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Show: My Dog Tulip "Some dog lovers have the irksome habit of projecting themselves onto their pets, but this exceptional animated feature proceeds from the opposite impulse: its elderly narrator is so awestruck by the otherness of his beloved German shepherd that the animal becomes a thing of beauty and wonder," writes J.R. Jones.
Dinner: Simply Thalia Sibling to West Town's Thalia Spice, the pan-Asian Simply Thalia has done a booming business with Loop office workers after moving into the renovated pedway beneath Block 37. The reason's obvious: in a stretch overrun by chains, it offers crisp ingredients and freshly prepared dishes.
108 N. State St., 312-750-9098
Show: My Uncle Shot at the same time as the French release, Mon Oncle (1958), this is the restored English-language version of Jacques Tati's classic comedy, whose immensely entertaining gags explore an increasingly mechanized and over-designed world. The export version is only slightly different than the French one (the minor characters even retain their French dialogue, which is not subtitled), but the restoration is gorgeous.
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: Around a Small Mountain If you're a newcomer to the oeuvre of New Wave hero Jacques Rivette, this is a highly accessible port of entry.
7 pm, Univ. of Chicago Film Studies Center, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., room 306, 773-702-8596, filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu
Dinner: Medici on 57th The quintessential off-campus hangout, complete with carved wood booths and graffiti-covered walls. The reasonable prices at this long-standing Hyde Park gem make it a favorite among students and locals alike.
1327 E. 57th St., 773-667-7394, medici57.com
Show: Night Catches Us Deliberately paced and artfully framed, this pensive drama about an African-American community takes place in Philadelphia in 1976, four years after the police have gunned down a cop-killing Black Panther.
Dinner: Kith & Kin "This is the inviting, irresistible place with casually excellent food that every neighborhood deserves," writes Mike Sula.
1119 W. Webster Ave., 773-472-7070, knkchicago.com