Thursday, March 13, 2008

Diversions - things to to this weekend in Chicago

Some of my favorite suggestions for things to do in and around Chicago this weekend. A bit offbeat...

TRAN - The Atari Musical

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays : 8 p.m. (ends March 22) Price $15

The Spot in Uptown, 4437 N. Broadway

A gender-bending, multimedia musical satire of the 1982 Disney film "Tron" (one of the first movies to extensively use computer generated images) features '80s music, video game intrigue and characters who attempt to discover where the sexual freedom of the '70s went. Yeah, I know, this only really works for children of the '80's.

The Purr-fect martini contest at the Kitt Katt Club

3700 N. Halsted St.

Think you mix the best 'tini? Prove it by sending us your own "purrfect" recipe now for the chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas, and see your martini grace Kit Kat's menu for one year.

53rd Annual Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday at Noon, starting at Balbo (7th) and Columbus (east of Michigan Ave.)

Not as rowdy as last week's South Side Irish Parade, the St. Pat's celebration kicks off with the traditional dyeing of the Chicago River at its junction with Michigan Avenue (10:45 a.m.) and continues with this hugely popular parade. See floats, Irish step dancers, bands, clowns, Clydesdale horses and more.