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Show: River North Chicago Dance Company celebrates its 21st anniversary with Risoluta, a feral new piece for five men and four women by New York-based choreographer Sidra Bell, Robert Battle's muscular male trio Three, Lauri Stallings's whimsical Suppose, and more.
Dinner: Henri "The 'energetically American, French-influenced' Henri is more than an elegant follow-up to its boisterous neighboring sibling, the Gage. It's a smart kick in the dangling prairie oysters of gastropubbery," writes Mike Sula.
18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com
Show: VisionFest3: Feast Compelling original works from playwrights Brett Neveu and Mat Smart buoy this quirky, eclectic short play festival curated for LiveWire Chicago Theatre by Chris Zdenek.
Dinner: Birchwood Kitchen There’s not a cheap shortcut to be found at this ambitious sandwich shop from former Pastoral cheeseman Daniel Sirko and partner Judd Murphy (also of Pastoral). Like every new venture these days it invokes the mantra of local, seasonal, and sustainable. But here those words have real meaning, with ingredients on the menu of hot and cold sandwiches—plus a make-your-own option with house-roasted meats (turkey, ham, beef)—largely sourced in the midwest and served on Labriola and Red Hen breads.
2211 W. North Ave., 773-276-2100, birchwoodkitchen.com
Show: Greg Proops During his 17-year run on Whose Line Is It, Anyway? (starting with the British original, then expanding to the American knockoff) this pompadoured actor and comedian has become known for his occasionally lowbrow one-liners.
Dinner: Bistro Margot Charming, reasonably priced French bistro in Old Town.
1437 N. Wells St., 312-587-3660, bistrotmargot.com
Show: Clinic "If it weren't for the distinctive nasal mumblings of front man Ade Blackburn, the new Bubblegum (Domino) would hardly be recognizable as a Clinic album. They've stopped writing every song to a motorik beat—some of them actually swing, which seems almost blasphemous coming from this lot," writes Miles Raymer. Prolific San Francisco garage-rock combo the Fresh & Onlys open.
Dinner: Little Brother's "Of the slew of Korean fast food joints to open in the last few years, this effort by CHIC grad S. Christian Oh might be putting out the tastiest, most basic food while still maintaining a noninsulting level of accessibility to non-Koreans," writes Mike Sula.
818 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-661-6482
Show: Brenmar The Former These Are Powers drummer makes beats rooted firmly in house music, specifically vintage hip-house and R&B-inflected vocal house—but Brenmar tweaks those familiar forms in satisfying ways with polyrhythms from kuduro, UK funky, and other Africanized styles.
Dinner: Socca is airy and spacious, with a menu of French and Italian country fare.
3301 N. Clark St., 773-248-1155, soccachicago.com
Show: Dog Sweat Like Jia Zhang-ke's Unknown Pleasures and the recent documentary Burma VJ, this Iranian drama was shot on video clandestinely because national review boards would never allow a studio to produce it. As such, the astonishing content often overwhelms the storytelling, which is plenty accomplished in its own right.
Dinner: Bijan's Bistro This reincarnation of the venerable late-night hangout Bijan is amazingly unsullied by tourists. Regulars crowd around the gleaming mahogany bar, and Ralf, the courtly host, seems to know half the tables in the joint.
663 N. State St., 312-202-1904, bijansbistro.com