Pleasant House serves up a Sunday Carvery in addition to popular royal pies. (Kate Bernot/RedEye )
Katherine Anne Confections 2745 W. Armitage Ave. 773-235-1630
Get your Irish on with proprietor Katherine Duncan as you sample St. Patrick's Day-themed truffles—with wine and savory appetizers—and discuss flavor pairings, taste ingredients and learn to design and roll your own truffles to take home. 2 p.m. Sunday. $50. RSVP required: katherine-anne.com/parties.
Pleasant House Bakery 964 W. 31st St. 773-523-7437
Homemade and hearty are the key ingredients in this dinner, which this week features roasted porchetta—deboned pork midsection reassembled so that your slice includes loin, belly and crispy skin—served with Pleasant Farms sides. The price ($14-$16) will be finalized once the fresh ingredient deliveries arrive at the Bridgeport restaurant. 3-8 p.m. Sunday.
Fed Up With Winter Party
Save More Lounge 4060 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-281-1444
Bring a canned food donation to the neighborhood honky-tonk for a party benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository featuring live alt-country and alt-rock music by Crazee Heart, Bremer No Good and Moddy Zuma, plus $3 Crazee Heart tropical cocktails, $2 beers and free raffles. Bonus: partial bar proceeds benefit the GCFD. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. No cover with can donation.
East vs. West Tap Takeover
Three Aces 1321 W. Taylor St. 312-243-1577
The East Coast takes on the West Coast in this battle of the craft draft beers, where eight taps are dedicated to Maine's Allagash Brewing Company and four taps feature California's Lagunitas Brewing Company—whose local popularity has soared since announcing plans for a Chicago brewery—for $4-$9 each and decide which side you represent. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Sunday. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. No cover.
Green Beer Day
Fatpour Tap Works 2005 W. Division St. 773-698-8940
Set your alarm clock for this tradition pioneered in 1952 by students at Miami University of Ohio: tipping back green drafts first thing in the morning. The party also includes appetizers, raffles, a beer pong tournament and wake-up music by DJ Lee Michaels. Doors open at 9 a.m. so you can snag an early spot at the bar. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. $40. Tickets: fatpourchicago.com.
(Free!) Chicago Zine Fest
Columbia College Chicago Ludington Building 1104 S. Wabash Ave. (1-3 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday)
The Boring Store/826Chi 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-772-8108 (6-9 p.m. Friday)
Quimby's Bookstore 1854 W. North Ave. 773-342-0910 (9:30 p.m.-midnight Friday)
It's a DIY weekend for the fourth annual fold-and-staple fest, which kicks off Friday with a 1 p.m. zinester panel, 6 p.m. youth and exhibitor zine readings and a 9 p.m. zine-themed game show. Saturday, browse 200 exhibitor tables and attend self-publishing workshops, discussions, an art show and more. Details: chicagozinefest.org.
(Free!) Second Fridays Gallery Walk
Chicago Arts District Info Center 1821 S. Halsted St.
Swing by the Info Center for a map and information, then stroll around the Pilsen neighborhood to visit 30 galleries and studios—featuring 16 new shows plus ongoing exhibitions—at this monthly art walk. 6-10 p.m. Friday.
(Free!) Open House
Lou Conte Dance Studio 1147 W. Jackson Boulevard 312-850-9766
Dance away your weekend excesses during free beginners' classes at the Hubbard Street Dance Company headquarters where you can choose from ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, Bollywood, tap, African, yoga, Pilates, Zumba and more and—if you enjoy yourself—take home a two-for-one class pass to come back for more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Schedule: hubbardstreetdance.com/loucontedancestudio.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Al's #1 Italian Beef (1300 N. Milwaukee Ave.) opens this weekend with $2.99 Italian beef (Friday) and $2.99 Polish sausage with fries (Saturday) from 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.