Flights & Bites at Eataly's Birreria
FLIGHTS & BITES
Birreria at Eataly 43 E. Ohio St. 312-521-8700
The in-house brewpub helps you avoid commitment issues with a daily trio sampler including Gina pale ale paired with fried shitake mushrooms; a Belgian-style, peppercorn-infused Sophia served with fried shishito peppers; and a beer-and-apricot-braised pork shoulder panino paired with Flip ale, which features notes of green cardamom and ginger. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. $16.
HOPPED UP BROADS BEER SCHOOL
Sheffield's 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-281-1350
Sip two hosted drafts with brew-loving ladies Bri Milka and Hattie Young, who lead a Beer 101 class for men and women featuring education on craft beer basics, tastings and take-home brewery swag. 8-9 p.m. $25.
Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont Ave. 773-975-8150
Chicago actor Nate Santana leads a cast of 15 in the opening night of Griffin Theatre Company's revival of this Tony Award-nominated drama by Clifford Odets ("Waiting for Lefty") in which a gifted young violinist abandons a classical music career to chase his dream of becoming a prize fighter. 7 p.m. $33; $28 for students. Tickets: theaterwit.org
(Free!) RICHARD BLANCO
DePaul Art Museum 935 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-325-7316
Attend a reception (5-6 p.m.), reading and discussion with the Cuban-American poet, public speaker, author and civil engineer who holds the distinctions of being not only the featured poet at Barack Obama's second inauguration but also the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the youngest person to serve as the U.S. inaugural poet. 5-7:30 p.m.
SOCHI: THREE SHORT PLAYS ABOUT GAY ATHLETES AND THE OLYMPICS
Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St. 800-838-3006
See staged readings of two world premieres and one Chicago premiere which explore coming of age during the 1988 Olympics, the inner turmoil of an injured athlete and an Olympic skater's struggles to reconcile his dreams with his politics. 6:30 p.m. $10; $5 for students. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/571883.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
General admission tickets to Baconfest—April 25-26 at UIC Forum—go on sale at noon Monday: baconfestchicago.com