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Show: Von Freeman The Chicago jazz legend plays with saxist Ed Petersen, pianist Willie Pickens, bassist Brian Sandstrom, and drummer Robert Shy.

8 PM, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 773-878-5552, $12.

Dinner: Ch'ava Cafe Coffee shop serving gourmet sandwiches made from house-roasted meats and other premium ingredients made on-site. There's parking and free WiFi.

4656 N. Clark, 773-942-6763


Show: Pandora's Box G.W. Pabst's 1928 portrayal of eroticism and despair, a seductive and craftily constructed vehicle. Louise Brooks is magnificent as Lulu the seductress, who, as Lotte Eisner describes her, is “endowed with an animal beauty, but lacking all moral sense, and doing evil unconsciously.”

8pm, Bank of America Cinema, 4901 W. Irving Park, 312-904-9442

Dinner: La Peña Jaime Fidel Castillo mans the front of the house at this Portage Park storefront, while his wife, Maria, and her mother, Rosa Sanchez, cook the coastal Latin fare.

4212 N. Milwaukee Ave, (773) 545-7022

Show: Panic in the Streets This best and most neglected of Elia Kazan's early features (1950) is an expert and taut thriller about a public health doctor (Richard Widmark) trying to find a gang of thieves, one of whom may be infected with bubonic plague.

5:15pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600

Dinner: Cibo Matto "could pass as Spiaggia’s more playful, easygoing younger sibling," writes Mike Sula. One of the best new restaurants of 2009.

201 N. State, 312-239-9500

Performing Arts

Show: The Pillowman Staging just about anything in Redtwist's cramped storefront space is an exercise in claustrophobia—a fact director Kimberly Senior adroitly exploits in this harrowing production.

8pm, Redtwist Theater, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-728-7529, $17-$30

Dinner: Flourish Bakery Cafe Fresh-baked artisanal bread and goodies and midwestern comfort food right by the Bryn Mawr el stop. Sandwiches and panini include the Pilgrim turkey wrap (roasted turkey, sausage-walnut stuffing, cranberry-apricot chutney, and sweet potato puree folded in a tortilla) and a Monte Cristo with apricot-mustard chutney. Retro-inspired hot entrees such as potpie and tuna casserole change daily, and Metropolis supplies the coffee and honey-plum iced tea.

1138 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-271-2253

Show: The Message Is in the Music 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.

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

Dinner: Fishpond "As the name suggests, Fishpond features more seafood than your average Chicagoland Filipino joint. There's also lots of meat, but we were knocked out by some of the simpler Filipino dishes," writes David Hammond.

4416 N. Clark, 773-271-1119