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Show: Squish's "glorious caterwauling collision of garage pop and art-punk is equal parts Urinals, Teddy & the Frat Girls, the Raincoats, and the Stains, charged with the wonderful je ne sais quois of learning to play as you go," writes Brian Costello. The all-lady local four-piece opens for Tyler Jon Tyler; the show is a release party for Tyler John Tyler's self-titled debut LP, on new local label Slow Fizz.

9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, emptybottle.com, $8 or free with RSVP to rsvp@emptybottle.com

Dinner: Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar Three former staffers at Webster's Wine Bar are behind this lounge offering small-production wines and beers, charcuterie, and small plates.

954 N. California Ave., 773-292-1616, rootstockbar.com


Show: Limelight Charles Chaplin's 1952 film is overlong, visually flat, episodically constructed, and a masterpiece—it isn't “cinema” on any terms but Chaplin's own, but those are high terms indeed.

5 pm, 7:45 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

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: Big Dance Theater "Translating Agnès Varda's Cleo From 5 to 7 to the stage proves a tough job in Comme Toujours, Here I Stand, by Brooklyn-based Big Dance Theater. Comically difficult, in fact. But untranslatability—between cultures, eras, and art forms—seems to be the point," writes Laura Molzahn.

7:30 pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660, mcachicago.org, $10-$28

Dinner: Sayat Nova Cavelike Armenian restaurant that draws adventurous diners for interesting low-budget fare.

157 E. Ohio St., 312-644-9159, sayatnovachicago.com


Show: The Devilish Children and the Civilizing Process Jeremy Menekseoglu's brief new play starts with a supremely creepy dialogue between a little girl and her genially abusive ventriloquist's dummy, then transitions to a horrific passage in which an unfeeling father deposits his three-year-old son, Karl, at a school for incorrigible children. Based on Heinrich Hoffmann's 1845 German bestseller, Struwwelpeter, Devilish Children's main attraction is a series of grotesque cautionary tales in which bad children get far worse than they deserve.

8 pm, Dream Theatre, 556 W. 18th St., 773-552-8616, dreamtheatrecompany.com, $15-$18

Dinner: Nightwood Pilsen restaurant from Jason Hammel and Amalea Tshilds of Lula Cafe; Jason Vincent is the executive chef, overseeing a seasonal menu that changes daily. The extensive wine list is weighted toward sustainable and/or biodynamic small producers and, like the menu and the restaurant design, demonstrates an abundance of taste, consideration, and savvy planning.

2119 S. Halsted St., 312-526-3385, nightwoodrestaurant.com

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