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Show: Rhymefest performs at a combination listening party/record-release show for his long-delayed second album, El Che, out on the indie dNBe Entertainment.
Dinner: Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant Tony Hu's celebrated Szechuan restaurant, featuring an endless menu that runs from crab rangoon to LaLaLa Extremely Spicy Diced Fish LeShan Style (with bone).
2172 S. Archer Ave., 312-326-5040, tonygourmetgroup.com
Show: The Oath Laura Poitras directed this documentary about two men who served Osama bin Laden: his bodyguard, Abu Jandal, now living in Yemen, and his driver, Salim Hamdan, now a prisoner at Guantanamo. Screening as part of the opening-night program for the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Dinner: Sayat Nova Cavelike Armenian restaurant that draws adventurous diners for interesting low-budget fare.
157 E. Ohio St., 312-644-9159, sayatnovachicago.com
Show: Snubfest Created six years ago as a safe-haven showcase for comics of all stripes who'd been rejected from other festivals, this Chemically Imbalanced Comedy event now attracts so many applicants it has to be curated. But the situation has an upside: the talent roster for 2010 is a cut above the usual.
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
Show: Cirque Dreams Illumination Quirky comedy and death-defying stunts highlight this touring production from circus impresario Neil Goldberg. Set against a backdrop best described as a subway station on acid, Illumination offers a glimpse of everyday urban life as reinvented by a cast of acrobats, contortionists, aerialists, singers, and dancers.
Dinner: The Gage The extensive drinks list features specialty and vintage cocktails like the Champagne Charlie (champagne and Grand Marnier with a sugar cube soaked in blood orange bitters). The one-page menu has surprising breadth without seeming scattershot: there are half a dozen steaks and burgers alongside more unusual offerings like roast saddle of elk and caramelized lobster with lemon quinoa.
24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243, thegagechicago.com