Things to do for January 21, 2010

The Weekender

Free Cocktails, Mud Wrestling and Aussies

The weekend shoots, the weekend scores.

Thursday
$25 Build-Your-Own Dinner at Ceres' Table
TABLE'S SET

$25 Build-Your-Own Dinner at Ceres' Table

This new Uptown Italian spot offers a build-your-own prix fixe dinner, letting you pick and choose three options from its menu of flat iron steaks, gnocchi and octopus salad. The catch: it's from 5-7pm. We say just leave work early—this qualifies as an emergency.

Mon-Thurs, 5-7pm, Ceres' Table, 4882 N Clark St (between Ainslie and Lawrence), 773-878-4882

Bull & Bear Anniversary Party
FEELING BULLISH

Bull & Bear Anniversary Party

You hardly remember a time when you weren't pouring your own brew from built-in table taps. But maybe it's time to give your tapping arm a rest: Bull & Bear celebrates 12 months of its DIY ethos with free appetizers and vodka cocktails—but feel free to stir.

Jan 21-22, 8-10pm, no cost, Bull & Bear, 431 N Wells St (at Hubbard), 312-527-5973, RSVP here

Saturday
Ryan Dempster at State Street Barbers
RYAN'S HOPE

Ryan Dempster at State Street Barbers

It's about time you put your devastating good looks to work. This weekend, all haircut revenues at the Southport location of State Street Barbers will go to the charity run by Cubs hurler Ryan Dempster, who will also be on hand for autographs and photos...so be sure to give him one.

Jan 23, 1-3pm, State Street Barbers, 3523 N Southport Ave (between Eddy and Cornelia), 773-472-7723

Mud Wrestling at Viaduct Theater
DIRTY GIRL FITNESS

Mud Wrestling at Viaduct Theater

Some nights, you just like it dirty and nasty. And this is one of those nights. Chicago's Mudqueens, a troupe of lady mud wrestlers, will entertain you with their mud-flinging prowess (and three appropriately grungy rock bands), forever changing the way you think of pigsties.

Jan 23, 8pm, $15, Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N Western Ave (between Barry and Belmont), tickets here

Sunday
Australia Day at the Trump
AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Australia Day at the Trump

Good things from Australia: Nicole Kidman, Portia de Rossi, Cate Blanchett and, of course, kangaroos. Also, that phenomenal chef from Sixteen, Frank Brunacci. He's hosting an Australian festival with wine tastings, an art market and live music from some rising Australian pop stars—you're always looking for the next Kylie Minogue.

Jan 24, 1-5pm, $35, Sixteen, 401 N Wabash Ave, 16th floor, 312-588-8030

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