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Some of tonight's best shows, paired with nearby restaurants - including an all-star Interview Show featuring Audrey Niffenegger, Stephanie Izard, and Rhymefest.
Show: The Interview Show Mark Bazer's guests are writers James McManus (Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker) and Audrey Niffenegger (Her Fearful Symmetry) and rapper Rhymefest, with a "special appearance" by chef Stephanie Izard and a holiday musical performance by Lindsay Weinberg.
6:30pm, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $5.
Dinner: Jane's "the perfect restaurant to go to for a casual yet finely prepared meal."
1653-55 W. Cortland, (773) 862-5263
Show: "Rusko is better positioned to break out than anyone else in dubstep right now," writes Miles Raymer. "He keeps the good parts but doses them with happy, ravey synths, creating candy-coated tracks like 'Kumon Kumon' that are almost begging for a Britney vocal."
10 PM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203, $12, $10 before midnight.
Dinner: Moxie An oasis on a Wrigleyville strip dominated by burgers and fries, Moxie is soothing and chic.
3517 N. Clark St., (773) 935-6694
Show: Katya Kabanova "Lyric Opera's first production in 23 years of Janacek's 1921 masterpiece, Katya Kabanova, stars soprano Karita Mattila, whose tour de force performance is as riveting as Janacek's score," writes Barbara Yaross.
7:30 PM, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker, 312-332-2244, $33-$207.
Dinner: At Trattoria No. 10 chef Douglas D'Avico has long been green, featuring organic and naturally raised products on his seasonal menu.
10 N. Dearborn, 312-984-1718
Show: Night and Day Korean director Hong Sang-soo "works in long, improvised scenes that seem to go nowhere, but they’re so rife with sexual subtext that, even at 144 minutes, the movie never feels long," writes J.R. Jones. "Of course, when you’re hoping to get laid, it’s easy to lose track of time."
Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton, 773-281-4114, 6:30, 9:15.
Dinner: Sprout French-American bistro serving three-course prix fixe meals. The chefs are former Top Chef contestants Dale Levitski and Sara Nguyen.
1417 W. Fullerton, 773-348-0706
Show: They Came to Play "Anyone who regards the term amateur as pejorative should see this crowd-pleasing 2008 documentary about the virtuosos participating in the Van Cliburn Foundation's fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs," writes Andrea Gronvall.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600, 6pm, 7:45pm
Dinner: Russian Tea Room The menu is huge and inviting, offering a wide array of Russian, Ukrainian, and Georgian dishes, from stuffed cabbage and excellent Russian dumplings to food fit for a czar: pheasant, quail, sturgeon, and caviar.
77 E. Adams, 312-360-0000
Show: Ricky Jay: A Rogue's Gallery—An Evening of Conversation and Performance is "an awful lot like surfing the Web with the world's most courtly, amusing, and avuncular browser," writes Tony Adler. "When things drag, though, Jay resorts to feats of manipulation—with and without cards—so finely worked that they occasionally seem supernatural."
8pm, Royal George Theatre Center, 1641 N. Halsted, 312-988-9000, $75.
Dinner: Alinea "The Alinea experience remains tightly controlled, with specific instructions as to how certain dishes should be eaten. Under less polished conditions this would be annoyingly pretentious, but the soothing rituals of fine dining can take the edge off the edgiest of cuisines," writes Martha Bayne.
1723 N. Halsted, 312-867-0110