Circus Cats of Chicago: a Purrformance Like No Other
1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at Woodstock Opera House
Animal trainer Samantha Martin's Amazing AcroCats perform a variety of entertaining tricks, including riding a skateboard, jumping through hoops and caterwauling in a three piece all-cat band called the Rock Cats. This family-friendly show will delight children and parents alike.
10th Annual Chicago's Best Wing Fest
Noon Sunday at Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington; $24, $50 for VIP (includes drinks and parking)
Eat wings, drink beer and listen to live blues at the 10th Annual Chicago's Best Wing Fest in the West Loop. More than 20 local restaurants, including Mullen's, Buffalo Joe's and Wild Goose will compete in the categories "mild," "hot," "BBQ," and "exotic," with proceeds benefiting local and national charities. For just $35, Timothy O'Toole's (which has won multiple awards for its wings) will provide tickets, bussing to and from the Auditorium, beer on the bus and a pub t-shirt.
We've already made our picks for the city's best wings.
Oscar Viewing Party with Candi Stratton as Cher
5:30 p.m. Sunday at Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
What better way to celebrate the Oscars than by strutting the red carpet with resident diva Candi Stratton and ogling four gold-painted, Oscar-esque male models? Candi emcees and performs as Cher during commercial breaks, while you nibble on tapas and sip half-price martinis and complimentary samples of St. Germain liqueur. Get there early and you could take home an Oscar-themed gift bag from St. Germain.
Not into divas? There are a whole lot of Oscar parties out there on Sunday.
"Eye of the Future" Opening Reception
7-10 p.m. Friday at Eyeporium Gallery, 1543 N. Milwaukee (inside Eye Want)
Take a peek into artist Jason Brammer's craft at the opening reception of his "Eye of the Future" exhibition. In addition to viewing three rooms of paintings and a site-specific installation, guests can watch a live painting performance by Brammer. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
10 p.m. Saturday at Logan Square Auditorium; $15
Before you drown yourself in beads on Fat Tuesday, why not party like a Brazilian for Carnaval? This authentic fete features the popular Chicago Samba dance troupe, capoeiristas and so much more. DJ Nando Brasil provides the tunes, while Chicago Samba instructor/MC for the evening Edilson Lima teaches samba dance steps. Expect dancers in full, extravagant costumes, $5 caipirinhas and authentic Brazilian food provided by Sinha Elegant Cuisine. The party is 16-plus, so young party-goers can also get in on the fun.
If you're a true Brazil nut, you'll want to check out Centerstage's guide to all the Carnaval celebrations around town.