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Konono No. 1
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Show: Konono #1 "When the group debuted in Chicago five years ago, the songs all stretched far longer than their album versions, and though the players themselves were hardly dynamic onstage, if you were watching them instead of surrendering your higher brain functions to the dense throb of the music, you were missing the point: this is street-party stuff, and your attention is supposed to be on all the other dancing bodies around you," writes Peter Margasak. "The new record may be a little cleaner and more varied in sound, but nothing has changed at its heart." Kid Sister opens.

6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Randolph and Michigan; 312-742-1168, free

Dinner: Sayat Nova Cavelike Armenian restaurant that draws adventurous diners for interesting low-budget fare.

157 E. Ohio St., 312-644-9159, sayatnovachicago.com


Show: Something Better Somewhere Else Chicago writer-director Ron Lazzeretti collected two previously released shorts and added two new ones to create this impressive anthology.

8pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

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: Some Like It Hot In many ways, the ultimate Billy Wilder film (1959, 119 min.), replete with breathless pacing, transvestite humor, and unflinching cynicism.

Dusk, Lincoln Park, Cricket Hill, Montrose and Lake Shore, free

Dinner: Grace African Restaurant looks less like a dining establishment than it does just a roomful of guys hanging out, arguing good-naturedly and occasionally shouting "Fix this man some nice food!" toward the kitchen.

4409 N. Broadway, 773-271-6000, graceafrican.com

Performing Arts

Show: Fruit Tree Backpack/Madeleine Remains Madeleine Remains, Michael Martin's new portrait of Andre Gide's wife/beard/muse, is a thoughtful, occasionally arresting exploration of celebrity's dark underbelly—one of Martin's favorite subjects. Barrie Cole's Fruit Tree Backpack—comprising three fragments from a doomed relationship—is at once literate, naive, shadowy, and psychologically probing.

7pm, The Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave., 773-973-2150, thesideproject.net, $12

Dinner: Tickie's Belizean Cuisine Cheery turquoise tables and walls brighten this tiny place by the Howard el station, and the menu melds Caribbean and Latin flavors. Offerings include dukunuisas, tamales made with fresh corn instead of corn flour and steamed in foil; panades, tiny fish-filled crescent-shaped pastries accompanied by a spicy habanero sauce and shredded cabbage; and soups full of ingredients like cow's feet or conch.

7605 N. Paulina St., 773-973-3919, tickies.com

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