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Show: Sci-Fi Spectacular Presented by Movieside and the Music Box, this fourth annual marathon of horror and sci-fi movies features special guest Larry Cohen, who made a name for himself in the 70s with the low-budget classic It's Alive (1974); Mikes Hodges's Flash Gordon (1980), which revived the old comic strip with a score by Queen and Max von Sydow as Ming the Merciless (5:15 PM); Cohen introducing his Q, about a winged serpent flying around modern-day New York City (7:30 PM); and more.

Through 2AM Sunday: Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, $24

Dinner: Julius Meinl A classy place for those of moderate means, this is the first American outpost for Viennese coffee purveyor Julius Meinl. The coffee is made from beans roasted in Austria; strong but not acidic, it's superb.

3601 N. Southport Ave., 773-868-1857


Show: Mission of Burma Since re-forming in 2002, postpunk legends Mission of Burma have built on their spirit of renewal-through-obliteration by tampering with their own formula, adding electronic keyboards, string sections, and the occasional disco beat. "Their third and latest post-reunion album, The Sound the Speed the Light, is the first where Burma seem content simply to be Burma," writes Bill Meyer.

9 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 877-435-9849, $20.

Dinner: Taxim "Seems like Chicago’s been waiting since the Bronze Age for someone to challenge the gimmicky orthodoxy of Greektown, a place to take tourists more than a place to take expectations of a memorable or original meal. But at Taxim 29-year-old former caterer David Schneider has raised the bar for what passes as serious, interesting regional Greek food," writes Mike Sula. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009.

1558 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-252-1558

Show: Fred Hersch Trio Pianist Fred Hersch has "interpreted everything from Tin Pan Alley tunes to the work of free-jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, and he's written elaborate original pieces that compress jazz history into tidy, harmonically rich, contemporary-sounding packages," writes Peter Margasak. "He's a complete musician, and talented enough to make his mastery sound nonchalant."

8 and 9:45 PM, Club Blujazz, 1540 W. North, 773-360-8046, $25

Dinner: Cafe Absinthe Unlike many of the trendy joints in Wicker Park, Cafe Absinthe has secured a niche as a classic neighborhood restaurant through an unpretentious combination of well-executed food and relaxed yet expert service.

1954 W. North Ave., 773-278-4488


Show: Dave Barry The veteran humorist I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood) presents "The Wit and Wisdom of Dave Barry."

8pm, Centre East, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., 847-673-6300, $65-$75

Dinner: Zhivago North Shore Russian standby.

9925 Gross Point Rd., 847-982-1400


Show: Chicago Golden Gloves Championship Bouts Amateur boxers compete for the chance to represent Chicago at the national tournament; final bouts are tonight.

8pm, Saint Andrew's Gym, 1658 W. Addison St., $20-$50

Dinner: Cafe Orchid "When Kurt Serpin says he’s cooking Ottoman cuisine, he doesn’t mean the extravagant feasts of the sultans, but he is talking about the traditional Turkish cuisine that evolved from the sultans’ expansive palace kitchens. The menu at Cafe Orchid, his compact Lakeview restaurant, is diverse, covering the expected mezes (hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, falafel), kebabs, and grilled seafood dishes (Serpin is from the Turkish city of Mersin, on the Mediterranean), but also a nice selection of less common items, like the tiny wontonlike pre-Ottoman meat dumplings known as manti," writes Mike Sula.

1746 W. Addison St., 773-327-3808

Performing Arts

Show: John Jasperse Company John Jasperse's Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies receives its North American premiere this weekend; the 100-minute, two-act piece often focuses humorously on human foibles: each time a dancer fails in his attempt to execute a simple turn, for example, he offers commentary on what went wrong.

7:30pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660, $10-$25

Dinner: Silver Spoon is one of a handful of local restaurants that will honor requests from non-Thais for food made "pet-pet," or Thai spicy.

11 E. Walton St., 312-646-1400