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Show: Raise the Red Lantern "It's easy to compare Raise the Red Lantern to Baroness or Mastodon, but it'd be a mistake to dismiss them as imitators—they're on track to bloom into something unique, and if you care at all about Chicago metal you're gonna want to be paying attention when that happens," writes Kevin Warwick.
8:30 PM, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 773-281-4444 or 866-468-3401, $8.
Dinner: Kitsch'n on Roscoe For those who were teens in the 70s, Kitsch'n is sure to summon either a nostalgic smile or a cynical smirk. One Rater characterizes the decor as "yank-you-back-to-grade-school, featuring lunch boxes, GT plastic skateboards, TV trays, and a 'Swedish Massager' on our table."
2005 W. Roscoe St., 773-248-7372
Show: Rempis Percussion Quartet "Bandleader Dave Rempis, who plays alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, isn't afraid to mess with success if it'll keep the music evolving. Concerned that certain patterns were recurring too frequently in the combo's improvisations, in spring 2009 he decided to replace its fulcrum, selflessly solid bassist Anton Hatwich," writes Bill Meyer. "Based on years of seeing him and Rempis in other ensembles I'm willing to bet that his style—more aggressive than Hatwich's—will make the mercurial relationship between the quartet's one-man front line and its sizable rhythm section even more volatile."
9:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $7.
Dinner: Jane's Jane’s inhabits a cozy converted house in Bucktown. The reasonably priced Cal-American fare is innovative, eclectic, and especially friendly to vegetarians.
1653 W. Cortland St., 773-862-5263
Lit & Lectures
Show: Garry Wills discusses his new book Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State, a history of presidential power in the atomic age.
6 PM, Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-255-3700, free
Dinner: Elate "I’m a sucker for unexpected amenities, so when our server at Elate noticed we were wearing dark clothing and switched our napkins from white to black, I was hooked. And the offer of free sparkling or still water (from the house’s Natura filtration system), with bottles of each left on the table, sealed the deal at this restaurant in the eco-friendly Hotel Felix," writes Anne Spiselman. One of the best new restaurants of 2009.
111 W. Huron, 312-202-9900
Show: The Magic Cabaret There's no Vegas-style razzmatazz here—both David Parr and P.T. Murphy have rather donnish personas. But they're enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of magic Chicago style, and they perform astounding feats of prestidigitation.
7:30pm, Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336
Dinner: Basil Leaf Cafe This intimate Italian restaurant is a haven from the madness on Clark Street in Lincoln Park; overall the prices are reasonable for the quality of the experience.
2465 N. Clark, 773-935-3388