Things to do for October 18, 2012

The Weekender

New Cocktailing Lairs, a Carving Contest... and Razor Blades

You have binders and binders full of weekend.

Thursday
Welcome to Oak Street, Mr. Armani
SWEET GIORGIO

Welcome to Oak Street, Mr. Armani

The Italians have a way with things. Wine. Women. Cashmere knit sweaters. Regarding that last one, Emporio Armani, the slickest urban-centric line from the Milan-based fashion house, has opened its doors in the Gold Coast. It’s fully stocked with everything from denim to sweatshirts. But sorry, no vino.

A Subterranean Den of Manhattans
GRID LOCKED

A Subterranean Den of Manhattans

Baume & Brix, the slick new River North dinner spot, opens its laid-back, downstairs lounge tonight. It’s just a humble place to watch the game amid mod fireplaces, duck-fat-and-cheddar popcorn, jars filled with crab dip and Manhattans made tableside. We hope you weren’t expecting beer buckets.

Knives, Alcohol and Other Great Ideas
GOOD GOURD

Knives, Alcohol and Other Great Ideas

Your knife skills are legendary. Pumpkins tremble in your presence. So this carving contest provides you with pumpkins, utensils, $4 Newcastle pints and—if you carve the best one—Bulls tickets. Now is the time for that Derrick-Rose-o’-Lantern you’re always talking about.

Saturday
A Cocktail Party with Lots of Dessert
SUGAR RUSH

A Cocktail Party with Lots of Dessert

You’re looking to consume the most sugar possible this weekend. We understand. It’s your pre-Halloween warm-up. So a cocktail party with a blues band and a dessert competition between pastry chefs from Balena, Lula Café, NoMI, Vie and others sounds perfect. Though you should probably jog home.

Wednesday
A Major Event Concerning Your Face
LATHERED

A Major Event Concerning Your Face

This event’s all about shaving. There will be talk of creams, foams, badger-hair brushes and straight razors forged in the fires of Mordor. Oh, there will also be beer and food. Plus it starts at 6pm. Perfect timing as far as your 5 o’clock shadow is concerned.

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