Thursday, July 10, 2008
. . . to a well-deserved weekend of fun. Whether you're interested in checking out Cocktails and Conversation with Salman Rushdie or a number of other notable happenings, we've got it goin' on:
The first-ever Go Green Day, hosted by GO Green Management, happens at Butterfly Social Club. Guests will get a sneak peek of the city's only organic lounge with complimentary, organic cocktails. 8-11pm. No cover.
Flirty Girl Fitness is in the spotlight for the weekly Diva Series at Jbar. All female guests receive a free Flirtini, pink boa and class at Flirty Girl Fitness. Snow Queen Vodka features drink and bottle specials, as well as legendary deejay Jesse de la Pena spinning his special brand of flavor. 8pm-2am. No cover.
Alhambra Palace is the place to be if you're into R&B. Songstress Syleena Johnson is the guest of honor for a listening party for her upcoming album "Chapter 4: Labor Pains" that's due out in September. Deejays Sean Mac and Timbuck2 spin. 8pm-2am. Free.
Crust offers one of the most welcoming, coziest patios in the city, and guests can enjoy their specialty organic flatbread pizzas, salads and sandwiches in this relaxing setting. If you get there around midnight, there's free pizza until close every Friday and Saturday.
Baseball fans get lucky every time Chicago Cub player Kosuke Fukudome hits a homerun. All three locations for RA Sushi will offer a 12 oz. Sapporo for only a penny (you've gotta already be in the restaurant!) during Friday games (home or away). And if he hits more than one homer, guests will receive a free appetizer.
Last year's Volleywood Beach Bash was super hot with DJ AM as the guest super celebrity, so expect an even larger crowd to turn out when it goes down this afternoon. The lineup includes DJ Jumpin James, The Beach Bum Band, DJ White Shadow and a guest appearance by Mix Master Mike of The Beastie Boys. All-day party takes place at North Avenue Beach (south of boathouse) with a volleyball tournament, interactive games, VIP cabanas and more. Go here for more info on event. Noon-7pm. Free.
Party with purpose at Imerman Angels 2nd Annual Rooftop Party, which supports the one-on-one cancer support group. The ticket price includes food, dessert, cocktails and also live entertainment. 6-10pm at Lake Shore Athletic Club (1320 W. Fullerton Ave.). Post party happens at Martini Park. $30 in advance; $40 at door.
Looks like HotHouse is without a permanent home again, but until they find another spot they're partying on. This time, they're doing an all-Colombian theme at South American-flavored eatery Las Tablas in Irving Park. Grupo Rebolú performs. 8:30pm. $30.
Get into the Bastille Day spirit a day earlier at Stan Mansion (2408 N. Kedzie Ave.) in Logan Square. Globally Intrepid Gourmets hosts the celebration with authentic Parisian street food prepared by executive chef Vincent Colombet of Cook Au Vin. That $40 ticket ($50 at door) includes an open bar, crepes (!!), hors d'oeuvres and charcuterie. 6-9pm. Get those tickets here.