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Show: Melo Alain Resnais' incomparable masterpiece is bound to baffle spectators who insist on regarding him as an intellectual rather than an emotional director; in his 11th feature, he adapts a 1929 boulevard melodrama by a forgotten playwright named Henry Bernstein, and holds so close to this "dated" and seemingly unremarkable play that theatrical space and decor—including the absence of a fourth wall—are rigorously respected.
7pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575
Dinner: Medici on 57th Always-bustling University of Chicago hangout serving hearty, veggie-friendly cafe fare.
1327 E. 57th St., 773-667-7394
Show: The Greatest A parent grieving for a dead child is such combustible material that the most experienced dramatist might back away from it, yet writer-director Shana Feste, making her feature debut, handles it with grace and restraint.
1:45pm, 4:20pm, 7:10pm, 9:45pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949
Dinner: Erwin Mark Bittman, the New York Times's minimalist, would approve of Erwin, the namesake restaurant of chef Erwin Drechsler. The emphasis is on seasonal food prepared simply, to bring out the freshness of the ingredients.
2925 N. Halsted St., 773-528-7200
Show: Tim Kazurinsky The actor, comedian, former Saturday Night Live cast member, and writer gives a talk at this event hosted by the Chicago Screenwriters Network.
6pm, Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-1820, $3 + $6.50 restaurant minimum
Dinner: Browntrout Evironmentally friendly contemporary American restaurant from Sean Sanders (Bin 36, the Hotel Sax). "Silky sliced Amish chicken thigh with smoked pistachio mousse on polenta was among the most memorable poultry dishes I've tried recently, and grilled lamb sirloin sat atop an unforgettable celery root risotto, a saucy mound of starch also available as a $5 side," writes Mike Sula.
4111 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-472-4111
Show: Les Liaisons Dangereuses For this lively, juicy Remy Bumppo production, director David Darlow seats the audience on three sides of the stage and reduces furniture to a minimum so that the ancien regime, for all its surface beauty (expressed in outstanding costumes by Emily Waecker), comes to resemble a bloody arena where innocents are routinely fed to lions as sport.
2pm, Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park, 773-404-7336, $10-$50
Dinner: Gemini Bistro is all about comfort, from the warm chocolate-and-caramel color scheme to the deep, dark booths to the American bistro menu.
2075 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-525-2522