Grab a drink--or better yet, two--at Bangers & Lace's two-fisted… (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
Koval Brandy Dinner Table, Donkey and Stick 2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-8525
Koval master distiller Robert Birnecker guides you through his brandy-making traditions and hosts a four-course dinner featuring smoked pork sausage with caramelized kale, sweet potato and roasted apple; plus charcuterie, Alpine cheese, dessert and more, paired with Koval brandies. 6:30 p.m. $50. Tickets: seatme.com.
Double-Fisted Drinking Bangers & Lace 1670 W. Division St. 773-252-6499
A drink for each hand is the theme on Wednesdays at this Wicker Park lodge-style beer bar, where $10 gets you a Greenbush Loudmouth Soup witbier brewed with coriander, fennel, black pepper and blood orange and—for your other hand—a Full Montes cocktail made with Appleton rum, grapefruit and lime juices, demerara sugar and Angostura bitters. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Oskar Blues Tapping Fat Cat 4840 N. Broadway 773-506-3100
Reps from the brewery are on hand to tap kegs of Ten Fidy imperial stout ($9.50) and Deviant Dale's IPA($7), gift you with brewery swag and answer your burning questions about craft beers—including why the Colorado brewery's creations come in cans. 7-9 p.m. No cover.
Chicago Forward: The Future of Arts in Chicago Chase Auditorium 10 S. Dearborn St. 312-222-4369
Discover what chef Rick Bayless, Chicago cultural commissioner Michelle Boone, artist and playwright Tony Fitzpatrick and architect Jeanne Gang have to say about the Chicago arts scene at this Trib Nation discussion moderated by editor Bruce Dold and theater critic Chris Jones. 6 p.m. $20. Tickets: tribnation.com/events.
"La Ronde" Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-5252
This exploration of sex across class lines—which was banned in Vienna after premiering 110 years ago—kicks off Street Tempo Theatre's La Ronde Project, which includes three additional plays inspired by "La Ronde" in rotating repertory—David Hare's "The Blue Room," set in the present day (Thursday); Joe DiPietro's "[Bleep]ing Men," which explores modern American gay life (Friday); and "Improvised Musical La Ronde," in which audience suggestions fuel improv scenes inspired by the play (Saturday; $10). 8 p.m. $28. Tickets: stage773.com.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.