5 Things To Do This Week In Chicago

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Wine 102: Far Out Grapes From Far Out Places
This class is for the more experienced winos out there, who are interested in delving into the characteristics and tastes of different grapes. The wine aficionados at Bin36 will teach you how to select the right wines for parties, so you can expand beyond that three-buck-chuck.
When: Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bin36, 339 North Dearborn (at Carroll Avenue): 312-755-9463.
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Roy Lichtenstein Retrospective
Check out the best of the artist's comic strip-style paintings at the world premiere of this traveling exhibit. They'll also be showcasing his sketches, paintings, and sculptures, so you can really get into the pop artist's psyche. Or, just enjoy the art.
When: Opens Tuesday, May 22, see website for hours.
Where: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue (between Monroe Street and Jackson Drive); 312-443-3600.
Blade Runner
The Logan Square International Film Festival screens Ridley Scott's futuristic thriller as part of their Wednesdays on the Lawn series. The '80s special effects are sure to look awesome (or, at least, awesomely hilarious) on the big screen.
When: Wednesday, May 23, 8 p.m.
Where: Comfort Station at Logan Square, 2579 North Milwaukee Avenue (between Kedzie and Logan Boulevards); no phone.
Slow Food Chicago Dinner
Local farmers team up to create an all-kinds-of-delicious (and organic!) meal for Chicagoans willing to throw down. The mouth-watering menu options are sourced from local vendors, and include ribs, risotto, and rhubarb shortcake. And, of course, there will be cocktails.
When: Wednesday, May 23, 6 p.m.
Where: Uncommon Ground, 1401 West Devon Avenue (at Glenwood Avenue); 773-465-9801.
Fernet Branca Band Fest
Italian liqueur company Fernet Branca is launching a digital battle of the bands, in which up-and-coming rockers will get the chance to compete for the masses on Facebook. Head to the site to vote for your favorite, and at the end of the contest the group with the most 'likes' will get to open for an act at the Pitchfork Music Festival.
When: Contest begins May 28
Photo: Courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago
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