Things are going to get crazy
If you can’t make it down to New Orleans this year for Mardi Gras, Chicago Samba’s Carnaval offers an alternative that’s closer to home this weekend with a Brazilian Mardi Gras-themed celebration. Be ready for performances, dance lessons, live music, and a parade. Brazilian food and drink will be on sale to replenish your energy. (Those 21 and older can get a little wilder.) 10 PM, Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, $15. 18+
It’s all Greek to me . . . and everyone else at the party
In the tradition of mythical and epic parties thrown by Greek God of wine Dionysius, the National Hellenic Museum presents Chicago with its second annual Midwinter Masquerade celebrating the Greek Festival of Apokries. Open to the public, tickets include two free drinks and a mask and beads. 9 PM, 9 Muses Bar and Grill, 315 S. Halsted, $40, $30 in advance. 21+
Battle royale, karaoke-style
Theater company Pavement Group is holding its second annual Karaoke Showdown between ten representatives of various storefront theaters from across the city including New Colony, Dog and Pony, and Caffeine Theatre. Competition judges are three celebrities led by 2011 champion Joe Zarrow of Collaboraction. Price includes open bar, the showdown, and open karaoke before and after competition. 8 PM, Elegant Mr. Gallery, 1355 N. Milwaukee, $20.
This weekend you can get informed and discuss Chicago’s LGBT community at the Public Square’s “When Identities Collide: Sexuality and Black Feminism,” featuring author Kimberly Springer and cocurator of “Out in Chicago” Jennifer Brier. Brier and Springer will explore the past, present, and future of the city’s LGBT community and the black feminist movement. Also included is free access to the “Out in Chicago” exhibit. 1 PM, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, prairie.org, free, reservations required.