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Show: Black Breath "Heavy Breathing (Southern Lord), the breakneck full-length debut from Seattle's Black Breath, deserves all the comparisons it's been getting to Motorhead, Disfear, and Tragedy," writes Kevin Warwick. "These guys are working in a crowded subgenre and hardly reinventing the wheel, but they do fast, loud, and brutal right: with an obscene amount of guts and balls." Converge headlines.
Dinner: Macello Executive chef-partner Giovanni DeNigris (Trattoria Trullo) showcases the rustic cucina and robust wines of Puglia in his exposed-brick dining room, a former meatpacking warehouse, and pizzas are a good bet under the hands of chef Gino Losacco, who mans the central wood-burning brick oven.
1235 W. Lake St., 312-850-9870, macellochicago.com
Show: Ray Wylie Hubbard "He's got a voice like scuffed leather and the way he turns a phrase is worthy of Bob Dylan or Tom Waits," writes Monica Kendrick.
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. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009.
3023 N. Broadway, 773-296-6901, chilambalamchicago.com
Show: Please Give The witty and perceptive writer-director Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money) delivers her best feature yet, a sharp-elbowed philosophical comedy that ponders why people find it so hard to be generous with one another. See J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.
1:40 pm, 4:15 pm, 7:15 pm, 9:40 pm, 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, crisponline.com
Show: Ferris Bueller's Day Off Technically not recommended by our critic, but I'm not going to dissuade you.
7pm, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212
Dinner: Vines on Clark Italian and American food from chefs Tim Edstrom (Everest, Kiki's Bistro, Spiaggia) and Raul Ramos (Spiaggia, Pump Room).
3554 N. Clark St., 773-327-8572, cubbybear.com/vinesonclark
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, buildingstage.com, $12
Dinner: The Motel Bar Hubie Greenwald and John Manion, the team behind Wicker Park's Mas, tackle American comfort food at this clubby spot in the old Montgomery Ward catalog building. The chic industrial space, with high vaulted ceilings, exposed ductwork, and circular red vinyl booths, is designed for mingling: there are no TVs, and the music is kept at a conversation-friendly volume.
600 W. Chicago Ave., 312-822-2900, themotelbar.com
Show: The Pigeons Joe Zarrow's very funny satire on Chicago gentrification skewers yuppies, slackers, and white ethnics alike for their self-righteous sense of entitlement.
Dinner: Branch 27 Chef John Manion seems to have landed at a venue where he can really commit to the kind of cooking that was promised at Goose Island. Here Manion’s not coddling anybody—roasting goat legs, compounding butter with bone marrow, and daring diners to look whole grilled sardines right in the eye.
1371 W. Chicago Ave., 312-850-2700, branch27.com