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Show: Treasure Fingers "His remixes are crafty and inevitably several times funkier than the originals," writes Miles Raymer, "but his best work yet is a song of his own, the addictive 'Cross the Dancefloor,' which is one of those rare dance tracks that could appeal to people who make a point of avoiding dance music."

10 PM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-4140, $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: The Young Victoria Smartly scripted by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), this historical romance chronicles the early reign of Queen Victoria, played with admirable intelligence and feeling by Emily Blunt.

Dinner: If you're going to...

River East 21 (322 E. Illinois, 888-262-4386): Star of Siam (11 E. Illinois, 312-670-0100) "This is where the owners of Dao and Singha first mastered their formula of reasonably priced Thai food in classier-than-usual surroundings."

Landmark's Century Centre (2828 N. Clark, 773-509-4949): Chilam Balam (3023 N. Broadway, 773-296-6901) Farm-to-table small plates from 23-year-old Rick Bayless protege Chuy Valencia; one of the best new restaurants of 2009.

Century 12 and CineArts 6 (1715 Maple Avenue, Evanston, 800-FANDANGO 942#): Kansaku (1514 Sherman, 847-864-4386) "My recommendation is to stick with more traditional sashimi or sushi and savor incredily fresh finned things shipped in several times a week to this atmospherically lit, stylish, and friendly place," writes David Hammond.

Show: Cloud 9 "We've all seen this sort of triangle in movies before, except that here the woman is 67, her hot lover is 76, and their sex scenes are as graphic—and, startlingly, as erotic—as one might expect for characters in their 20s."

5:20pm, 7:30pm , Music Box 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604

Dinner: Istanbul Restaurant Veteran chef Yasar Demir really excels at house-baked items, such as the black-and-white-sesame-studded flatbread that comes to each table and the remarkable calzonelike pide, oval shaped, crosshatched, and stuffed to bursting with lamb and beef, vegetables, or cheese.

3613 N. Broadway, 773-895-7144

Performing Arts

Show: Breed With Me The dame at the center of this sci-fi noir from the Mammals (remounting their 2003 hit) isn't so much a femme fatale as a femme grotesque—a writhing, otherworldly creature with mating habits similar to those of a black widow spider; it's weird, unsettling, and deeply compelling, with flashes of humor and insight.

10pm, Zoo Studio, 4001 N. Ravenswood, Ste B-1, 312-404-9931.

Dinner: Browntrout Evironmentally friendly contemporary American restaurant from Sean Sanders (Bin 36, the Hotel Sax); one of the best new restaurants of 2009.

4111 N. Lincoln, 773-472-4111

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