Attend Beer2Up, the intersection of beer and video games, at Emporium this… (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye )
Fried Chicken Dinner
Publican Quality Meats 825 W. Fulton Market 312-445-8977
Close out your weekend with comfort food courtesy of chef Chris Kuziemko, who serves up a one-night a la carte feast featuring a half fried chicken ($9.50) with multiple optional sides including grits and morels with cheddar cheese and peas ($8). 5-8 p.m. Sunday.
Nomi Boutique Chocolate Pop-Up
Park Hyatt Chicago 800 N. Michigan Ave. 312-335-1234
Pastry chef Meg Galus sweetens your day with French- and American-style pastries, confections, gifts and sweet snacks ($3-$15 for individual treats and small gift boxes) including bonbons, lollipops, caramels, macarons, eclairs, tarts, brownies, cookies and more. 1-8 p.m. Daily through May 11.
Emporium Arcade Bar 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-697-7922
Sample beers on tap from 14 emerging local producers including Ale Syndicate, Hailstorm Brewing and Arcade Brewery ($4-$8 each) at this second annual bash produced by a trio of beer bloggers where you can also chat with reps and enter the "Pinbrawl" tournament and "best beer or video game" shirt contest for a chance to win themed prize packages. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. No cover.
First Anniversary Bash
Drop 1909 N. Lincoln Ave. 312-574-0898
Grab a $9 Selfie—a gin, creme de mure and lemon soda cocktail named for both the photo trend and the popular dance track by The Chainsmokers—and hit the dance floor to beats by all six resident DJs (10 p.m.-5 a.m.). Keep your energy up with a complimentary buffet (9 p.m.-midnight). 8 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday. No cover. (Read our mini-review of Drop.)
Art & Activism Gala
Ebenezer Lutheran Church 1650 W. Foster Ave. 773-486-8261
Join artists across multiple disciplines—music, dance, theater, poetry and prose—to watch eight acts including movement artist Angelique Nelson, musician Abraham Mellish and hip-hop artist Alia Idiomatic Jhane. Local entertainer Lawrence "Binkey" Tolefree hosts and admission includes a drink ticket. 7 p.m. Friday. $15-$20. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com
Seminary Co-op Bookstore 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. 773-752-4381
The Pilsen neighborhood native reads from his debut short story collection, "Painted Cities," about poverty and gang life—but also the sense of community and the wonders of magical beliefs—culled from his childhood. Joining him are local authors Bill Hillmann ("The Old Neighborhood"), Ben Tanzer ("Lost in Space") and Joseph G. Peterson ("Gideon's Confession"). 5:30 p.m. Friday. No cover.
Planets, Pencils & Pasties
In celebration of this weekend's Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), attend an opening cocktail reception for an exhibition featuring fantasy, sci-fi and comic art from a dozen creators. Costumes are encouraged and festivities also include a performance by Plan 9 Burlesque. 8-11:30 p.m. Saturday. $5 donation. Preview: galleryprovocateur.org
'Anton In Show Business'
Zoo Studios 4001 N. Ravenswood Ave., second floor
A cast of seven takes on more than a dozen roles in all-female ensemble 20 Percent Theatre Company's production of playwright Jane Martin's comedy, in which three actresses form an unexpected bond during a disastrous production of Anton Chekhov's classic drama "Three Sisters." 7:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 1:45 p.m. Sunday. Through May 18. $20; $15 for students. Tickets: twentypercentchicago.com
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.