(Free!) SAUSAGE PARTY
837 W. Fulton Market 312-733-9555
Chef Brian Polcyn of Michigan's Forest Grill and culinary author Michael Ruhlman demonstrate artisanal sausage-making and discuss their new book, "Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing" while you nosh on complimentary charcuterie prepared by Polcyn. 1-3 p.m. Saturday.
1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600
In a nod to the "Music Friendly Dancing" text on the awning over its door, the venerable music club throws its first outdoor block party--Music, Friendly, Food Trucks—which features food for purchase from food trucks including Duck N Roll, 5411 Empanadas, Bridgeport Pasty and the Brown Bag Lunch Truck, plus performances from four folk and alt-country bands and $5 Revolution beers. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $5 suggested donation.
THE BEATS GO ON
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
737 W. Randolph St. 312-638-0700
The eighth annual Drinking & Writing Festival's theme is The Beats and the themed shindiggery includes a tapping and tastings of Naked Lunch, an amber lager made with beets created for the festival in honor of Beat writer William Burroughs, plus free samples from local breweries, Beat-themed entertainment and the optional Two Drink Minimum Writing Contest for prizes. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. $30. Tickets: drinkingandwriting.com.
(Free!) TEA TODDIES
904 W. Armitage Ave. 773-697-7881
Cocktail tastings at an olive oil shop? Yes, please. Nellcote mixologist Dante LoPresti—who's also been seen on The Sundance Channel's "Iconoclast: Beyond the Bar"—offers hot and cold samples of his Tiesta Tea Toddy, a Moroccan-inspired cocktail made with vodka, apricot liqueur and Tiesta tea. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
MARTINIS FOR ART
839 W. Fulton Market 312-922-0440
Get your drink on in style at Artini, a fundraiser for Urban Gateways' arts education programs, which includes art-themed martinis, Goose Island beer, appetizers, performances by DanceWorks Chicago and Chicago Improv Productions, DJ sets and more. 6-9 p.m. Friday. $40. Tickets: urbangateways.org/artini.
IN THE SPIRIT
1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. 773-334-2525
Get into the spirit of the season with "Kiss of the Spider Woman," a drag revue featuring entertainers Ashley Morgan, Miso du Jour, members of The Chicago Spirit Brigade and others, which benefits Care 4 Real, a food pantry in Edgewater. Keep your spirits up with $5 Newcastle Werewolf Blood Red ales and $10.50 martinis made with blood-red Vampyre vodka. 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $10 donation or $5 with two non-perishable food items.
The Portage Theater
4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-736-4050
Get ready for 24 hours of horror movie madness at The Massacre, which includes more than a dozen films featuring everyone from Karloff to Hitchcock to Carpenter—with appearances by "The Return of the Living Dead" actress Linnea Quigley and "Spider Baby" director Jack Hill, who introduce their films and sign free autographs—plus short cuts, vintage trailers, a zombie makeup station and giveaways. 11 a.m. Saturday. $20-$25. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com.
Hoover-Leppen Theatre, Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted St. 773-472-6469
See works on both stage and screen during Pride Films and Plays' Gay Film Weekend with staged readings of works by Great Gay Screenplay Contest finalists and a Queer Shorts Film Program (5 p.m. Sunday) curated by the Indie Boots Film Festival. 7 p.m. Friday; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday. $10 each. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
See the Windy City Rollers at UIC Pavilion Saturday: uicpavilion.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.
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