Things to do for September 29, 2011

The Weekender

Polo, Competitive BBQ and Boardwalk Empire

The weekend is going to miss Ozzie, the crazy f*******.

Thursday
A Little Booze Makes All Hats Look Good
ON WITH THE CHAPEAU

A Little Booze Makes All Hats Look Good

Right about now, it’s likely you’re thinking about an after-work cocktail. Slightly less likely: you’re also thinking about trying on some after-work hats. In an uncanny coincidence, the hat guys at Goorin are offering 15% off their fall line along with complimentary cocktails. It’s like they read your mind.

Tonight’s Most Elegant Pig Roast
PIGNOBLE

Tonight’s Most Elegant Pig Roast

Or maybe you just need a cold beer tonight. Accompanied by heaping platters of Berkshire pork. Accompanied by a shellfish tower. Accompanied by beer-batter pastry cream dessert. Accompanied by more beer. At Balsan’s dinner for Finch Brewery, your needs shall be met.

Sep 29, 6-8pm, $58, Balsan, 11 E Walton St (in the Elysian Hotel), 312-646-1400

Saturday
An Early Start on Your October BBQing
A RIB TIP

An Early Start on Your October BBQing

It’s white-tablecloth chefs versus pitmasters at this epic, all-day ’cue battle. Sample 15 kinds of barbecue. Drink $4 beer. Listen to the blues. UD will be on a panel of media judges, but the popular vote is up to you. Democracy in its most delicious form.

Oct 1, noon-6pm, $25 in advance ($35 at door), Moonshine, 1824 W Division St (at Marion Ct), 773-862-8686

Like the Hamptons, with Less Pastel
POLO LOUNGING

Like the Hamptons, with Less Pastel

Your long afternoons at RL finally pay off: you’ll be ready when the horsey set trots out to North Avenue Beach for a little world-class polo. Start the day watching grueling matches, while sipping champagne. End it with a bash at Crimson Lounge—champagne also encouraged.

Finally, a Chance to Be Steve Buscemi
THE JERSEY LORE

Finally, a Chance to Be Steve Buscemi

Feather boas, jazz trumpeters, dizzy flappers and bow ties as big as Steve Buscemi’s head will be the main draw at this Boardwalk Empire party. Also: complimentary hooch and bubbly for the first two hours. Which beats bathtub gin any day.

Oct 1, 9pm-3am, no cost before midnight with RSVP ($20 after), Lumen, 839 W Fulton Market (at Green), 312-733-2222, RSVP here

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