Things to do for June 18, 2009

The Weekender

Kubrick, Piven and X-Rated Car Racing

The weekend is about to pop.

Thursday
1 New Perk
PERKS

1 New Perk

Perks outfits you for summer with portable grills, swim trunks and cigarette cases from Alpha, along with other miscellany. We suggest keeping them all in your trunk for barbecue-related emergencies.

YSL Fragrance Launch
HOMME BOYS

YSL Fragrance Launch

The venerable fashion brand breaks out the atomizers to celebrate the debut of La Nuit de L'Homme, which it's describing as "deep, mysterious and sensual." (Sounds like a Father's Day gift to us.) There'll be appetizers and spring cocktails on hand—just try not to inhale them.

5-8pm, June 18, 900 N. Michigan Ave, Bloomingdale's, 312-440-4515

Clockwork Party at Hotel Victor
LIKE CLOCKWORK

Clockwork Party at Hotel Victor

In a nod to the Korova Milk Bar, the sinister hangout in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 classic, you'll find complimentary, ice-cold leche and slightly gothic beats at this party. But with half-priced sushi and a gratis absinthe tasting, you may find other pleasures a bit more tempting.

No cost, 9pm, June 18, Hotel Victor, 311 N. Sangamon St, 312-733-6900

Friday
Taste of Randolph Street
FEST FEAST

Taste of Randolph Street

Take a gastronomic stroll down the center of Restaurant Row at this food and music fest, culminating with a performance by the Hold Steady on Sunday. Places like Alhambra Palace, Izumi Sushi, Market and Veerasway hit the streets to serve the ultimate in alfresco dining—with nary a pickle on a stick in sight.

$10 donation, 5-11pm, June 19, 2-11pm, June 20-21, Randolph St, 312-458-9401

Saturday
Annual Piven Theatre Workshop Benefit
GOLD STANDARD

Annual Piven Theatre Workshop Benefit

At this fundraiser, the acting workshop that produced Aidan Quinn and John Cusack may add another alumnus: you. That's because in addition to cocktails, music and mingling with Jeremy, a silent auction lets you bid on a bit part in Entourage. (We hear they're casting for Ari's sushi wrangler.)

Sunday
Pinewood Derby at Five Star Bar
Vroom, Vroom

Pinewood Derby at Five Star Bar

Consider this the first step in building that racing dynasty you and Dad always talked about. The West Town bar provides car-building kits, an indoor track, and prizes for the fastest, worst, most rock-and-roll and, yes, most X-rated cars. It's the only time drinking and driving is okay.

$5-10 (free with Dad), 4pm, June 21, Five Star Bar, 1424 W. Chicago Ave, 312-850-2555

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