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Show: Unthanks Like Waterson/Carthy before them, the Unthanks make ancient music their own—their approach, far from standard-issue strummy folk rock, is closer to orchestral pop—and their exceptional live performances sparkle with charm and humor.
Dinner: Bistro Bordeaux 26-year-old executive chef Frank Mnuk (Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, Eleven Madison Park in New York, NoMi) has mastered the art of French cooking.
618 Church St., 847-424-1483, lebistrobordeaux.com
Show: I Am Love The grand architecture of Milan and the icy rhythms of composer John Adams set the tone for this elegant Italian drama about the suffocating power of family, wealth, and tradition. Tilda Swinton stars as a Russian immigrant, long married into a filthy-rich clan of Milanese industrialists, who has surrendered not only her cultural but her personal identity.
1:40 pm, 4:35 pm, 7:20 pm, 10:10 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949
Dinner: Erwin Mark Bittman, the New York Times's minimalist, would approve of Erwin, the namesake restaurant of chef Erwin Drechsler. The emphasis is on seasonal food prepared simply, to bring out the freshness of the ingredients.
2925 N. Halsted St., 773-528-7200, erwincafe.com
Show: Cell 211 A newly hired guard at a Spanish penitentiary (Alberto Ammann) gets knocked out by falling plaster during orientation; by the time he regains consciousness, the prisoners are rioting, but he manages to pass himself off as an inmate and becomes the protege of the rebellion’s leader (persuasive tough guy Luis Tosar). "I wouldn’t call this art, but it’s good fun and an effective antidote to sentimental schlock like The Shawshank Redemption," writes Cliff Doerksen.
Dinner: Players Club At this race-car-themed bar and restaurant chef-owner Mary Jurczyk creates healthful twists on her Polish grandmother's recipes, using free-range chicken and sprouted bread and substituting whole-grain spelt flour for white flour, sea salt for rock salt, and honey and fruit juices for refined white sugar.
2500 N. Ashland Ave., 773-477-7769, theplayerschicago.com
Show: The Killer Inside Me Shape-shifting British director Michael Winterbottom—whose filmography ranges from rock comedy (24 Hour Party People) to harsh social drama (In This World) to literary postmodernism (Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story) to sexual rhapsody (9 Songs)—takes on the uniquely searching and sinister pulp fiction of Jim Thompson.
Dinner: Sushi Mura Proximity to the Music Box helps keep this traditional Japanese restaurant full, and the clean, attractive room doesn’t hurt either. Sitting at the sushi bar is a fun way to study the art of maki rolling — the skillful chefs make a broad variety, from salmon skin with cucumber to more elaborate dragon and rainbow rolls.
3647 N. Southport Ave., 773-281-9155, sushimura.com