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Show: Congorock "In 2007, at the height of the bloghouse bubble, Italian DJ and producer Congorock collaborated with the Bloody Beetroots on what I consider to be the closest approximation of the genre's platonic ideal," writes Miles Raymer. "'Bluto Fucks Popeye' is a swarm of stomping and chattering percussion, distorted, drunkenly lunging synths, dollar-store ray-gun bleeps, and chopped-up vocals so relentlessly manipulated they often register as nothing but rhythmic blurts of abstract sound."
10 PM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-4140, $12, $10 before midnight.
Dinner: Matsuya The freshest sushi and sashimi and sizable portions of tempura and teriyaki set this spot apart from its neighbors on this busy stretch of Clark Street—one Rater says it reminds her of restaurants she's visited in Japan far more than most Chicago places.
3469 N. Clark St., 773-248-2677
Show: Keith Jarrett The legendary jazz/classical pianist performs a solo set in support of 2009's Paris/London: Testament. For a taste of his work, check out the short doc Keith Jarrett: The Art of Improvisation and Jarrett solo in 1984.
8pm, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., 312-294-3000, $60-$70
Dinner: The Gage The extensive drinks list features specialty and vintage cocktails like the Champagne Charlie (champagne and Grand Marnier with a sugar cube soaked in blood orange bitters). 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
Show: Still Bill Seventy-year-old soul man Bill Withers—who wrote and sang "Lean on Me," "Just the Two of Us," "Ain't No Sunshine," and a ton of other terrific songs—is profiled in this handsome and agreeable 2009 documentary by Damani Baker and Alex Vlack.
7pm, 9pm, Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-281-4114
Dinner: Kith & Kin "Chefs David Carrier and Andrew Brochu both worked with or under Grant Achatz at one time or another--the former first at the French Laundry, then at Trio--though there’s little that immediately brings to mind those fine-dining icons. Instead what you have is an attractive and affordable menu served in a room that suggests all of the comforts of neighborhood pubbery without resorting to the usual cliches clumsily adopted from the Irish or British," writes Mike Sula.
1119 W. Webster Ave., 773-472-7070
Show: Singin' in the Rain One of the shining glories of the American musical; the tone ranges from the lyrical (the title number) to the burlesque (“Moses Supposes”) to the epic (“Broadway Melody”), but through it all runs a celebration of movement as emotion.
6pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600
Dinner: La Madia Pizza & wine restaurant in the old Jazz Showcase space. "A floor-to-ceiling wall of wine provides visual focus--unsurprising given the dizzying oenophilic options; there's something in the neighborhood of 250 bottles, many available by the four- or seven-ounce pour, with prices for some topping $500. It's all very impressive, but the list is so overwhelming that a little guidance might have been nice. As for the pies, they're delicious," writes Martha Bayne.
59 W. Grand Ave., 312-329-0400
7pm, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-293-2665, free
Dinner: Dorado Restaurant At this Ravenswood restaurant, chef Luis Perez applies the French bistro cooking techniques to the Mexican food his mother cooked when he was growing up.
2301 W. Foster Ave., 773-561-3780
Show: Determination Clint Sheffer's hilarious nod to The Terminator pits deadly robots against teenage angst and a touch of Lady Gaga.
7pm, Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. 773-539-7838, $12 in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door
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: Wiggerlover (White Boy + Black Dad = Grey Areas) Born to parents of Italian and Polish descent, James Anthony Zoccoli experienced a crisis in 1979, at age seven, when his divorced mother married a black man. His comedic solo piece chronicles the highs and lows of growing up in an interracial family.
7:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, studio theater, 77 E. Randolph St., 312-742-8497, $15-$20
Dinner: South Water Kitchen This restaurant on the main floor of the Hotel Monaco features contemporary American cooking with a strong midwestern influence. At lunch there's a "TV dinner" special with daily entrees like southern-fried chicken, a Wisconsin-style fish fry, and turkey with stuffing; it comes served with a butterscotch blondie. At dinner you'll find entrees incorporating regional ingredients such as a roasted Indiana duck breast with Michigan cherry couscous or Iowa pork chop with white cheddar mac 'n' cheese.
225 N. Wabash Ave., 312-236-9300