Rock Bottom Brewery (Callie Lipkin for the Tribune )
Rock Bottom Brewery 1 W. Grand Ave. 312-755-9339
Bite into a burger created by Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije—a bison patty dressed with cheddar, stout barbecue sauce and fried bacon ($10.95)—at this fundraiser for Idonije's foundation for underserved communities. The bash also features $5.50 drafts of Rock Bottom Winter Wheat ale, live music, raffles and a silent auction. 6-9 p.m. No cover.
(Free!) Vin Nouveau
Paris Club 59 W. Hubbard St. 312-595-0800
For wine lovers, the third Thursday of November a holiday in itself, marking the release of each year's beaujolais nouveau, a young red wine made from gamay grapes in France's Beaujolais region. Celebrate with samples of Joseph Drouhin beaujolais nouveau at the River North bar. 5-7 p.m.
Beauty Bar 1444 W. Chicago Ave. 312-226-8828
Sing—or shriek—your heart out to Bikini Kill, Black Flag and more at the Chicago Zine Fest Punk Rock Karaoke Fundraiser where zinesters Johnny Misfit and Jami Sailor host your karaoke stylings and admission includes a free compilation publication featuring past Chicago Zine Fest exhibitors and info about the upcoming March 2013 fest. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5.
Scream with Laughter
ComedySportz Theatre 929 W. Belmont Ave. 773-549-8080
Who says Jason Voorhees has no sense of humor? The "Friday the 13th" movie character may not, but Derek Mears—the actor who's played Jason since 2009—has been a member of California ComedySportz improv teams since 1989. Tonight, the arch-villain slashes his way into your funny bone as a guest team player and aims to show you that he's actually, well, a nice man. 8 p.m. $22. Tickets: comedysportzchicago.com.
(Free!) Haute Heights
Roof 201 N. State St. 27th floor 312-239-9501
The downtown skyline is the backdrop for a rooftop vintage haute couture runway show from Saint Cru Clothing Company featuring glam holiday gowns and luxe winter looks by Valentino, Just Cavalli, John Galliano, Missoni and VDP. 7 p.m. RSVP recommended: facebook.com/roofonthewit.
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.