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Devin Townsend Project
  • Devin Townsend Project

Show: Between the Buried and Me, Devin Townsend Project Iconoclastic Canadian guitarist, vocalist, and producer Devin Townsend, best known for masterminding the omni-metal wall of sound that was Strapping Young Lad, makes detours into quiet beauty and stupid-fun Euro-pop bombast with his new band, the Devin Townsend Project. They open for North Carolina prog-metal outfit Between the Buried and Me

5:30 PM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212, $18, $15 in advance.

Dinner: Oysy The popular South Loop sushi restaurant Oysy has opened a new location in River North. As at the original, the maki here are artful — tightly rolled and filled with fantastically fresh ingredients.

50 E. Grand Ave. 312-670-6750

Show: Frode Gjerstad Norwegian reedist Frode Gjerstad, a fire-breathing disciple of free jazz, plays in a trio with brilliant Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and British bassist Nick Stephens, both of whom he's worked with in his long-running big band, Circulasione Totale Orchestra. Trombonist Jeb Bishop and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm will sit in, first one at a time and then both at once.

10 PM, Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, 773-935-2118, donation requested.

Dinner: Terragusto is a casual neighborhood cafe that happens to serve house-made pasta as good as—what the hell—any in Chicago. Owner and chef Theo Gilbert, who’s worked at Spiaggia and Trattoria No. 10 and hawked his pasta at the Green City Market, works off a tiny but pristine menu.

1851 W. Addison St., 773-248-2777


Show: An Education In London during the early 60s, a precocious 16-year-old schoolgirl (Carey Mulligan) is seduced by a middle-aged grifter (Peter Sarsgaard) so good at his game that even her Pooterish, superficially vigilant parents (Alfred Molina and Cara Seymour) see nothing amiss.

4:20pm, 7pm, 9:50pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: P.S. Bangkok Consistent neighborhood Thai restaurant with a pleasant ambience and broad menu.

3345 N. Clark St., 773-871-7777

Show: Scarface Howard Hawks's 1932 masterpiece is a dark, brutal, exhilaratingly violent film, blending comedy and horror in a manner that suggests Chico Marx let loose with a live machine gun.

7pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-857

Dinner: Cedar's In Hyde Park, where good restaurants are hard to find, this is a gem, both in quality of food and price.

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.

4pm, 8pm, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway, 773-528-9696, $15-$20

Dinner: Chilam Balam Twenty-three-year-old Chuy Valencia is only the latest—and possibly the youngest—graduate of the School of Bayless to come out of the Frontera/Topolobampo kitchens and stake his own claim. After a pit stop as chef de cuisine at Adobo Grill, in late August he opened Chilam Balam, a cramped but not claustrophobic subterranean spot offering a small-plates menu along with a list of monthly seasonal specials—mostly more antojitos plus a few larger plates. One of the best new restaurants of 2009.

3023 N. Broadway, 773-296-6901


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