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By Tankboy in Miscellaneous on Mar 3, 2008 5:23PM

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Pat McCurdy is one of those people who have been around forever. Seriously. Literally forever. His everyman songs appeal to a wide swathe of the population, which would explain his loooong-running Monday night residency at Beat Kitchen. He's sort of like a cross between Robbie Fulks and Jimmy Buffet, if you can imagine that.

2100 W Belmont, 10 p.m., 21+, $6

Do you like the Blackhawks? Do you like the vino? In that case the public tasting of the new NHL Alumni Signature Wine Series presented by former Blackhawks Bobby Hull and Tony Esposito at Binny's tonight. Apparently Hull is a chardonnay and Esposito’s is a cabernet sauvignon. Who knew?

1132 S Jefferson, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., 21+

Twilight Tales, the weekly open mic for both poets and prose writers, jumps temporarily to Mix tonight. get there early to get on the list if you want to read, although keep in mind that poets only get 10 minutes (um, only?) while prose writers get 20. Their website warns these limits are strictly enforced, so we're hoping someone goes over their alloted time so we can see that big curled cane reach for them from the side of the stage.

2843 N Halsted, 7:30 p.m., free, 21+

Double Door's Dirt Room, the area most folks call the basement, has been gearing up on Sundays and Mondays with some pretty excellent off-the-beaten-path DJ nights. Drinks are cheap, the vibe is laid-back, and the people are pretty ... not a bad way to kick off the week. Tonight L.A. Wonder and Rebel! Rebel! spin 45s from the '60s and '70s so get downstairs and get down with them.

1572 N Milwaukee (enter on Milwaukee to access the Dirt Room), 9 p.m., 21+, $2