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Show: Gaslamp Killer's DJ sets "don't so much juxtapose different musical genres as laugh at the very concept of dividing music by such reductive criteria as genre," writes Miles Raymer. "In his world, acid rock and alt-rock are shelved next to eight-bit electro and Dirty South rap as "music that can get a crowd to wild out," while Hindi pop ballads, dubstep cuts, and 70s jazz-flute jams go together because they're all good for getting a head-nodding stoner groove on."
10 PM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-4140, $10, $8 before midnight.
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
Show: Julieta Venegas "Mexican-American pop singer Julieta Venegas brings an effortless airiness to her hooky melodies, and whether she's singing to a waltz-time beat or a reggae throb, the music is usually wrapped in happy, summery guitar strumming. But that breezy feel has always been supported by keen craftsmanship and musical intelligence," writes Peter Margasak.
11 PM, V Live, 2047 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-5483, $30, 18+.
2171 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60647
Show: Shanahan / Mad Shak Molly Shanahan gives her dances time to mature, and the evening-length works presented during this two-weekend stand offer a peek at her fermentation process.
6pm, Epiphany Episcopal Church, 201 S. Ashland Ave., 312-243-4242 or 866-468-3401, $20-$30, both shows $35-$50
Dinner: The Publican The menu changes daily but stays relentlessly on its snout-to-tail message. Rillettes were a rich jam of concentrated pork fat and flavor; dense, savory short ribs were brought into balance with a light, cheery dressing of watermelon and cherry tomatoes.
837 W. Fulton St., 312-733-9555, thepublicanrestaurant.com
Show: Incognito Michael Fosberg's solo show recounts the journey of self-discovery he began when he set out as an adult to meet the biological father he'd last seen when he was still a toddler.
$16, 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Cultural Center, 6420 16th St., 708-795-6704
Dinner: Czech Plaza Czechs are traditionally frugal foodies, and Czech Plaza delivers a lot of value with a roster of substantial old-world platters, many clocking in at under $10 for soup, entree with two sides (sauerkraut, dumplings, or salad), dessert, and coffee.
7016 W. Cermak Rd., 708-795-6555, czechplaza.com
Show: People We Know Three marriages come apart when Paul (C. Sean Piereman) goes to jail on charges of molesting a female student. The question of Paul's innocence or guilt is only tangential, though: the play's real target is the notion that marriage completes people.
8pm, The Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave., 773-973-2150, $5-$20
Dinner: Luzzat Restaurant This humble mom-and-pop Indian restaurant in Jarvis Square offers all the Indian standards: biryanis, curries (the lamb is especially good), masalas, plus plenty of vegetable dishes.
1505 W. Jarvis Ave., 773-764-1065