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Show: 8 1/2 "It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did," writes Jonathan Rosenbaum.

7:30pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: Carson's Restaurant With the smiley-face yellow of its logo, mansard roof, and funky stucco exterior, Carson’s would make a good setting for an episode of That 70s Show. But let’s face it, you don’t go to Carson’s for the decor. You go for the meat, and they got it, baby, along with some surprisingly good seafood (notably, the shrimp de jonghe and tasty crab cakes).

612 N. Wells St., 312-280-9200, ribs.com

Show: Countdown to Zero Nearly 50 years after the Cuban missile crisis, the danger of a nuclear attack on the U.S. is compounded by a false sense of safety and the widely accepted notion that eradicating nukes is a pipe dream. This documentary from producer Lawrence Bender (An Inconvenient Truth) attempts to shake up the equation, portraying a future attack as probable yet making the gradual elimination of weapons-grade material seem achievable.

1:30 pm, 4:10 pm, 7 pm, 9:45 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Fattoush Restaurant Lina and Sam Elakhaoui, the husband and wife who run this Lincoln Park spot, import spices from Lebanon (and some from Lebanese markets in Dearborn, Michigan), to season dishes like beef or chicken shawarma, shish tawouk (charbroiled cubes of chicken), and falafel with unique blends of aromatic mastic, marjoram, sumac, and the like.

2652 N. Halsted St., 773-327-2652, fattoushrestaurant.com


Show: Cropsey This disturbing true-crime documentary takes its name from a local bogeyman that video makers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio were warned about when they were growing up on Staten Island. Only later did they discover the factual basis for this urban legend: between 1971 and 1987, five children vanished from the community, all of them suffering from some sort of disability.

7:30pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Tango Sur At dark, dreamy Tango Sur, an Argentinean steak house, one eats beef and not much else. And why would you want anything else? The top-notch steaks are ridiculously inexpensive for their quality and size.

3763 N. Southport Ave., 773-477-5466


Show: The Kids Are All Right Plenty of movies strive for topicality, but occasionally something like The Kids Are All Right slaps you in the face with the world you're actually living in. See J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.

1:35 pm, 4:20 pm, 7 pm, 9:55 pm, River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., 888-262-4386

Dinner: Markethouse One surprising twist not detailed on the menu is the caul fat wrapped around the meat loaf. This is a technique often used in making sausage and other meat preparations to keep them moist and juicy. "It works—and it shows that chef Scott Walton should be taken seriously," writes Mike Sula.

611 N. Fairbanks Ct., 312-224-2200, markethousechicago.com

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