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Show: Kelan Phil Cohran Chicago jazz musician Kelan Phil Cohran played trumpet in the Sun Ra Arkestra before going on to form his own Artistic Heritage Ensemble; he also cofounded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Admission to the MCA is free all day on Tuesday.

7pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660, mcachicago.org, free

Dinner: Silver Spoon is one of a handful of local restaurants that will honor requests from non-Thais for food made "pet-pet," or Thai spicy.

710 N. Rush St., 312-944-7100

Show: Fuck the Facts "are sometimes referred to as a grindcore band, but it would be more accurate to say they're a band that bounces from one style of heavy music to another with alarming frequency, and they just tend to hit grindcore a little more often than the rest," writes Miles Raymer.

8 PM, Reggie's Rock Club, 2109 S. State, 312-949-0121 or 866-468-3401, $10, 17+.

Dinner: Chef Luciano/Gourmet Fish Two restaurants in one single-story building, Chef Luciano tends more toward higher-end meals, Gourmet Fish to more standard fast foods such as fried fish and chicken. Offerings draw from all sorts of influences—Cajun, Italian, Jamaican, African, and chef-owner David Gupta's native Indian—and the results, as you might expect, are eclectic: Chef Luciano Cajun catfish, for instance, comes with a vegetable stir-fry accented with curry.

49 E. Cermak Rd., 312-326-0062, chefluciano.com


Show: Breathless Brutally honest as well as brutally violent, this 2009 Korean feature centers on a mob enforcer (Yang Ik-june), the product of a seriously dysfunctional family, who communicates mainly through profanity or his fists.

7:45pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600

Dinner: Benny's Chop House Clubbily appointed new steak house from the owner of Volare; the chef is Jonathan Lane (the Four Seasons). It's too new to review.

444 N. Wabash, 312-626-2444, bennychophouse.com

Show: L'Argent Bresson, working his sound track as assiduously as his visuals, once again makes us realize how little use most films make of the resources of the cinema. A masterpiece.

7pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575

Dinner: Medici on 57th Always-bustling University of Chicago hangout serving hearty, veggie-friendly cafe fare.

1327 E. 57th St., 773-667-7394, medici57.com

Performing Arts

Show: From a Fading Light "The ensemble's intense concentration creates the requisite fly-on-the-wall atmosphere, voices from other rooms evoke an eeriness, and glimpses of scenes I'd already witnessed gave me a feeling of deja vu, as if time here might move in any direction. The promenade worked powerfully on me," writes Tony Adler.

8pm, Saint Paul's Cultural Center, 2215 W. North Ave., 773-278-7677, $12-$20

Dinner: Lokal Chef Gabriel Miranda calls on his Japanese training and Mexican heritage in dreaming up dishes like poblanos stuffed with Polish sausage and goblacki that are a composed take on maki, with horseradish-flavored sushi rice and braised short rib. Pierogi here are light and silky and dressed in a creamy bourbon-date sauce; the kielbasa is made from dark-meat chicken and served in a whole-grain-mustard demi-glace with lentils and pancetta.

1904 W. North Ave., 773-904-8113, lokalchicago.com

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