Learn all about Belgian beers with complimentary pours at Paris Club. (Terrence Antonio James…)
Wine and Dine
Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave. 773-381-4551
Conversations with food is the premise behind the Dinner Party, where you sample bites from Moto chef Homaro Cantu with a wine pairing and chocolates as host Elysabeth Alfano converses and dines onstage with three Chicago artistic directors—Andreas Mitisek of Chicago Opera Theater, Carrie Hanson of dance troupe The Seldoms and Michael Patrick Thornton of The Gift Theatre. 7 p.m. $30. Tickets: maynestage.com.
(Free!) Belgian Brews
Paris Club 59 W. Hubbard St. 312-595-0800
Learn about the flavor complexities of Flemish beers at a Duvel Beer Tasting, where sample pours of the golden Belgian ale are served with complimentary passed appetizers and tastings of additional Belgian imports by Liefmans, De Koninck, Brasserie d'Achouffe and Maredsous-- and questions are encouraged. 5-9 p.m.
Getting Tipsy Since 1957
The Lodge Tavern 21 W. Division St. 312-642-4406
The bar celebrates its 56th anniversary with an Anniversary Party featuring $3 Moscow Mules—its signature drink. Be the 56th person to walk through the door and win a gift basket with the goodies to make your own Moscow Mules at home. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. No cover.
Austin in Chicago
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160
Preview the iconic Austin music festival South by Southwest at the SXSW Pre-Game, which features complimentary Sailor Jerry cocktails (5:30-7 p.m.), live music by local bands performing at SXSW including Ballroom Boxer, Aly Jados and Empires, discussions with Eric Fisher of Performics and Kyle Henry of AOK Productions and more. 5:30-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. 773-761-4477
It's opening night for "The City & the City," a world premiere adaptation of China Mieville's detective thriller-fantasy novel in which the killing of an American student in Eastern Europe unveils political and corporate schemes in twin cities with irreconcilable cultural differences. 7:30 p.m. $40; $20 for students and rush tickets. Tickets: lifelinetheatre.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Get tickets for The House Theatre of Chicago's March 23 Secret Soiree: thehousetheatre.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.