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Show: Gary Numan "Gary Numan is best known for his 1979 smash "Cars," but his first four albums—both with Tubeway Army and as a solo artist—are all essential new-wave records. They promised a wondrous future in which artists would use synthesizers for good and realize the absolute necessity of real drum sounds, and though that's not exactly how things turned out, the current wasteland of bad synth pop just proves how well Numan's records have held up," writes Brian Costello. See our Q&A for more.
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: Out of the Past The most delicate and nuanced of film noirs (1947), graced with a reflective lyricism that almost lifts it out of the genre.
Dinner: Henri "The 'energetically American, French-influenced' Henri is more than an elegant follow-up to its boisterous neighboring sibling, the Gage," writes Mike Sula. "It's a smart kick in the dangling prairie oysters of gastropubbery: chandeliers, Laguiole knives, velvet walls (with faux gator skin in the bathroom), salt and pepper shakers, ballotines, bouillabaisse, and escargots de Bourgogne?"
18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com
Show: The Great Dictator Chaplin is at his most profound in suggesting that there is much of the Tramp in the Dictator, and much of the Dictator in the Tramp.
Dinner: Sushi Mura Proximity to the Music Box helps keep this traditional Japanese restaurant full, and the clean, attractive room doesn’t hurt either. Sitting at the sushi bar is a fun way to study the art of maki rolling—the skillful chefs make a broad variety, from salmon skin with cucumber to more elaborate dragon and rainbow rolls.
3647 N. Southport Ave., 773-281-9155, sushimura.com
Show: Axe Lizzie & the Possession of Alice Von Truskin This gothic double feature from writer/director Chris Peak affects the style of Paris's Theatre du Grand Guignol (1897-1962), which was famous for presenting programs of short, macabre plays designed to make patrons faint.
8 pm, The Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston, $20, $15 students, cockandbulltheatre.org
Dinner: Chang's Chinese Restaurant "With its dim, faded, red-dressed ambience and classic tropical drinks like mai tais and fog cutters served in tiki-style glasses, Chang's exists in a Chinese-restaurant time warp," writes Mike Sula. The 'Chinese Korean Style' menu is also something special, offering ten house-made noodle dishes, four of which are variations of cha chiang mian."
3718 N. Elston Ave., 773-588-6909
Show: Talkin' Tuesdays This edition of No Exit's "Great Monologues Showcase" features labor activist James Thindwa and journalist Kari Lydersen for the program "Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges: Road Stories From the Frontlines of Honduras, Zimbabwe, and Chicago." Hosted by author Jeff Biggers (Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland).
Dinner: Royal Coffee "I, along with a lot of Rogers Parkers, was sad to lose Panini Panini, the budget-chic coffeehouse that used to occupy this space, but Royal Coffee takes its place and then some," writes Kate Schmidt. "There's still umbrellaed outdoor seating, still ice cream. The coffee—imported from Ethiopia and available by the bag as well—is terrific, bright, deep, and chocolatey all at once. And best of all, the menu of omelets, sandwiches, salads, and dessert crepes has now been supplemented by Ethiopian choices.
6764 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-761-8100, royalcoffeechicago.com