Things to do for January 20, 2011

The Weekender

Michael Jackson, Air Hockey and the Bears

The weekend has been running drills all week.

Thursday
Bears Tickets Giveaway at Mickeys
NOT-SO-TRIVIAL PURSUIT

Bears Tickets Giveaway at Mickeys

You could have spent a few grand on playoff tickets. But, wisely, you waited for a high-stakes trivia game. The winner of tonight’s challenge at Mickeys walks off with a pair of tickets to the Bears-Packers game. Better start reading the nearest encyclopedia.

Jan 20, 8:30pm, Mickeys, 2450 N Clark St (at Arlington), 773-435-0007

Air Hockey Tourney at Emerald Loop
NOTHING BUT AIR

Air Hockey Tourney at Emerald Loop

You’ve been bracing for this historic battle all week: the air hockey tourney. For the next few weeks, bars across the city will each host a night where 32 contestants compete to take home $500, a Blackhawks jersey and all the pride they can handle.

Jan 20, 6-8pm, Emerald Loop, 216 N Wabash Ave (at Wacker), 312-263-0200

Saturday
Michael Jackson vs. Prince at Beauty Bar
RIVALS

Michael Jackson vs. Prince at Beauty Bar

In case you haven’t had your share of epic rivalries this week, this den of dance and cosmetology has another one for you: an all-night dance party pitting The King of Pop against The Purple One. Whatever the outcome, be prepared for the funkiest blitzing in history.

Sunday
Bears Party at The Fifty/50
WINNER CAKES ALL

Bears Party at The Fifty/50

Listen, you’re going to have no problem finding a place playing the game, serving wings and slinging beer specials this Sunday. But only one place has a cake in the shape of a bear that’s breathing fire, which should finally make your playoff-watching experience complete.

Jan 23, 2pm, The Fifty/50, 2047 W Division St (between Damen and Hoyne), 773-489-5050

Chili and Synthesizers at Empty Bottle
MOOG COOKBOOK

Chili and Synthesizers at Empty Bottle

Sure, chili will be in surplus this weekend. What you really need are five guys jamming on synthesizers to set the mood. At this party/cook-off, some of Chicago’s best indie rockers will rock the stage, and you’ll rate each of their respective chilies. Basically, American Idol meets Top Chef.

Jan 23, 7pm, $3, The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave (at Cortez), 773-276-3600

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