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Show: Mahjongg Local dance-punk quartet Mahjongg kicks off a west-coast tour with a release party for the house-inflected In the Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger. Bobby Conn and Psychic Steel open.
Dinner: Lokal Chef Gabriel Miranda calls on his Japanese training and Mexican heritage in dreaming up dishes like poblanos stuffed with Polish sausage and goblacki that are a composed take on maki, with horseradish-flavored sushi rice and braised short rib. Pierogi here are light and silky and dressed in a creamy bourbon-date sauce; the kielbasa is made from dark-meat chicken and served in a whole-grain-mustard demi-glace with lentils and pancetta.
1904 W. North Ave., 773-904-8113, lokalchicago.com
Show: Gerry Hemingway & Terrence McManus Hemingway has a special affinity for duos, as he's proved on recent recordings with Anthony Braxton, John Butcher, and Thomas Lehn—the format allows him to engage almost symbiotically with the sonic qualities of his partners' instruments and gives him enough space to erect elaborate structures around their playing.
Dinner: Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant Rogers Park Ethiopian serving comically large meals for a comically small price.
6118 N. Ravenswood Ave., 773-465-6710
Show: The Kids Are All Right "Plenty of movies strive for topicality, but occasionally something like The Kids Are All Right slaps you in the face with the world you're actually living in," writes J.R. Jones.
7 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:45 pm, 10:15 pm, 10:30 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949
Dinner: Crisp Doug Funke says he and partner Jae Lee sampled the goods at more than 200 chain and mom-and-pop fried chicken joints from coast to coast in preparation for opening Crisp, their spot in Lakeview, which draws its main influence from Korean tong dak—whole fried chickens hacked into pieces.
2940 N. Broadway, 877-693-8653, crisponline.com
Show: Dogtooth Inside the confines of a nicely appointed country home, a stern patriarch and his obedient wife keep their teenage son and two teenage daughters cloistered from the world and zanily miseducated. "This is one you won’t forget, though probably not for lack of trying," writes J.R. Jones. See our in-depth review for more.
Show: Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer Longtime dance duo Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer spent two weeks in Argentina this past spring, doing the tango every night. Bits of the tango creep in—a hand at the nape of the neck, intertwining feet—but the piece is more about the emotional aspects of ballroom dance: display, intimacy, impassivity, aggression, domination.
Dinner: Noon Hour Grill A trip to Noon Hour Grill is like a visit to grandma's—if, unlike mine, your grandma was serene, a good cook, and listened to classical radio rather than Lawrence Welk. A small breakfast-and-lunch spot manned single-handedly by grill veteran Susie Lee, it offers an appealing mix of Korean standards and American breakfast fare.
6930 N. Glenwood Ave., 773-338-9494
Show: Hard Hearted Heart In this solo show, first produced last summer, puppeteer Blair Thomas presents three works: Federico Garcia Lorca's Punch-and-Judy-esque "The Puppet Play of Don Cristobal;" "Saint James Infirmary," based on the traditional blues song and rendered with rod marionettes; and "The Blackbird," an adaptation of Wallace Stevens's poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," using shadow puppets projected on parchment scrolls.
Dinner: Tepatulco The former Las Fuentes reopened as Tepatulco last year under the peripatetic Geno Bahena; perhaps predictably, Bahena's since taken off, but the menu retains many of his favorites, and the outdoor patio, which seats 200, remains popular.
2558 N. Halsted St., 773-472-7419, tepatulco.com