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Show: Warpaint "It doesn't seem too difficult for a group of attractive young ladies from LA with movie-star connections to get a lot of easy buzz, but Warpaint's appeal goes deeper," writes Miles Raymer. "They actually rip." They play as part of the Do-Division Street Fest; the day's other performers include Earl Greyhound, the Ponys, and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit.
4 PM, Damen Stage, Division and Damen, 312-850-9390 or do-divisionstreetfest.com, $5 suggested donation.
Dinner: Folklore Steak is what Argentina's best known for, and Folklore offers several imported cuts of lean grass-fed beef as well as fattier domestic steaks; "our bife de chorizo (strip steak) was perfectly cooked to medium rare as requested. The chorizo was also a real standout, one of the best renditions I've had," writes Julia Thiel. Part of our alfresco roundup.
2100 W. Division St., 773-292-1600
Show: Liza Minnelli "Through all the highs and lows of Liza Minnelli's notoriously erratic career, one thing has remained constant: of all the performers of her generation, she has the deepest connection to what scholars have dubbed the Great American Songbook," writes Albert Williams.
Dinner: La Madia Restaurant in the old Jazz Showcase offering a range of pizzas and a large wine list with 250 by the bottle and multiple options by the glass. As for the pies, they're delicious.
59 W. Grand Ave., 312-329-0400, dinelamadia.com
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: Cibo Matto "For every marquee item that delivered, I probably enjoyed two unheralded but quietly excellent dishes, beginning with a bowl of peppery bucatini carbonara with cured tomatoes, chiles, and a brilliant orb of duck yolk mixed in at the table—one of the greatest riffs on the classic I’ve ever had," writes Mike Sula.
201 N. State St., 312-239-9500, cibomatto.therestaurantsatthewit.com
Show: Splice Echoes of James Whale’s Frankenstein movies reverberate through this creepy Canadian sci-fi tale, whose innocent, confused beast is alternately terrifying and pathetic. But the movie carves out its own psychological terrain as well, pondering the emotional storms of both childhood and parenthood as relations in the little family grow ever more perverse.
Dinner: Sayat Nova Cavelike Armenian restaurant that draws adventurous diners for interesting low-budget fare.
157 E. Ohio St., 312-644-9159, sayatnovachicago.com