Patio BBQ Series Debut
Table, Donkey and Stick 2728 W. Armitage Ave. 773-486-8525
Executive chef Scott Manley kicks off a monthly cookout on the 20-seat patio and serves as the featured chef for the debut with a menu of smoked brisket with mac 'n' cheese, braised greens and coleslaw. Moving forward, guest chefs from Trenchermen, The Refinery and other restaurants man the grill. 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $20.
Smoke The Goat Out Of It
Sheffield's 3258 N. Sheffield Ave. 773-281-4989
This attempt to remove the Cubs "billy goat curse" features an Opening Day house-smoked goat that will yield (after 1 p.m.) braised goat tacos ($12), goat meatball sandwiches ($14) and goat slider trios ($12). Start the day with the acoustic brunch buffet (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; $25) featuring live music, two beers, breakfast meatloaf, New Holland IPA doughnuts and fritters, pulled pork hash and more. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday. No cover.
Azzurra 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-278-5959
Sample cuisine inspired by the region of Lazio—in which Rome is located—with a four-course prix fixe including your choice of lamb with artichokes, English peas, spring onions and fingerling potatoes; or seasonal fish in aqua pazza (crazy water) with arugula and shaved pecorino; and more. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday. Through April 26. $23.
A.J. Hudson's Public House 3801 N. Ashland Ave. 312-725-8852
Learn your ABCs the easy way—"F" is for Furthermore Fatty Boombalatty; "G" is for Great Lakes Rye Of The Tiger; "K" is for Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Rouge—with a craft beer tasting for each letter of the alphabet at this bash, which includes beer education, presentations from experts and a take-home program for future beer-buying reference. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. $50. Tickets: bit.ly/abxii
Final Four Of Beers
Roots Handmade Pizza 1924 W. Chicago Ave. 773-645-4949
In honor of the NCAA basketball semi-finals (5 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday), the Ukrainian Village spot taps four Midwestern beers and ciders—Local Option American Muscle imperial IPA ($10), Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree ($9), Virtue Cider The Mitten ($8) and Une Annee Austere saison ($7)—which you can sip while viewing the action on 15 screens with sound. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday. No cover.
Spybar 646 N. Franklin St. 312-337-2191
Party like it's 2009 with the Los Angeles-based record label, which celebrates its fifth anniversary with sets from Adriatique, the techno-house Swiss duo composed of two dudes named Adrian; and Droog, the DJ collective featuring Culprit founders Andrei Osyka, Brett Griffin and Justin Sloe. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Friday. $10-$20; free before midnight with RSVP: clubtix.com
Windy City Gay Idol
The SoFo Tap 4923 N. Clark St. 773-784-7636
This 12th annual contest—for all amateur singers regardless of sexual preference—begins in Andersonville and travels to a dozen bars through June. Think you might be the next Jennifer Hudson or Lee DeWyze? Sign up begins at 7 p.m. The winner receives $100 cash and the top two progress to the semi-finals. 8 p.m. Sunday. $10 to compete; $5 to watch.
La Villita Comedy Show
Kopa Kavana 3018 W. 26th St. 773-247-9400
Laugh it up for a good cause at this annual Latinos Progresando scholarship fund benefit featuring a food truck rally (6-8 p.m.), a loteria and stand-up sets from Michael Issac, Calvin Evans, Soli Santos, Lucky Luciano, Jesus "Chuy" Nunez, Almando "Blaxicano" Burks and host Jaime de Leon. 8 p.m. Friday. $20 at the door. Info: latinospro.org
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
Tickets go on sale Saturday at 11 a.m. for concerts at opening-soon Thalia Hall in Pilsen: ticketweb.com
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.