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Thursday, December 1

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Haptic live @ Empty Bottle

Local drone-music trio Haptic engage in a multi-day local tour (see also yesterday's entry for a radio appearance on WLUW) with a live performance at the Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Avenue). Also on the bill: Wrnlrd and Cristal, both from Virginia. More details at the Bottle web site, or on Transmission. 9 p.m., $8.

Beer & Bacon Bonanza

Provenance, along with Vella Cafe, will be hosting a four course "Beer and Bacon Bonanza" for the vegan-hating alcoholic in you. The menu includes pork loin roulade stuffed with bacon, apricots, and mushrooms; bacon infused fingerling potatoes; shortbread filled with brown sugar-bacon buttercream, and a chocolate stout ice cream float. $50, includes tax and tip. 6:30pm @ Vella Cafe (1912 N. Western). Tickets can be purchased at Provenance (2528 N. California, 773-384-0699 or 2312 W. Leland, 773-784-2314).

The Bicycle Men @ Lakeshore Theater

The Bicycle Men, the popular sketch comedy show featuring Dan Castellaneta (aka the voice of Homer Simpson), will be performed tonight at Lakeshore Theater, 8pm. Tickets are $35; click here for information.

Hunchback Talkback @ Redmoon

Redmoon Theater gives a special performance of Hunchback tonight as part of the League of Chicago Theaters' Theater Thursdays. Attendees will be treated to a pre-show reception including a backstage tour of the show, plus a post-show discussion with creator Jim Lasko and others. Tickets are $25, and the show starts at 6:30 at Redmoon Central, 1463 W. Hubbard.

Deck the Pubs!

The Chicago History Museum is sponsoring a trolley tour of local bars to find the *real* meaning of Christmas. Meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Museum, located at Clark and North Avenues. Cost is $25, $20 for CHM members.

Langdon Hammer on Hart Crane and Jasper Johns @ AIC

The Yale professor discusses Hart Crane's influence on painter Jasper Johns as part of the yearlong American Perspectives series of events. Free, in Fullerton Hall, 6 PM. 111 S Michigan. For more information, visit the Poetry Foundation website.

Slam One Back With Santa @ Avenue Tavern

Grab a brewski, sit on Santa's lap and tell him what you REALLY want for Christmas at the Avenue Tavern's "Slam One Back With Santa" party tonight (Thursday), 8 p.m. to midnight. You can even get your picture taken, if you think that's a wise idea.

Late-er Night Andersonville

The St. Lucia Festival of Lights procession will highlight the "Late-er Night Andersonville" celebration Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning at 3 p.m. In addition to the carole-filled walk through the Clark Street neighborhood, there will be live music, tours and gift-wrapping demonstrations. There's also schedule and a coupon you can print and clip for store discounts.

Bon Mots, Gnomes, Le Concorde, Stv Slv @ Schubas

To benefit Swedish Covenant Hospital, Swede Home Chicago features the Bon Mots, Gnomes, Le Concorde and Hood Internet's Stv Slv at Schubas. The Bon Mots bring pop, the Gnomes will rock, Le Concorde hooks you, and Stv Slv will drop mashups of music from Sweden and Chicago. And admission goes toward an excellent cause. The show begins at 8pm and costs $20. For more information, visit Schubas online.

The 800 lb. Gorilla in the Room

Artists and companies from Chicago's dance, performance art, and theatre communities join forces for The 800 lb. Gorilla in the Room: (What we're not talking about), answering the question, "What aren't we talking about? As a nation, as a people, as individuals?" Performers include Mordine & Co. Dance Theater, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Breakbone Dance Co., 3 card molly, HIJACK, and Cristal Sabbagh. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. Show starts at 8 pm at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn.

European Imports Warehouse Sale

European Imports Ltd., a local importer/distributor of the good stuff of Euroeats (cheese, wine, pasta, etc.) will be holding a rare warehouse sale from December 13-15 at their 2475 N. Elston headquarters between 9am and 3:30pm. Get in there for huge discounts! Cash and check only.

 

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