Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hasn't this thing run its course?!

The rose ceremonies. The ridiculous fights. And the Ken and Barbie clones.

OK, so isn't it about time for ABC to kill "The Bachelor"/"The Bachelorette?!" Isn't it like in its 20th season by now?

If you haven't gotten enough of it by now, Lincoln Park Young Professionals is teaming up with the producers of the show to look for—eek—Chicago's most eligible men to "win the heart of 'The Bachelorette.'"

So if you have "style, class and culture," head to Devon (39 E. Chicago Ave., 312-440-8660) for the party happening Saturday, Feb. 9 8-10pm. The $30 cover gets you an open bar (the best thing about this bash!), appetizers and a chance to poke fun at the poor schmucks who are actually taking this thing serious.

Mr. Skin, Michael Jackson and the Hearty Boys

Get out and have some fun this weekend:

Power shoppers get ready for Champagne, Chocolate & Couture at House of Sole (1237 S. Michigan Ave., 312-834-0909) tonight 6 to 9pm, with up to 75 percent off handbags, shoes and a trunk show with local jewelry designers, as well as champagne from the South Loop Wine Cellar (which offers five percent off all wine orders during the event) and chocolate.

Also happening tonight is the 20 Looks fashion show with Isabella Fine Lingerie at Lumen (839 W. Fulton Mkt., 312-733-2222). One lucky guest receives a week’s worth of bras and panties. 10pm-midnight. $10.

Think you know sex trivia? Test your skills at Junior's (724 W. Maxwell St., 312-421-2277) tonight at 7:30pm for Mr. Skin's Skintastic Trivia Challenge—the Hollywood sex and nudity game.

The Food Network's Hearty Boys (aka Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh) celebrate the release of their cookbook, "Talk With Your Mouth Full," Saturday, Feb. 9 from 7-9pm with a free party at their new HBTV location, 3819 N. Broadway, 773-244-9866.

If you remember the ultra-sexy Carnaval Brasil parties at Mad Bar several years ago, then you don't want to miss this event paying homage to it. Music 101 is reviving their bash at La Pomme Rouge (108 W. Kinzie St., 312-245-9555), featuring DJ Nando spinning samba, axe, funk and Brazilian beats; dancers and $5 Caipirinhas and Stoli cocktails. Saturday, Feb. 9 10:30pm-3am. No cover.

And, if you don't wish to watch the Grammys alone on Sunday, Feb. 10, head to Plush (1104 W. Madison St., 312-491-9800) for a special viewing party that also includes a Michael Jackson 25th anniversary Thriller listening party. Drink specials, of course. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free.