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Mondo Drag
  • Mondo Drag

Show: Mondo Drag "It's easy to want to root for a thick and nasty psychedelic rock band coming out of somewhere like Davenport, Iowa, just because it seems so improbable," writes Miles Raymer. "But Mondo Drag have a lot more to offer than an underdog backstory—they've got a tendency to sound like they're streaming live via satellite from the DayGlo cosmic spacescape of a Dr. Strange black-light poster." This show is part of Welcome 2 the Void: Chicago Psych Fest 2.

8 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 877-435-9849, $10, $15 two-day festival pass

Dinner: Taxim "The brass lanterns in this Byzantine lounge (dimly) expose some of some of the freshest yet oldest ideas in village cuisine: humble, seasonal ingredients in simple, wonderful dishes like fresh-shelled favas with yogurt and lamb confit, a recipe from a mountain region where the traditional use of animal fat reflected a scarcity of olive oil," writes Mike Sula.

1558 N. Milwaukee, 773-252-1558, taximchicago.com

Show: Zelienople "For most of its ten-year run, Zelienople has been a trio: singer-guitarist Matt Christensen, multi-instrumentalist Brian Harding, and percussionist Mike Weis. But many of the local combo's best shows, like last summer's eerily atmospheric collaboration with John Twells of Xela, have involved a fourth musician—which may be why the band has just added a new member, harmonium and keyboard player Dan Mohr. Mohr's role in improvisational drone collective DRMWPN (and its successor, Gleaming) bodes well for Zelienople's forays into uncharted space, and you can always count on them not to box themselves into any one sound," writes Bill Meyer.

8:30 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-463-5808 or 866-468-3401, $12, $10 in advance

Dinner: Shokran "The nondescript storefront's back room—painted a vibrant burnt sienna with a scarf-festooned ceiling, photos of Fez on the walls, and fabric-covered banquettes—is a winsome setting for generous portions of exotic fare at affordable prices, and the friendly, helpful service and BYO policy are icing on the cake," writes Anne Spiselman.

4027 W. Irving Park, 773-427-9130, shokranchicago.com

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
  • William S. Burroughs: A Man Within


Show: William S. Burroughs: A Man Within "Filmmaker Yony Leyser takes advantage of the voluminous films, videos, and audio recordings that Burroughs left behind to immortalize his books' raucous comic 'routines,' and there are some wonderfully revealing filmed conversations that pair Burroughs with Allen Ginsberg and Andy Warhol . . . The man that emerges is complex, troubled, and undeniably touched by genius," writes J.R. Jones.

8 PM, the Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Cafe Orchid The menu "is diverse, covering the expected mezes (hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, falafel), kebabs, and grilled seafood dishes . . . but also a nice selection of less common items, like the tiny wontonlike pre-Ottoman meat dumplings known as manti, which arrive in a deep bowl of yogurt-tomato sauce," writes Mike Sula.

1746 W. Addison, 773-327-3808, cafeorchid.com

12th and Delaware "The title of this documentary refers to a once-quiet intersection in Fort Pierce, Florida, that's the site of a local abortion clinic. When the chiropractor across the street moved, his office was snapped up within 24 hours by a Catholic-sponsored pregnancy care center (there are four thousand such facilities nationwide, though not all are religious). Directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp) pursue a neutral, fly-on-the-wall approach to this tense situation, and their documentary shows the clinic under siege: protesters picket day and night, harass clients, spew hateful rhetoric, and follow a staffer's car in hope of exposing a doctor who's ferried to a remote pickup point," writes Andrea Gronvall.

8 PM, Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark, 773-293-1447

Dinner: Sunshine Cafe "Noodle dishes—from nutty buckwheat soba to chewy wheat udon—dominate the menu at this home-style Japanese restaurant. Most come swimming in large bowls of broth with generous servings of vegetables or meat," writes Laura Levy Shatkin.

5449 N. Clark, 773-334-6214

Performing Arts

Show: Carmilla "Published in 1872—25 years before Bram Stoker's Dracula—and inspired by the case of a Hungarian countess who supposedly bathed in the blood of young women to stay young, Carmilla relates the story of a centuries-old vampire who falls in love with her teenage victim. Adapter Aly Renee Greaves emphasizes the subtextual theme of transgressive female eroticism, suggesting that Carmilla's sanguinary sapphic sexuality may be a welcome alternative to heterosexual marital bondage," writes Albert Williams.

7:30 PM, Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497, dcatheater.org

Cafecito "Prior to opening his South Loop Cuban-style cafe, Philip Ghantous was a frustrated actor-waiter with zero kitchen experience. So how the hell is it that this Lebanese-American from Peoria is now pressing the best damn Cuban sandwiches in the city?" wonders Mike Sula.

26 E. Congress, 312-922-2233, cafecitochicago.com

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