Dinner & a Show: Monday, 2/1 | Bleader

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Show: Michaël Attias The New York-based saxophonist plays two free gigs: first a duo with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, then a quartet with Lonberg-Holm, bassist Jason Roebke, and drummer Frank Rosaly.

7:30 PM, Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee, 773-862-4882, free; 10 PM, Skylark, 2149 S. Halsted, 312-948-5275, donation requested.

Dinner If you're going to Myopic: Taxim (1558 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-252-1558) 29-year-old former caterer David Schneider has raised the bar for what passes as serious, interesting regional Greek food. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009.

If you're going to Skylark: just behold the Skylark burger, or the big bowl of mac 'n' cheese.


Show: T.C. Boyle reads from his new story collection, Wild Child.

6pm, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., 312-747-4050, free

Dinner: Cafecito The best damn Cuban sandwiches in town. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2008.

26 E. Congress, 312- 922-2233

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Show: Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End) reads from his new novel, The Unnamed (preview, review).

7pm, Borders, 2817 N. Clark, 773-935-3909, free

Dinner: Austrian Bakery & Deli If you don’t want to grocery shop for rarities like Bavarian Weisshurst, Debreziner, and Black Forest ham, you can sit down for frittaten or goulash soups (the best goulash I’ve ever had-­-sorry grandma) or create your own sandwich.

2523 N. Clark, 773-244-9922


Show: Black Violet Act II: The Great Exodus of the Tamed The Fifth House Ensemble performs this play that follows Violet, a 17th-century house cat living in London during the Black Plague's last major outbreak.

7pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630, free

Dinner: The Gage The one-page menu has surprising breadth without seeming scattershot: there are half a dozen steaks and burgers alongside more unusual offerings like roast saddle of elk and caramelized lobster with lemon quinoa.

24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243

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