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Show: Zizek Club Summer Tour The musicians associated with the Buenos Aires-based Zizek group—ZZK for short—start with hip-hop, house, and electro, add bits of dub, trance, and dancehall plus a dash of punk's turn-it-up energy, and then bend them all to fit the rhythmic structure of South American cumbia. "The result is a spark-throwing mass of sound that evokes fantasies of an El Dorado of Rave far below the equator," writes Miles Raymer. The bill, headliner first, is Tremor, El Remolon, Chancha Via Circuito, and El G.
10 PM, Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-8828, $5.
Dinner: Mexique Imagine the intensity of native Mexican ingredients, finessed with French exuberance, and you have an idea of what you can expect at Mexique. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2008.
1529 W. Chicago Ave., 312-850-0288, mexiquechicago.com
Show: Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 "In contrast to Kill Bill Vol. 1, which wasn't much more than a series of fight scenes, the second half of Quentin Tarantino's martial arts epic delivers more of the pleasures that made him the wunderkind of 90s cinema: offbeat scumbag characters, narrative sleight of hand, an extraordinary visual sense, and affectionate genre pillaging," writes J.R. Jones.
Dinner: Bijan's Bistro Late-night hangout with a skilled kitchen that stays open till 3:30 nightly. Regulars crowd around the gleaming mahogany bar, and Ralf, the courtly host, seems to know half the tables in the joint.
663 N. State St., 312-202-1904, bijansbistro.com
Show: The Rise of Emperor Eric Billed as "a play chiefly concerning the delusional nature of white suburban males," David Ruthenberg's tale—in which young burger flipper/samurai Eric challenges the supremacy of the neighborhood "emperor"—resembles the warrior epics fifth-graders habitually act out in one another's backyards.
Dinner: Takashi A sublime synthesis from Takashi Yagihashi. "Dimly lit and battleship gray, the restaurant is cozy without being cramped, and a trip to the restroom provides a startlingly intimate look into the kitchen—you might stop short at the sight of the chef hard at work (golly, he’s not just a Beard Award winner, he’s . . . he’s human!)," writes Mike Sula.
1952 N. Damen Ave., 773-772-6170, takashichicago.com
Show: Cook County Social Club "These four performers are as brazenly committed to improv's 'affirm everything' mantra as any I've seen," writes Ryan Hubbard.
Dinner: Moxie An oasis on a Wrigleyville strip dominated by burgers and fries, Moxie is soothing and chic.
3517 N. Clark St., 773-935-6694, moxiechicago.net