The brunch chicken biscuit sandwich at Parsons Chicken & Fish. (Courtesy of Parson's Chicken…)
Chinese New Year Dumpling Making Class
The Garage 116 N. Aberdeen St. 312-344-1784
Jeff Wang of the soon-to-launch Yum Dum dumpling food truck leads you through techniques in a hands-on class and shares the secrets and traditions behind this traditional holiday food—which symbolizes wealth—as you share a family-style meal featuring the completed dumplings and sauces. 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday. $45. RSVP recommended: dabble.co/chicago
Parson's Chicken & Fish 2952 W. Armitage Ave. 773-384-3333
Get a hearty start to your day with such eye-openers as a fried, de-boned Amish chicken thigh served with a housemade biscuit, sunnyside-up Slagel Farms egg, orange honey and lemon aioli ($12); or marinated Gulf shrimp with Three Sisters Garden grits, fried Slagel Farms egg, scallions, pickled peppers and sofrito ($12)—and there's a bar so you can order liquid eye-openers, too. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar 960 W. 31st St. 773-890-0588
Give in to the inevitable—hey, it's winter in Chicago—with a cold weather soiree featuring $7 lemongrass toddies—Applejack, honey syrup, baked apple bitters and lemongrass tea in a heat-proof mug as DJs Luis Aguilera and AT3CH (Hector Ahumada) heat up the room with soul, funk, electronica and lounge music. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday. No cover.
Tuman's Tap & Grill 2159 W. Chicago Ave. 773-782-1400
Mac's American Grill 1801 W. Division St. 773-782-4400
Choose your own football adventure with a pair of game-viewing parties at two different venues featuring $12 Bell's amber ale pitchers, $10 PBR pitchers and $5 bombs plus game-day food favorites including $8-$10 nachos, $6-7 chili and $8 teriyaki, buffalo or grilled jerk wings. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. No cover.
"Fifty Shades of Shakespeare"
Mary's Attic 5400 N. Clark St. 312-884-1733
Get kinky with The Bard as (Re)discover Theatre strips down—so to speak—the 12 sexiest scenes from Shakespeare's works to explore the gender roles, sexuality, power plays and relationships therein. The twist? The audience decides which actors portray which roles each night. 8 p.m. Friday; Saturday; Monday. Through Feb. 17. $10. Tickets: rediscovertheatre.com
Signal Ensemble Theatre 1802 W. Berenice Ave. 773-698-7389
Ensemble member Bries Vannon directs the Chicago premiere of this drama—adapted from Kent Haruf's National Book Award-finalist novel of the same title—in which the lives of a suddenly homeless pregnant teenager, a father struggling to raise two sons alone and a lonely pair of ranching brothers unexpectedly converge in a small Colorado town. 8 p.m. Friday. Through March 8. $10-$20. Tickets: signalensemble.com.
"Puppy Bowl" Viewing Party
Deuce's and The Diamond Club 3505 N. Clark St. 773-644-5554
Watch the annual canine gridiron event (2 p.m.) on the bar's big screen and head to the back room for petting and paw-tograph signings with rescue dogs Sharpie and Taser—who are featured in the Animal Planet show—along with their families and the Romp Italian Greyhound Rescue Chicago crew. 2-4 p.m. Sunday. No cover.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Sign up for a Feb. 10 or 12 audition to compete in the Chicago's Biggest Liar contest May 3: thismuchistruechicago.com/auditions.html
Julia Borcherts ia RedEye special contributor.