Shani Davis Watch Party
5:30 p.m. at ESPN Zone
No, you won't just be sitting and staring at the South Side native and speed-skating champ (and inspiration for Frozone from "The Incredibles," apparently). You'll be cheering him on with friends and family as he goes for his second straight gold medal in the 1,000-meter race (which begins at 6 p.m.). Davis' former coach, Sanders "Sam" Hicks will be there, as will Jim Nubani, coach of Evanston Speed Skating Club (where Davis began his career as a six year old).
"Revolving Door" Reading Series
7-10 p.m. at Red Kiva; no cover
The West Loop lounge kicks off its new monthly event (which will take place on the third Wednesday of every month) with an evening of poetry readings from Luis Humberto, Sid Yiddish, Allison Gruber and Debra Pecore, an open mic session and music spun by DJ Bornswift. The first installment includes a silent auction benefiting earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. at Smoke Daddy; $22.95
What's to explain? Stop into this Wicker Park favorite for a plate or three of your choice of ribs (baby back, spare ribs or rib tips) plus fries and choice of a second side (sweet potato fries, smoked pit beans, coleslaw, cornbread, homemade barbecue chips, mac 'n' cheese, veggies). Your heart will quit before the waiters do.