflake sake. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-10:30 p.m.

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FORBIDDEN SPIRITS

Alliance Francaise, 810 N. Dearborn St. 312-337-1070

Decide for yourself if the green fairy is an artistic muse or a ticket to madness at a screening of the "Absinthe" documentary. Then, head to the courtyard to meet director Chris Buddy, sip a complimentary glass of Lucid absinthe and participate in a free raffle for themed posters. 6:30 p.m. $7.

GENDER BENDER

Berlin, 954 W. Belmont Ave. 773-348-4975

Life's a drag—but in a good way—at Trannika's Tea Party, which features drag performances by hosts Trannika Rex, Valentine Addams, Shalease and Galaxia Kitten, complimentary champagne (10 p.m.-12 a.m.), $3 Berlin bombs, $5 Tropical Sex cocktail pints and $2 PBRs with beats by DJs Jean Shorts and Smooth n Delicious. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $5-$7; free before 11 p.m. with RSVP: do312.com.

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WORLD PEACE

Zanies Comedy Night Club, 1548 N. Wells St. 312-337-4027

Female comedians Jess Salomon, who is Jewish, and Eman, who is Palestinian, team up for Pretty Semitic: Laughing from Right to Wrong," in which they attempt to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by celebrating their commonalities, which include humor, hairiness and the pressure to find husbands. 7:30 p.m. $20.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Chicago Craft Beer Week kicks off today with events at dozens of venues. Schedule: chibeerweek.com

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