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  • Toast five years of Mercat a la Planxa with a pig roast and party.
Toast five years of Mercat a la Planxa with a pig roast and party. (Barry Brecheisen/for RedEye )
March 04, 2013|By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

5th Anniversary Dinner

Mercat a la Planxa 638 S. Michigan Ave. 312-765-0524

Pig out at the South Loop restaurant's birthday celebration with whole roasted suckling pig, chamomile-smoked pork belly, grilled short ribs, pork meatballs, crispy pork skin and braised pork shoulder, served at stations with beer pairings from local brewery 5 Rabbit. The bash starts with passed appetizers and ends with birthday cake. 7-10 p.m. $55. RSVP required.

DRINK

Tippling Tuesday

Double A at Mercadito 108 W. Kinzie St. 312-329-9555

Mixology maestros the Tippling Bros.—Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay—kick off a new series which begins with six varieties of Olmeca tequila—an artisanal, Mexican brand distilled using a 500-year-old method—and passed appetizer pairings, plus a discussion exploring geographical and environmental impacts on the tequila's taste. 7-8 p.m. $25. RSVP required.

DO

Midwest Independent Film Festival

Landmark Century Centre Cinema 2828 N. Clark St. 773-509-4949

Flip the switch on your after-work plans with a hosted cocktail reception, producers' panel discussion featuring "Chicago Fire" co-creator Derek Haas and a 7:30 p.m. screening of the dramedy "Qwerty," the tale of two lonely misfits who find hope with each other. 6 p.m. $10-$15. Tickets: midwestfilm.com.

Democracy Burlesque

Mary's Attic 5400 N. Clark St. 773-784-6969

The financial fracas flies to the forefront in the political comedy troupe's new sketch show, "World of Class Warfare," which satirizes the endless battle between the Haves and the Have-Nots. And no matter what your tax bracket, you can feel good about giving back—partial admission proceeds benefit various charities. 7:30 p.m. $15; $12 for students.

Two Cookie Minimum Zine Fest Fundraiser

Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave. 773-709-1401

Munch complimentary cookies and hear stories by six zinesters including Georgi Johnston ("Georgi and the Haunted Minivan"), Jonas Cannon ("Cheer the Eff Up") and Chicago Zine Fest organizer Jaclyn Miller, who debuts a new comic work. Freewill donations benefit the Fest (March 8-9). 9 p.m. No cover.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Chase the luck of the Irish with our St. Patrick's Day parties and bar crawls guide at metromix.com.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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