Guinness 250 Anniversary Stout Launch Party
8:30-10 p.m. Friday at Timothy O'Toole's
After 250 years making what some consider to be the best stout in the world, the guys at Guinness have gotten a little bored. How else to explain the introduction of a brand-new brew on the company's birthday. The anniversary stout, which is carbonated instead of nitrogenated, and has a sweeter, more ale-like taste, debuts on Friday, and will be available for a limited time in the U.S. Timothy O'Toole's will offer free pints of the stuff to guests at this launch party, as well as hosting various "Guinness games" for prizes. Better bring your wallet: after the first one, pints cost $7.50 each.
Dark Lord Day 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Three Floyds Brewing
Speaking of limited-edition stouts, the Midwest's most serious beer drinkers have had this weekend circled on their calendars for some time. Saturday is the one day a year when Three Floyds sells its ultra-rare Dark Lord Imperial Stout at its Munster, Indiana brewery. You'll need a "golden ticket" if you want to buy some (they're sold out), but the rest of the festivities - which includes food, beers from Three Floyds and other breweries, and live music from Pelican, Waco Brothers, Sybris and others - are open to anyone.
Zombie Pub Crawl 3 p.m. Saturday; $15 in advance ($10 at any pH show), $20 day of event
If you prefer to do your drinking closer to home, local improv comedy comedy pH Productions hosts its second annual Zombie Pub Crawl in Andersonville on Saturday. Hundreds of made-up zombies will gather for a few hours of drink specials at area bars including In Fine Spirits Lounge
, Simon's Tavern
, Charlie's Ale House
and Hamburger Mary's
. Registration begins at 2 p.m. in the U.S. Bank parking lot (5340 N. Clark).
Alice Waters Book Signing
10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Green City Market
As if you need another reason to head to one of the city's best farmers markets, restaurateur and author Alice Waters will be on hand on Saturday to sign copies of her new book, "The Edible Schoolyard." The book examines how the "slow food" pioneer and a group of teachers turned a Berkeley middle school's land into a garden. After the signing session at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Waters will be touring the market (open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.).
Street Art Classes
3-5 p.m. Sunday at The Galaxie; $125 for a four-week session (includes all supplies except for sketch book and markers)
Ever walked by a mural on the side of a building and thought, "hey, that's cool?" (before the Mayor's Graffiti Blasters crew came and ruined it, of course). Chicago artist Revise CMW wants to bring out the street artist inside every one of the people who signs up for his class. For three weeks (April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17), students will design, lettering, spray-can art, markers, stenciling and more. Enrollment is limited to 12 students, so sign up now. All ages.