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  • The first annual South Side Pie Challenge debuts in Hyde Park on Saturday.
The first annual South Side Pie Challenge debuts in Hyde Park on Saturday. (Tribune file )
November 02, 2012|By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye


BQ 2 Go
1400 W. Randolph St. 312-563-1010
To celebrate the upcoming elections, the carryout portion of Asian barbecue spot Belly Q offers a bipartisan lunch special. Order any lunch to dine in or to-go and get a politically themed chicken wing snack: two left wings with tangy yuzu-cumin barbecue sauce or two right wings with spicy hoisin barbecue sauce. Can't make up your mind? Go independent with one of each. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

William H. Ray Elementary School
5631 S. Kimbark Ave.
Sample a plethora of pies by amateur bakers at $3 per slice—or register by 11:59 p.m. Friday to compete yourself—at the inaugural South Side Pie Challenge, a fundraiser for the Hyde Park & Kenwood Hunger Programs which also features live music and a panel of judges including ABC-TV Channel 7 dining correspondent Steve "Hungry Hound" Dolinsky. 1-4 p.m. Saturday. No cover. Registration:


800 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-7711
Gentlemen, start your engines! "RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race" contest Raven joins Season Four contestant The Princess to take over the club with two shows (midnight and 1 a.m.). Keep your motor running till 3 a.m. with $5 Skyy bombs and Peroni beers. A VIP option ($20) includes a 10 p.m. hosted reception with the performers. $5-$20. Saturday. Tickets:

333 E. Benton Place 773-234-3449
Become a wine chemist for a day at the Zing! Wine Workshop, where you learn the science behind food and grape compositions for better pairings in a lab-style class. For $20 more, top it off with a family-style dinner at Maison (330 E. Randolph St.) with the group. 6 p.m. Saturday. $35; $55 with dinner. RSVP for either or both at Maison: 312-241-1540.

Andersonville Galleria
5247 N. Clark St. 773-878-8570
Sip wine, nibble appetizers, enter a free raffle and browse jewelry, clothing, candles, gourmet treats, fair-trade gifts and more at the fifth anniversary celebration for the emporium, which acts as a business incubator for more than 100 Chicago-based artists and entrepreneurs. 7-10 p.m. Friday. No cover.


Donny's Skybox Theatre
1608 N. Wells St. 312-337-3992
The lighter sides of heavy subjects are explored in "You'll Be the Death of Me," a Day of the Dead-themed show in which the six-person cast takes an audience suggestion and jumps into an improv comedy scene aimed at helping you remember your ancestors—and forget your troubles. 11:59 p.m. Friday. $12; $10 for students. Tickets:

The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave. 773-227-4433
The Interview Show—a monthly live talk-show program—hits its 50th episode as Mark Bazer hosts conversations with Rolling Stone political writer Rick Perlstein, comedian Lil Rel Howery and "Top Chef" competitor Dale Levitski, plus a musical performance by filmmaker David Singer, who's also—ironically—a singer. 6:30-8 p.m. Friday. $8.

Pros Arts Studio at Dvorak Park
1119 W. Cullerton Ave. 312-226-7767
Pilsen comes alive—so to speak—with the Muertos de la Risa celebration, which features performances by the Calavera Circus and Nahui Ollin Aztec Dancers, street-level neighborhood ofrendas (altars), face painting and the 33rd annual Dia de los Muertos community procession with giant puppets and props (6-6 :45 p.m.). 4-8 p.m. Friday.


In the "You Knew This Was Coming" department, "Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" opens Nov. 28 at the Royal George Theatre:

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