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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Sunday 1/31

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Show: Michaël Attias, Magda Mayas, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Frank Rosaly, and Dana Jessen "There's no predicting what this ad hoc transatlantic assemblage of improvisers will sound like, but the diversity and eccentricity of the musical personalities on hand ought to produce something interesting no matter what," writes Peter Margasak.

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

Dinner: El Tinajon Roscoe Village storefront specializing in Guatemalan cuisine—mostly soups and stews laden with beef and wonderful seasonings.

2054 W. Roscoe, 773-525-8455

No Crossover:  The Trial of Allen Iverson
  • No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson

Show: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson Steve James's latest documentary looks at his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, where, in 1993, Allen Iverson—then a high school basketball phenom in James's hometown of Hampton, Virginia—was arrested after a racially charged brawl and charged with a felony.

5pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600

Dinner Xoco "There is nothing like Xoco’s jamon torta, griddled flat and layered with La Quercia prosciutto, seasonally variable organic Wisconsin cheddar, black beans, avocado, and chipotle mustard. The prices are justified by a singular dedication to superior products," writes Mike Sula.

449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688

Show: Fantastic Mr. Fox Tony hipster Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums) takes a left turn into stop-motion animation with this adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's book, and the result is an instant classic.

7pm, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-472-0449 or 312-559-1212

Dinner: Chilam Balam Twenty-three-year-old Chuy Valencia is only the latest—and possibly the youngest—graduate of the School of Bayless to come out of the Frontera/Topolobampo kitchens and stake his own claim. One of the best new restaurants of 2009.

3023 N. Broadway, 773-296-6901

Performing Arts

Show: Rhinoceros Theater Festival From humble beginnings in a Wicker Park storefront 21 years ago, Curious Theatre Branch's RhinoFest has galloped all over the north side—sometimes working out of multiple venues simultaneously, sometimes stretching to nearly two and a half months, and one year importing so many weird German artists that the whole thing almost went belly up. This time around the Curious curators are serving up Rhino concentrate: 27 way-out-of-the-mainstream shows in 25 days at a single theater.

Shows at 2 and 7pm, Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., 773-539-7838, $12 in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door

Dinner: Kuma's Corner "Kuma's serves whopping hunks of juicy, lightly seasoned meat on delicious, chewy pretzel rolls in more than 20 metal-themed iterations (the Motorhead, the Mastodon, etc), each also available as a chicken sandwich or garden burger. My Iron Maiden burger, topped with a sinus-clearing load of cherry peppers, chipotle mayo, and pepper jack, was filling yet oddly clean-tasting-- refreshing, even, for meat," writes Martha Bayne.

2900 W. Belmont Ave., 773-604-8769

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