Corks & Chocolates: Weds., Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m. Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western, hosts their 3rd year of wine and dessert pairings! This year’s event features chocolates from neighborhood favorite, Sweet Freaks, and is a sweet way to kick off the holiday festivities. Tickets: $10 in advance via the Cork & Kerry Facebook page or $15 at the door. Event is 21+.
BACinema: “Die Hard,” Weds., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. The most action-packed Christmas movie ever made, or the most Christmas-packed action movie ever made? “Die Hard” follows the story of Bruce Willis as John McClane, fighting terrorists amidst holiday cheer. Tickets: $6 or $5/BAC members. www.beverlyartcenter.org.
Castle Concert Series: Michael Peter Smith & Anne Hills, Sat., Dec. 14, 6:30-9 p.m., Givins Beverly Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. The concert series fundraiser benefiting the Castle continues with this stunning folk duo. Described as “the greatest songwriter in the English language” by Rolling Stone, Smith teams up with “one of contemporary music’s premier vocalists,” Hills, combining their considerable talents for a good cause. Suggested donation: $32.50. Tickets/info: www.concertsatthecastle.org.
BACinema: “Happy Christmas,” Weds., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Featuring performances from Anna Kendrick and Melanie Lynsky , the film, shot on grainy 16mm film, has the look and feel of a modern holiday dramedy viewed through the lens of an old tree ornament. Q&A with the Chicago Writer/Director Joe Swanberg follows the 7:30 showing of this contemporary Christmas movie. Tickets $6 or $5/BAC members. www.beverlyartcenter.org.
Givins Beverly Castle: Acoustic Open Mic Night, Thurs., Dec. 19, Givins Beverly Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. Arrive at the Castle on the 3rd Thursday of the month for Open Mic Night. Musicians, poets, comedians, storytellers and more are invited to perform. Sign up at 6 p.m., performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by www.concertsacastle.org.
BAC: Laugh in the New Year: Tues., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. Join Chicago comedians Pat Tomasulo and Jeanie Doogan for a roaring (with laughter) start to 2020! Back after last year’s sold out performance, this stand up comes equipped with a cash bar and free parking for New Year Eve‘s revelers. Tickets: $40 or $36/BAC members. www.beverlyartcenter.org.