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MusicClare & the Reasons "Spry, elegant New York pop band Clare & the Reasons seems an odd fit for the city's new Dusk Variations series, a showcase for artists exploring the intersection of pop and classical music," writes Peter Margasak. "But the Reasons' 2009 album, Arrow (Frog Stand), is such a breezy delight that I don't really care to quibble about the chance to see them live."
6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Randolph and Michigan, 312-742-1168.
201 N. State St., 312-239-9500, cibomatto.therestaurantsatthewit.com
Show: Inside a Change Like Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, this thoughtful urban drama follows a young New Yorker (Ephraim Benton) during his final day of freedom before going to jail for dealing dope. Director Rik Cordrero (who’s done music videos for Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and Busta Rhymes) chooses substance over flash, focusing on behavior and motivation rather than the gunplay of most stories about street life. The resulting impact lingers.
Dinner: Vermilion There isn't really a philosophy behind Vermilion's fusion of Indian and Latin flavors — owner Rohini Dey and executive chef Maneet Chauhan just happen to like both cuisines.
10 W. Hubbard St., 312-527-4060, thevermilionrestaurant.com
Show: The Red Machine Set in Washington, D.C., in 1935, this low-budget period drama concerns an incorrigible safecracker who, after getting arrested, is offered a deal to work with a navy spy to decipher a system of codes that the Japanese are using to relay messages to their homeland. First-time feature directors Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm establish a claustrophobic vintage noir atmosphere, and the set design is abundant with striking period detail.
Dinner: Pequod's Raters single out the thinly sliced pepperoni for special praise and offer words of encouragement for diners wary of the caramelized crust of the pan pizzas. For cheese fiends, they're a little slice of heaven.
2207 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-327-1512, pequodspizza.com
Show: The Duel This above-average 2009 literary adaptation, based on Chekhov's The Duel, centers on Laevsky, an unemployed layabout who reads books while living with another man's wife in a small town on the Black Sea; his mistress, who flirts with others and has little direction of her own; and a scientist who advocates for Darwin while disdaining Laevsky.
Dinner: Deleece Under chef Brandon Canfield, Deleece is family friendly, the kind of neighborhood place where you can take your children and they will miraculously behave. Thankfully, that doesn't condemn you to chicken fingers (though they are on the children's menu). Instead there's sophisticated comfort food— for instance, crab cakes with an almond crust and avocado yogurt.
4004 N. Southport Ave., 773-325-1710, deleece.com