Baby octopus at Ceres Table (Barry Brecheisen for RedEye )
Ceres' Table 4882 N. Clark St. 773-878-4882
As teenagers, chef-owner Giuseppe Scurato and Gaetano DiBenedetto (of Gaetano's in Forest Park) worked together in Sicily. Tonight, they team up again for a four-course Sicilian dinner featuring pasta with cured meats, cheese and eggplant and baked swordfish. 5-10 p.m. $50 plus tax and gratuity.
Taste the Grape (FREE!)
D.O.C. Wine Bar 2602 N. Clark St. 773-883-5101
September is grape-stomping time in Napa Valley and the Lincoln Park bar celebrates this tradition with Crush Week, which features tastings from various Napa Valley vineyards. Tonight, a guest sommelier from distributor Heritage Wine Cellars introduces varieties from Chateau Montelena Winery, which was established in 1882. 5:30-7 p.m.
Australia in the House
Paris Club 59 W. Hubbard St. 312-595-0800
Top Australian DJ-producer tyDi—a classically trained musician whose Global Soundsystem podcast is syndicated worldwide—takes over the turntables at this River North restaurant's upstairs lounge, Studio Paris. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Tickets: parisclubchicago.com
Tales for Tails
Powell's Bookstore 2850 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-248-1444
Essay Fiesta co-founder Keith Ecker and Bitches Gotta Eat blogger Samantha Irby join forces for the debut of Guts & Glory: Live Lit for the Lionhearted, which features tales by Write Club founder Ian Belknap, 2nd Story's Megan Stielstra, The Moth GrandSLAM champion Shannon Cason and others. Donations benefit local organizations One Tail at a Time and 826CHI. 7 p.m. No cover.
Got the Blues
Cityblue 1444 N. Wells St. 312-664-2222
Looking to improve your wardrobe? Head to the Old Town women's and men's boutique for Beer, Blue Jeans and Ballet Slippers, where you can browse new fall fashions and accessories over Peroni beer and light bites from neighboring spot Benchmark. Bonus: Admission includes a swag bag and partial proceeds from your purchase benefit the Joffrey Ballet's Auxiliary Board. 6-8 p.m. No cover. RSVP required: email@example.com.
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Paulina Market creates the menu for a Sept. 28 Oktoberfest Beer, Brats and Boats Chicago waterways cruise: shorelinesightseeing.com
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.