Celebrate the Year of the Tiger

Plus two different types of open mics

By Marcus Riley
|  Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010  |  Updated 2:46 PM CDT
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Celebrate the Year of the Tiger

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GET READY TO ROAR: The Year of the Tiger only comes around every 12 years, so Trader Vic's is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a bang, offering Tiger-branded items such as Tiger chopsticks, Tea Lights and Sake Cups. Specially-priced menu items include Peking Duck, Tiger Szechwan Prawns and more importantly, $2 Tiger beers. 1030 N State St, 312.642.6500

MONDAY NIGHT LIVE: Give your ears a break from ordinary karaoke. Every Monday night, jazz vocalist Denise McGowan and her sidekick Becky Menzie host an open mic for cabaret singers at Petterino's. Expect to see some pros in the house, but amateurs are encouraged to bring some sheet music and get down on the mic. Case of stage fright? Try their theatre-inspired cocktails or nibble on the small-bites menu. 7 p.m., 150 N. Dearborn St., 312-422-0150

MIXTAPE MONDAYS: Head to the North Side for a different type of open mix at Exedus II. This set is for wannabe rappers and soul/r&b singers. Two winners are chosen by the audience and collect cold, hard cash. After the performances end, it's a straight up dance party. 9 p.m., 3477 N. Clark St. 773-348-3998 $5

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