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  • Ryan Burk, head cider maker at Virtue Cider in Fennville, Mich., checks the progress among the fermentation tanks. Virtue Cider pours The Mitten barrel-aged cider at Barrelhouse Flat on Monday.
Ryan Burk, head cider maker at Virtue Cider in Fennville, Mich., checks… (Eva Deitch )
January 17, 2014|By Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

The Dinner Party

City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St. 312-733-9463

Get your gourmet on as Everest chef-proprietor Jean Joho provides escargot risotto and roasted sturgeon and host Elysabeth Alfano leads a discussion with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper, Tributosaurus vocalist-keyboardist Chris Neville and rapper Dessa. Admission also includes wine and Vosges chocolate. 7 p.m. $40. RSVP: citywinery.com/chicago

DRINK

Virtue Cider Mitten Night

The Barrelhouse Flat 2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421

The cider maker hosts a winter clothing drive and cocktail competition in which 14 local bartenders—including Bangers & Lace's Cristiana DeLucca and The Violet Hour's Patrick Smith—create variations of the 18th Century-era Stone Fence cocktail with Virtue Cider's barrel-aged The Mitten as a key ingredient. Sip $9 cider-based cocktails including the Geneva Julep, The Big Apple and the Stone Fence. 7-9 p.m. No cover.

DO

MLK African Dance Master Class

Joffrey Tower 10 E. Randolph St., fourth floor 312-784-4600

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., instructor Andrea Vinson leads an introductory class suitable for all levels of experience where you learn a variety of traditional African dance steps with live drumming accompaniment. Noon-1 p.m. $15; $10 for students. RSVP: reception@joffrey.org

(Free!) Essay Fiesta

The Book Cellar 4736 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-293-2665

Hosts Karen Shimmin and Willy Nast warm up your Monday night with true tales from author Jeff Miller ("The Nerdy Dozen #1"), actress Tania Richard, comedian Amy Sumpter and local writers Ellen Blum Barish and Troy Nee. 7 p.m.

Today Was A…Good Day

Door No. 3 at Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160

The day that hip-hop researchers speculate Ice Cube was rapping about in his 1993 song "It Was a Good Day" is January 20, 1992, and you can celebrate its 22nd anniversary with West Coast soul, gangster rap and g-funk, plus activities from Ice Cube's "good day" including dominoes, mini-basketball, "Yo! MTV Raps" screenings and more. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

Get your smartest friends together for trivia night with our guide to bar trivia: redeyechicago.com/trivia

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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