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Show: Fiery Furnaces "I'm Going Away might be my favorite Fiery Furnaces album yet," writes Miles Raymer. "The Friedberger sibs have located the perfect balance point between their passion for noodly complication and their love for smooth-edged AOR pop, creating a strange synergy from a combination that might seem antithetical on its surface."
9 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $15, 18+.
Dinner: Yoshi's Cafe "Long before the name Yoshi was inextricably linked in the public mind with Nintendo, Yoshi’s restaurant was ground zero during Chicago’s early forays into fusion cuisine, merging culinary traditions from all over the planet," writes David Hammond. "Now expanded and reportedly more 'casual,' it remains a friendly place that gets points for superb ingredients, imaginative presentation, and attentive, unobtrusive service."
3257 N. Halsted, 773-248-6160
Show: Josh Berman's Old Idea "Berman gets a lot of mileage from some ideas that, though they're old, are still pretty good. Like Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, he writes material designed to elicit solos from his sidemen that grow from and enhance the architecture of the tunes. And his playing, like the midcentury stylings of brass men Ruby Braff and Miles Davis, can be vigorously lyrical," writes Bill Meyer. "But Berman's a man of his time, and his work also has peppery textural qualities that add zing to the Latin gestures of 'What Can?' and the breakdowns punctuating the fleet freebop of 'Nori.'"
9:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $6.
Dinner: Luc Thang Noodle Ashland Avenue storefront restaurant serving fresh, high-quality Thai specialties.
1524 N. Ashland, 773-395-3907
Show: Police, Adjective Romania's boom in sardonic, minimalist social drama (The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days) continues with this low-boiling but addictive story about a young police detective who's begun to question the justice of the drug laws he's enforcing.
7pm, 9:30pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604
Dinner: Deleece "Under chef Joshua Hansen, Deleece is family friendly, the kind of neighborhood place where you can take your children and they will miraculously behave," writes Maura Tapp. "Thankfully, that doesn't condemn you to chicken fingers (though they are on the children's menu). Instead there's sophisticated comfort food - for instance, crab cakes with an almond crust and avocado yogurt."
4004 N. Southport, 773-325-1710
Show: American Buffalo "Lord knows our current economic crisis festers and stinks, so conditions on the ground are ripe for a revival—and the indispensable Amy Morton has directed a thoroughly engaging one for Steppenwolf," writes Kerry Reid.
7:30pm, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theater, 1650 N. Halsted, $55.
Dinner: Mizu Yakitori & Sushi Lounge Yakitori are a popular Japanese drinking food: skewered and grilled bits of meat, usually chicken. Old Town's Mizu Yakitori & Sushi Lounge, featuring executive chef Seijiro Matsumoto, takes the concept further, offering vegetable, beef, and seafood skewers as well.
315 W. North, 312-951-8880