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Show: Strange Boys "Rock 'n' roll has a long tradition of combining snottiness and undeniable bubblegum hooks, going back at least as far as the generation of sugar-buzzed teen angsters who invented garage rock during the Stones' first flush of fame—and Austin's Strange Boys can stand proudly amongst the snottiest and hookiest," writes Miles Raymer.
Dinner: Small Bar This unassuming soccer bar is decorated with lava lamps and classic rock photography as well as rally scarves and framed jerseys. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, and good thing, too, since Small Bar has a massive beer selection—120 to 150 varieties in total.
2049 W. Division St., 773-772-2727, thesmallbar.com/division
Show: Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno Documentary makers Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea reconstruct one of the great unrealized projects of the French cinema: Henri-Georges Clouzot's visually ambitious psychodrama L'Enfer, which collapsed in mid-production after the director suffered a heart attack on location in July 1964.
Dinner: Sixteen "Every critic who steps off the elevators on the Trump Tower’s 16th floor is going to have the pin already pulled from his grenade, braced for any hint of the Donald’s trademark vulgarity. At least I know I did. But though the prohibitive prices and cheesy tunes piped through the sound system raised my hackles, the food at Sixteen is bewitching," writes Mike Sula.
401 N. Wabash Ave., 312-588-8030, trumpchicagohotel.com/Food_Wine/sixteen.asp
Show: Colin By now zombies are nearly as tapped out as emo vampires, but this witty, no-budget British feature (2008) breathes life into the undead by telling its story from their perspective.
Dinner: Lincoln Park's Noodle House It’s not easy to cover this much culinary ground with just one tiny kitchen, but Lincoln Park's Noodle House pulls it off, presenting a seven-page menu of Thai, Japanese, and Chinese food.
2428 N. Ashland Ave., 773-248-6680, lincolnparknoodlehouse.com
Lit & Lectures
Show: "Crossroads of Faith: Between Christianity and Islam" Talk by journalist Eliza Griswold (The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam). A Chicago Council on Global Affairs program. Registration requested.
Dinner: Les Nomades Classic French restaurant with private-club ambience and a popular prix fixe menu.
222 E. Ontario St., 312-649-9010, lesnomades.net
Show: Talkin' Tuesdays No Exit's "Great Monologues Showcase" debuts with blogger Veronica Arreola (Viva la Feminista) and author Jeff Biggers (Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland) considering the topic "Crime and Punishment: Alcatraz and Motherhood."
Dinner: Roots Caribbean Cuisine Tiny Jamaican and Belizean storefront near the Morse Red Line stop.
1343 W. Morse Ave., 773-262-9588
Show: David Rakoff presents his new essay collection, Half Empty.
6 pm, Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State St., 312-747-4050, free
Dinner: Tutto Italiano "Don't be fooled by the dark-oak opulence of Tutto Italiano's bar/foyer," says one Rater. "This place is casual Italian dining, with just the right mix of old-world elegance and downtown panache."
501 S. Wells St., 312-939-4824, tuttostogo.com
Show: Funny Ha-Ha Readings by author Wendy McClure (the forthcoming The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie), writer-comedian Johanna Stein, Megan Stielstra, and Meghan Haynes, plus comedy by Mark and Homer Like This and short films by Steve Delahoyde. Hosted by Claire Zulkey. Proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Writing Alliance.
Dinner: Filippo's Drawing from a fundamentally Neapolitan repertoire, chef Filippo Del Prete makes many of his own pastas and whips up a rich menu.
2211 N. Clybourn Ave., 773-528-2211, filipposristorante.com