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Maserati in 2009: Chris McNeal, Jerry Fuchs, Coley Dennis, and Matt Cherry
  • Fred Weaver
  • Maserati in 2009: Chris McNeal, Jerry Fuchs, Coley Dennis, and Matt Cherry

Show: Maserati For a time after the death of drummer Jerry Fuchs, the remaining members weren't sure Maserati could continue to exist. But the drum parts were mostly recorded, and they decided to finish the album as a tribute to their friend. "That album, Pyramid of the Sun (Temporary Residence), came out November 9, a day after the anniversary of Fuchs's death," writes Kevin Warwick. "It affirms the band's growth since 2007's Inventions for the New Season, incorporating synths and sequencers into hypnotic Krautrock grooves and looping waves of delayed guitar. Coherent and unwavering, it's a portrait of steadfastness in more ways than one."

9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10, $8 in advance, 21+.

Dinner: Thai Village Quaint Ukrainian Village Thai restaurant with classic dishes, tasty and dependable fare.

2053 W. Division St., 773-384-5352

Show: Tunng "The first three albums from London's Tunng were frequently saddled with the unfortunate 'folktronica' tag, but the band's latest effort, And Then We Saw Land, definitely doesn't deserve the term," writes Peter Margasak. "It's much brighter and poppier than anything they've done before, with a greater emphasis on giddy English music-hall melodies."

9 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, schubas.com, $12.

Dinner: Chizakaya New izakaya featuring locally sourced products, an extensive menu, large beer and wine lists, and special programs for cocktails, coffee, and tea.

3056 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-697-4725


Show: The Shining Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror movie completes the cosmology begun in 2001 by turning a specimen (Jack Nicholson) loose in the inner space of a deserted, snowbound hotel. He, too, is reborn—not as a space baby, but as a grinning, wisecracking ax murderer.

7 pm, 9:45 pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575, docfilms.uchicago.edu

Dinner: La Petite Folie Michael and Mary Mastricola, both former U. of C. students and longtime Hyde Park residents, decamped to Paris in the mid-90s so Mary could attend the Cordon Bleu cooking school, then returned to Chicago to open this charming restaurant serving spectacular baguettes and a wide range of French classics with a menu that changes frequently.

1504 E. 55th St., 773-493-1394, lapetitefolie.com

Show: Belle du Jour Though it may not equal the sublimity of his three last features, Luis Buñuel's 1967 masterpiece remains a seminal work that clarifies his relationship with Hitchcock.

7:30 pm, Alliance Francaise, 54 W. Chicago Ave., 312-337-1070, af-chicago.org

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. The easy informal air is set by the raw bar and mostly house-made charcuterie selection.

11 E. Walton St., 312-646-1400


Show: Ted C. Fishman presents Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World's Population and How It Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation. "In 1900 the average person lived to be 30, and the world was awash in people we’d consider young. Since then the percentage of humans over 65 has exploded, and birthrates are plunging. Our planet’s population is aging at a historically unprecedented rate. An unintended consequence of social policies, economic development, shifting social norms, and medical advances, the phenomenon is reshaping every aspect of our public and personal reality. In accessible, insightful prose, Ted Fishman's Shock of Gray explores the causes and consequences of this massive shift," writes John V. Santore.

6 pm, Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State St., 312-747-4050, chipublib.org

Dinner: The Florentine New Italian restaurant from the BLT Restaurant Group chain; the executive chef is Todd Stein, who's carried over many favorites from his opening stint at Cibo Matto. Review pending.

151 W. Adams St., 312-660-8866, bltrestaurants.com

Show: Live at Maxim's Rick Kogan's guest is David Royko (Royko in Love: Mike's Letters to Carol). Royko in Love is a collection of his father's writing that shows Mike Royko's early promise.

6:30 pm, Maxim's, 24 E. Goethe St., 312-742-1748, $25, reservations required.

Dinner: Ria "Each plate is an expertly composed piece of art. Take the single perfect rectangle of grilled sturgeon balanced by two dominoes of pork belly and five precision-carved baby carrots. Splashed with a blazingly orange sauce, it was a minimalist masterpiece," writes Martha Bayne.

11 E. Walton St., 312-880-4400


Show: The Music Man Directed by Gary Griffin, this revival of Meredith Willson's classic 1957 musical is nearly flawless. The result is that comic scenes are funnier, serious passages more powerful, and musical numbers are both more entertaining and more securely tied to the narrative.

1 and 8 pm, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Dr., 847-634-0200, marriotttheatre.com

Dinner: Chaihanna Suburban Uzbek restaurant in a strip mall. On a typical weekend night you’ll find long tables filled with multigenerational parties sharing the plates of kebabs, blintzes, lamb chops, garlicky spiced eggplant, and pickled vegetables. Uzbek food is a cuisine of conquest and commerce, bearing the mark of the many ethnic groups that have passed through—or been forced through—the territory.

19 E. Dundee Rd., 847-215-5044

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