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Weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

June 21, 2012|Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

NIGHT SHIFT
Kanela Breakfast Club 3231 N. Clark St. 773-248-1622
The Lakeview brunch spot aims to satisfy your dinner cravings now, too, with new night-time offerings including stuffed meatballs with mozzarella and spicy tomato sauce ($8) and a pork chop with spinach, summer squash and peach pork au jus ($14).  6-11 p.m.

DRINK

SKIN TO WIN
Vertigo Sky Lounge 2 W. Erie St. 312-202-6060
B96’s Showbiz Shelly hosts Ladies Night in Honor of “Magic Mike,” where you can watch the steamy trailer for the new Steven Soderbergh film about male strippers over complimentary savory bites and hosted cocktails and enter raffles for prizes delivered—with a “reveal”—by hunky Ford models. 6-8 p.m. Friday. No cover. RSVP required: magicmikechicago@gmail.com.

(Free!) SWAP STOP
Epic Burger 40 E. Pearson St. 312-257-3262
Whether you’re a craft beer fanatic or a lover of PBR, you can share your passion—and your brews—while you soak up the sun on the new patio during the Gold Coast spot’s BYO beer swap, where you meet and trade bottles with other hops aficionados. Hungry, too? Bottle-toters get 10 percent off the food bill. 3-6 p.m. Saturday.

DO

GEEK PRIDE
ComedySportz Theatre 929 W. Belmont Ave. 773-549-8080
Keep your rainbow flag flying at comedy troupe Octavarius’ Dungeons and Drag Queens show, in which chaos ensues when medieval intruders (think: sorcerers and barbarians) “accidentally” arrive during a drag performance. An improv set follows the scripted show and drink specials include $5 DRAGon Elixir cocktails. 7 p.m. Sunday. $10; $7 if you dress for the theme.

SAPPHO CENTRAL
Outdoor lot 5238 N. Clark St.
Celebrate Pride weekend lady-style at Backlot Bash, an annual lesbian party which features Friday acoustic sets by country music star and gay rights activist Chely Wright (9 p.m.) and others and all-day performances by local musicians Saturday and Sunday. 5-10 p.m. Fri.; 2-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $15-$20 each or $35 all-inclusive. Schedule and tickets: backlotbashchicago.com.


REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Join 450,000 of your closest friends at noon Sunday when the Chicago Pride Parade kicks off at Broadway and Montrose.

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