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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
  • Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

Show: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra has long been inspired by the Ex, and on Kollaps Tradixionales they convincingly transplant the spirit of those Dutch iconoclasts into songs that trade melodic intensity for frenetic art-punk rhythms.

9 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, schubas.com, $15.

Dinner: Julius Meinl A classy place for those of moderate means, this is the first American outpost for Viennese coffee purveyor Julius Meinl. The coffee is made from beans roasted in Austria; strong but not acidic, it's superb. The menu's tasty cafe fare.

3601 N. Southport Ave., 773-868-1857, www.meinl.com/northamerica/home.html

Show: Bird Talk "I'm not sure if anyone besides Greil Marcus has ever used the expression "catchy as fuck" to describe a band, but let it be known that Bird Talk are in fact catchy as fuck," writes Brian Costello. "This Chicago four-piece aren't exactly inventing a new genre (there are already plenty of fancy lads aspiring to that anyway), but the incandescent soul in their poppy new-wave dance-party rock sets them apart from other bands working similar turf."

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

Dinner: Andrzej Grill Incredibly good, incredibly cheap Polish diner that even has a vegetarian menu.

1022 N. Western Ave., 773-489-3566


Show: Throne of Blood Akira Kurosawa's remarkable 1957 restaging of Macbeth in samurai and expressionist terms is unquestionably one of his finest works—charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror. Incidentally, this was reputed to have been T.S. Eliot's favorite film.

6pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

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

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

Performing Arts

Show: Baal Bertolt Brecht's first full-length play is the raw, sprawling chronicle of a womanizing, binge-drinking young poet whose fame derives as much from his wanton lifestyle as from his art.

7:30pm, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., 773-278-1500, chopintheatre.com, $15-$25

Dinner: Jam Breakfast-and-lunch spot—now serving dinner!—from Jerry Suqi (Chickpea, La Pomme Rouge) in the old Dodo space; the chef is Jeffrey Mauro (Charlie Trotter's, North Pond).

937 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-0302, jamrestaurant.com

Show: Body Awareness Annie Baker set out to write "a play about issues that wasn't an 'issue play,'" and this compelling dramedy is proof that she succeeded. Benjamin Thiem's production inspires both hearty laughter and serious reflection.

8pm, Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway, 773-549-1815, profilestheatre.org, $25-$35

Dinner: Iyanze For a filling, affordable taste of authentic West Africa this is one of the best bets around. There's now a full bar too.

4623 N. Broadway, 773-944-1417

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