1) Getaway to the tropics with a trip to Brillobox for Tropical Tuesdays. There you’ll feel the trade winds (air conditioner) soothe your overdue vacation bones. Here’s a sampling of their specials $3 select craft cans, $4 frozen drinks, $10 California bubble bath, $10 Eva Peron, $7 Fernet con cola, and $6 Coronita Margaveza. You can also sop up the island drinks with $7 pineapple soy-glazed chicken or tofu skewers served with Caribbean sweet potato salad. Shoes and shirt required. 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield.
2) The summer season is almost over and if you want some great grilled meat and chicken without the fuss, we have a place for you. Union Pig & Chicken Chef Kevin Sousa’s barbecue and fried chicken restaurant and bar is serving up some delicious, tender beef brisket along with ribs, chicken, mac and cheese, greens…and whoopie pies. Specials daily at 5 p.m. The East Liberty hot spot is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. ’til 1 a.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (for a hearty chicken and waffles brunch) and 3 – 9 p.m., for regular service. Their second floor counterpart–Harvard and Highland–is open for cocktails until 1 a.m. weekdays, 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday. Check your watch, sure, but once you’re in either domain “all food and beverages all the time” makes it easier. 220 N. Highland Ave.
3) Escape to an ancient world at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where “Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” is currently on display. Showcasing 7,000 years of largely undiscovered cultural history from the Arabian Peninsula, this exhibit reveals a variety of prehistoric artifacts (including an impressive assembly of 200 recently excavated items) along with a wealth of information from a sparsely explored time and place. One of only five North American venues hosting this exhibit, so take advantage of this unique and breathtaking cultural crossroad. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.
4) Kinetic and Stranger Convention team up for a show tonight at Club Cafe. Kinetic plays an energetic combo of West African rhythms, R & B and jazz, while Stranger Convention makes its mark as a nujazz quintet. 8:30 p.m. 56-58 S. 12th St., South Side.