Visual artist Ron Bieganski shares the stories behind his paintings, which… (Ron Bieganski )
Al Pastor Wednesday
Xoco 449 N. Clark St. 312-334-3688
Step out of the snow and into the world of Mexican street food at Rick Bayless' counter-service cafe, where the Wednesday night special is three spit-roasted al pastor tacos for $10. 5:30-9 p.m.
Dumpster Love—My Dinner With Ronnie
Wasabi 2539 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-8180
Visual artist and former Free Street Theater artistic director Ron Bieganski shares the stories behind his paintings—which were inspired by forays into industrial dumpsters and are on display at the Logan Square BYOB restaurant—while you dine on grilled skewers ($2-$3), Japanese noodle dishes ($13-$14), sushi ($6-$15) and more. 6:30 p.m. $20; $10 for students (does not include food). Tickets: brownpapertickets.com.
Reading Under the Influence Sheffield's 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-281-4989
Get lit—so to speak—at the long-running live lit series, where Chicago authors Christine Sneed ("Little Known Facts"), Shawn Shiflett ("Hidden Place"), Wyl Villacres and 2nd Story company member Darwyn Jones serve up original tales and literary trivia contests—with prizes—and drink specials include $2 Bud and Miller Lite bottles, $3 Goose Island 312 cans and $4 Founders drafts. 7:30 p.m. $3.
Magic Chicago Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-5252
Suspend disbelief—or try to figure out how it's done—at this showcase where magicians Robert Charles and Benjamin Barnes host performances by Trigg Watson, Sean Masterson and Luis Carreon, who create high-energy illusions, close-up card magic, parlor mentalism and more feats of mystery and wonder. 7:30 p.m. $25. Tickets: magicchicagoshow.com.
(Free!) Cinema Q III Series
Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater 78 E. Washington St. 312-744-6630
The LGBT film series kicks off its third season with a screening of the 2011 road dramedy, "Cloudburst," writer-director Thom Fitzgerald's adaptation of his stage play of the same title, in which two women—portrayed by Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker—head to Canada to get legally married after 31 years together. 6:30 p.m.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Head & Shoulders sponsors free blowouts with celeb stylist Sunnie Brook on March 12 at Blowtique (1 E. Huron St.) Book now at: EmailHS.IM@pg.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.