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Show: Lisandro Meza Button accordionist Lisandro Meza has been one of the biggest names in Colombian cumbia for more than five decades. Meza's songs are compact and propulsive, and he gives them a crackling energy with fluid, high-octane accordion patterns; his clear voice carries excitement and even joy with laconic, economical ease.

8:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000, oldtownschool.org, $30, $28 members, $26 seniors and children.

Dinner: Cafe Selmarie Small gem of a restaurant and bakery, popular for weekend breakfasts and pleasant dinner specials.

4729 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-989-5595, cafeselmarie.com

Show: Good for Cows, Darren Johnston Good for Cows, aka local bassist Devin Hoff and Brooklyn drummer Ches Smith, play in support of the mercilessly heavy Audumla. "Its ultra low-end lines and gut-rumbling beats mostly grind along at a crawl, and when they speed up, they're almost blastbeat fast," writes Peter Margasak. San Francisco trumpeter Darren Johnston, who used to be in a band with Smith called Reasons for Moving, opens with an improvising quintet that includes four locals: vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Nate McBride, trombonist Jeb Bishop, and drummer Frank Rosaly.

9:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, hideoutchicago.com, $8.

Dinner: Franks 'n' Dawgs New gourmet hot dog stand featuring "haute" dogs, many of them house-made; the chef is Joe Doren (Blackbird, Sixteen).

1863 N. Clybourn, 312-281-5187, franksndawgs.com


Show: Robin Hood The 1922 silent version with Douglas Fairbanks, done up as good, spirited fun by director Allan Dwan. The castle set remains one of the largest ever built and it's filled with thousands of extras, but Dwan never lets the production values interfere with the lightness and humor that were Fairbanks's trademarks.

7pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575, docfilms.uchicago.edu

Dinner: Medici on 57th The quintessential off-campus hangout, complete with carved wood booths and graffiti-covered walls. The reasonable prices at this long-standing Hyde Park gem make it a favorite among students and locals alike.

1327 E. 57th St., 773-667-7394, medici57.com

Performing Arts

Show: The AWARD. Show! There are no categories in this curated contest. Veteran and newbie choreographers compete on the same, um, footing—and last year, at the AWARD Show's debut outing, that resulted in some surprises. Adding a $10,000 payday for the winner ups the drama; on Saturday the audience favorites from the first three nights go up against one another for the big bucks.

8pm, Dance Center of Columbia College, 312-369-6600, colum.edu/dance_center, $15

Dinner: Zapatista Cantina An upscale Mexican venture, Zapatista specializes in tequila, offering more than 100 kinds, and has a modest but fairly priced wine list with many South American selections. "The dessert tamale was bliss, gooey chocolate cake served in a corn husk. The covered patio, bedecked with hanging plants, attracts masses of margarita lovers," writes Kathie Bergquist.

1307 S. Wabash Ave., 312-435-1307, zapatistacantina.com

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