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The Dinner Party
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St. 312-733-9463
Join Bears GM Phil Emery, performer Lynne Jordan, performance poet Kevin Coval, Longman & Eagle chef Jared Wentworth and host Elysabeth Alfano for tastings of small plates and entrees, wines, chocolate, conversation and performances. A VIP option ($65) includes a 6-7 p.m. wine, cheese and art reception with Emery, artist Beth Emery and Bears tight end—and artist!—Martellus Bennett. 7:30-9 p.m. $40-$65. Tickets: citywinery.com.
Trenchermen 2039 W. North Ave. 773-661-1540
Chef Pat Sheerin serves up a four-course harvest vegetarian menu—which can be made vegan upon request—featuring such courses as heirloom wheat berries with mapo tofu, squash, carrots, chilies and pumpkin seed; and apple crisp with pumpkin butter, vanilla ice cream and pecan. Add wine pairings for $18 more. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $36.
Monday Night Football
Velvet Lounge 67 E. Cermak Road 312-794-5904
Watch the Minnesota Vikings challenge the New York Giants (7:40 p.m.) on eight 50-inch screens with sound amplified over the South Loop club's house speaker system as you sip $7 Grey Goose and Ciroc vodka cocktails and nosh on 50-cent wings. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover.
"The Kindness of Strangers: A Festival of Storytelling"
The Side Project Theatre 1439 W. Jarvis Ave. 773-340-0140
Chicago tale-spinners Harold Harris, Clover Morell, Jennifer Thom and headliner Eric Warner take the stage for a night of solo performance as part of this storytelling showcase about connections with strangers which features nine directors and nearly 40 writer-performers over three weeks. $10-$15. Through Nov. 6. $15. Tickets: thesideproject.net
The Greenhouse Theater Center 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. 312-222-4369
The bestselling Norwegian crime author—whose 10 contemporary crime novels have been translated into more than 40 languages—joins Knopf Publishing's Sonny Mehta and Chicago Tribune crime reporter and novelist David Heinzmann to discuss Nesbo's latest, "Police," in which a serial killer murders Oslo detectives at the scenes of unsolved crimes. 7 p.m. $20; or $45.52 (includes book). Tickets: tribnation.com/events
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Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.