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Billy shares his pick for some fun events in the city this week.
AlphaBeer VII: The Chicago Edition, Jan. 21 at 5:00pm, Blue Frog's Local 22, $40-$50
Details: The only event that teaches you about 26 different beers, one for each letter, focusing on craft beers of the Windy City and surrounding areas. The tour of tastings led by an expert in fine beer.
WIN TICKETS TO ALPHABEER VII HERE: http://woobox.com/bd7biw
The 4th Annual Winter Block Party for Chicago's Hip-Hop Arts, Jan. 21st at 12pm, Metro, FREE?Details: An all day free event sponsored by WBEZ 91.5 FM featuring a street art and graffiti gallery, a film screening, a literary event, breakdancing exhibitions, the Emcee Olympics, the Hip-Hop Barbershop, live painting by Ruben Aguirre, music all afternoon by some of Chicago's best DJs, and more.
Complete Beatles, Saturday Jan. 21 at 3:00pm, Myron R Szold Music & Dance Hall, 4545 N Lincoln Ave. Free Suggested $10 donation
Details: A 2-Day marathon performance of nearly every Beatles song inviting people to come an join the performance by singing and playing along, part of the 55 day Old Town School of Folk Music Grand Opening Celebrations.
Bridal Expo - New Year 2012!, Jan. 22 at 12pm, The Hilton Rosemont, FREE
Details: Bridal Sampler Wedding Expo including great exhibits, tastings, fashion shows, and prize giveaways. First 100 brides get a complimentary champagne basket.
Reina Modern Belly Dance Class, Jan. 23 at 7:30, Dance Spa, $15
Details: Reina Belly Dance is a beginner course that focuses on the diverse oriental dance technique that will help you build core strength and leave you feeling incredibly sexy. Drop in for a class for $15 or sign up for the 8 class course for $100.
Green City Market, Jan. 21 at 8am, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Details: Green City Market kicks off their winter season this Saturday and is hosting a Superbowl Chili Cookoff contest!
Brew Ho! Ho!, Jan. 21 at 2pm, RSVP for event location, $20
Details: Chef Won Kim and crew help to expose you to home brewing! Brew Ho Ho features 8 home brewers that you can enjoy with edible treats. Enjoy 10 beer samples, 5 treat tickets, and a sample of Angel's Envy Bourbon at this event.
Entrepreneurs Unpluggd - January 2012, Jan. 24th 6pm - 9pm Adventure Stage Chicago, $20-$30
Details: Jason Fried, Co-Founder & CEO of 37signals, Shawn Riegsecker Founder & President of Centro, and Talia Mashiach, CEO & Founder of Eved share their stories and experiences offering takeaways and actionable advice to help scale startups.
Soul by the Pound Launch Event, Jan. 19 at 7pm, The Living Room Lounge, $10-20
Details: "Come get motivated, and empowered to live a healthier lifestyle" is the headline for this event that will consist of makeup, massages, conversations, cocktails (low caloric of course) and much much more!
Winter School Counselor Social, Jan. 19 at 4:30pm, Simone's, FREE
Details: Courtesy of the CICO and ISCA Elementary and High School teachers have a chance to connect with colleagues, receive information about contract negotiations within the profession and advocate for positions in the school system over light refreshments.
BCB VIP Exclusive Strictly Shopping, Jan. 19 at 7pm, Twinkle Twinkle Little One, FREE
Details: Bump Club and Beyond, the first and only social event company for moms and moms to be will be sponsoring a discounted shopping night with 20% off of all in store items at Twinkle Twinkle Little One. BCB events include gift bags and big ticket giveaways as well.
Meet The Gurus's Signature Dinner Series Chicago, Jan. 19 at 6pm, City Point Loft, $55-$75
Details: Special dinner event designed for networking with the PR industry's top leaders, offering their advice and experiences in several aspects of PR including trade publications and shows, top event planners, and caterers, editors, bloggers, and more.
ItaliAsia Complimentary Cooking Demo Series, Jan. 19 at 6pm, Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza 350 W Mart Ctr Dr, Free
Details: ItaliAsia is kicking off there new monthly cooking demos scheduled to take place on the third Thursday of each month, starting with a session focusing on the art of preparing pasta at home.
Erwin Helfer's Boogie Blues Birthday Benefit, Friday Jan. 20th 8:00pm, Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church $10
Details: Erwin Helfer, the master of the blues and boogie pianist celebrates his 76th birthday with the Boogie Blues Birthday Bash Benefit at the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church where he will be joined by other rockin blues musicians. All proceeds will benefit Lincoln Park Village musicians.
To Tree, Jan. 20 - Jan 29 at 8pm/3pm, Heartland Studio, $10-$20
Details: Charming play about two former buddies that become closer when one, Peter, decides to carry out his existence as a tree. Peter is forced to reexamine everything he thought he knew about biology, relationships, and the nature of humanity. Starts at 8pm Thurs-Sat., 3pm Sundays
Unfolding Space: An Architecture of Moments, Friday Jan. 20 at 6:00pm, Floating World Gallery, Free?
