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MusicYakuza On the new Of Seismic Consequence, recorded here in town with Sanford Parker, local progressive-metal band Yakuza "careens recklessly between brutality and beauty, marrying psychedelic space-rock to enough jet-engine power to send the whole package hurtling straight into a supernova—and out the other side unscathed," writes Monica Kendrick. The band's set at this release party will include the entire album, top to bottom.
Dinner: Turquoise Cafe Prices at this Roscoe Village Turkish restaurant are a little higher than at many ethnic places. But dishes like the sogurme (smoked chunks of eggplant in creamy yogurt with lots of garlic), seafood salad, and the house salad (a piquant medley of red cabbage, arugula, red onion, and romaine lettuce in a lemon herb dressing) are worth a little extra.
2147 W. Roscoe St., 773-549-3523, turquoisedining.com
Show: Entombed While their fellow Scandinavians were just starting to organize the aesthetics of black metal, Entombed were ripping up death's rulebook and pissing on the shreds, crossbreeding it with punk, crust, hard classic rock, and seemingly whatever else they had on their record shelves.
Dinner: Spring World One of the few restaurants in the city specializing in the spicy and complex food of China's Yunnan province.
2109 S. China Pl., 312-326-9966
Show: Lionel Marchetti The style called musique concrete arose in the late 40s, after the advent of magnetic tape made it possible to collage, layer, and manipulate recordings with relative ease, and in the hands of Frenchman Lionel Marchetti it sounds like the stuff of dreams. "It's often confusing and sometimes terrifying, and despite its chaotic juxtapositions it feels pregnant with meaning—if only you can crack its code," writes Bill Meyer. This free concert is Marchetti's first Chicago appearance in eight years.
8 PM, Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Place, 312-787-4071.
Dinner: Mizu Yakitori & Sushi Lounge Yakitori are a popular Japanese drinking food: skewered and grilled bits of meat, usually chicken. Old Town's Mizu Yakitori & Sushi Lounge takes the concept further, offering vegetable, beef, and seafood skewers as well.
315 W. North Ave., 312-951-8880, mizurestaurant.com
Show: Decision at Sundown This 1957 feature, the third of Budd Boetticher's remarkable Randolph Scott westerns, finds Scott as a man obsessed with revenging the suicide of his wife on her former lover. Boetticher's westerns seem to exist apart from history; they are highly stylized, almost abstract moral studies, compressed and analytical. Unique in the genre, they are essential viewing.
8pm, Bank of America Cinema, 4901 W. Irving Park Rd., 312-904-9442
Dinner: Afghan Kabob The region's only Afghan restaurant, highlighted by owner Nasir Raufi and his wife's care with the cuisine's subtle dishes.
4040 W. Montrose Ave., 773-427-5041
Show: Metropolis Containing 25 minutes of previously lost footage that brings the movie back within eight minutes of its running time at its German premiere, this will probably wind up being the standard version. As the most complete representation of Lang's original vision, it's a masterpiece by any measure.
Dinner: Cuna A bustling barstaurant isn’t my idea of the best place to savor sophisticated contemporary cuisine, but Cuna, the first nightlife venture from local businessman Paolo Acuna, has a friendly neighborhood vibe, thanks in part to the unpretentious staff.
1113 W. Belmont Ave., 312-224-8588, cunasupperclub.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: Vines on Clark Italian and American food from chefs Tim Edstrom (Everest, Kiki's Bistro, Spiaggia) and Raul Ramos (Spiaggia, Pump Room).
3554 N. Clark St., 773-327-8572, cubbybear.com/vinesonclark