GIRLS WHO ARE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS TO BE GIRLS: Drag queens are kind of like poetry—anyone can do it, but not everyone can do it well. Hopefully the ladies participating in Night of 100 Drag Queens at Sidetrack aren’t your typical small-town college students who explode into giant gay A-bombs when they reach the big city. Proceeds benefit the non-profit advocacy group Equality Illinois. 3349 N. Halsted St.; Lakeview. 7 p.m. $25 for VIP reception. $15 for general admission. 21 and older.
LOCAL 'GENIUS': Chicago-resident and MacArthur “genius” Aleksandar Hemon discusses his latest novel, “Love And Obstacles,” at Loyola University’s Crown Center Auditorium. Hemon will also most likely talk about last year’s hit “The Lazarus Project,” which placed Hemon as a finalist for a National Book Award. 1032 W. Sheridan Road. 6 p.m. Free.
LIST OF DEMANDS: Poet/singer/activist Saul Williams stops by the Double Door in support of his latest album, “NGH WHT—The Dead Emcee Scrolls,” which Williams worked on with The Arditti String Quartet. Openers include Hollywood Holt and Krak Attack. 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.; Wicker Park. $20. 21 and older.