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A photo of William S. Burroughs taken by Allen Ginsberg
  • A photo of William S. Burroughs taken by Allen Ginsberg
Lit/Visual Art

Show: William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg An exhibition of photos and artworks by poet Allen Ginsberg and novelist William S. Burroughs, in conjunction with the screening of the documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within at the Music Box. Poet Kevin Coval performs Ginsberg’s Howl at the opening reception, and Burroughs director Yony Leyser and producer Ilko Davidov are scheduled to attend. RSVP requested. Read Ed M. Koziarski's 2009 profile of Leyser here.

5:30-9:30 PM, ThinkArt, 1530 N. Paulina St., suite F, 773-252-2294, thinkartsalon.com

Dinner: Gunner's Bar "The food menu here is nothing if not concise: a few appetizers and four sandwich-type items, including chicken on pita. The half-dozen cocktails at this new Wicker Park venture by two veterans of the Matchbox and the Silver Palm are similarly restrained: mostly classics like gimlets and manhattans, well balanced and not overly sweet. The sense of balance extends, unexpectedly, to the Hog's Boss sandwich, consisting of pork loin with bratwurst and chipotle mayo, the richness cut by bacon-laced sauerkraut," writes Julia Thiel.

1467 N. Milwaukee, 773-360-7650, gunnerschicago.com


Show: Algebro "Algebro’s mastermind, singer-songwriter Thom Cathcart, is a subtly clever lyricist who knows exactly how much humor he can inject into a song—like the sad-sack drinking ode 'Meddling Italian Neighbors,' from last year’s self-released The Algebro Record—without turning it into a joke. And the fardled indie folk he spins to back up his words—an odd hybrid of the Mountain Goats and Ween—could easily stand on its own," writes Miles Raymer.

9 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 877-435-9849, hideoutchicago.com, $8.

Dinner: Marrakech "The food here is solid and cheap. Harira, a vegetable broth with tomato, cilantro, garlic, cumin, and chickpeas, is a good introduction to the cumin and garlic flavors that recur throughout the meal. Delectable homemade merguez sausage—ground beef flavored with cumin, garlic, paprika, and onions—continues the pattern. Couscous, the signature dish, is served in a tagine and comes with lamb, chicken, beef, or vegetables. The veggies (zucchini, cabbage, carrot, turnip, and pumpkin) are excellent—soft and seasoned simply with salt and pepper," writes Peter Tyksinski.

1413 N. Ashland, 773-227-6451, marrakechcuisine.com


Show: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields Indie-pop darling Stephin Merritt is the glowering hero of this intimate and adoring documentary by Kerthy Fix and Gail O’Hara.

8:30 PM, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600

Dinner: Roof "Soul music pulsates insistently as pretty waitresses in short black outfits navigate among booths, living room-like areas, and long communal stone tables bearing cocktails. There's also a decent selection of bottled beers and mostly European wines by the glass or bottle. Truth to tell, chef Todd Stein's 20 small plates ($5-$16) are more enticing than they need to be," writes Anne Spiselman.

201 N. State, 312-239-9501, roofonthewit.com

Performing Arts

Show: The Dance COLEctive "Snap judgments produced Pull Taut, one of three premieres on Dance COLEctive's 15th-anniversary program. Artistic director Margi Cole came up with the movement vocabulary by devising diabolical improv games based on Blink, Malcolm Gladwell's book about 'the power of thinking without thinking.' Among them: movement speed dates and 'thin slicing,' in which dancers performed a chunk of material as best they could after seeing others do it once. Dominated by interactions just seconds long, Pull Taut suggests members of a large, dysfunctional family engaged in rapid-fire skirmishes," writes Laura Molzahn.

8 PM, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, 847-864-5323, ruthpage.org

Dinner: Chicago Q "When you walk through the front door of the Gold Coast barbecue parlor Chicago Q, it might be best to just shake off your disbelief as you might rip off a Band-Aid. It stings for a moment, but the sooner you can overcome the disconnect between the posh appointments and the humble fare, the easier it will be to succumb to the charms of the talented kitchen and attentive staff," writes Kristina Meyer.

1160 N. Dearborn, 312-642-1160, chicagoqrestaurant.com

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