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.
Things to do for June 25, 2009
Boat Parties, a Beer Sommelier and Ice, Ice Baby
The weekend is deep-fried and served on a stick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.