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Show: Buzzcocks play the entirety of Another Music in a Different Kitchen and Love Bites—their first two albums, both from 1978 and packed with some of the greatest love/lust songs written in the final quarter of the 20th century.
8 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 877-435-9849, $25-$50.
Dinner: Babylon Eatery This Bucktown spot turns out food every bit as good as that of some of its more regal counterparts, and at half the price.
2023 N. Damen Ave.,
Show: Small Victories Kristen Studard's "unflattering vanity project" presents wacky, often hilarious characters with unique stories to tell. Well structured and thoughtfully directed by Kate Duffy, this production is a fun vehicle for Studard's versatile comedy.
9:30, Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway, 773-561-4665, $10
Dinner: Demera Ethiopian restaurant across from the Green Mill. The extensive menu features a wide range of traditional preparations of lamb, chicken, beef, and seafood, but we opted for the diners’ choice vegetarian combo with a side of doro wat: two chicken drumsticks simmered with onions, garlic, and ginger and served with a hard-boiled egg in a thick, fiery berbere sauce.
4801 N. Broadway, 773-334-8787, demeraethiopianrestaurant.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.
4:15 pm, 7:15 pm, 9:40 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949
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. After a pit stop as chef de cuisine at Adobo Grill, in late August he opened Chilam Balam, a cramped but not claustrophobic subterranean spot offering a small-plates menu along with a list of monthly seasonal specials.
3023 N. Broadway, 773-296-6901, chilambalamchicago.com
Show: The Shock Doctrine Naomi Klein adapts her best-selling book, which argues that followers of free-market guru Milton Friedman have exploited various political crises and natural disasters around the world to install capitalist regimes and privatize public assets and services.
5pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600
Dinner: The Purple Pig Snout-to-tail cooking is the name of the game at The Purple Pig, a convivial take on an Italian enoteca from Scott Harris (Mia Francesca), Jimmy Bannos Sr. (Heaven on Seven), and chef Jimmy Bannos Jr., who honed his skills at Mario Batali's New York restaurants.
500 N. Michigan Ave., 312-464-1744, thepurplepigchicago.com
Show: Mother and Child With a producer like Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams) and a writer-director like Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives), you know you're in for a jumbo narrative of intersecting (and mostly sorrowful) lives. See J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.
4:30 pm, 7 pm, 9:30 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604
Dinner: Moxie An oasis on a Wrigleyville strip dominated by burgers and fries, Moxie is soothing and chic.
3517 N. Clark St., 773-935-6694, moxiechicago.net