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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dinner & A Show: Sunday 12/20

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Joan of Arc

Show: Joan of Arc, Tim Kinsella's long-running, constantly morphing project plays in support of the new Flowers and the forthcoming Don't Mind Control. "At this point trying to pin the guy down is futile; it's better to just open your ears to whatever he's going to pull next," writes Peter Margasak.

8 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $3.

Dinner: Bite The food is eclectic, vegetarian friendly, and surprisingly good at this offbeat Ukrainian Village cafe, which is connected to the Empty Bottle.

1039 N. Western, 773-395-2483

Show: Aram Shelton's Fast Citizens Most of the members of Fast Citizens are composers and bandleaders in other settings, and the sextet have found a way to take advantage of this deep bench. The ingenious arrangements on Two Cities make full use of the ensemble—reedists Jackson and Shelton, cornetist Josh Berman, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, bassist Anton Hatwich, and drummer Frank Rosaly—to suggest a much larger group.

10 PM, Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont, 773-935-2118, donation requested.

Dinner: Turquoise Cafe Prices at this Roscoe Village Turkish restaurant are a little higher than at many ethnic places. But dishes like the sogurme (smoked chunks of eggplant in creamy yogurt with lots of garlic), seafood salad, and the house salad (a piquant medley of red cabbage, arugula, red onion, and romaine lettuce in a lemon herb dressing) are worth a little extra.

2147 W. Roscoe, 773-549-3523

Performing Arts

Show: Icarus The title notwithstanding, David Catlin's version actually centers on Icarus's father, the legendary architect and inventor Daedalus. Youthful, foolhardy Icarian exuberance takes a backseat to the more grownup theme of raising a child and losing him, of building a family and discovering its shocking, heartbreaking fragility.

7:30, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Waterworks, 821 N. Michigan, 312-337-0665, $18-$62

Dinner: Sayat Nova The unassuming facade of this Armenian restaurant is misleading — the interior is cavernous yet cozy, with low ceilings, romantic semiprivate alcoves, funky hanging light fixtures, and interesting artifacts on display.

157 E. Ohio, 312-644-9159

Show: Redmoon Winter Pageant Redmoon's hour-long solstice celebration is packed with delightful fragments from delicious dreams. In fact, the young, athletic ensemble evokes all the seasons, offering visions like a golf cart decked in giant chrysanthemums and a cloud-covered clown car.

7:30pm, Redmoon Theater, 1463 W. Hubbard, 312-850-8440

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