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Show: Rob Mazurek Tonight Mazurek and the superb quintet with which he recorded last year's Delmark album Sound Is - vibist Jason Adasiewicz, electric bassist Matt Lux, drummer John Herndon, and double bassist Josh Abrams - perform in Chicago for the first time.
9:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $8.
Dinner: Club Lucky A fun restaurant with a retro atmosphere and a mean martini. The wait can be long, the tables close, and the room loud, but this doesn’t deter neighborhood regulars.
1824 W. Wabansia, 773-227-2300
Show: Cancer Bats "On their recent self-titled tour-only EP, the Cancer Bats tackle Tegan and Sara's "So Jealous," and though the prospect of four largish, hirsute, angry-sounding dudes playing a pop song by two cute Canadian new-wave fans might understandably fill you with dread, it works," writes Miles Raymer. Anti-Flag headlines.
5 PM, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, 312-666-6775 or 866-468-3401, $16.
Dinner: Macello Executive chef-partner Giovanni DeNigris (Trattoria Trullo) showcases the rustic cucina and robust wines of Puglia in his exposed-brick dining room, a former meatpacking warehouse, and pizzas are a good bet under the hands of chef Gino Losacco, who mans the central wood-burning brick oven.
1235 W. Lake St., 312-850-9870
Dinner: The Sun This 2005 masterpiece by Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov transforms the story of Emperor Hirohito at the close of World War II into a melancholy meditation on power and its loss.
6pm, 8:15pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600
Show: Russian Tea Time 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: The Magic Cabaret There's no Vegas-style razzmatazz here—both David Parr and P.T. Murphy have rather donnish personas. But they're enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of magic Chicago style, and they perform astounding feats of prestidigitation.
7:30pm, Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, Lincoln Park, 773-404-7336
Dinner: Maza A traditional Lebanese spot from Joe Kuri, former general manager at Uncle Tannous, and chef Joseph Musallem.
2748 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-929-9600