5 things to do today: Thursday, September 19
Hot Doug's: The Book and The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie Hot dogs and pie. Two beloved Chicago institutions (Hot Doug's and Hoosier Mama) specializing, respectively, in hot dogs and pie. Two books about said beloved institutions, presented as part of the same delicious event, accompanied by free samples of hot dogs and pie. If you don't like hot dogs or pie (i.e., happiness) steer clear of the Book Cellar this eve. More for us! The Book Cellar. 7pm.
Joffrey Ballet: Russian Masters Chicago's most prestigious ballet company pays tribute to Russia's most prestigious composers in this four-day run of "Russian Masters" celebrating the centennial of Vaslav Nijinsky's famously daring 1913 ballet, Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). Each show is a compilation of the big names in Russian classical music—Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky (you know the guys) and Khachaturian (Spartacus)—and includes choreography by Nijinsky, Yuri Possokhov and the legendary George Balanchine. Auditorium Theatre. 7:30pm. $31–$152.
Adler After Dark: Particle Party Join the Adler Planetarium the third Thursday of every month for nighttime shows and entertainment. Adler Planetarium. 6:30pm–10:30pm. $20, Members $15.
Fat Tony This Houston rapper is working tirelessly to make his dream come true. Since the release of his first album in 2010, entitled RABDARGAB, Fat Tony has collaborated with acts like Murs and A$AP Rocky. He'll come to town armed with tracks from his third full-length, Smart Ass Black Boy. Bottom Lounge. 9pm. $8.
Fashion, Bites and Cocktails at Tavernita Ryan Poli's restaurant has that "see-and-be-seen" vibe to it, so it's a no-brainer for the River North eatry to host a fashion event. The evening features fall fashions from Michael Kors and a sneak peek of Tavernita's new seasonal menu. The cocktail reception at 6pm is free, but guests are encouraged to make a dinner reservation during the 7pm fashion presentation, which includes a $30 tasting menu. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to win giveaways from the Michael Kors Lifestyle store. R.S.V.P. by calling Tavernita at 312-274-1111. Tavernita. 6pm.