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Reflection Eternal
  • Reflection Eternal

Show: Reflection Eternal Rapper Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek, who made Train of Thought as Reflection Eternal in 2000, have "a nearly pathological resistance to repeating themselves, so it's taken a decade for them to make a proper follow-up," writes Miles Raymer. "But the upcoming Revolutions Per Minute (on Kweli's own Blacksmith Records) is a worthy sequel."

9 PM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212, $28, $22.50 in advance, 17+

Dinner: La Madia Restaurant in the old Jazz Showcase offering a range of pizzas and a large wine list with 250 by the bottle and multiple options by the glass. As for the pies, they're delicious.

59 W. Grand Ave., 312-329-0400

Show: Jonsi, aka Sigur Ros front man Jon Thor Birgisson, performs in support of Go, which features orchestral arrangements by Nico Muhly but whose songs are more brisk and lucid than his main band's. "Jonsi retains the eunuch-high voice and soaring melodies that are his trademarks in Sigur Ros, but their effect is radically different when they're presented with such immediacy," writes Peter Margasak.

7:30 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212, $35

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: The Secret in Their Eyes In 1974 a jaded court investigator (Ricardo Darín of Nine Queens) 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 (Soledad Villamil)—and creates some masterful set pieces; his breathless chase through a packed soccer stadium is a marvel of choreography and top-notch CGI.

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

Dinner: Crisp Doug Funke says he and partner Jae Lee sampled the goods at more than 200 chain and mom-and-pop fried chicken joints from coast to coast in preparation for opening Crisp, their spot in Lakeview, which draws its main influence from Korean tong dak—whole fried chickens hacked into pieces.

2940 N. Broadway, 877-693-8653

Lit & Lectures

Show: Jonathan Eig (Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season et al) celebrates the release of Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster. See book review.

7pm, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., 312-642-4600, $15

Dinner: Pars Cove Cozy, long-standing Persian restaurant near the lake with a comfortable room and generously portioned fare.

435 W. Diversey Ave., 773-549-1515


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