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Weekend Warrior 4/16/09

Five things to do in Chicago, from the obvious to the absurd.
Thursday Apr 16, 2009.     By Centerstage Chicago Staff
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Snuggie Pub CrawlNow this is weekend wear!
Snuggie Pub Crawl
noon-8 p.m. Saturday; $22 in advance, $25 at the door
You've been hearing about it for weeks, and now it's actually here in all its cuddly glory. First, the bad news: It's supposed to be in the high '60s, not exactly great wearable-blanket weather. But that shouldn't temper your enthusiasm for an event that includes cheap drink specials, shots for charity and prizes including VIP Lollapalooza passes and Cubs tickets. So get dressed in your Snuggie (you've gotta bring your own) and head to Lion Head Pub for the opening ceremony. Other participating Lincoln Park bars include the Apartment, John Barleycorn, Kendall's, Kelsey's, O'Malley's, Halligan Bar and Sterch's.

Patio Pig Roast
noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Dunlays on the Square; $20
Not one for fads? Head to this Logan Square favorite to indulge in a celebration of the mighty pig. Actually, come to think of it, pork is arguably a hotter trend than Snuggies right now, but at least we know the meat has serious staying power. The all-you-can-eat menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, house-made potato chips and coleslaw. Iron City beers will be available for $2, and the Northside Southpaws will play live music from 1-3 p.m.

Green Apple Festival
If you want to celebrate the planet by doing something a little more meaningful than taking advantage of Earth Day food and drink deals, consider participating in this country-wide volunteering extravaganza. Those who do their part (the city has a long list of park-cleaning opportunities, for example), will be rewarded with a free concert at 8 p.m. on Sunday at Metro, featuring veteran rock group Cracker.

Chicago Improv Festival
Through Sunday at various locations
You've only got a few more days to catch the Improv Fest's most diverse event in its history, featuring tons of international improv acts on stages across the city. This weekend offers some of the best shows, including Boom Chicago alumni (Friday at Lakeshore Theater), Impromptu Splendor with Joe Flaherty (Saturday at Donny's Skybox Studio) and BassProv (Sunday at Lakeshore Theater). See the website for the full schedule.

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"This American Life" Live
7 p.m. Sunday at Chicago Theatre; $18-$50
Dan Savage, David Rakoff, Starlee Kine, Mike Birbiglia and Dave Hill join host Ira Glass for a live version of the immensely popular public radio and TV story series. The two-hour show, which will also include a cartoon from Chicago artist Chris Ware and an appearance by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon, will be recorded and shown on hundreds of movie screens across the country on April 23 and May 7.


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