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Show: Haiti Benefit Featuring Eleventh Dream Day and the Waco Brothers, with all proceeds benefiting relief efforts in Haiti. Partners in Health has been chosen as the recipient of any money raised by the concert as well as bake and poster sales; another special guest is promised.
8pm, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, $20
Dinner: Jane's Casual place serving innovative and vegetarian-friendly Cal-American fare.
1653-55 W. Cortland, 773-862-5263
Show: Soft Speaker "Retro pop with a Smiths patina is apparently a renewable resource: bands have been mining it for years, and they're still somehow coming up with good music," writes Miles Raymer.
9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600, free
Dinner: El Veneno Mariscos Mariscos restaurant in the old Punta Cana space and, before that, Rudy’s Taste. The third try has found a following, judging by the Mexican-gringo mix of families, couples, and groups crowding the laminate tables (set with metal buckets of paper napkins) for fish and shellfish estilo Nayarit—that is, in the style of the Maryland-size state on Mexico’s west coast.
1024 N. Ashland, 773-252-7200
Show: Floored In this revealing documentary about the commodities market, James Allen Smith tries to untangle the knots of shouting men on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. "Smith seems unsure what to make of the September 2008 financial collapse and wraps up shortly afterward, but until then this is a memorable portrait of men whose experience buying and selling futures hardly prepared them for what their own future held in store," writes J.R. Jones.
6pm, 7:45pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600
Dinner: Cibo Matto Cibo Matto could pass as Spiaggia’s more playful, easygoing younger sibling. "What’s more, for every marquee item that delivered, I probably enjoyed two unheralded but quietly excellent dishes, beginning with a bowl of peppery bucatini carbonara with cured tomatoes, chiles, and a brilliant orb of duck yolk mixed in at the table--one of the greatest riffs on the classic I’ve ever had," writes Mike Sula. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009.
201 N. State, 312-239-9500
Show: The White Ribbon Michael Haneke’s black-and-white period drama, which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes festival in 2009, has been described as a treatise on the root causes of German fascism.
6:30pm, 9:40pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949
Dinner: Cesar's Tacos This Clark Street staple is distinguished by its attention to quality and freshness. The menu is predictable, but does include unusual twists on the old standards.
3166 N. Clark, 773-248-2835