Tonight: Another Excuse to Drink Beer

Plus, Spanish wines and West Town pigeons

By Marcus Riley
|  Tuesday, May 18, 2010  |  Updated 12:02 AM CDT
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Mmmmmm BEER: The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild kicks off the 1st AnnualChicago Craft Beer Week, a city-wide celebration of the art of craft brewing. Chicagoland beer lovers can sample the best ales, lagers and specialty beers made by artisanal brewers from across the nation and around the world. Tonight's the kickoff party at the Map Room. 8 p.m., 1949 N. Hoyne Ave., 773-252-7636

SPANISH HIGH: Explore the Wines of Spain at DOC Wine Bar. Try varietals from all over Spain, including Cava, Verdejo, Albarino, Tempranillo, Syrah and more. $20 includes plenty of passed appetizers. 7 p.m., 2602 North Clark St, (773) 883-5101

STAGED LAUGHS: No group is spared in "The Pigeons," a stage play about a real estate farce set in Chicago's diverse, rapidly-gentrifying West Town neighborhood. The satirical story seeks to answer whether anybody -- artists, yuppies, pigeons, or otherwise -- escape gentrification. 8 p.m., Swim Cafe, 1357 W. Chicago Ave., $10

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