Monday, February 24

Get ready to pounce. General admission tickets to Baconfest (April 25 and 26) go on sale here at noon, and as in past years, they’re likely to vanish quickly. You can buy $100 tickets for one of three slots: dinner on April 25 or 26 or lunch on April 26, and soak up all things pig fat thanks to samples from dozens of local chefs.

Wednesday, February 26

To fête his cookbook, The Art of French Pastry, chef Jacquy Pfeiffer (a co-founder of the French Pastry School) will talk all things pâte a choux and ganache at a free lecture and sampling session at City Lit Books (2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., Logan Square, 773-235-2523).

Blow out a candle or two for the Man in Black—in honor of Johnny Cash’s birthday, Bub City (435 N. Clark St., River North, 312-610-4200) will be giving out free slices of “Black Out” birthday cake to enjoy during a performance by cover band Petty Cash starting at 10 p.m. Call the restaurant to make a reservation.

Thursday, February 27

Pair your platter of Blue Point oysters with some live blues at Bow & Stern Oyster Bar (1371 W. Chicago Ave., West Town, 312-988-0644) during their new Thursday night live music showcase, Oyster Blues. Thursday’s act is longtime traditional blues man Harmonica Hinds.

Friday, February 28

Get an early start on Mardi Gras festivities tonight at Division Ale House (1942 W. Division St., Wicker Park, 773-384-6886) where, running through the big day for the Big Easy, they’ll be serving gumbo, po’ boys, and $6 Hurricane cocktails.