Up your cooking game with a demo (and cocktail pairings) at Mercadito. (Mercadito )
Holiday Cooking Demo
Mercadito 108 W. Kinzie St. 312-329-9555
Spice up your kitchen repertoire with chef Patricio Sandoval who leads preparations for a five-course Holiday Traditions of Mexico menu with cocktail pairings including Callos de Hacha (pan-seared diver scallops with potato, leek and roasted jalapeno fundido) and the pisco-based Cocktail Navideno. 6:30 p.m. $65. Phone RSVP required. Menu: mercaditorestaurants.com/chicago
Community Grant Night
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar 960 W. 31st St. 773-890-0588
Drink up for a good cause—the Bridgeport bar donates all proceeds from the evening's sales of A Dark & Stormy Night in Bridgeport ($7), The Oxley Corpse Reviver ($8) and a bartender's choice pale ale ($6-$7) to the Benton House Food Pantry's community efforts. 7-11 p.m. No cover.
(Free!) MCA Curator Tour: City Self
Museum of Contemporary Art 220 E. Chicago Ave. 312-280-2660
Imbibe some culture for lunch as senior curator Dieter Roelstraete leads an exploration into the art and creative process of New York-based filmmaker Sarah Morris' "City Self" film in its American premiere at the museum. The exhibition also includes additional works from the museum's collection exploring explore city life. Noon.
A Special Evening with Max Maven
Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-5252
Discover what's on the mind of the person sitting next to you as the renowned mentalist and magician presents an interactive performance and optional post-show discussion. Magic Chicago's Robert Charles and Benjamin Barnes host. 7:30 p.m. $25; $40 for performance and discussion. Tickets: stage773.com
Hulk 101: Accident Fallacy
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave. 773-709-1401
The superhero is addressed as high art, kitsch, god and Kanye West subject in performances and presentations by The Atlantic and Slate correspondent Noah Berlatsky, Bad at Sports blogger Dana Bassett, Ladydrawers Comics Collective member Lindsey Smith and queer comics and fiber artist Rachel N. Swanson, presented by the Homeroom arts organization. 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
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