John Waters asks goofy questions about Christmas at Thalia Hall on Monday 11/27.
There's plenty to do in Chicago after the holiday weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:
Filmmaker, author, and pencil-mustache enthusiast John Waters
rants about Christmas and asks tough questions such as "Has Santa ever been nude?" during A John Waters Christmas at Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport). 9 PM, $35-$42
Lauded comedians Taneshia "Just Nesh" Rice and Marilee Williams host the weekly stand-up showcase Manic Mondays
—one of the few on the south side—at Frances Cocktail Lounge (307 E. 75th) 9 PM, $5
Promontory chef Bernard Bennett teams up with sommelier Derrick Westbrook of 57th Street Wines for a four-course prix fixe meal with the theme Beaujolais and Harvest. The dinner, part of the Hyde Park Wine Society
series of events, takes place at Promontory (5311 S. Lake Park). 7 PM, sold out
In Sacrilege: A Nativity Story
at the Annoyance Theatre (851 W. Belmont), the history of Christmas is told from the perspective of Mary Magdalene—on her way to Bethlehem while tailed by malevolent forces.
Wed 11/29: Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bear plays from its newest album, Painted Ruins, at the Riviera Theatre on Wednesday 11/29.
stops off at the Riviera Theatre (4746 N. Racine) to support its fifth album, Painted Ruins
. The Reader
's Peter Margasak writes, "The fuzzy drive of [Chris] Taylor’s nimble bass lines provide muscular counterbalance to the group's aerated melodies—which though less direct than on previous recordings have lingered on and insinuated themselves into my brain as effectively as anything else Grizzly Bear has done." 8 PM, $40
Wed 11/29-Sat 12/2:
From the folks who brought us the Upside Down, a Stranger Things
-themed pop-up, comes a new concept that will tear you apart, Lisa. For Oh Hai, Chicago
, Emporium Arcade Bar (2363 N. Milwaukee) transforms into the set of The Room
—a movie so hilariously bad, it deserves a drunken, immersive experience. Cheesecake not included. 5 PM-2 AM, free
In his exhibit "Where House Used to Be,"
closing tonight at Comfort Station (2579 N. Milwaukee), Daniel Hojnacki utilizes photography and and unconventional materials to examine interpretations of the word "home." 7-9 PM, free