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Show: Erykah Badu performs in support of the second album in her Amerykah trilogy, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh. "The new one is a breakup album cast up from the hell-pit of desperation—myopic, airless riffing that rides fusiony keyboard riffs into the tear-stained horizon," writes Jessica Hopper. N.E.R.D. and Janelle Monae open; Monae also plays a noon in-store Thursday at Borders on State.
201 N. State St., 312-239-9500, cibomatto.therestaurantsatthewit.com
Show: DJ Premier The legendary producer spins; veteran Chicago DJ and producer Tone B. Nimble opens.
Dinner: Happy Chef Dim Sum Canton, a port city, traffics in many foods, and the Cantonese cuisine at Happy Chef reflects this delicious diversity.
2164 S. Archer Ave., 312-808-3689
Show: The Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa's best film is also his most Americanized, drawing on classical Hollywood conventions of genre (the western), characterization (ritual gestures used to distinguish the individuals within a group), and visual style (the horizon lines and exaggerated perspectives of John Ford).
Dinner: Sable Kitchen & Bar "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. The Pisco Sour was possibly the best I've ever tried, just sweet enough and bracingly strong, topped with a stiff cap of egg white. Even the Bridal Shower proved to be a stiff, refreshing cooler of Campari, vodka, rhubarb syrup, and plenty of fizz. The cocktails could be what make Sable a destination," writes Martha Bayne.
505 N. State, 312-755-9704, sablechicago.com
Show: RUI: Reading Under the Influence The featured readers are Gina Frangello (Slut Lullabies) and Zoe Zolbrod (Currency); they'll be joined by Josh Alletto and Charlie Vlahogiannis. "While unrelenting in her explorations of power and powerlessness and often hilariously merciless in exposing the transparency of social pretense, Frangello is distinguished from contemporaries such as Mary Gaitskill—to whom she bears comparison in style and subject—by the compassion she shows her troubled characters," writes Kathie Bergquist.
3258 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-281-4989, sheffieldschicago.com, $3
Dinner: Andalous Casual Moroccan restaurant; Hadg Mohamad plays host while his wife, Rachida, does the cooking at this Lakeview spot with garden seating.
3307 N. Clark St., 773-281-6885, andalous.com
Dinner: Maple Tree Inn The Cajun fare is still bold at this south-suburban housed in an old corner tavern with an elaborately carved wooden bar, swinging saloon doors, and a large garden.
13301 Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, 708-388-3461