The Southport Corridor offers carolers, festive lights, sleigh rides, and special gifts from surrounding businesses.http://lakeviewchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/18th-annual-southport-holiday-stroll-131
More than forty champagnes and sparkling wines available for tasting, along with samples of caviar, sushi, and salumi. $65
The director hosts a screening of the film about a young couple who must save their high school from the glee club after it turns into a gang of cretins. $9.25
Director Jeffrey Schwarz explores the life and career of drag superstar Divine (Pink Flamingos) in this new documentary. $9
The inaugural year of this festival features a holiday arts market, food and drink, and live performances from local bands starting at 5:30 PM. $5 cover for the concert.
More than 60 artists present print works available for purchase on cards, books, T-shirts, and posters.
Chicago Diner, the city’s foremost purveyor of veg Reuben sandwiches, wingz, and other meat-free, feel-good foods, turned 30 this year, and co-owner Jo A. Kaucher released a cookbook to mark the occasion. The diner gang hosts a book-release party for The New Chicago Diner Cookbook: Meat-Free Recipes from America’s Veggie Diner this afternoon. Free with RSVP to email@example.com://veggiediner.com
A night of live music, burlesque performances, and comedy benefits KT's Kids. $10 and a toy to donatehttp://ktskids.com
An improv comedy show in which each sketch introduces a new drinking game. $10
With regard to the AIDS plague, Larry Kramer was a first responder. In 1982, when the Centers for Disease Control acknowledged that gay men were dying in epidemic numbers from a "cancer" no one yet understood, Kramer ran toward the fire, as they say, rather than from it. He became what a colleague from the period calls "the principal and guiding force behind the establishment of Gay Men's Health Crisis," a Manhattan-based organization that still provides counseling and legal support. Five years later, frustrated with GMHC's political reticence in an environment where President Reagan and New York mayor Ed Koch ignored AIDS except to demonize its victims, the notoriously argumentative Kramer instigated the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, whose famous slogan was "Silence = Death. In between GMHC and ACT UP, Kramer wrote The Normal Heart: a play about a notoriously argumentative gay New Yorker who starts an AIDS support organization only to find himself struggling against its political reticence while elected officials refuse to act and men die all around him. Continue reading >> $24-$50
A holiday hangout in your grandparents' basement in the wee hours, with inebriated uncles and cousins telling tales of woe and failure (they were drunk then too)—it's a little like that. Comedian Sean Flannery's The Blackout Diaries returned to the 70s-style Lincoln Lodge this past January, having begun there with a short run two years ago before moving to a monthly gig at the Beat Kitchen. It's weekly now, with a Malort sponsorship to boot (and a podcast launching May 1). No qualms about it, the show is about drinking (and occasionally smoking) yourself into enough of a stupor that a great yarn comes from it—and hopefully some shocking photo and/or video documentation, as well. It finds humor in the bleakness of the bender. Each week's stories come from a mix of comics—I was fortunate to catch both Chris Condren and Brian Babylon during a recent visit—and everyday Chicagoans, many of whom Flannery probably met while hugging a mug of Old Style at a bar, and many of whom probably have stories to outshine the pros. Example: The amiable postal worker and former speakeasy owner, known simply as "Floyd," who once had a time in Malta that consisted of the attempted liberation of a sex slave and the maniacal bare-fisted bashing in of a small automobile. And that's just the CliffsNotes version. Flannery is a sharp, expert host—benefiting, no doubt, from the show's increased frequency—who keeps the flow of guests steady without appearing hurried. He supplements the Q&A portion with clever inquiries if the audience isn't speaking up. Regardless of the heavy content—drinking until you climb on top of something and then fall off that something isn't actually always a blast—the mood is unceasingly light, and you're probably drinking anyway. So go make a memory. —Kevin Warwick
A comedy supergroup consisting mainly of former members of People of Earth, 3033 creates some of the liveliest, most consistently solid improv around. Members Andy St. Clair and Alex Fendrich have been highlights of recent Second City E.T.C. shows; Rush Howell, a lawyer by day, is one of the scene's wittiest performers; and Bill Arnett and Danny Mora are personable comedians with off-beat senses of humor. Unlike most troupes at iO, 3033 doesn't stick with the Harold improv format. Instead, they play it loose, letting an audience suggestion and Jason Chin's playful music and light effects steer them. At a recent show the topic of gangs inspired a hilarious 70s-era game show. --Ryan Hubbard $5http://chicago.ioimprov.com/
The museum's bison is covered with eco-friendly seasonal decorations in order to serve as a holiday-photo op.