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Weekend: Eat. Drink. Do.

  • Strut your stuff this weekend at Spin.
Strut your stuff this weekend at Spin. (Liegh Hanlon/For RedEye )
December 12, 2012|By Julia Borcherts for RedEye

EAT

The Last Supper

Le Bouchon
1958 N. Damen Ave. 773-862-6600

Just in case it's the end of the world as we know it—according to the Mayan calendar, anyway—the restaurant offers an End of the World seven-course pop-up dinner featuring a "chef's last meal" menu of caviar, oysters, foie gras, gnocchi with black truffles, chocolate and—of course—a burger and fries. Bring your own wine—and your best friends. 5-10 p.m. Sunday. $75. Phone RSVP required.

(Free!) Turkey on Fire?

Gaslight Coffee Roasters
2385 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Prep a five-minute holiday food disaster tale and share it at Holiday Bizarre: Festive Food Fiascoes, a story slam hosted by Graze magazine that also features complimentary meats, cheeses and pastries, Letherbee gin cocktail tastings and screenings of video submissions from Graze's Culinary Confession Booth. 8 p.m. Saturday.

DRINK

Coffee Mates

Bow Truss Coffee Roasters
2934 N. Broadway 773-857-1361

Sample the roaster's new Hearth Blend, which contains notes of berries, fudge and spiced nuts ($2.75-$3.50 per cup; $15 per pound) and explore possible gift pairings at the debut Holiday Market, a collection of different local vendors each day including Exploding Library handmade books (Saturday) and Lucila's Homemade pastries (Sunday). 2-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. No cover.

Work It

Spin
800 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-7711

Think you've got what it takes to be the next great drag performer? Sign up before 11:30 p.m. and strut your stuff at Dragzilla, where "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant Dida Ritz hosts performances by amateur entertainers and the winner takes home $100—plus a future booking on Spin's stage. The party kicks off with $1 Jameson ice cream cone shots and $5 Peroni drafts and Skyy bombs. 11:59 p.m. Saturday. No cover before 10 p.m.; $5 after 10 p.m.

English Accent
Martyn George 1855 W. Grand Ave. 312-340-4666

Sip mulled wine, sample royal pies and pasties from Pleasant House Bakery and browse vintage kitchenware—such as English glass cake stands and 1960s-era etched barware—curated by British ex-pat proprietor Johanna Brannan Lowe at the shop's holiday party. Grab a traditional English cracker party favor, which will reveal what dollar discount you receive on a purchase. 4-8 p.m. Saturday. No cover.

DO

Scottie and Scrooge
Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn St. 312-443-3800

Former Chicago Bulls star and front office advisor Scottie Pippen and Make-A-Wish child La'Ren Kimble star in one-night-only walk-on roles as part of "A Christmas Carol," the Goodman's classic production of Charles Dickens' tale of Scrooge and the meaning of Christmas. 8 p.m. Friday. $73-$92. Tickets: goodmantheatre.org.

(Free!) Write Club
Detzner Studio 1743 S. Halsted St. 773-397-5979

No one's looking for mixed metaphors or split infinitives—just good stories—at the Bad Grammar Theater reading series, a drop-in event that features tales beginning every half hour by Chicago writers Reina Hardy, Michael Penkas, Chris Lison and others as part of the Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday neighborhood gallery event. 6-10 p.m.

Where the Wares Are
Journeymen Plumbers Hall 1340 W. Washington Blvd. 312-666-1200

Unique is the word at the Randolph Street Holiday Market, where you'll find both vintage and modern holiday decor, furniture, jewelry, artisanal foods and handcrafted gifts—plus live carolers, artist-made tabletop trees for sale to benefit charities and free gift wrap. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $8-$10; $3-$5 for students; free entry with Toys for Tots donation. Tickets: randolphstreetmarket.com.

REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY

At 7 p.m. Sunday, comedy troupe Octavarius kicks off a three-week, holiday-themed "Lord of the Rings" trilogy: octavarius.com.

Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.

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