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Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra
  • Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra

Show: Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra "Founded in 1980 in Sarajevo, Zabranjeno Pusenje (Serbo-Croatian for 'No Smoking') were part of a cultural resistance movement called 'New Primitivism'; inspired by everything from Jethro Tull to the Sex Pistols, they combined brash, simple garage rock with touches of Balkan folk," writes Vera Videnovich. "Since the early 90s they've developed a style they call 'Unza Unza Time,' a mix of rock, Romany music, and Balkan brass with a distinctive two-four rhythm—the name evokes the sound of a guitar playing a traditional folk dance or a sort of Serbian rumba."

8 PM, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, 773-777-8898 or 800-838-3006, copernicusfdn.org, $30, $25 in advance, 18+.

Dinner: McNamara's This is a welcoming Irish pub right down to the brogue-tongued bartender slow pouring pints of Guinness and the "mayor" opining from his bar stool on everything from politics to the proper way to make a Bloody Mary (with a healthy dose of horseradish, thank you very much). The restaurant, two comfortable rooms with exposed brick and large windows looking onto Irving Park Road, has a menu more elaborate than you might expect: in addition to the pub grub and dishes that nod to Ireland there are upscale crusted/stuffed/sauced preparations.

4328 W. Irving Park Rd., 773-725-1800, mcnamaras.com

Show: Sweet Apple J. Mascis's band with Witch-mate Dave Sweetapple (bass) and Cobra Verde's John Petkovic (guitar and vocals) and Tim Parnin (guitar), hits the sweet spot and stays there, hearkening back to the alt-rock of the early 90s.

9 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-463-5808 or 866-468-3401, abbeypub.com, $12, 18+.

Dinner: Mirabell Authentic northwest-side German restaurant with classic Bavarian specialties and an indoor beer garden.

3454 W. Addison St., 773-463-1962, mirabellrestaurant.com

Show: Budos Band "The Brooklyn tentet set out to make Budos Band III, for reasons known only to them, a psychedelic doom album," writes Jessica Hopper. "But fortunately what came out the other end was another totally sweltering album of tight instrumentals with funk horn arrangements that flirt with Afrobeat and honor myriad American R & B styles, from Stax to Muscle Shoals to the JB's." Saturday's set is part of the Old Town School's Chicago Folk & Roots Festival.

8:30 PM, Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside, 773-728-6000, $10 suggested donation, $5 for kids and seniors.

Dinner: Chalkboard Walking into the airy, elegant Chalkboard space, it's hard to believe it was formerly the gloomy Tournesol. But classy as the room is, the menu is decidedly friendly, offering dressed-up versions of classic American comfort food. Daily specials are listed on the restaurant's namesake, a giant chalkboard, but often also on a paper menu that includes chatty asides from chef-owner Gilbert Langlois, a veteran of Rushmore and SushiSamba Rio.

4343 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-477-7144, chalkboardrestaurant.com


Show: Louisiana Story The last masterpiece (1948) by the pioneer documentarian—sometimes called the Rousseau of the cinema—Robert Flaherty.

8pm, Bank of America Cinema, 4901 W. Irving Park Rd., 312-904-9442

Dinner: La Peña Upscale Equadoran food, live Andean music. Jaime Fidel Castillo mans the front of the house at this Portage Park storefront, while his wife, Maria, and her mother, Rosa Sanchez, cook the coastal Latin fare.

4212 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-545-7022, lapenachicago.com

Show: The Law Gina Lollobrigida, in her prime, plays a village spitfire coveted by cruel gangster Yves Montand and crusading agronomist Marcello Mastroianni; meanwhile, aging hooker Melina Mercouri chases a doomed romance with the gangster's weak-willed son.

5:15, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: Cibo Matto "What’s more, 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. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009.

201 N. State St., 312-239-9500, cibomatto.therestaurantsatthewit.com

Performing Arts

Show: La Visita de la Vieja Dama Cuba's Teatro Buendia makes an impressive U.S. debut with this ingeniously compressed adaptation of the black comedy by Friedrich Durrenmatt (known in its English-language version as The Visit), about a rich old woman who promises the citizens of an impoverished village a fortune—if only they'll murder the man who seduced and betrayed her 40 years earlier.

8pm, Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., 312-443-3800, $14-$28

Dinner: Xoco Rick Bayless's new quick-service restaurant, specializing in Mexican street foods such as tortas, churros, empanadas, and hot chocolate. Included in our best bites of 2009.

449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688, www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco.html

Show: Ameba Aerial Dance Pitched somewhere between the circus arts and modern dance, "Time Flies" zooms by in an entertaining two hours.

7pm, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., 847-864-5323, ruthpage.org, $25

Dinner: Ria The menu at Ria, the new fine-dining spot in the posh Elysian Hotel, may be abbreviated to a handful of nouns, but it speaks volumes. Each plate is an expertly composed piece of art.

11 E. Walton St., 312-880-4400

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