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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Wednesday 2/10

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  • Polysics

Show: Polysics This Japanese four-piece plays exactly the kind of music our future android overlords will make as soon as they learn about Devo, the Queers, and hooks—punky, giddy, synth-fortified sci-fi power pop.

9 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 877-435-9849, $15, $13 in advance.

Dinner: Big Star "The tacos are fatty and salty (like bar food should be), but the pork belly and lamb are of such high quality that a little extra lard and sodium are way worth it. Carved from frustums layered in-house, the tacos al pastor are crisp, riddled with golden knurls of flame-licked fat, and served on fresh, delicate, house-made minitortillas that make the big flavors seem almost dainty," writes David Hammond.

1531 N. Damen, 773-235-4039


Show: Mr. Hulot's Holiday Jacques Tati's 1953 masterpiece features some of the funniest and loveliest slapstick imaginable, yet it is also a work of impressive formal innovation, casting off the tyranny of a plotline in favor of loosely associated tones, episodes, and images.

6pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600

Dinner: Bijan's Bistro This reincarnation of the venerable late-night hangout Bijan is amazingly unsullied by tourists. Regulars crowd around the gleaming mahogany bar, and Ralf, the courtly host, seems to know half the tables in the joint.

663 N. State, 312-202-1904

Show: Triangle of Death Deployed to the Sunni Triangle during Iraq's first national elections, Marine reservist and Columbia College grad Folleh S. Tamba documented "Chicago's Own" 2nd Infantry Battalion 24th Marines' 2004-05 Iraq tour, and its aftermath for his fellow Marines, in his film Triangle of Death, which has its Midwest premiere tonight.

6 PM, BlackFinn, 16 W. Jefferson, Naperville

Dinner: Meson Sabika This tapas restaurant, located in a converted old mansion, has multiple dining rooms (you could go several times and not eat in the same one) and a lovely eat-in garden.

1025 Aurora Ave., 630-983-3000

Performing Arts

Show: Rush Limbaugh! The Musical The tale of Limbaugh's rise features slapstick duo Rumsfeld & Rove, ironic winks to the Obama administration, a show-stopping Rent parody, and chilling musical numbers like "You Can't Argue With Jesus."

8:30pm, Second City E.T.C., Piper's Alley, 1608 N. Wells St., 312-337-3992

Dinner: Salpicon In 1995 Priscila Satkoff was one of the first Topolobampo/Frontera graduates to strike out on her own, and the continued success of Salpicon is as much a credit to her skills as it is to the enduring power of Rick Bayless’s tireless advocacy for authentic Mexican cuisine among the gringos. Though she didn’t actually cook for Bayless—she was his assistant—the Mexico City native’s early training at the side of her mother and grandmother helped propel her tiny Old Town spot to an upscale destination rivaling her old boss’s.

1252 N. Wells St., 312-988-7811


Show: Nerds at Heart Love Fest Board games, trivia, and entertainment for singles, featuring interactive comedy by Wishbone Theatre Collective, "cheesy" karaoke, and giveaways.

7pm-10pm, Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-348-9600, $20-$25

Dinner: Istanbul Restaurant This oddly arranged, snug three-room Lakeview BYOB is the latest Anatolian effort from Yasar Demir, whose resumé stretches back to Cafe Demir, A La Turka, and Cousins. "Among them all it might be the most comfortable and satisfying across its lengthy menu of home-style kebabs, hot and cold mezes, and meaty and vegetarian entrees," writes Mike Sula.

3613 N. Broadway, 773-525-0500

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