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Show: Lizz Winstead "Co-creator of The Daily Show and its former head writer, Lizz Winstead is the political satirist I want to spend my evening with when the results start rolling in on Election Day—and fortunately she'll be here for it, performing her solo show, Dumb-ocracy at Work!: Election Night," writes Marissa Oberlander.
Dinner: Pupuseria y Restaurante Cascatleco Second branch of an Albany Park pupuseria with an identical menu to that at the mother ship, meaning stuffed corn cakes hand formed and slapped with a delicacy that renders the masa a crisp, delicate shell, encasing copious amounts of filling, such as bean and cheese, pork rinds and cheese, aromatic loroco, an edible flower, or just cheese.
7109 N. Clark St., 773-465-9338
Show: Charles Burns & Chris Ware Cartoonists and graphic novelists Burns (X'ed Out) and Ware (The Acme Novelty Library #20) meet up for "an evening of conversation."
7:30 pm, Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, 708-445-8955, unitytemple.org, $10 (may be redeemed toward purchase of either artist's book)
Dinner: Aripo's Venezuelan Arepa House Arepas, pudgy hand-formed griddled masa patties, are a staple in Venezuela and Colombia, where they're eaten solo, as accompaniment to other foods, or split open and stuffed with whatever's on hand—arepas rellenas. At Aripo's, a new restaurant on the brick-cobbled section of Oak Park's Marion Street, owner Jose Rodriguez offers 19 versions of the stuffed form.
118 N. Marion St., Oak Park, 708-386-1313, aripos.com
Show: Chicago Author Night With Laura Caldwell (Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him), Gillian Flynn (Dark Places), Jamie Freveletti (Running Dark), Richard Fox (Swagger & Remorse), Keir Graff (The Price of Liberty), Andrew Grant (Even), and Marcus Sakey (Good People).
Dinner: Balsan Chef Jason McLeod has spent most of his career in hotel dining, but his chef de cuisine, Danny Grant, spent a good bit of his at North Pond, and a good deal of what’s happening at Balsan reflects that restaurant’s familiar emphasis on the seasonal and the house-made.
11 E. Walton St., 312-646-1400
Show: Most Interesting Show in the World Rocker Andrew W.K. hosts a traveling showcase featuring illusionist Elliott Zimmet, world record holder the Great Merlini, the Bubble Man, and other acts.
House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., 312-923-2000 or 866-448-7849, houseofblues.com/chicago
Dinner: Xoco "There is nothing like Xoco’s jamon torta, griddled flat and layered with La Quercia prosciutto, seasonally variable organic Wisconsin cheddar, black beans, avocado, and chipotle mustard. The prices are justified by a singular dedication to superior products," writes Mike Sula.
449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688, rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco.html
Show: Wet Hair "Iowa City noise-damage duo Wet Hair sound like a real product of their environment—the most 'normal' places have a way of bringing out the fucked-up extremes in people," writes Jessica Hopper. "Shawn Reed and Ryan Garbes take the wizard licks of their previous outfit, the psych band Raccoo-oo-oon, and toss them overboard into a sea of tape loops and rotten scuzz and scary-voiced singing."
Dinner: Andrzej Grill Incredibly good, incredibly cheap Polish diner that even has a vegetarian menu.
1022 N. Western Ave., 773-489-3566
Show: A Woman of Paris Charles Chaplin wrote and directed this sophisticated comedy-drama for his longtime leading lady, Edna Purviance, in 1923. Chaplin's themes are emotional failure and moral blindness, effectively worked out through a tightly structured story of a girl who leaves her provincial hometown to become the mistress of a Parisian millionaire.
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: Tamara Drewe Funny and emotionally perceptive, the cartoon strip Tamara Drewe captivated British readers with its serialized update of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, and this screen adaptation by director Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) successfully re-creates the strip’s pastoral tone and cheeky humor.
2:15 pm, 4:50 pm, 7:30 pm, Pipers Alley, 230 W. North Ave., 312-642-6275
Dinner: Salpicon In 1995 Priscila Satkoff was one of the first Topolobampo/Frontera graduates to strike out on her own, and the continued success of Salpicon is as much a credit to her skills as it is to the enduring power of Rick Bayless’s tireless advocacy for authentic Mexican cuisine among the gringos.
1252 N. Wells St., 312-988-7811, salpicon.com