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Show: Animal Kingdom "In the opening shot of this tense Australian noir, a comfy domestic scene turns lurid and tragic in the blink of an eye, which is a pretty good encapsulation of the entire movie," writes J.R. Jones. "Writer-director David Michod creates a densely textured moral universe that makes good on his metaphoric title—and in this case, the animals are perfectly willing to eat their young."

2 pm, 4:40 pm, 7:25 pm, 10:05 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: Behind the Burly Q "Though frustratingly superficial and shot through a nostalgic, rose-colored lens, this enthralling 2010 doc opens a wider window on forgotten world of burlesque shows than anything I've previously seen," writes Cliff Doerksen. Director Leslie Zemeckis will attend the screenings on Friday at 8:15 PM and Saturday at 7:45 PM.

8:15 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600

Dinner: Les Nomades Under chef Chris Nugent (Betise, MK, the Park Avenue Cafe), this is still one of the best fine restaurants in Chicago, its traditional tone marked by refined sauces, decadent ingredients in intricate flavor combinations, and gorgeous plate presentations.

222 E. Ontario St., 312-649-9010, lesnomades.net

Performing Arts

Show: Never Been to Paris Winner of the Reader's readers' poll for best stand-up comic of 2010, Sean Flannery has moved over the last four years or so from crackling one-liners to beautifully structured stories.

9 pm, Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-1820, $10

Dinner: Laschet's Inn "There's a range of robust provender to accompany the wide selection of German beer on draft. Big steaming plates of roast veal or sauerbraten, cooked long and laden with rich gravy, are the most dependably hearty dishes, but the relatively lighter, crispy schnitzels wouldn’t starve anyone either," writes Mike Sula.

2119 W. Irving Park Rd., 773-478-7915, laschetsinn.com

Show: Under Construction: Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance "Don't be put off by the title of this pickup company's show," writes Laura Molzahn. "UCDP founders Philip Elson and Samantha Spriggs do know a thing or two about gender issues. But their loose, open, sometimes very funny dances aren't about pushing theories—they're about hashing out differences of opinion."

8 pm, Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, linkshall.org, $7-$10

Dinner: Socca is airy and spacious, with a menu of French and Italian country fare. It's named after a French chickpea-flour crepe — chef Roger Herring's version is stuffed with grilled shrimp and served beside a garlicky chickpea puree and a refreshing salad of tomato, cucumber, and red onion.

3301 N. Clark St., 773-248-1155, soccachicago.com


Show: Slayer On this thrash-metal institution's 11th studio album, last year's World Painted Blood (American/Sony), it sounds like they took everything in their tool kit and threw it at the wall—not in one big splatter but with cold, calculated brutality, like a circus knife-thrower bent on murder.

7 PM, UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine, 312-413-5740 or 866-448-7849, uicpavilion.com, $38-$58.

Dinner: Al's #1 Italian Beef Classic Italian beef stand considered by many the city's best.

1079 W. Taylor St., 312-226-4017, alsbeef.com

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