Tonight: Pre-Lolla Partying

Plus: poker playing and free manicures

Meredith Gregory

GOO-GOO FOR GAGA: If you're angling for a Lady Gaga sighting away from Grant Park, your best bet might be to head to Berlin tonight. The Boystown joint is throwing the Freak Ball w/ Lady Starlight, who also happens to be Lady Gaga's Tour DJ. Will Miss Gaga show up? You'll have to show up to find out. 9 p.m., 954 W Belmont, $20

GO DOWN, GET DOWN: Let the Lolla parties begin, starting with Underground Nights, a series of special events Lollapalooza weekend, kicking off tonight. Head to The Underground for DJs Josh Madden, Mat Devine of Kill Hannah, and DJ Jesse Marco. 10 p.m., 56 West Illinois St., RSVP to

ANTE UP: Lady Gaga won't be the only one sporting a "poker face" in Chicago this week. Head to Galleria Marchetti tonight for Chicago Gateway Green's Texas Hold 'Em "Gaming for Green" charity tournament. The fifth annual event offers players a chance to win $5,000 toward a buy-in into the World Series of Poker Circuit Event at Horseshoe Casino, or you can just watch the players and hit the open bar and buffet. 5:30 p.m., $40 for spectators, $150 for players.

GOOD DEAL: Hit up State Restaurant tonight for a deal that's light on your wallet. The bi-monthly event offers free manicures for guests, along with entrees priced at $7.95 and everything else at $6.95. In other words, it's not much more than a Mickey D's combo meal, plus, you'll walk out looking mighty swell! 7-9 p.m., 935 W. Webster

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