Inside Big Star [Photograph: Blake Royer]

Monday, December 17th

Holiday Rock & Roll at the Sofitel
December 18th, 6 P.M.
This holiday pastry competition, hosted by Steve Dolinsky, features dessert samples from Maison, Carnivale, and Stout Barrel House & Gallery. Thanks to Metromix for the tip. $35. 20 East Chestnut St.;event website

Tuesday, December 18th

An Evening of Wine & Film with Ed Burns
December 18th, Doors open at 6 p.m., event starts at 8 p.m.
Writer, director, and actor Ed Burns will team up with City Winery's Michael Dorf to pair 8 wines with 8 film scenes. $20 for barstool seats (does not include wine), $38 reserved, $48 VIP. 1200 W Randolph St.;event website

Big Star & Green Flash Winter Beer Dinner
December 18th, seatings at 6 P.M. and 9 P.M.
A winter beer dinner, with four courses, each one paired with a Green Flash brew. The dinner will features such dishes as pan roasted sweet breads paired with Pale Ale, and duck confit paired with double stout black ale. $70, including beer, dinner, tax, and tip. 1531 North Damen Avenue; event website

Beyond the Weekend

Marché de Noël at the Chicago French Market
Through December 21st, 8 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
Check out artisanal holiday gifts, including jewelry, kids' items, and photographs, at the Chicago French Market. Free. 131 North Clinton; event website

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