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Dinner & a Show: Friday 9/3

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Show: North Coast Music Festival "launches this year fully formed as a credible competitor to Pitchfork and Lollapalooza. The newcomer stands apart from those fests by virtue of a relatively strict curatorial strategy," writes Miles Raymer. "Rather than offer a dizzyingly huge range of genres, North Coast has booked artists who almost all fall solidly into one of three categories: dance music, hip-hop, or jam band." Tonight's recommended acts include Paul Kalkbrenner and the Chemical Brothers.

4-10 PM, Union Park, Ashland and Lake, Single-day tickets $50, $42.50 in advance at northcoastfestival.com, will call, and Gramophone Records, 2843 N. Clark

Dinner: Viaggio Ristorante & Lounge New restaurant offering bold but deft southern Italian cuisine from chef Anthony Rissoli.

1330 W. Madison St., 312-829-3333, viaggiochicago.com

Show: Chicago Jazz Festival Today's recommended acts include Nicole Mitchell's rarely convened big band, the Black Earth Orchestra; the AACM Experimental Ensemble, which "uses exotic percussion, bristling reeds, and theatrical vocals that encompass the centuries-long sweep of African American music from its imagined prehistory to its imagined future"; and a 75th birthday party for Ramsey Lewis.

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," writes Mike Sula. "The prices are justified by a singular dedication to superior products."

449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688, rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco.html

Show: David Boykin Expanse Saxophonist David Boykin plays in support of the new Ultra Sheen, his first album to incorporate rapping the way his live sets often do. "His dry, syllable-crammed flow reminds me a bit of the late rapper Guru, but the music's not hip-hop flavored with jazz like Gang Starr—it's jazz flavored with hip-hop," writes Peter Margasak. "Boykin's sturdy original tunes leave plenty of space for his rhymes; pianist Jim Baker, bassist Joshua Abrams, and drummer Mike Reed bang out cycling grooves as Nicole Mitchell improvises accents and lines that nicely interact with Boykin's delivery."

10 PM, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor, heavengallery.com, donation requested.

Dinner: Mitch's & Janina Delicatessen They cure and smoke their sausages and meats in-house at this old-fashioned Polish deli and bar. Also available are home-cooked Polish meals, which vary daily.

1012 N. Western Ave., 773-486-0684

Performing Arts

Show: Joyous Outdoor Event Already known for presenting performance spectacles in city parks, Redmoon Theater celebrates Labor Day by launching its first full-out festival. The Joyous Outdoor Event features an eclectic mix of mostly local acts on two stages, including live music curated by the Metro and Smart Bar. Each of JOE's five days climaxes with Redmoon's "Last of My Species II: The Perilous Songs of Bibi Merhdad."

Various times, South Belmont Harbor, Belmont & Lake Shore, 312-850-8440, joyousoutdoorevent.org, $10-$25

Dinner: Adesso is a return to his Italian roots for owner Franco Gianni, who's also behind Tank Sushi and Sushi Wabi. The southern Italian cooking in this 32-seat space is meant to be unfussy and accessible, in an atmosphere of festive neighborliness.

3332 N. Broadway, 773-868-1516


Show: The Tillman Story Pat Tillman was a star defensive player for the Arizona Cardinals when he quit the NFL in May 2002 to join the Army Rangers; he died in April 2004 in Afghanistan. The military and media moved quickly to anoint him a hero felled by the Taliban, but within weeks news broke that he’d been killed by friendly fire. This uncompromising documentary by Amir Bar-Lev (Fighter, My Kid Could Paint That) delves into the cover-up.

1:50 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 10:15 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Fattoush Restaurant Lina and Sam Elakhaoui, the husband and wife who run this Lincoln Park spot, import spices from Lebanon (and some from Lebanese markets in Dearborn, Michigan), to season dishes like beef or chicken shawarma, shish tawouk (charbroiled cubes of chicken), and falafel with unique blends of aromatic mastic, marjoram, sumac, and the like.

2652 N. Halsted St., 773-327-2652, fattoushrestaurant.com

Show: The Big Sleep A very good movie (1946), and by far the best Raymond Chandler adaptation, but it isn't one of Howard Hawks's most refined efforts—it lacks his clarity of line, his balance, his sense of a free spirit at play within a carefully set structure. What you remember here are moments: Bogart's line about Martha Vickers (“Ain't she been weaned yet?”), Dorothy Malone in the bookshop, the broken roll of quarters pouring from a hood's fist, Bogart and Bacall's racetrack dialogue.

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

Dinner: Russian Tea Time The menu at this Loop mainstay is huge and inviting, offering a wide array of Russian, Ukrainian, and Georgian dishes, from stuffed cabbage and excellent Russian dumplings to food fit for a czar: pheasant, quail, sturgeon, and caviar.

77 E. Adams St., 312-360-0000, russianteatime.com

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