Manhattan Mixing Lessons

Mix a proper martini, sip vino on a rooftop and see Modest Mouse


MANHATTANS: Mix master Brandon Starck shows you how to shake it like a pro at a martini dinner tonight at Saloon Steakhouse. The five-course feast will feature such dishes as candied bacon and citrus-glazed pork belly with bing cherry compote served with a sweet Manhattan, which you'll learn how to make, so go easy on the sauce. 7 p.m., $55
200 E. Chestnut St., at Mies van der Rohe Pkwy.; Gold Coast; 312-280-5454

WINE AND POKER: Hit up Citizen Bar's sprawling River North rooftop for an informal wine tasting tonight. On the roster are red, white and rose wines, along with a variety of food pairings from Citizen's upscale pub grub menu. After the juice, stay on for owner (and pro poker player) Jimmy D's weekly Poker School session. 5-7 p.m. $10
364 W. Erie St., at Sedgwick; River North; 312-640-1156

OF MICE AND MEN: Thinking man's jam band Modest Mouse will be in the house at the Aragon Ballroom tonight as the boys from Washington State tour in support of a new EP consisting of new and old releases, so expect an exciting, career-spanning show. "Campfire punk" outfit The Duchess and the Duke open. 6:30 p.m., $29.25
1106 W. Lawrence Ave., at Broadway; Uptown; 773-561-9500

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