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Happy Weekending, Chicago! This weekend, you'll find events that are easy on the ears and easy on the wallet. Get in the mood for St. Patty's Day with an Irish Pub Tour, grab a front row seat to the Big East Tournament out at All State Arena, or stay right here in the heart of the city and enjoy the smooth sounds of Pink Martini or eighth blackbird. Either way, we've got you covered.

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Pink Martini at the Symphony Center (3/7)

When Pink Martini takes the stage, it is one performance that will change the way you look at "orchestra music." Self-proclaimed "little orchestra" Pink Martini will be at the Symphony Center tomorrow night with singer China Forbes for a performance repetoire ranging from old to new selections, with multi-lingual songs and unique four-part harmonies of the von Trapps, the great-grandchildren of the famous Sound of Music family. Step outside of your preconceived notion of what an orchestra can sound like, and grab your tickets to Pink Martini now.

eighth blackbird at the MCA (3/8-9)

Eighth Blackbird

The Museum of Contemporary Art welcomes Chicago acclaimed eighth blackbird back to their stage, with a performance comprised up of singing, speaking, and miming. This contemporary adaptation of one of the earliest dark comedies from the early 1600 is a unique expression of love and death that will have you dissecting its meaning late into the night after the show.

Women Chefs & Restaurants Conference (3/9-12)

Women Chef and Restaurant Conference

The 21st Annual Women Chefs & Restaurant Conference comes to town this weekend, and Chicago couldnt be more pumped to play hostess. This year is all about one thing: Keeping it Green (and the food, of course). The conference will explore both environmental and financial topics with tours, classes, panels, speakers and hands-on experience (the best kind of experience when it comes to food, we'd say). Held at the InterContinental Chicago, you might see some familar faces there this weekend, includnig Rick Bayless, Paul Virant, Mindy Segal, Stephanie Izzard and more.

Big East Women's Basketball Tournament (3/9-11)

Big East

With tickets starting at just $15, the Big East Women's Tournament comes ot the Allstate Arena this weekend! Round 1 this Saturday will be played at Depaul's McGrath Phillips Arena, and all other games will take place at Allstate Arena, including new conference members Georgetown, Butler, Marquette, and Villanova, to name a few. This is the first time the conference will be held in Chicago, so mark this momentus occassion in history and grab your ticket today. 

Erin Go Beer! Irish Pubs of Chicago (3/6-13)

beer

There is something beautiful about the combination of history and beer: something sexy, even. This weekend is your chance to get on this divine combination, and join tavern historian Liz Garibay for a "thirst-free history adventure" through some of Chicago's unique watering holes. Grab a drink at each location, and relish in the history of each tavern and its surrounding neighborhood. Warning: this tour will bring our your inner leprechaun.