What to Do in Chicago This Weekend: Jan. 11-13, 2013

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This weekend, the Bulls are back in town, Half Acre is open for tours, and Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is cooking. And there are many other fun events to keep you entertained this weekend, January 11-13, in and around Chicago.

Supernatural Chicago With Neil Tobin

Friday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Excalibur

632 N. Dearborn St., Chicago

$25, includes two drinks

Neil Tobin is a Chicago necromancer who shares stories of Chicago's supernatural history. Whether you believe or not, his material is sure to send a chill down your spine. Presented every Friday night, this show often sells out, so buy tickets online or call 800-979-3370.

Up Comedy Club Presents Matt Braunger

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11-12, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Up Comedy Club

230 W. North Ave., Third floor, Chicago

$20

After getting his start in Chicago, Matt Braunger has found himself in roles on NBC's "Up All Night," "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien," "The Late Show With David Letterman," "MADtv," and more. He's made his mark in comedy, and if you haven't seen him in any of his shows, find out how funny he is in person.

Paella Cooking Class at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

2024 N. Halsted, Chicago

$30 plus tax and gratuity

If you haven't been to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, then sign up for this class simply to discover some of the best cuisine in Chicago. This is one of my favorite places, and not only will you get to sample food and wine, but you'll also have an opportunity to learn from Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba's executive chef, Luis Vazquez. There are a limited number of spots, so reserve now by calling 773-935-5000.

Half Acre Brewery Tour

Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m.

Half Acre Beer Company

4257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

$10, cash only

Get the history on one of Chicago's favorite breweries. With your admission, you'll get a pint glass and tons of samples. The tours are first-come, first-serve, with only 60 people getting in, so go early! And just a reminder, the release date for Half Acre's Double Daisy Cutter is next Friday, January 18, 2013.

Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns

Saturday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m.

United Center

1901 W. Madison, Chicago

From $40, plus fees

Catch the Bulls in action this weekend against the Phoenix Suns. The Suns might not be the best team in the league, but who doesn't love watching the Bulls, regardless of who they're playing? It's one of the cheaper Bulls games to snatch a ticket to, so don't miss the chance.

Art and Crafts at Hyde Park Art Center

Sunday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m.

Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago

Free

On the second Sundays of the month, the Hyde Park Art Center hosts a free arts and crafts session for kids. This week, the session will focus on collaging, including Candida Alvarez's exhibition "mambomountain," and paper marbling, which will be used to create journals. For more informatin, call 773-324-5520.

Dance Dance Party Party

Sunday, Jan. 13, 4 p.m.

Perceptual Motion Dance Studio

4057 N. Damen Ave., Chicago

$5

Sorry, boys, this is a girls-only dance party. And ladies, there will be no alcohol and zero judgment, but 60 minutes of freestyle dancing in a dimly lit room. Whatever dancing level you are on, this will be a good time dancing with your girlfriends!

Janoa Taylor is a freelance writer with a background in business and finance. She offers a unique local perspective gained from years as a Chicago resident.

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