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Show: Dengue Fever The Cambodian-rock-revival group recently released an excellent compilation of 60s and 70s Cambodian pop and rock called Electric Cambodia. "I think the band is just fine, but it was ballsy of them to release this collection—it makes it pretty obvious that they aren't as great as the music that inspired them," writes Peter Margasak.
Dinner: Folklore "Steak is what Argentina’s best known for, and Folklore offers several imported cuts of lean grass-fed beef as well as fattier domestic steaks; our bife de chorizo (strip steak) was perfectly cooked to medium rare as requested," writes Julia Thiel. "The chorizo was also a real standout, one of the best renditions I’ve had."
2100 W. Division St., 773-292-1600
Show: Manolito Simonet "I haven't heard much by Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, but the stuff I have managed to check out makes it hard not to believe the hype from the folks who've seen him live in Cuba," writes Peter Margasak.
Dinner: Geja's Cafe Fondue palace that most find either consummately romantic or hopelessly hokey.
340 W. Armitage Ave., 773-281-9101, gejascafe.com
Show: Gillian Flynn reads from her deliciously creepy novel Dark Places and is interviewed by mystery writer Bryan Gruley (Starvation Lake).
7pm, 1049 N. Marshfield, Unit 1, free
Dinner: La Pasadita All three are local institutions, notwithstanding the debate about which is "best." The reason they're clustered within half a block of each other is an example of the American dream come true: the patriarch of the Espinoza family that runs them opened the first shack in 1976, and when it took off, he expanded across the street to 1140 N. Ashland. A competitor's plans prompted him to acquire 1132 N. Ashland, which made its debut in 1996 with more tables and a bigger, somewhat Americanized menu.
1141 N. Ashland Ave., 773-278-0384, pasadita.com
Show: RTG Dance It's "the end of an era," says RTG artistic director Rachel Thorne Germond, who's about to leave town for Virginia after nearly a decade here. But it's also the start of a new one: Germond has drawn on her experience teaching movement to kindergartners to teach herself that simple moves and a patient approach to choreography could pay off for audiences.
Dinner: Kith & Kin Upscale pub with an extensive beer and wine list; the chef is David Carrier (Trio, the French Laundry). "This is the inviting, irresistible place with casually excellent food that every neighborhood deserves," writes Mike Sula.
1119 W. Webster Ave., 773-472-7070
Show: Summer in Genoa Michael Winterbottom's 2008 drama is eerily persuasive in conjuring up a child's troubled mind, where delight, fantasy, and horror maintain a delicate balance.
6pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600
Dinner: Sable "Overseen by Violet Hour vet Mike Ryan, the cocktail program gives classic cocktails a workout with concoctions like the War of the Roses, a perfect balance of Pimm's, St-Germain, Tanqueray, mint, and house-made grapefruit bitters," writes Martha Bayne. "The cocktails could be what make Sable a destination."
505 N. State, 312-755-9704, sablerestaurant.com