The Red Armchair, Pablo Picasso, 1931. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Saidenberg.
“Picasso Not in America” Lecture
Thursday, Febraury 21, 6-7 p.m.
The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik comes to the Art Institute’s Rubloff Auditorium for a riveting lecture on the work of Pablo Picasso. The event coincides with the opening of an exhibit of the famed artist’s pieces titled “Picasso and Chicago.” Free with museum admission, but arrive early as seats are first-come, first-served. 111 S. Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600
Arts and Drafts
Saturday, February 23, 7-10 p.m.
Support the arts while sampling the best “outsider” beers from Revolution Brewing, Koval Distillery, and others. Intuit, the Wicker Park-based center for intuitive and outsider art, hosts the event, so guests can browse the latest exhibitions while sipping their brews. Food will be available from Flesh for Food and a raffle includes prizes from the breweries. $20 or $18 for Intuit members, visit art.org for tickets. 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-243-9088
Carlucci Wedding Expo
Sunday, February 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Engaged couples should head to Downers Grove this weekend where Carlucci Restaurant hosts a mini-expo of wedding vendors. While sipping mimosas, guests can browse the floral arrangements, photography samples, and more from vendors such as Weddings by Denise, Campanelli Photography, Fred Astaire Dance Studio, and Mary Kay Cosmetics. $10 per couple in advance; $15 per couple at the door, call Sharon Borkowicz at 630-512-0990 to reserve a space. 1801 Butterfield Rd., Downers Grove, 630-512-0990
Michigan Avenue’s Oscar Viewing Party
Sunday, February 24, 7 p.m.
Join Richard Roeper and Billy Dec at Rockit Bar and Grill this weekend to catch the finale of awards season: the Academy Awards. Attendees can enjoy Oscar-themed Prosecco cocktails, Santa Margherita wine, and hors d’oeuvres while taking in the show. Proceeds benefit After School Matters. Tickets starting at $50 on rockitbarandgrill.com/oscars. 22 W. Hubbard St., 312-645-6000