LINCOLN PARK — Who can blame a teacher for wanting to immediately hit the bars on a Friday night?
Lincoln Elementary teachers are turning the tables this Friday to tend bar at Tobacco Road and pocket the tips for the school charity.
Teachers from Lincoln, 615 W. Kemper Place, will tend bar from 7-10 p.m. Friday at Tobacco Road, 2249 N. Lincoln Ave. Admission is free and open to the public, although obviously parents and not students will be expected to pick up the tabs.
All tips for the three-hour Teacher Bartender Night will go to Friends of Lincoln, the school's fundraising arm.
Just don't ask for a julep or a mojito unless you want to get your kids' grades muddled along with the mint.
Later this weekend, the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., holds a screening of the film version of George Takei's Broadway musical "Allegiance." It's set for 6 p.m. Sunday around the corner at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
The screening is in conjunction with the Alphawood exhibit "Then They Came for Me," about Japanese-American incarceration during World War II.
Takei was incarcerated as a child along with his family during World War II. After he went on to star in the longtime TV and movie franchise "Star Trek," he returned to the subject with "Allegiance," setting the story of his family's life in the internment camps to a musical staged on Broadway two years ago.
"That's been my mission in life, to raise the awareness of this dark chapter of American history," Takei said before a recent Chicago appearance tied to the Alphawood exhibit, explaining that "you reach more people more profoundly through the heart."
Sunday's screening is a filmed version of that production. The three-hour movie is free, but the Alphawood asks that those interested in attending register beforehand.