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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
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.
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: email@example.com
(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.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.