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A John Waters Christmas and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

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John Waters asks goofy questions about Christmas at Thalia Hall on Monday 11/27. - GREG GORMAN
  • Greg Gorman
  • 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:

Mon 11/27: 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

Mon 11/27: 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

Tue 11/28: 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

Tue 11/28: 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.

Grizzly Bear plays from its newest album, Painted Ruins, at the Riviera Theatre on Wednesday 11/29. - TOM HINES
  • Tom Hines
  • Grizzly Bear plays from its newest album, Painted Ruins, at the Riviera Theatre on Wednesday 11/29.

Wed 11/29: Grizzly Bear 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

Thu 11/30: 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

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