Catch Pitchfork-lauded Australian musician Courtney Barnett at Empty… (Courtesy of Requiem Media )
(Free!) Grand Opening
SideDoor Rush and Ontario streets 312-787-6768
Slide in the Rush Street side door of the historic McCormick Mansion for a bash at this American-style gastropub featuring live jazz and complimentary appetizers and libations such as salmon gravlax rillettes cured with gin and citrus; lamb "cigars" with root vegetables and goat cheese; and mini-pastrami sandwiches with rarebit and giardiniera on pretzel rolls. 5-7 p.m.
'Sex and the City' Trivia
Benchmark 1510 N. Wells St. 312-649-9640
Grab your friends—and a $5 Grey Goose or Bacardi cocktail and a $6 pizza—and get cozy with Brain Sportz trivia for quizzes about the iconic TV show where you could win cash prizes including the $200 Mr. Big, the $100 Carrie or the $50 Abso-[bleep]ing-lutely. 8 p.m. No cover.
(Free!) B-Real Two-On-Two Breakin' Battle
Stage Two, Columbia College Chicago 618 S. Michigan Ave. 312-369-8341
See short performances by featured artists Compagnie Kafig and Moncell Durden; then, 20 teams of two breakdancers compete to beats by DJs Illanoiz and Shon Roka for a $300 cash prize. B-boy BraveMonk of the Phaze II Crosstown Crew hosts. Want to compete? Register your duo at email@example.com. 6-11 p.m.
Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600
The Australian singer-guitarist and songwriter—whose music has been included in Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of 2013 and Pitchfork's Best of 2013 album list—kicks off a U.S. tour in Chicago. Online tickets are sold out but a limited number are available at 8:30 p.m. at the door. 9 p.m. $10.
Story Club South Side: The Short Month
Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219-21 S. Morgan St. 773-837-0145
In honor of the–thankfully—brief month that is February, six featured writers—including You're Being Ridiculous founder-host Jeremy Owens, Knife & Fork Theatre founder Dani Bryant and The Second City's Joe Janes—share humorous and dramatic tales in four minutes or less. Sign up for eight-minute open mic spots. 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.