Things to do for July 05, 2012

The Weekender

Volleyball, Sangria and ’80s Music

The weekend is the one lighting fireworks outside your window at 3am.

Thursday
Friday
In Case You’re Not Busy Getting Gored
TORO

In Case You’re Not Busy Getting Gored

Last year, you ran with the bulls. This year, you’ll spin with the flamencos. Tavernita is celebrating the Pamplona spirit with dancers, cognac sangria and gratis red bandanas—before challenging you to partake in Sunday’s pintxos-eating contest. But be careful: those sticks are pointy.

Dancing Jul 6-7, 8-10pm; eating contest Jul 8, 5pm, $15; Tavernita, 151 W Erie St, 312-274-1111

Saturday
If You Really Must Sweat, Do It Here
SPIKE

If You Really Must Sweat, Do It Here

Sure, when 300 teams converge on North Avenue, you expect the summer’s biggest beach volleyball tournament to turn into its biggest beach dance party. Champagne, DJs and cold beer also help. Oh, and be sure to hit the VIP sun deck. Sand in your champagne is such a bummer.

Drinking Champagne Like Mr. T
VINTAGE SOUNDS

Drinking Champagne Like Mr. T

Quick, picture the ’80s. The first image you see: Mr. T drinking champagne out of Joan Collins’s slipper while Emmanuel Lewis menacingly solves a Rubik’s Cube in the corner. Strange. Well, anyway, relive the champagne part—and the music part—at this nutty ’80s-themed champagne party.

Sunday
Publican Quality Meats Hosts a Barbecue
PQMBBQ

Publican Quality Meats Hosts a Barbecue

You probably saw this coming. A place specializes in great meat. It’s summer. Yeah, a parking-lot barbecue was pretty inevitable. Load up on grilled soft-shell crab, flank steak, veggies and cake. You’ve been waiting to break the grilled cake barrier.

Monday
Yes, It’s Totally, Perfectly Legal
HEMP CATS

Yes, It’s Totally, Perfectly Legal

With all the news about the new marijuana law, we want to assure you: Sola’s prix fixe of Asian greens with hemp-seed vinaigrette, hemp-sesame-seed-crusted salmon and hemp-seed brittle is all perfectly legit. And we wouldn’t narc if it weren’t.

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