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Show: Waiting for Superman "Distributed by Paramount, this documentary about the public education crisis isn't as smart or rigorous as Bob Bowdon's shoestring production The Cartel, which arrived in town earlier this year and quickly vanished," writes J.R. Jones. "But the new movie is still an admirable exercise in straight talk, especially in its tough assessment of the mediocrity-enforcing teachers' unions."
4:45 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm, 10:10 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949
Dinner: Chilam Balam BYO Mexican restaurant offering farm-to-table small plates. "The braised mushroom-and-cheese empanadas remain, pockets so light and flaky I’m at a loss to explain how they can contain the earthy fungus, braised with pipian verde and epazote. Even something as mundane as a grilled hanger steak transcends itself, plated on a lava field of guajillo sauce," writes Mike Sula.
3023 N. Broadway, 773-296-6901, chilambalamchicago.com
Show: Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms "Chicago vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz got his start as a drummer, and he makes it impossible to forget that the vibes are a percussion instrument—he hits harder than any vibist I've ever heard, often setting the keys ringing so vigorously that their tones buzz and distort," writes Peter Margasak. "Far from a basher, though, he's a gifted and thoughtful melodist, capable of great nuance." Sun Rooms are a trio with bassist Nate McBride and drummer Mike Reed.
Dinner: Jane's inhabits a cozy converted house in Bucktown. The reasonably priced Cal-American fare is innovative, eclectic, and especially friendly to vegetarians.
1653 W. Cortland St., 773-862-5263, janesrestaurant.com
Show: Billy Connolly At 68, the Scottish comic has earned his sags, creaks, and unruly nose hairs and embraces them with a great, profane glee.
Dinner: Boka "The menu of Giuseppe Tentori, a nine-year veteran of Charlie Trotter's, consistently pops with startling, enjoyable items," writes Mike Sula.
1729 N. Halsted St., 312-337-6070, bokachicago.com
Show: RUI: Reading Under the Influence The featured reader is Jonathan Eig (Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster); he'll be joined by Felipe Briceno, Jon Gugala, and RUI regular Rob Duffer.
Dinner: Socca is airy and spacious, with a menu of French and Italian country fare.
3301 N. Clark St., 773-248-1155, soccachicago.com