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Show: Behemoth "Poland's leading exporters of blackened death metal just released their ninth album, Evangelion (it's their first on Metal Blade, which seems to be helping their American profile), and the first thing I noticed about it is how pretty it is," writes Monica Kendrick.
5:30 PM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212, $18, $15 in advance.
Dinner: Xoco "Still, there’s a certain variety of grump who no matter what is going to stand in line, arms folded, and ask himself, dammit, is there nowhere else in town to turn for a comparable ham-and-cheese torta under $11.50? The answer is no. There is nothing like Xoco’s jamon torta, griddled flat and layered with La Quercia prosciutto, seasonally variable organic Wisconsin cheddar, black beans, avocado, and chipotle mustard," writes Mike Sula. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009 and featured in our best foods and drinks of 2009.
449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688
Show: A Face in the Crowd Andy Griffith, as a hick radio star modeled on Arthur Godfrey, delivers an astonishing, sinister performance in Elia Kazan's 1957 essay on media demagoguery.
8pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600
Dinner: Crofton on Wells Chef-proprietor Suzy Crofton presents a well-balanced and innovative contemporary American menu in a small, urbane setting.
535 N. Wells, 312-755-1790
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: New Tokyo Though it can't compete pricewise with nearby Shiroi Hana, New Tokyo's sushi classic is a larger portion, and the melt-in-your-mouth texture of the fish is worth the extra bucks.
3139 N. Broadway, 773-248-1193
Show: Cook County Social Club Their dark, flamboyant comic sensibilities clearly aligned, they orchestrate black-comedy vignettes tethered to richly odd characters.
8pm, iO, 3541 N. Clark, 773-880-0199
Dinner: Vines employs two exemplary chefs: Tim Edstrom from Everest and Spiaggia and Raul Ramos from Spiaggia and the Pump Room. "Digging in, we wouldn't have believed we were right across the street from Wrigley Field — an area not known for its sophisticated culinary options — had the chaos of Clark Street not been visible from our rooftop table."
3554 N. Clark St., 773-327-8572
Show: Dreamgirls "This electrifying touring revival of the 1981 musical features dynamic singing and dancing, slick but never overwhelming multimedia design, eye-popping costumes, and fast-paced, dramatically charged storytelling," writes Albert Williams.
7:30, Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, 312-902-1400, $18-$85
Dinner: Cibo Matto "In most cases the plates lived up to their pitches--that octopus, abetted by salsa verde and pickled pearl onions, might have been the most tender and perfectly cooked cephalopod I’ve preyed upon in recent memory, and the grilled halibut yielded all the promised flavor. 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 restaurants of 2009.
201 N. State, 312-239-9500