Johann Strauss's comic opera Die Fledermaus turns on what Reader's Deanna Isaacs calls a "delicious conceit": a husband unwittingly attempts to seduce his own wife at a masquerade ball. It plays at the Lyric this month through 12/21, with a second run in January. $34-$254
Kellye Howard headlines this night of stand-up with special guests Rob Wilson and Jamie Campbell of the Whiskey Journal. 21+
Writers and artists use Hulk to inspire discussion about gender, identity, artistic appropriation, activism, and media. Guests include Noah Berlatsky, Dana Bassett, Lindsey Smith, and Rachel N. Swanson. $5 suggested donationhttp://homeroomchicago.org
A night full of Tom Waits, featuring DJ sets by Heaven Malone and Dave Meijer.http://heavenmalone.com
If a popular book franchise is to be believed, stories are like chicken soup for the soul. You know what else is like soup for the soul? Soup. The monthly lit series That’s All She Wrote teams up with the Hideout’s free weekly soup dinner Soup & Bread to raise funds for Swim Cafe owner Karen Gerod, who is battling cancer. Local chefs—like Hoosier Mama’s Allison Scott— bring the soup; local writers read on health care and caregiving. $10 suggested donationhttp://thatsallshewrotechicago.com/
After a few drinks, everybody’s a raconteur. Or a raconteuse. Or, more likely, a bore. That’s not the case with the ten storytellers at the Moth’s GrandSLAM Championship, all of whom are previous StorySLAM winners. Tonight will determine who’s the best and funniest of them all. $17http://etix.com
A tasting of local wine, beer, and spirits at the garden's Wonderland Express exhibit. 21+ $28, $25 in advance
Defenders of “real” hip-hop have been up in arms about Drake ever since his breakout 2009 mixtape, So Far Gone, with which he first found substantial success with brazen pop hooks and a deeply unhard image—and thereby became one of a long line of artists who’ve ruined rap music forever. His latest LP, Nothing Was the Same (OVO Sound), sometimes seems like an album-length trolling of his haters in the way it juxtaposes conservative hip-hop touchstones—Houston rap, the Wu-Tang Clan—against sensitive-guy deep thoughts that occasionally reach James Taylor levels and cover art that might as well have been stolen from a 70s jazz-fusion LP. At the same time, Drake and longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib have darkened the mood since 2011’s Take Care, with beats that are both minimalist and sonically luxurious, making Nothing Was the Same one of the year’s best headphone records. Lyrically, Drake is still wallowing in his fame while struggling with a Sisyphean series of romantic travails, but on the Majid Jordan-coproduced single “Hold On, We’re Going Home” he finds a disco-fied moment of transcendental bliss. —Miles Raymer Miguel and Future open. $59.75-$109.75
Bergmann, a partner at the creative design firm Bjarke Ingels Group, discusses the creative process of architecture. Part of the "Architecture Is Art…Is Architecture Art?" lecture series.
Interior designer and eco-artist Angela Mead-Crenshaw leads this craft tutorial that illustrates the benefit of using recycled material for art projects.
Bell's Brewery showcases a dozen of their finest brews, including rare offerings like the raspberry ale and the harvest ale.
Maria's will provide cookies, songbooks, and adult beverages while participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments and voices for a night of drinking and singing.
Director Jeffrey Schwarz explores the life and career of drag superstar Divine (Pink Flamingos) in this new documentary. $9
The Descendents transcended the textbook definition of punk in the 80s. They were self-proclaimed dorks—the band's iconic Milo logo epitomizing their image—who weren't afraid to write cheeseball love songs. They also kind of pioneered a brand of pop punk that would go on to influence bands like Blink-182 (for better or worse). Filmage is a documentary about the band and its offshoot, All. Screenings feature a "special guest Q&A." $10 (early show sold out)
Curbside Splendor presents readings by Samantha Irby, Ben Tanzer, and Megan Stielstra.http://curbsidesplendor.com