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Show: Detroit Cobras Front woman Rachel Nagy and guitarist Mary Ramirez, two high-talent chicks from Detroit with a tough-girl shtick as unsubtle as Nagy's big ol' voice, rough up nuggets from the 50s and 60s by artists both familiar and obscure, paying tribute instead of merely ripping off.

8:30 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 312-559-1212, $10 suggested donation; This show is a 15th birthday party for Bloodshot Records, the Cobras' current home, as well as a benefit for labelmates Lawrence Peters and the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, who are both struggling with some serious medical bills. Donations of canned food for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will get you discounted drinks.

Dinner: Earwax The laid-back attitude encourages patrons to linger, making Earwax one of few such oases left in the neighborhood.

1561 N. Milwaukee, 773-772-4019

Detroit Cobras
  • Detroit Cobras
Show: The Snow Angels—members of Mannequin Men, Vee Dee, Johnny & the Limelites, and the Frigates—have been spreading holiday cheer like a social disease for six years now, and they're starting to look like a real band, even though they only exist during those magical months when Walgreens is clogged with Christmas crap. Their shows, reliably goofy and boozy (eggnoggy?), don't lean too hard on Christmas music—the band also play vintage rock from the likes of Chuck Berry, the Sonics, and the Beach Boys. Check your holiday cynicism at the door.

9 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $8.

Dinner: Jane's Jane’s inhabits a cozy converted house in Bucktown. Raters feel at home in the rustic room and find the reasonably priced Cal-American fare innovative, eclectic, and especially friendly to vegetarians.

1653-55 W. Cortland, (773) 862-5263

Show: Chia Pet Reunion Show "With their strange strain of rock they managed to invoke Axl Rose, Freddie Mercury, Phish, and Andrew Lloyd Weber all at once, creating an avant-baroque pop mishmash that ranged from rambling bluesy guitars to operatic vocals to 80s metal riffs," writes Robyn Chang.

10pm, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont), $7.

Dinner: Kitsch'n on Roscoe Sandwiches are served on fresh, thick-sliced bread, desserts include chocolate fudge brownie batter and Twinkie tiramisu, and this is probably the only place in town where you can order a Tang martini.

2005 W. Roscoe, 773-248-7372


Show: What's The Matter With Kansas? Entertaining and eye-opening, this documentary based on Thomas Frank's best-selling book investigates how voters in the Jayhawk State switched from the left to the right.

8pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600

Dinner: South Water Kitchen This restaurant on the main floor of the Hotel Monaco features contemporary American cooking with a strong midwestern influence.

225 N. Wabash, 312-236-9300

Show: Me and Orson Welles Set in 1937, this engaging period drama by Richard Linklater focuses on Welles’s legendary Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar, which transplanted Shakespeare’s play to fascist Italy.

Dinner: If you're going to...

Webster Place 11 (1471 W. Webster, 800-FANDANGO): Kith and Kin (1119 W. Webster, 773-472-7070) New upscale pub with an extensive beer and wine list; the chef is David Carrier (Trio, the French Laundry). One of several restaurants that are too new to review.

Renaissance Place (1850 Second, Evanston, 847-258-7282): Bistro Bordeaux (618 Church, 847-258-7282) New French restaurant in the former La Petite Amelia space; the chef is Frank Mnuk (NoMi). Another too new to review restaurant.

Performing Arts

Show: The Message Is in the Music In Jackie Taylor's latest jukebox musical, Lucifer and his minions invade heaven's sateen-bedecked throne room to pick a fight that will ultimately threaten the destruction of the universe. "The show is a heartfelt, hilarious, slightly heretical, completely crazy, hugely entertaining mess. Maybe you can resist a finale featuring angels and reformed demons singing Barry White, but I can't," writes Zac Thompson.

8pm, Black Ensemble Theater, 4520 N. Beacon, 773-769-5541, $40-$45

Dinner Ceres' Table New Italian and contemporary American restaurant venture from chef Giuseppe Scurato (Boka, Landmark, Topaz). It's also too new to review, having opened Tuesday.

4882 N. Clark, 773-878-4882

Show: Taming of the Flu Second City's 97th mainstage revue. "The streamlined two-hour show never pauses long enough to give anyone a chance to show off, and never stoops to the kind of Big Obvious Idiocy SNL performers rely on. Nothing seems to matter to Napier except getting to the comedic point. This is the rare comedy sketch show in which the material upstages the performers," writes Justin Hayford.

8pm, Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 312-337-3992

Dinner: Salpicon "In 1995 Priscila Satkoff was one of the first Topolobampo/Frontera graduates to strike out on her own, and the continued success of Salpicon is as much a credit to her skills as it is to the enduring power of Rick Bayless’s tireless advocacy for authentic Mexican cuisine," writes Mike Sula.

1252 N. Wells, 312-988-7811

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