Griswold Hour: Christmas Vacation Holiday Party at the Music Box
Come early to enter the ugly sweater competition before a screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Holiday punch: Worst sweater gets $250; admission includes a Goose Island 10 Hills Pale Ale.
Tonight 7-10:30p. Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Lakeview (773-871-6607). $12 here.
Nearby: Toon’s Bar & Grill; Sushi Mura; Tango Sur
Christmas With the Kranks: Kranky Records 20th Anniversary
One of Chicago’s top independent labels celebrates 20 years of experimental music-making with four shows across the city.
Keep a lid on it: Be sure to catch the cinematic sounds and trippy imagery of Stars of the Lid (pictured) on Sunday.
Tonight-Sun. Various locations. $12-20 per show here.
First Worst: The Best Worst Company Holiday Party Ever at ComedySportz
In the spirit of Showtime’s Party Down, see what happens when a party-planning company throws its own holiday party.
Laugh lube: Rotating craft beers including Revolution Anti-Hero and Shiner Ruby Redbird help keep the laughs flowing.
Sun 8:30p. ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave., Lakeview (773-549-8080). $10 here.
Nearby: Berlin; Trader Todd’s; Sheffield’s
Paint It Black: IPaintMyMind at Green Exchange
Check out cityscapes and original works from leading local artists as the in-house DJ spins a killer all-vinyl set.
Free ride: Free drinks from Ale Syndicate and Virtue Cider provide additional incentive to become a local art expert.
Fri 7-10p. Green Exchange, 2545 W. Diversey Ave., Logan Square. $10-25 here.
Nearby: Arcade Brewery; Owen & Engine; Parson’s Chicken & Fish