This Weekend Around Berwyn

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It’s April Fool’s Day, the day where we all lose, no matter what. Everybody is on guard, constantly looking over their shoulders. “What’s going to happen to me? When is it going to happen?” If no playful pranks happen to you by mid-afternoon, you start to question whether or not you are liked by your peers. “Maggie in HR had her phone put in a file cabinet AND they moved her lunch from the fridge to the freezer. Everybody must really love Maggie.” Get pranked and you have to deal with the fallout. Don’t get pranked and realize nobody likes you.

From a bigger picture perspective, at least we are encouraged to celebrate April Fool’s Day. China has banned the holiday this year. The country’s state news service released a statement: “Today is the West’s so-called ‘April Fools’. [The day] does not conform with our nation’s cultural traditions, nor does it conform with the core values of socialism. Don’t believe rumors, don’t create rumors.” I get why they might not like it, as explained in the first paragraph of this post, but banning seems a bit harsh.

Odds are you will spend the day rearranging your desk and hearing “April Fools!!!” from across the room on several occasions. But one thing that you can count on is a list of suggestions from us on how to make the most of the weekend Around Berwyn.

Spring Mixology Class
Autre Monde, 6727 W. Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, will host a Spring Mixology Class on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The class will include cocktails, a light lunch and of course, lessons on how to make cocktails appropriate for the spring weather. Mixologist Becci Visconti West is teaching the class, instructing the best ways to use ingredients such as herbs, simple syrup, and fresh juices to improve your skills behind the bar. The cost to attend is $50.

Saturday Night Showdown at Eagle’s Club
If you are entertained by boxing, arm wrestling, and live music, you might want to check out the Saturday Night Showdown on April 2 at Eagle’s Club, 6309 W. 26th Street. Tickets are $20 at the door and all proceeds benefit the Jimmy Durante Children’s Fund. This event will take place from 6-11 p.m.

Legendary Count Basie Orchestra at FitzGerald’s
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra will play two shows on Sunday, April 3, at FitzGerald’s, 6615 W. Roosevelt Rd. The first show will begin at 4 p.m. with the doors opening at 3 p.m. The late show will start at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:15 p.m. The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra is a jazz group and will be preceded by the charismatic vocalist Carmen Bradford. Tickets are $30 at the door and on TicketWeb.

Grand opening for Jazi Mama’s Café
Jazi Mama’s Café, 6305 W. Roosevelt Rd., just cut the ribbon this morning (April 1). The coffee and sandwich shop is inviting all the Berwynites to stop in at some point over the weekend to enjoy a menu that appeals to the breakfast and lunch crowd. Daily specials include coffee and Danish for $3.50 or sandwich, chips and soda for $5.50.



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