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Show: Talk Normal The Brooklyn art-rockers' debut LP, Sugarland, "focuses their calamitous din into pure tension, putting them in the same sonic league as their New York predecessors from the mid- to late 80s—back when Sonic Youth, Swans, and NY-to-London expats Ut were channeling the city's scabby vibe into dissonance," writes Jessica Hopper. "And they're at their aggressive best live." Buke & Gass headlines.
Dinner: Thai Village Homey, comfortable, classic, dependable . . . all the stock adjectives apply, and yet somehow Thai Village stands out from the crowd.
2053 W. Division St., 773-384-5352
Show: Kings of Pastry Although on the light side, this documentary about star chefs by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (The War Room) is still more substantial than any TV food show. The directors follow Chicago French Pastry School cofounder Jacquy Pfeiffer as he prepares for a three-day competition in Lyon, where he hopes to win the coveted Meilleurs Ouvriers de France accolade.
Dinner: The Purple Pig Snout-to-tail cooking is the name of the game at The Purple Pig, a convivial take on an Italian enoteca from Scott Harris (Mia Francesca), Jimmy Bannos Sr. (Heaven on Seven), and chef Jimmy Bannos Jr., who honed his skills at Mario Batali's New York restaurants.
500 N. Michigan Ave., 312-464-1744, thepurplepigchicago.com
Show: Idiots and Angels Working with a soft pencil line, muted colors, and no dialogue, cult animator Bill Plympton (Hair High) tells the story of a selfish jerk who inexplicably sprouts wings and learns to fly.
Dinner: TAC Quick "Andy Aroonrasameruang, formerly of Banana Leaf, and his likable staff probably make it easier than anywhere else to get traditional stuff the way it's eaten in Thailand. Aside from the regular menu there's a clearly translated Thai menu available by request with almost 40 items you're not likely to encounter elsewhere without a working knowledge of the language," writes Mike Sula.
3930 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-327-5253
Show: Redeemers Bilal Dardai's canny one-act starts where A Christmas Carol leaves off—with a mean old miser making an abrupt about-face. But in this modern-day sequel, Bob Cratchit ain't buying it. Jessica Hutchinson's sharp, site-specific staging for New Leaf Theatre has the trio telling their story—part confession, part self-justification—to their fellow patrons (us) at a pizzeria.
7:30 pm, Rocco Ranalli’s Cafe and Pizzeria, 1925 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-980-6391, $15 suggested donation
Dinner: Perennial Seasonally oriented contemporary American restaurant from the team behind Boka and chefs Giuseppe Tentori and Ryan Poli.
1800 N. Lincoln Ave., 312-981-7070, perennialchicago.com