Celebrate Bastille Day with the Alliance Francaise tonight at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington), 5-9pm. Waiters real and imagined will compete in a 200 meter sprint while balancing a tray full of (plastic, thankfully) glasses at 5:30pm; entertainment, food and celebrating follows there until 9pm. Free.
Cyrano's Farm Kitchen (546 N Wells) hosts a Bastille Day dinner tonight with a cabaret show, featuring Claudia Hommel and Patricia Spaeth. The three-course meal is $30 (without tax and gratuity) and includes options such as pâté and rillete plate, vichyssoise, and traditional coq au vin. The cabaret show starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 312-467-0546 for reservations.
The Downtown Sound free concert series at 6:30pm in the Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. in Millennium Park, this week features Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali, with Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub opening. Seating begins at 5:30pm. Free.
Reading series Is This a Thing? tackles the topic "I Was Wrong" at its latest edition tonight at 7pm at O'Shaughnessy's, 4557 N. Ravenswood Ave. Readers include Mare Swallow, Elena Colas, Ines Bellina, Karen Genelly, Kirk Kicklighter, Kendra Stevens and Jill Howe. Suzy Kahn Weinberg hosts. Free