Bites & benders
THURSDAY 10 Today’s your last chance to see The Price of Sugar, a doc about the slavelike sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic. Father Christopher Hartley, a Spanish priest, travels to the island to motivate laborers to take a stand against the rich sugar barons who force them to work in inhumane conditions for almost no compensation. $9. 6:15 and 8pm. Gene Siskel Film Center. 164 N State St between Randolph St and Couch Pl (312-846-2600).
SUNDAY 13 Brave the frigid temps with a pack of dedicated bicyclists on the 65-mile roundtrip Three Floyds Brewery Beer Run. Originally conceived by former TOC comedy and sports editor Mark Sinclair, who passed away in April 2006, the ride starts at Daley Plaza and continues, with a short midway break, to the Munster, Indiana, brewery. If you’re sporting a warm beer coat, the ride home’s not so bad. Free. 10am. 50 W Washington St between Dearborn and Clark Sts.
EARLY WARNING Register now for the limited-capacity Spanish Language Survival Course running from January 26 through March 1. Hosted at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, the weekly class covers basic communication, restaurant vocab and cultural customs. In addition, chef Tim Cottini will serve food and wine from a different region of Spain each week. $250. 11am–1pm. 2024 N Halsted St between Armitage and Dickens Aves (773-935-5000).