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The Styrenes
  • The Styrenes

Show: Styrenes "Formed in Cleveland in 1975 by Paul Marotta, the Styrenes (and their companion bands, the Electric Eels and Mirrors, which also include Marotta) often get thrown into the proto-punk grab bag because the keepers of the categories don't quite know what else to call them. But like their mates Pere Ubu, the Styrenes are really a sprawling, ambitious, hard-to-pigeonhole concept," writes Monica Kendrick.

10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10, limited $5 tickets.

Dinner: Old Lviv Ukrainian Food Restaurant A holdout from the days when Ukrainian Village was Ukrainian, Old Lviv still offers the traditional cuisine, from pierogi and blintzes to potatoes and sauerkraut, borscht and salad to schnitzel and stuffed cabbage.

2228 W. Chicago Ave., 773-772-7250

Show: "Dutch-born lutenist Jozef Van Wissem pairs a Renaissance-era instrument with modern-day artistic strategies like cut-up composition and electronic processing, which is great for attracting the attention of critics looking for a hook, but what keeps me coming back is the way his stark, beautiful music messes with my sense of time," writes Bill Meyer.

10 PM, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor, heavengallery.com, donation requested

Dinner: Between Boutique Cafe and Lounge opened in 2007 offering creative Indian fusion small plates by Radhika Desai, who went on to make a splash on Top Chef. Since last year, though, the restaurant’s been focusing on a different but equally creative fusion: Peruvian-Asian dishes dreamed up by chef Jose Victorio.

1324 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-292-0585


Show: The Secret in Their Eyes In 1974 a jaded court investigator is shocked out of his bureaucratic stupor by the grisly rape and murder of a lovely young bride in Buenos Aires. Director Juan José Campanella weaves together two love stories—between the victim and her husband, and the investigator and his former boss—and creates some masterful set pieces; his breathless chase through a packed soccer stadium is a marvel of choreography and top-notch CGI.

1pm, 4:05pm, 7:10pm, 10:10pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Chilam Balam Twenty-three-year-old Chuy Valencia is only the latest—and possibly the youngest—graduate of the School of Bayless to come out of the Frontera/Topolobampo kitchens and stake his own claim.

3023 N. Broadway, 773-296-6901

Performing Arts

Show: One Thing, and Everything Else Director David Amaral teamed up with indie musician Joshua Dumas to create something like a Restoration-era semi-opera, based loosely on Raymond Carver's short story "Gazebo."

8pm, The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter St., 312-491-1369, $12

Dinner: Coalfire As pizza goes, it's pretty great. The thin, blistered crust is sooty and crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy toward the center of the pan, with a dense, toasty flavor. The sauce, applied sparingly, is fresh and slightly sweet; toppings include buttery prosciutto, hot Calabrese salami with fennel, and a terrific spicy Italian sausage.

1321 W. Grand Ave., 312- 226-2625

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