River North waffle sandwich spot Bel 50 adds weekday breakfast hours and… (Hilary Higgins / RedEye )
New Weekday Breakfast
Bel 50 738 N. Clark St. 312-496-3948
The waffle sandwich shop adds morning weekday hours and all-day breakfast options such as a short rib benedict with poached egg and horseradish hollandaise ($7.95) and a spinach, tomato and feta omelet with fruit and a side of waffle bread ($5.95). Arrive before 10 a.m. and add Intelligentsia coffee for 99 cents. 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Porkchop 941 W. Randolph St. 312-733-9333
Kick off March with the West Loop bar's new whiskey flight menu, which features eight selections including The Luck of the Irish (Jameson Black Barrel, Tullamore Dew, Powers; $15) and The Kiltlifter (Glenlivet, Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich; $20), which you can pair with a $6 mix-and-match slider trio. 11:30 a.m.-midnight.
The Neo-Futurarium 5153 N. Ashland Ave. 773-275-5255
The Neo-Futurists' Kurt Chiang shares his experiences transcribing the novel, "Lord of the Flies," by hand—after discovering he'd survived cancer—in this multimedia show which features projected text, a space transformed to resemble Chiang's brain and onstage commentary from additional ensemble members. 7:30 p.m. $20; $10 for students. Tickets: neofuturists.org.
(Free!) Tailgate on State
State Street from Wacker Drive to Congress Parkway
To help the estimated 300,000 Big Ten alums living in Chicago gear up for the 2013 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament (March 14-17, United Center), the Chicago Loop Alliance and Choose Chicago team up for the debut of a month-long multimedia exhibition that features Big Ten-themed banners, CTA subway and planter signs and audio broadcasts of university fight songs and courtside sounds. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Great American Comedy Festival Showcase
Zanies 1548 N. Wells St. 312-337-4027
A dozen hot Chicago comics—Sydney Adeniyi, Nikki Brayden, Adam Burke, Jeanie Doogan, Calvin Evans, Emily Galati, Brian Hicks, Michael Isaac, Fritz Nothnagel, Dan Ronan, Russ Williamson and host Pat McGann—audition for "Letterman" warm-up comedian Eddie Brill, who's also the producer of the annual festival in Johnny Carson's Nebraska hometown. 8:30 p.m. $10 plus a two-drink minimum. Tickets: zanies.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Make your Chicago Chef Week (March 17-22) reservations now: chicagochefweek.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.