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Chili and Tequila Festival
Zapatista 1307 S. Wabash Ave. 312-435-1307
The pepper takes the stage during this week-long celebration of all things Mexican with a special menu featuring chilis relleno de mariscos (fire-roasted poblano pepper with shrimp, salmon, tilapia and scallops; $17) and more plus six spicy margaritas ($12-$13) including fresh honeydew-basil with a splash of habanero-serrano pepper juice. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Through Sunday.
"The O.C." Trivia Night
Bull & Bear 431 N. Wells St. 312-527-5973
Gear up for the 10th anniversary of the California-based teen drama—and discuss the buzz about a reunion show—over $25 sangria pitchers, $15 Peroni buckets and $6 call cocktails and snacks from the new Brain Food menu. During two editions of trivia, your factoid prowess could win you $250 cash. 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. No cover.
Enoversity: California Dream
Eno Fairmont Chicago 200 N. Columbus Drive 312-946-8953
Learn about the history of California wines and the types of chocolate and cheese pairings that can enhance your enjoyment of them during this class, which features tastings of six varieties including Lapis Luna cabernet, Barra zinfandel and Kunin Pape Star, a Rhone region red blend. 6 p.m. $30. Phone RSVP required.
Story Club South Side
Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S. Morgan St. 773-837-0145
"Duets" is September's theme at this monthly BYOB show where tag-team storytellers Ellen Lekostaj and Katie Prout, Sarah Hollenbeck and Andrew Marikis; and That's All She Wrote co-producers J.H. Palmer and Angela Benander pair up to regale you with true tales. Bring your own eight-minute tale—alone or with a partner—for the open mic. 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
(Free!) Tai Chi Tuesday
The Langham 330 N. Wabash Ave. 312-923-9988
Start your day with an outdoor class geared toward meditation through slow movement led by A Mind and Body Total Fitness founder Alex Vasileski in the plaza outside the new River North hotel. 8 a.m. Repeats Sept. 24.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.