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Madame Sata
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Show: Madame Sata The story of an immensely strong drag queen in Rio in the 1930s—a legendary rebel, thief, and eventual murderer who was also generous and loyal to the limit—it describes more than an early South American Stonewall.

6:30pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 312-744-6630

Dinner: Cibo Matto "could pass as Spiaggia’s more playful, easygoing younger sibling," writes Mike Sula. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009.

201 N. State St., 312-239-9500, cibomatto.therestaurantsatthewit.com

Lit & Lectures

Show: Funny Ha-Ha Readings and performances by Mark Bazer, Steve Gadlin, Samantha Irby, Jacob Knabb, and sketch group Schadenfreude, along with short films by Joe Avella. Claire Zulkey hosts. Proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Writing Alliance.

7pm, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $5 suggested donation

Dinner: Jane's The reasonably priced Cal-American fare is innovative, eclectic, and especially friendly to vegetarians.

1653 W. Cortland St., 773-862-5263, janesrestaurant.com

Performing Arts

Show: The Drowsy Chaperone At the very top of this musical, the Broadway production of which won a load of Tonys in 2006, the audience is presented with a character known only as Man in Chair. "All this show is," he says, is "fun." And it turns out he's right.

8pm, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Dr., $35-$55

Dinner: Chaihanna On a typical weekend night you’ll find long tables filled with multigenerational parties sharing the plates of kebabs, blintzes, lamb chops, garlicky spiced eggplant, and pickled vegetables. Uzbek food is a cuisine of conquest and commerce, bearing the mark of the many ethnic groups that have passed through—or been forced through—the territory.

19 E. Dundee Rd. Buffalo Grove, 847-215-5044


Show: Givers "cheery touch o' Afropop has gotten them saddled with comparisons to Vampire Weekend," writes Jessica Hopper, "but this Louisiana band's sound is more of a mishmash than that: fingerpicked folk, disco thump, new-wave keys."

9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $8, $5 in advance.

Dinner: Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar The main attraction at Humboldt Park's Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar, not surprisingly, is the intriguing list of small-batch beverages put together by a trio of Webster's Wine Bar vets. There are a good many interesting selections—including a passel of wines from Greece, Austria, and unusual spots like Slovenia—among the more than 60 bottles and 17 available by the glass. Part of our recent gastropub roundup.

954 N. California Ave., 773-292-1616, rootstockbar.com

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