STUFF YOURSELF SILLY: If you don't have the time (or the cash) to try all of the new Chicago restaurants out there, hit up Metromix's "A Taste of New on the Scene" at Sam's Wine and Spirits in the South Loop. You'll get to sample dishes from hot new restos, which will be paired with wines and Grey Goose cocktails. Restaurants include Fontana Grill, The Meatloaf Bakery, Sugar Bliss Cupcakes and more. 5:30-8PM, $10.
MASTERS OF METAL: Metallica will play the Allstate Arena tonight and tomorrow in support of the indelible band's new album "Death Magnetic." Machine Head and The Sword will open. 7PM, $$59.50-$79.50.
GIVING BACK: Attend "An Evening for Tony HighHorse," a benefit for an Iraq war veteran (and cousin of Annoyance Theatre actor George McAuliffe), who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Chicago improv community talents will perform, including Mick Napier, Susan Messing, Andy St. Clair, Emily Wilson and McAuliffe. Raffle items include a walk-on role on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." All proceeds will help HighHorse travel to see friends and family. 7PM, $20, which includes two raffle tickets.