Things to do for July 19, 2012

The Weekender

Ping-Pong, Bocce and Tricycle Races

The weekend has ice cream running down its chin.

Thursday
Red Violet, Now with More Gene Kato
VIOLET POWER

Red Violet, Now with More Gene Kato

You respect a good restaurant shake-up, particularly when it results in whole lobster, rib eyes and tuna tacos. Former Japonais exec chef Gene Kato (of the forthcoming Sumi Robata Bar) helped reshape this Chinese-influenced spot into what you always dreamed it could be. Admittedly, Peking duck gives you weird dreams.

Saturday
A Friendly Little Game of Bocce
BALLERS

A Friendly Little Game of Bocce

If you’re hanging out in the parking lot next to Big Star, maybe you need glasses. It’s just a parking lot. The drinks are next door. Luckily, Warby Parker, purveyor of nice spectacles, will be in that lot Saturday... with drinks, frames, sunglasses and bocce ball. So it will all work out fine.

Jul 21, 5:30-9pm, lot next to Big Star, 1537 N Damen Ave

A Liquor Store Disguised as a Pub
POPPING OFF

A Liquor Store Disguised as a Pub

Mixologist Adam Seger and former Tru executive chef Tim Graham are turning an ordinary liquor store (okay, a pretty damn nice liquor store) into a two-night-only experimental gastropub, with a seven-course feast paired with cocktails. Because chicken cordon bleu poppers deserve chicken-fat-infused red wine.

Sunday
Tricycle Racing for Box Wine and Glory
THREE WHEELIN’

Tricycle Racing for Box Wine and Glory

Sometimes you compete for cash. Sometimes for glory. Sometimes for a box of Franzia wine. This is that rare moment when you’ll do all three. Teams of four will square off in the most grueling relay race you can do on a tricycle in a bar. Remember: beer doesn’t count as doping.

The Paddling You Deserve
PONG FELLOW

The Paddling You Deserve

And after tricycles, things will get really serious. With ping-pong tourneys in Ada Street’s grassy backyard. Your entry fee comes with a complimentary cocktail, just to keep your head where it should be (slightly buzzed).

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