West Coast mahi mahi tacos at Nacional 27 (Anjali M. Pinto )
$20.14 Prix Fixe
Nacional 27 325 W. Huron St. 312-664-2727
Add some spice to the new year with guacamole, salsa and chips, a tapas tasting sampler and your choice of mahi-mahi tacos, chicken enchiladas suizas or Latin skirt steak for your entree. Complimentary salsa dancing lessons start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, too. 5-9:30 p.m. $20.14. Through Jan. 30.
National Soup Month
Luxbar 18 E. Bellevue Place 312-642-3400
Warm up with the Gold Coast spot's signature steak and black bean chili ($6 per cup; $8 per bowl). For $2 more, customize it with a five-way garnish of macaroni, cheddar, onions, jalapenos and sour cream. 11 a.m.-midnight. Through Jan. 31.
New Year After Party
Alhambra Palace Restaurant 1240 W. Randolph St. 312-666-9555
Keep the holidays going with $6 red and white sangrias, a complimentary buffet and a 60-minute salsa lesson with Amy Tsai of Latin Rhythms Studios. Then, show off your new moves during two sets by the Humboldt Park Orchestra and music by DJs Prieto, Alberto Escandalo and Edgar Marroquin. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $10-$15. Tickets: wanttickets.com/events/showevent.aspx?eventId=146436
Story Club: Not This Again
Holiday Club 4000 N. Sheridan Road 773-348-9600
Local writer Will Hindmarch hosts tales about vicious circles, obnoxious addictions and other "enough is enough" situations from New York Times contributor Alan Neff, The Moth GrandSlam champion Stephanie Douglass and Chicago writer Jenna Morgan—and perhaps you? Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m. for three eight-minute open mic slots. 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation.
Young Playwrights Festival
National Pastime Theater 941 W. Lawrence Ave. 773-878-8864
See three new short plays by Chicago Public Schools students Alexus Williams, Lauren Trifunovich and Clare McKitterick—winners chosen from 700 submissions in Pegasus Players' 27th annual contest—about misunderstood fairy tale characters reluctantly participating in group therapy, a fashionista who learns a lesson at a nursing home and a diner waitress' encounter with a mysterious stranger. 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 26. $25; $15 for students. Tickets: tinyurl.com/ovationtix-pegasusypf
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.