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  • The Destihl booth at Beer Hoptacular 2012
The Destihl booth at Beer Hoptacular 2012 (Courtesy of BeerHoptacular )
November 08, 2013|By Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

New Menu

West Town Bakery & Diner 1916 W. Chicago Ave. 773-904-1414

Chefs Chris Curren and Chris Teixeira debut an overhauled menu with all-day breakfast and lunch options including a shaved brussels sprouts salad with crispy kale, bacon, pine nuts, parmesan, berries and vinaigrette ($8) and a Chicago Stockyards omelet with country ham, pork belly, mushrooms and cheddar ($12). Bonus: Substitute duck eggs in any egg dish for $2 more or twice-baked tofu for free. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday (counter open until 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 9 p.m. Sunday).

POP-UP TABLE HOP & TASTE

The Merchandise Mart 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, eighth floor 312-644-6412

Stroll through tablescape installations created by artists and interior designers while you sample bites from Nick's Fishmarket, Saigon Sisters and a dozen more Chicago restaurants with La Crema wines and Patron tequila cocktails as part of the annual Dining by Design weekend of events produced by HIV/AIDS charitable organization DIFFA Chicago. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. $40-$50. Tickets: diffachicago.org

DRINK

30th Anniversary: Drag Matinee

Berlin 954 W. Belmont Ave. 773-348-4975

Chicago entertainer Trannika Rex and Heather Chadwell of "Rock of Love" co-host a celebratory revival of the club's 1980s Drag Race show featuring performances by Anastasia Santana with Ivory, Valentine, Debbie Fox, Dida Ritz and Ruby Dee plus $3 Berlin Bombs and $5.50 Sailor Jerry rum and Little Black Dress vodka cocktails. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday. $7.

The Mustache Bash

State Restaurant 935 W. Webster Ave. 773-975-8030

A small donation makes a big difference at this Chicago Sport & Social Club and Chicago Twenty Something Movember benefit for Imerman Angels cancer support group where admission includes a drink ticket, a complimentary mustache, raffle ticket, half-price appetizers and drink specials such as $4 Coors Light drafts, $5 Absolut vodka and Malibu rum cocktails and $6 Jameson whiskey drinks. 8 p.m.-midnight. Saturday. $5 donation.

BeerHoptacular

Lacuna Artist Lofts 2150 S. Canalport Ave.

Choose between three sessions at the fourth annual brew shindig featuring 150 varieties from 60 producers. Admission includes 30 samples of your choice, a souvenir glass, a home-brewing competition, beer-inspired art installations and more. 6 p.m. Friday. 12:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday. $45-$80. Tickets: beerhoptacular.com

DO

Global Rhythms 9: Che Malambo

Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport Ave. 773-935-6875

The 14-man Argentinean percussive dance troupe makes its North American debut with folkloric gaucho dances and live musical accompaniment as part of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's ninth annual festival. Local opening acts include the Mexican Dance Ensemble (Friday) and Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater (Saturday). 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $15-$47. Tickets: chicagotap.org

Vote Naked!

Hydrate 3458 N. Halsted St. 773-975-9244

"America's Got Talent" competitor Branden James performs at The Menz Room barber salon's benefit for Equality Illinois with a runway show featuring the latest fall hairstyles plus outerwear—and underwear—from Cram Fashions. Drag entertainer Khloe Dai and stylist Christian Meng host the festivities, which also include a hosted bar (8-9 p.m.), raffles and a live auction for the underwear of the evening's five top models. 8-10 p.m. Friday. $10 donation.

"Hellcab"

The Main Stage, Profiles Theatre 4139 N. Broadway 773-549-1815

Local actor Paul Dillon returns to the role he originated in 1992—as part of a cast of 34—in Will Kerns' iconic Chicago dramedy about a cab driver's experiences with an eclectic array of passengers during an 18-hour Christmas Eve shift. 8 p.m. Friday; 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $20. Tickets: profilestheatre.org

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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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