Dinner & a Show: Tuesday 1/11

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Performing Arts

Show: Delusion "Writing about Laurie Anderson is like dancing about architecture: something inevitably gets lost in translation," writes Jack Helbig. "Her rich, playful performances—which she once dubbed 'difficult listening'—offer ear-pleasing sounds, eye-delighting images, and spare but evocative lyrics that lead the brain on yet never reveal their innermost mystery." See Sam McPheeters's feature for more.

7:30 pm, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., 312-334-7777, harristheaterchicago.org, $35-$80

Dinner: The Purple Pig Snout-to-tail cooking is the name of the game at The Purple Pig, a convivial take on an Italian enoteca from Scott Harris (Mia Francesca), Jimmy Bannos Sr. (Heaven on Seven), and chef Jimmy Bannos Jr., who honed his skills at Mario Batali's New York restaurants. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2010.

500 N. Michigan Ave., 312-464-1744, thepurplepigchicago.com

Lit/Politics

Show: Society of Midland Authors Meeting topic: The Chicago Mayoral Race. Panelists include Alderman Edward Burke, UIC poli-sci prof Dick Simpson, and authors Richard C. Lindberg (The Gambler King of Clark Street et al) and James L. Merriner (Grafters and Goo Goos).

7 pm, Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, 312-922-8080, cliff-chicago.org, free

Dinner: Henri New contemporary American restaurant and bar from the people behind the Gage. "If the food and drink at a place like this were to suck, we'd call it the whole thing antiquated, inauthentic, or even cynical. I'm going to call it neoclassical—and a pretty fun place to eat," writes Mike Sula.

18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com


Movies

Show: Blue Valentine Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling tear up the screen as two mismatched lovers, shown in alternating sequences as a giddy young couple forging a much-compromised emotional bond on their earliest dates and then years later as bitterly divided spouses with a young daughter. "The performances are so gripping that the movie works despite its diagrammatic structure, which focuses on ironic rhymes between past and present and leaves out the entirety of the couple’s marriage," writes J.R. Jones.

4:20 pm, 4:45 pm, 7 pm, 9:40 pm, 10 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Crisp Doug Funke says he and partner Jae Lee sampled the goods at more than 200 chain and mom-and-pop fried chicken joints from coast to coast in preparation for opening Crisp, their spot in Lakeview, which draws its main influence from Korean tong dak—whole fried chickens hacked into pieces.

2940 N. Broadway, 877-693-8653, crisponline.com


Show: The Tarnished Angels Douglas Sirk took a vacation from Ross Hunter and Technicolor for this 1958 production, though he retained Rock Hudson, who turns in an astonishingly good performance as a journalist fascinated by the sordid lives of a trio of professional stunt fliers (Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, and Jack Carson). Based on a minor novel by William Faulkner (Pylon), the film betters the book in every way, from the quality of characterization to the development of the dark, searing imagery.

7 pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575, docfilms.uchicago.edu

Dinner: Medici on 57th The quintessential off-campus hangout, complete with carved wood booths and graffiti-covered walls. The reasonable prices at this long-standing Hyde Park gem make it a favorite among students and locals alike.

1327 E. 57th St., 773-667-7394, medici57.com

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