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  • Get buzzed at CoffeeCon this weekend in Bridgeport.
Get buzzed at CoffeeCon this weekend in Bridgeport. (Lori Sorrells Photography )
April 10, 2014|By Julia Borcherts | For RedEye

EAT

Pastoral Artisan Producer Festival (Free!)

Pastoral Chicago French Market 131 N. Clinton St. 312-575-0306

This fourth annual small-batch producers' extravaganza features nearly 100 culinary artisans—cheese, charcuterie, sweets, beer, wine, spirits, gourmet accompaniments, French Market restaurants and more—plus tastings, cooking demos, meet-and-greets, how-to seminars and panel discussions. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. No cover. Schedule: pastoralartisan.com

Brunch Launch

Cicchetti 671 N. St. Clair St. 312-642-1800

Wake up to the Streeterville spot's new menu offerings which include Baked Egg Venetian Strata with asparagus, leeks and hollandaise ($13) or boneless Fried Chicken Mercato thighs with house-ground polenta ($14). Sunday, Chicago "breakfast queen" Ina Pinkney signs copies of her new cookbook and offers samples of her sour cream coffee cake. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. (Read RedEye's review of Cicchetti.)

DRINK

Champagne Riot Brunch Debut

IO Urban Roofscape Godfrey Hotel 127 W. Huron St. 312-649-2000

Start your day with a mimosa—available in classic orange, strawberry-thyme, raspberry-guava or blueberry-lavender—or bloody mary and your choice of three small plates such as Brunch Poutine, bourbon- and gin-cured Adult Smoked Salmon and Brioche Sticks with caramelized bananas, cinnamon and lime fluff. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $30. RSVP recommended: godfreyhotelchicago.com

CoffeeCon 2014

Zhou B Art Center 1029 W. 35th St. 773-523-0200

Get your java on with free tastings from 15 local and national roasters, food samples, roasting demos with complimentary take-home beans, more than 40 classes and discussions, seminars on brewing styles (Cuban, Turkish and Viennese), live music, raffles and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. $20. Tickets: coffee-con.com

'Mad Men' Premiere Party

The Logan Theatre 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-342-5555

Don—pun intended—your grooviest '70s attire for a lobby cocktail and dessert reception where prizes are awarded for Most Dapper and Most Dazzling looks. Then, head into the theater for a viewing of the season premiere of the iconic show's final season. 8 p.m. Sunday. $20-$25. Tickets: madmenatlogan.bpt.me

DO

Grand Opening

Virtu 2034 N. Damen Ave. 773-235-3790

The Bucktown gift and jewelry boutique—which features collections from 20 designers—celebrates its move across the street from its former digs with sips, sweets and a trunk show from jeweler Dahlia Kanner. Save 10 percent on Kanner's pieces through Sunday. 4-8 p.m. Friday. No cover.

Sci-Fi Spectacular

The Patio Theater 6008 W. Irving Park Road 773-685-4291

Meet Doug Jones ("Pan's Labyrinth") and Kyra Schon ("Night of the Living Dead") at this 16-hour movie marathon featuring screenings of those films and more including the 30th anniversary presentation of "Buckaroo Banzai" and a Roger Corman '50s trailer contest. Free celebrity photo ops, themed vendors and prizes round out the entertainment. 10 a.m. Saturday. $20-$25. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/582946

Rock & Soul Karaoke

The SoFo Tap 4923 N. Clark St. 773-784-7636

Sing your heart out to your favorite Freddie Mercury, James Brown or Amy Winehouse tune with host Jayson Brooks (of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound) at the debut of this weekly showcase featuring the vocal stylings of Fabulous You. 8 p.m.-midnight. Sunday. No cover.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

See MC Eiht perform at The Shrine's Respect The Mic night Friday at 10 p.m. Tickets: theshrinechicago.com/shows.php

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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