Things to do for June 25, 2009

The Weekender

Boat Parties, a Beer Sommelier and Ice, Ice Baby

The weekend is deep-fried and served on a stick.

Thursday
1 New Perk
Perks

1 New Perk

This week, Perks has set up a preview screening of the new indie romance (500) Days of Summer, provided you're quick enough with your BlackBerry to nab a ticket.

Koval Tasting at In Fine Spirits
COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Koval Tasting at In Fine Spirits

Your ongoing quest for the latest innovation in cocktailing brings you to Andersonville tonight when local distiller Koval offers its portfolio of mostly organic, kosher spirits for inspection. Among the offerings: Chrysanthemum Honey Liqueur and Bierbrand, a booze made entirely from beer. Someone alert the Nobel committee.

$15, 7:30-9:30pm, June 25, 5420 N. Clark St, 773-334-9463, tickets here

Friday
Cans Music Fest
DOWN WITH O.P.P.

Cans Music Fest

We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to outdoor music fests this summer. And while Pitchfork and Lolla are admirable choices, this Bucktown street soiree is the only one offering Naughty by Nature (on Friday) and Vanilla Ice (on Saturday). Take that, Perry Farrell.

$5, 4pm-3am, June 26-27, 1640 N. Damen Ave (near Concord), 773-227-2277

Saturday
Armand Pena Boat Party
AHOY POLLOI

Armand Pena Boat Party

Point your yacht (though a paddleboat or Jet Ski will do in pinch) in the direction of this flotilla, which is dropping anchor at the Playpen for an offshore party. Superstar DJ Armand Pena will be on hand to keep the fleet buoyant with high-energy beats emanating from his vessel.

No cost, 1pm-6pm, June 27, The Playpen, Lake Shore Dr and Chicago Ave

Hot Dog Eating Contest
DOGGED

Hot Dog Eating Contest

The sudsy jokesters at Shmaltz Brewing Co.—makers of He'Brew beer—are behind this old-fashioned hot-dog eating contest. Try to down as many of the beer-boiled suckers as you can in five minutes before you plotz—and tickets to Sunday's Crosstown Classic could be yours.

1pm, June 27, Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave (at School), 773-281-4989

Monday
National 40 Ounce Week at The Fifty/50
MALTED

National 40 Ounce Week at The Fifty/50

The Fifty/50 is up to its usual shenanigans with a week dedicated to America's favorite large-format beer. Stop by Monday as Colt 45 gets exalted with $5 specials. Wednesday, a sommelier selects 40-ounce pairings for a $25 four-course dinner—hopefully you'll get to smell the bottle cap.

June 29-July 5, 2047 W. Division St, 773-489-5050, dinner tickets here

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