Mark Bazer's guests for his live talk show are Tavi Gevinson (Rookie Mag), Lagunitas Brewing founder Tony Magee, and author Charles Blackstone (Vintage Attraction). $8http://theinterviewshowchicago.com
Shop holiday crafts made by Co-op Image students. Also enjoy beer from Half Acre and Revolution, food from Sauce and Bread Kitchen, and a live performance by Environmental Encroachment. All proceeds benefit the Co-op Image Group's youth arts programs. $15 suggested donationhttp://coopimage.org
New Brunswick blackened folk-metal band Thrawsunblat rose from the ashes of Woods of Ypres, whose run ended after the 2011 death of front man David Gold in a car accident; Thrawsunblat’s drummer, and the final drummer in Woods of Ypres, is Chicagoan Rae Amitay, who also plays in Mares of Thrace. In between Thrawsunblat tours in support of their terrific second album, Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings, Amitay found time to start her own group, Immortal Bird, and create the EP Akrasia. Originally intended to be a studio-only project, it’s now a full-fledged live band (with Novembers Doom drummer Garry Naples freeing up Amitay to be a full-time front woman), and Akrasia is sick and greasy black metal that does an admirable job inventing the sound of a mind tearing itself apart. —Monica Kendrick Crusader and Gnarhval open. $5
It feels like only yesterday when we were strolling down Division in a T-shirt and short pants, shopping for jewelry, housewares, and other indie-crafty stuff at the Renegade Craft Fair. Shorts are no longer appropriate, but the winter edition of Renegade takes place indoors. More than 150 talented crafters sell their wares in toasty, climate-controlled comfort. Bonus: free trolley rides from the Damen and Division Blue Line stops.http://renegadecraft.com/chicago
Free trolleys will transport Renegade Craft Fair and Magnificent Mile shoppers to Division Street to partake in deals from local businesses, caroling, snowman building, and wine tasting.http://do-division.com/do/holiday
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/
Group show featuring artwork on skateboard decks. Reception Sat 11/16, 6-10 PM.