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Show: Nile This South Carolina outfit, led by lyricist and front man Karl Sanders, is pretty much everything an antiquities geek could ask for in a death-metal band.
6 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203, $27.50, $25 in advance.
Dinner: Moxie An oasis on a Wrigleyville strip dominated by burgers and fries, Moxie is soothing and chic.
3517 N. Clark St., 773-935-6694
Show: Don Cherry Project Ken Vandermark's new seven-piece project, which debuted last night, improvises in smaller groups.
10pm, Elastic, 2830 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-772-3616
Dinner: Red Apple For Polish home cooking, the Red Apple—or Czerwone Jabluszko—is a real find.
3121 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-588-5781
Show: The Passenger A masterpiece, one of Michelangelo Antonioni's finest works; less a thriller (though the mood of mystery is pervasive) than a meditation on the problems of knowledge, action for its own sake, and the relationship of the artist to the work he brings into being.
6pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660
Dinner: Le Petit Paris "The menu at Le Petit Paris is old-school bistro fare, and when I say old school, I mean it--I can't remember the last time I saw duck a l'orange on a menu," writes Kathie Bergquist.
260 E. Chestnut St., 312-787-8260
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. I’ll leave that to the historians, but there’s no denying this is a coldly commanding tale in which Haneke’s signature obsessions—bourgeois control, sexual repression, emotional cruelty, cathartic violence—simmer quietly as subtext before bursting into the open in the final reels," writes J.R. Jones.
6:30pm, 9:40pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949
Dinner: Yuki Hana The Japanese and Szechuan menu is huge at this tiny Lincoln Park eatery, starkly decorated in black and white and housing only about ten tables and a small sushi bar illuminated by iridescent halogen lights.
2920 N. Clark St., 773-388-1818
Show: Killer Joe Now that Tracy Letts has won a Pulitzer Prize for August: Osage County, Killer Joe has graduated from succès de scandale to Notable Early Work, worth studying for hints of later genius. And it actually offers a few.
8pm, Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway, 773-549-1815, profilestheatre.org, $30-$35.
Dinner: Grace African Restaurant Storefront offering heaping platefuls of West African staples; it looks less like a dining establishment than it does just a roomful of guys hanging out, arguing good-naturedly and occasionally shouting "Fix this man some nice food!" toward the kitchen.
4409 N. Broadway, 773-271-6000
Show: I Am My Own Wife Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama tells the complex and fascinating story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a Berlin transvestite who survived both the Nazi and Communist regimes, and Wright himself, a gay American playwright who interviewed von Mahlsdorf over the course of a decade in order to write about her.
8pm, BoHo Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood, 866-811-4111, $17-$20
Dinner: Quesadillas y Mariscos Doña Lolis In the winter months champurrado is mixed up daily at this Rogers Park storefront, the mixture of masa, chocolate or cocoa, cinammon, and other seasonings stirred for up to two hours. The result—velvety, warming, and not too sweet—pairs well with the plate-size quesadillas that along with masa preparations like gorditas are the restaurant's specialty.
6924 N. Clark St., 773-761-5677