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Dinner & a Show: Saturday 4/22

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Show: Swashbuckle "Wish every day was Talk Like a Pirate Day? Then you'll want to check out Swashbuckle, a New Jersey thrash trio who swab the deck with metal mundanes," writes Monica Kendrick.

6 PM, Reggie's Rock Club, 2109 S. State, 312-949-0121 or 866-468-3401, reggieslive.com/rockclub, $20, $18 in advance.

Dinner: Three Happiness Standout Chinese immortalized by the foodie message board LTHForum.

209 W. Cermak Rd., 312-842-1964


Show: Throne of Blood Akira Kurosawa's remarkable 1957 restaging of Macbeth in samurai and expressionist terms is unquestionably one of his finest works—charged with energy, imagination, and, in keeping with the subject, sheer horror. Incidentally, this was reputed to have been T.S. Eliot's favorite film.

5:30, 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. My martini came in a flash, as you might expect from a place where dead soldiers of Absolut line the tops of the windows.

663 N. State St., 312-202-1904, bijansbistro.com

Show: Ricky Francois Ozon, director of such realistic dramas as Swimming Pool (2003) and Under the Sand (2000), ventures into fantasy with this French feature; this is among Ozon's most lyrical and daring films.

5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm, Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-281-4114

Dinner: Kith & Kin Chefs David Carrier and Andrew Brochu both worked with or under Grant Achatz at one time or another—the former first at the French Laundry, then at Trio—though there’s little that immediately brings to mind those fine-dining icons. Instead what you have is an attractive and affordable menu served in a room that suggests all of the comforts of neighborhood pubbery without resorting to the usual cliches clumsily adopted from the Irish or British.

1119 W. Webster Ave., 773-472-7070

Show: Casino Jack and the United States of Money The crimes of conservative superlobbyist Jack Abramoff are already receding into the hopeless murk of congressional history, so this epic documentary by Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) is even more welcome for its reach.

4 pm, 9:50 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Bolat African Cuisine African restaurant serving a range of soups and stews with traditional starchy sides like fufu; after a recent renovation, there's now a full bar.

3346 N. Clark St., 773-665-1100

Performing Arts

Show: Chaste It's hard to think of a theatrical team more in sync than director Kate Hendrickson and playwright Ken Prestininzi. For their third outing at Trap Door Theatre, they turn an arcane historical curiosity—the chaste "Winterplan" commune that German intellectuals Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ree, and Lou Salome formed briefly in 1882—and turn it into a heady, intoxicating swirl of screwball comedy, philosophical debate, and lecherous fever dream.

8pm, Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland St., 773-384-0494, trapdoortheatre.com, $20

Dinner: Jane's Casual place serving innovative and vegetarian-friendly Cal-American fare; recently expanded.

1653 W. Cortland St., 773-862-5263, janesrestaurant.com

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