Fallout 4. This game from Bethesda Softworks offers a post-apocalyptic virtual gaming world that is probably bigger than a lot nearby communities. It’s challenging, frustrating and will take hundreds of hours to complete — all good things.
- Photo by Lisa Cunningham
Carmi’s Fish Stew. Full of spices and flavor, this generously proportioned stew is a must-have start to any meal at this down-to-earth soul-food restaurant. 917 Western Ave., North Side
Divers, by Joanna Newsom. The singer/songwriter/harpists’ highly anticipated new record — her first since 2010’s ambitious Have One on Me — finds her making some of the most refined, complex and sweet music of her career.
- Photo by Al Hoff
Darn Tough Socks. Keep your feet warm, and the jobs at home. These wool socks are made in Vermont, and come with a lifetime guarantee. See www.darntough.com for local retailers.