Local writer Samantha Irby reads from her new book, "Meaty,"…
Dusek's 1227 W. 18th St. 312-526-3851
The new restaurant in Pilsen's historic Thalia Hall—named in honor of the hall's founder, John Dusek—offers a one-night-only pairing of a special 5 Rabbit honey- and sage-infused beer served with a roasted duck breast, pumpkin-sage risotto, Asian pear relish and chestnut sauce. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $24.
(Free!) First Anniversary Barbecue
Local Root 601 N. McClurg Court 312-643-1145
The Streeterville spot known for organic and locally sourced fare fires up its patio grill for a birthday barbecue featuring complimentary grass-fed beef burgers, jumbo hot dogs and free-range barbecue pork ribs. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
New Fall Cocktails
Freestyle Food & Drink 660 N. State St. 312-202-6050
Sip your way into fall with a Pumpkinrita ($11), Apple Pie bourbon (bourbon infused with apples, cinnamon, vanilla bean; $12) or a bloody mary flight ($14) featuring three six-ounce varieties: Spicy (jalapeno-infused vodka with cheese-stuffed pepper garnish), BBQ (Smoke Daddy mix and bacon-pineapple garnish) and Asian (soy, wasabi, lemon with veggie roll garnish). 6:30-11 p.m.
Asian Comedy Night
Zanies 1548 N. Wells St. 312-337-4027
Nothing is sacred during this night of scenes and jokes as improv troupe Stir Friday Night and stand-up comics Jim Choy, Khaleel The Comedian, Leah Eva, Prateek Srivastava, Nigel Eng and Mark Nabong shine the spoof spotlight on Asians, non-Asians and life in America. 8:30 p.m. $10-$15 plus a two-drink minimum.
RUI: Reading Under The Influence
Sheffield's 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-281-4989
Grab a beer and settle in as the long-running series presents tales and trivia—with book prizes—from four local indie publisher Curbside Splendor authors: Chris Terry ("Zero Fade"), Samantha Irby ("Meaty"), Windy City Story Slam founder Bill Hillmann ("The Old Neighborhood") and poet Daniela Olszewska ("Citizen J"). 7:30 p.m. $3.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
The Doughnut Vault food truck is rolling. Check their Twitter feed—@vaultvan_g—for locations.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.