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This unusual competition has become one of my favorite new wintertime activities, and I'm not alone in that sentiment. The past couple Synth-Chili Cook-Offs have been packed, with people assembling in odd, zigzagging lines around the Empty Bottle to wait for a chili sample during each set. I recommend showing up on time to get the full breadth of the competition, and to make sure you get a taste of each chili—occasionally supplies can run out. The whole thing starts at 7 PM; tickets are $5.