Details: Opening reception for Unfolding Space at the Japanese art Floating World Gallery, Koval Distillery will be on hand providing tastings of their fine spirits.
2012: Your Year of I & Beauty Impeccable Style, Jan. 21-22 at 12pm (21st) & 3pm (22nd), Image Makers Studio, $35-$45
Details: Hosted by A-Line Style Services founder Tamika Martell- Price and Celeb Personal Shopper and Makeup Artist Niehla O, a two day event concentrating wardrobe and makeup workshops and shopping consultations which include sale prices, all over complimentary hors doeuvres and wine.
Vintage Blue Strike The Mics CD Release Show with Ty Stone and Elisa Grace, Jun. 21 at 8pm, Subterranean, $15
Details: CD Included at this Vintage Blue - Strike The Mics CD Release - Show with Ty Stone and Elisa Grace
Wedding Tips, Tricks, and Trends of 2012, Jan. 21 at 1pm, A Perfect Event 3050 N Lincoln, Free
Details: Celebrity event planner Debbi Lilly shares all of her tips and DIY tricks to help plan the perfect wedding in 2012.
Jess Godwin All Ages Video Release Party, Jan. 21 at 7:30pm, The Mayne Stage, $10
Details: Join Jess Godwin and her band for their music video release party for "Out with the Old". Lauren Wolf and Bloco Maximo are a few of the special appearance guests.
Industry Standard Natural Hair & Beauty Fashion Show, Jan. 22 at 6pm, 600 W. Cermak, $20
Details: The Monroe Sisters and Beautifulbrwnbabydol present a fashion show including live performances, food and bar, and sponsored giveaways, showcasing Chicago's hottest natural hair looks, clothing designers, models, makeup artists, bloggers, dancers, and music artists, hosted by Real T@lk
Planetary Defense Force: The Conquest of the Moon, Jan. 23 at 8pm, Links Hall, $8-$10
Details: Interactive improvised action-adventure game show presented by Andy North. The audience acts as a team to battle an evil force that is trying to steal the moon. Audience interaction directly correlates to the outcome. Will you help save the moon?
Funny Ha-Ha, Jan. 23 7pm, Hideout, $5 suggested donation
Details: Comedy reading hosted by Claire Zulkey featuring Chicago Magazine's Scott Smith, Chicagoists Kim Bellware, Short Films by a Somewhat Tall Person and many more. Performance is from 7pm-8:30. $5 suggested donation at the door will benefit the Neighborhood Writing Alliance.
Geja's Cafe 32nd Annual Champagne Festival, Jan. 24- Jan. 29, Geja's Cafe
Details: Geja's Cafe will be featuring the champagnes of Nicolas Feuillatte. Bottles range from $50-$200 but you can receive a 32% off discount on the products every Tuesday. The cafe has live flamenco and classical guitarists serenade diners on weekends.
United Athletes Foundation Financial Literacy Workshop with NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, Jan. 24th at 7:00pm, Chicago State University, Free
Details: Legendary Jim Brown along with other professional athletes host a panel discussion on financial literacy for all income levels in order to increase awareness of the subject.
39th Anniversary Celebration of Roe Vs Wade, Tuesday, Jan. 24th 5:30pm, Carnivale Restaurant, $39-$390
Details: A Planned Parenthood Illinois Action benefit celebrating the 39th anniversary of the landmark supreme court decision that legalized abortion. Cocktails, food, music with VIP reception as well.
Website: http://www.ppaction.org/site/Calendar?id=101892&view=Detail http://charityhappenings.org/39th_anniversary_celebration_of_roe_v_wade.html
Trib U: Writing Your Own Personal Story Wednesday, Jan. 25th at 6:00pm, Tribune Tower, $50
Details: Chicago Tribune Columnist Mary Schmich and Dawn Turner Trice lead a 2- hr seminar guiding others in writing their personal story. Light refreshments served.
Prison, Jan. 25- Feb 4, Roosevelt University Gage Gallery
Details: Photographs taken by Lloyd DeGrane of the full incarceration journey from Cook County Jail through the Joliet Receiving Center and ending at the maximum-security Stateville Prison. DeGrane captures the human side of life behind bars.
Vino Van Gogh, Jan. 25, Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave Naperville, IL $38
Details: Paint, drink, and be merry, a night out painting your own work of art on a blank canvas with help from artists, and drinks served.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Jan. 25 at 7pm, The University of Chicago, $5
Details: Directed by Sergio Leone, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is a western classic starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef. Join Doc Films, the longest running student film society in the nation, in the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago as they pay tribute to Sergio Leone.