Wine tasting, Nicole Mitchell book release, ZooLights

Still planning your tasting menu for Thanksgiving? Then you’ll want to check out Easy Does It (2354 N Milwaukee). From 6-9 PM, they’ll be providing samples of over 35 drinks and other treats to inspire your holiday tables. As explained on Instagram, you can expect “lots of wine, beer, cider, no & low, aperitivos, vermouths, spirits, olive oils, conservas, and more.” This tasting event is $27 to join; purchase tickets at the venue’s website but limited walk-ins are welcome. Must be 21 or over. (MC)

Tonight the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell) helps celebrate the release of flautist, composer, and Black Earth Ensemble founder Nicole Mitchell Gantt’s new book, The Mandorla Letters. The book, part memoir, and part “Black speculative novella,” marks Mitchell Gantt’s first collaboration with the formerly Chicago-based Green Lantern Press. She will be in conversation from 6-8 PM at the center with author, filmmaker, and dancer Ytasha L. Womack; details here. (SCJ)

Timed entries are still available for the Lincoln Park Zoo’s ZooLights display this evening, which is open until 10 PM. It’s an array of light displays along with a “light tunnel experience” along the Main Mall portion of the zoo. Bundle up with a good friend and watch as the animals make fun of you for not having any fur. Tickets are $5 Tue-Sun and free entry is available Monday nights; the display is up through Sun 1/1/2023 and closed Thu 11/24, Sat 12/24, and Sun 12/25. See the zoo’s website for details and more information about special events. (SCJ)

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