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COMEDY Cameron Esposito  Photo: Mandee Johnson CAMERON ESPOSITO 12/10 at 8 On a joint bill with her fiancée, fellow comic Rhea Butcher, the Chicagoan-turned-Angeleno riffs on domestic life and politics. $16–$156. Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport. thaliahallchicago.com MIKE LEBOVITZ 12/26 at 7 His potty-mouthed jokes veer a little adolescent, but his delivery—sly and winking—makes up … Read more

After 34 Years, the Billy Goat’s Jeff Magill Is Retiring

One of Chicago’s classic bars is losing one of its classic bartenders: Come Christmas Eve, longtime bartender Jeff Magill will be serving his last round at the original Billy Goat Tavern. “I’m 65 now,” Magill says. “I want to feel young enough to enjoy the next chapter. I want to sleep when I’m tired and eat when I’m hungry.” … Read more

The Perfect Christmas Party Soundtrack: Be Original, but Wait to Be Weird

In 15-plus years of curating Christmas playlists for WBEZ’s Sound Opinions, Andy Cirzan has rarely repeated a song from his 2,000 holiday albums. The Jam Productions exec gives his tips for building a wicked party soundtrack.  Be original. “The same old Christmas music year in and year out is a bummer. Get off the beaten … Read more