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The Freshman
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Show The Freshman Released in 1925, this classic silent comedy tapped into the mingled envy and resentment many Americans then felt for the privileged few who could afford a higher education: when the bright-eyed innocent arrives at school, he's mercilessly ridden by smug upperclassmen and used as a tackling dummy by the football squad. Part of the Silent Summer Film Festival.

8pm, Portage, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-736-4050, portagetheater.org

Dinner: La Peña 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 upscale, coastal Latin fare.

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

Show: Close-Up A dense and subtle masterpiece from Iran (1990, 97 min.) by Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), this documentary—or is it pseudodocumentary?—follows the trial of an unemployed film buff in Tehran who impersonated acclaimed filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf and became intimate with a well-to-do family while pretending to prepare a film that was to feature them.

6pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: Cibo Matto could pass as Spiaggia’s more playful, easygoing younger sibling. "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

Show: The Wrong Man Even though Henry Fonda and Vera Miles are the stars, this somber 1957 black-and-white drama, shot in and around New York City, is the closest Alfred Hitchcock ever came to making an art film.

7pm, 9:30pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575, docfilms.uchicago.edu

Dinner: Piccolo Mondo Fresh, authentic Italian in an old hotel.

1642 E. 56th St., 773-643-1106, piccolomondo.us


Show: Juana Molina "Solidarity between musicians and machines was old news by the time Kraftwerk sang 'We are the robots,' but I've never encountered anyone who seems at one with them the way Juana Molina does," writes Bill Meyer. "If you've only seen the Argentine singer-songwriter in photos, the acoustic guitar might persuade you that she's just an ordinary folkie. But at her concerts you can watch her construct her music one loop at a time, layering vocals, keyboards, guitars, and percussion—her rack of electronics seems like an extension of her person, like a juggler's pins seem invisibly linked to his limbs."

8 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000, oldtownschool.org, $22, $20 members, $18 seniors and kids.

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.

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

Show: Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet Ever since NRBQ went on hiatus, Terry Adams has mostly played with a revolving assortment of musicians in one-off bands. "The quartet is a regular working group, though, and features Chicago wunderkind Scott Ligon (also on Holy Tweet), drummer Conrad Choucroun, and Figgs bassist Pete Donnelly. Ligon's singing and guitar playing complement Adams's more pop-inclined tunes—including 'My Girl My Girl' and 'Til It's Over,' which recalls Alex Chilton's brilliantly obtuse solo work—and true to form, Adams can't help but at least hint at, if not indulge in, most of his other interests, like hard rock, country, free jazz, and rockabilly," writes Peter Margasak.

9 PM, FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn, 708-788-2118 or 866-468-3401, fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, $15.

Dinner: Klas For more than 85 years, Klas has served hearty Bohemian cuisine to customers that have included Al Capone and George H.W. Bush. It's one of the best dining bargains in the Chicago area: most of the reasonably priced dinners come with a medium-dark Bohemian rye, homemade soup, a main course, spaetzle or dumplings, dessert (most often a cakelike kolacky filled with fruit or poppy seeds), and coffee.

5734 W. Cermak Rd., 708-652-0795, klasrestaurant.com

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