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Freaktoberfest, Zombie Doug's, David Sax's signing of Save the Deli, and more.

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Tickets for the seventh annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer on Saturday November 7 are going fast, and the afternoon session is already sold out. Tickets for the evening session are still available, and include a tasting glass and 12 sample tickets for wood-aged beers from more than 50 breweries, including Dogfish Head, The Lost Abbey, Metropolitan, Bell's, Three Floyds, Schlafly, and Two Brothers. Sat 11/7, 6-10 PM, Chicago Journeyman Plumbers' Local Union 130, 1340 W. Washington, $35 ($45 at the door if any tickets remain).


The Cigars and Stripes Freaktoberfest Beer Tasting offers more than 60 seasonal brews, including Schmaltz Brewing Company’s Freaktoberfest Blood Red Lager and Sword Swallower Steel Hop Lager, all part of its Coney Island line. Sideshow-style entertainment will be provided in the bar’s vintage tent, along with Coney Island hot dogs for sale. Halloween costumes are encouraged. 7-10 PM, Cigars & Stripes, 6715 W. Ogden, Berwyn, 708-484-1043, $20.

David Sax, author of Save the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of Jewish Delicatessen, signs his book and discusses his travels in search of authentic American delicatessens. Cosponsored by the Seminary Co-op Bookstore; nosh will be provided. 6 PM, Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli, 1141 S. Jefferson, 312-939-2855, free.


In conjunction with its Heartland exhibit, the Smart Museum of Art presents the lunch-hour talk Soul of the Heartland: Chicago Religion, Nature, and Food, by Martin Marty, professor emeritus at the U. of C. Divinity School, and Daniel Block, a geography professor at Chicago State University. Box lunch available for $10. Noon, Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood, registration required, 773-702-2351 or, free.


Lula Cafe's tradition of dressing up as another restaurant for Halloween continues this year with Zombie Doug's. Hot Doug's proprietor Doug Sohn will be guest chef, preparing special orders of his famous dogs. 9 AM-11 PM, Lula Cafe, 2537 N. Kedzie, 773-489-9554.


Surly Brewing Company owner Omar Ansari will be on hand for this release party for Surly Darkness, a Russian imperial stout offered every fall. 7 PM, Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989.

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