Essie Linzy competes at last year's Louder Than A Bomb festival. (Sebastian Lama )
Tacos Tequilas 2919 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-278-9901
The new BYOB spot in Avondale—the "Tequilas" part of the name refers to a city in Jalisco, Mexico—gets your taste buds over the Wednesday hump with its $7.95 Lindo burrito made with black beans, cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream and your choice of a chicken, steak, veggie or pork filling. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Drinks & Design
Arcelor Mittal Design Studio, Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S. Michigan Ave. 312-922-3432
Mingle with other professionals over hosted cocktails and create skyscrapers in teams using Lego materials. Then, experts from the Council of Tall Buildings, Urban Habitat and architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill discuss the principles behind what constitutes a "tall building." 6-8 p.m. $20. Tickets: architecture.org
'Disaster! Chicago's Worst Theatre Company'
The Public House Theatre 3914 N. Clark St. 800-650-6449
The first act of this comedic play by local writers Greg Guiliano and Ben Vigeant follows the behind-the-scenes struggles of the fictitious Layte Nyght Players. In Act Two, they earnestly attempt to perform a truly terrible play as everything—scenery, speakers, actors' cues—goes horribly awry. 8 p.m. $10. Tickets: pubhousetheatre.com
The Call 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. 773-334-2525
This fundraiser for two male dancers from India who recently received U.S. asylum features performances from Bollywood dancer Sister Mohini, beatboxer Justin Zullo, actor-writer Misty DeBerry, drag artist LaWhore Vagistan and showtunes singer Sarah Beth Tanner, plus the two dancers from India. 7-9 p.m. Donations accepted.
Louder Than a Bomb
Multiple locations 773-486-4331
Young Chicago Authors kicks off its annual poetry explosion with performances by more than 750 students from 100 Chicagoland high schools on three stages concurrently. Preliminary rounds run daily through March 1. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $6; $3 for students. Tickets: youngchicagoauthors.org
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
James Franco's Chicago Humanities Festival poetry reading is sold out, but look for him—and Leighton Meester—around town. They're rehearsing a Broadway play with Steppenwolf director Anna D. Shapiro.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.