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Show: Celine and Julie Go Boating Jacques Rivette's 193-minute comic feminist extravaganza is as scary and unsettling in its narrative high jinks as it is exhilarating in its uninhibited slapstick.
7pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575
Dinner: La Petite Folie Michael and Mary Mastricola, both former U. of C. students and longtime Hyde Park residents, decamped to Paris in the mid-90s so Mary could attend the Cordon Bleu cooking school, then returned to Chicago to open this charming restaurant serving spectacular baguettes and a wide range of French classics with a menu that changes frequently.
1504 E. 55th St., 773-493-1394
Lit & Lectures
Show: Goldie Goldbloom reads from Toads' Museum of Freaks and Wonders; "one of the most satisfying pieces of writing I've read in some time," writes Jerome Ludwig.
7pm, Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-446-8880, free
Dinner: Restaurant Michael Forget foams, gels, pellets, and powders. At Restaurant Michael chef Michael Lachowicz and his crew carry on the French culinary tradition he acquired under Jean Banchet and Roland Liccioni at Le Francais, spinning out traditional preparations with the occasional lighter sauce typical of nouvelle cuisine.
64 Green Bay Rd., 847-441-3100
Show: David Remnick discusses his new biography The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.
6pm, Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State St., 312-747-4050, free
Dinner: McCormick & Schmick's Loop location of the seafood chain, known for its fresh fish—30 varieties in preparations that change twice daily—and reasonable prices.
1 E. Wacker Dr., 312-923-7226
Show: Patrick Lichty The artist and activist, who's done animation for the anti-corporate pranksters the Yes Men and is currently a faculty member of Columbia College's Interactive Arts and Media Department, discusses his work.
7pm, Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee, free
Dinner: Between Boutique Cafe & Lounge Wicker Park lounge now offering a Peruvian-Asian menu from consulting chef Jose Victorio.
1324 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-292-0585
Show: Workshop: Introduction to Circuit Bending This crash course in circuit bending and toy hacking covers the basics of electronics, the tools of circuit exploration, and the techniques of finishing a project.
7pm, Transistor, 5045 N. Clark St., 312-863-1375, $40
Dinner: Big Jones A contemporary southern restaurant from chef Paul Fehribach. The cocktail list is full of daiquiris, hurricanes, and nicely balanced Sazeracs—including one with absinthe—and the menu includes crawfish-boudin croquettes and a rich and smoky gumbo with chicken and andouille.
5347 N. Clark St., 773-275-5725