Night Light Lounge Spelling Bee, 2100 SE Clinton, Sun, registration 7-8 pm, bee begins at 8, free

Think you're a spelling whiz? Test your chops at the Night Light's monthly spelling bee. The winner receives a Night Light gift certificate—and the irreplaceable satisfaction of knowing that he or she is the only person at the bar who can correctly spell "vivisepulture." AH

Cider House Dinner, Bar Pastiche, Tues, 7 pm, $40 plus tip, 236-4760 for reservations

Bar Pastiche hosts a traditional Cider House dinner, a five-course meal including spicy chorizo and "very large steaks," and accompanied by all the sweet and potent cider you can drink. This dinner party has rules, though: Cider must be poured from two or three feet above the glass, plates are shared with the table, and, my personal favorite, loud group singing is always encouraged. AH

House Spirits Dinner, Fri, 7 pm, 235-1600 for more info

Local distillers at House Spirits, makers of Aviation Gin and Medoyeff Vodka, are joining forces with the catering wizards at Simpatica for an evening of food and cocktail pairings. Simpatica provides the grub House Spirits provide the booze, and you provide an appetite and a powerful thirst. AH