Dinner & a Show: Thursday 1/14 | Bleader

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Show: Freelance Whales, Bear in Heaven The promising New York five-piece Freelance Whales ("ornaments the customary guitar-based setup with harmonium, cello, laptop, banjo, glockenspiel, synth, and even a couple devices they built themselves") and Bear in Heaven ("The Wall never creeped me out quite as much as this young Brooklyn foursome's recent second album") open for Surfer Blood as part of Tomorrow Never Knows; Bear in Heaven also plays a free in-store at the Lakeview location of Reckless Records.

9 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, 18+, sold out (five-day festival passes still available).

Dinner: Los Moles The latest place from peripatetic mole master Geno Bahena. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009.

3140 N. Lincoln, 773-935-9620


Show: The Long Voyage Home "The revisionist view of this 1940 adaptation by John Ford and Dudley Nichols of four one-act plays by Eugene O'Neill downgrades it in favor of the once-neglected Ford westerns—in large part because, unlike the westerns, it was widely praised when it first came out. But it's about time to restore some balance and recognize this film as a remarkable achievement," writes Jonathan Rosenbaum.

7pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th, 773-702-8575

Dinner: Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen Fresh, reliable Middle Eastern food in Hyde Park. Portions are generous, which makes it a great stop for those on a student budget.

1206 E. 53rd, 773-324-6227

Performing Arts

Show: Yoni Ki Baat In this 70-minute one-act (whose Hindi title translates as "vagina monologues"), five actors perform solo pieces by ten writers addressing the sexual and social experiences of American women of Indian descent.

8pm, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway, 773-528-9696, $15-$20

Dinner: Istanbul Restaurant This oddly arranged, snug three-room Lakeview BYOB is the latest Anatolian effort from Yasar Demir, whose resumé stretches back to Cafe Demir, A La Turka, and Cousins. Among them all it might be the most comfortable and satisfying across its lengthy menu of home-style kebabs, hot and cold mezes, and meaty and vegetarian entrees.

3613 N. Broadway, 773-525-0500

Lit & Lectures

Show: Writers on the Record National Book Award winner Ha Jin (Waiting) discusses his new story collection, A Good Fall, in a chat with arts journalist Victoria Lautman.

6pm, Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050, free

Dinner: Plymouth Restaurant & Bar Longtime Chicagoans may remember some of the vanished State Street diners—places like the Ferris Wheel and the Court Restaurant where one could get a decent, no-frills meal amid comfortable surroundings. The Plymouth is a throwback to these vintage spots.

327 S. Plymouth, 312-362-1212