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Dinner & a Show: Wednesday 1/12


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Show: Houses "Chicago duo Houses formed in May and dropped their debut record, All Night (Lefse), in October; they made their live debut at CMJ in New York the day after the release, and now, almost three months later, they're finally playing their first hometown show," writes Leor Galil. "Houses have never been about overwhelming their audiences—as All Night makes clear, their music is about creating an inviting atmosphere from lush, airy electronic melodies, hypnotic beats, and the softly cooed vocal harmonies of a lovestruck young couple." See Galil's October profile of Houses for more. This show is part of Tomorrow Never Knows.

8 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, lincolnhallchicago.com, $15, 18+.

Dinner: Simply It Moderately priced Vietnamese from one of the partners behind the late Pasteur.

2269 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-0884, simplyitrestaurant.com

Show: Generationals "are from New Orleans, but they sound a lot like a band Chicagoans knew as locals before their viral-video path to fame: OK Go," writes Jessica Hopper. "The two groups follow similar formulas to make their simple, catchy rock, and in both cases it comes out clever, saccharine, effortless sounding, and almost dancey. But Generationals have slightly less polish, so you don't feel like such an easy mark for enjoying them." This show is part of Tomorrow Never Knows.

8 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, schubas.com, $15, 18+.

Dinner: Macondo Colombian Coffee and Empanadas "This empanada joint from the owners of Las Tablas, just a few doors up the street from the original Lincoln Avenue location, offers simpler fare in a casual but elegant space filled with hardwood furnishings," writes Julia Thiel.

2965 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-698-6867, macondochicago.com

Karen Abbott


Show: Karen Abbott's first book, Sin in the Second City (2007), centered on the Everleigh Club, a sumptuous Chicago bordello kept by sisters Ada and Minna Everleigh from 1900 to 1911. Abbott continues her inquiry into the genteel side of the sex trade with American Rose, a biography of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, who made her initial splash in Depression-era burlesque.

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

Dinner: Bistro Margot This Old Town restaurant's four dining rooms and two bars evoke turn-of-the-century Paris, with rich cranberry walls, Tiffany-like sconces, and black-and-white tiled floors.

1437 N. Wells St., 312-587-3660, bistrotmargot.com


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.

6:15 pm, 8 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

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: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore Something of a departure for Martin Scorsese, this 1974 drama is a stylistically flashy account of a widow and mother (Ellen Burstyn) pursuing a new life, which includes singing in southwestern saloons and Kris Kristofferson.

7:15 pm, 9 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