Television's fine, but you prefer celebrating the Olympiad with a real-live Olympian. This newly remodeled club plays host Friday to two-time gold medalist Shaquille O'Neal. You were expecting Mary Lou Retton?
Things to do for August 07, 2008
The Weekend Starts Here
The weekend is your Olympic sport.
Halsted's modernist mecca starts its 40-percent-off sale Friday, so you'll want to beat Saturday's Market Days' sweaty masses from snagging that fiberglass rocker you had your eye on. In fact, you could probably charm your way to the discount now.
We usually avoid summer art fairs—we like our acquisitions facilitated by nice pinot at a gallery, not inexpensive beer from a tent. But with Ted Allen leading wine tastings this Saturday, we can make an exception.
Chaos Theory Grand Opening Party
Michelle Garcia, that tatted-up pastry chef behind Bleeding Heart Bakery, requests your appearance at a launch party Saturday. From what we can tell, her latest sweets-related venture has punk spirit but a patisserie soul (even the mocha-butter crème Symphony Cake rocks).
You have money. You have a palate. The only thing you need is time. So how convenient that the city's all-star chefs are gathered in one convenient location. Top Chef chefs Dale Levitski and Stephanie Izard will be on hand to help sate your appetite for life's finer things.
Belgian Beer Dinner
Yes, everyone's very mad at the Belgians for that whole Anheuser-Busch takeover. So when you drink their delicious beer at this four-course dinner featuring Van Steenberge, a boutique Belgian brew, just smile, but don't make a big deal about it.