Get schooled in authentic Italian cuisine at Gioco.
Rodney Cutler at ULTA
Thursday, September 27, 10 AM-2 PM
ULTA’s The Salon is introducing a series of new fall trends this week, and celebrity stylist Rodney Cutler will be in Chicago for haircut consultations to kick off the new collection of styles. If Cutler’s name doesn’t ring a bell, his work will: when Emma Watson wanted to change her hair after years of keeping it long to film the Harry Potter series, Cutler created her now-iconic pixie cut. Appointments recommended. 114 S. State St., 312-279-5081
The 2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Bash
Friday, September 28, 8-11 PM
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago throws its first-ever Big Bash at Galleria Marchetti this weekend. The cocktail-attire event, which benefits the organization’s youth mentorship programs, will feature an open bar, silent auction, and live entertainment. Purchase $115 tickets at bigbash2012.org. 825 W. Erie St.
Gioco Cooking Class
Saturday, September 29, 10 AM-3 PM
This weekend marks the start of Italian restaurant Gioco’s new cooking series. Each month, executive chef Gaetano Ascione will work with guests in the Gioco kitchen, teaching them to prepare a three-course meal from one of the 20 regions of Italy. The inaugural class will focus on Tuscany, and the meal prep will be followed by a sit-down dinner in the resto’s speakeasy with wine pairings from the San Felice Winery in Tuscany. $80; reservations required by calling 312-939-3870. 1312 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago Canine Rescue Mutt Strut
Saturday, September 29, 11 AM-2 PM
The Chicago Canine Rescue’s 9th Annual Mutt Strut is a fundraising walk and block party in Lakeview that gives animal-lovers a chance to not only support the cause, but adopt a dog as well. NBC5’s Kye Martin emcees the event, which includes family-friendly activities, a raffle, and a Doggy Olympics. Rain date is October 28. $25; register in advance on chicagocaninerescue.com. Newport Ave. between Southport and Lakewood