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Dinner & a Show: Friday 1/7

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Show: My Dog Tulip "Some dog lovers have the irksome habit of projecting themselves onto their pets, but this exceptional animated feature proceeds from the opposite impulse: its elderly narrator is so awestruck by the otherness of his beloved German shepherd that the animal becomes a thing of beauty and wonder," writes J.R. Jones.

6:15 pm, 8 pm Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: Simply Thalia Sibling to West Town's Thalia Spice, the pan-Asian Simply Thalia has done a booming business with Loop office workers after moving into the renovated pedway beneath Block 37. The reason's obvious: in a stretch overrun by chains, it offers crisp ingredients and freshly prepared dishes.

108 N. State St., 312-750-9098

Show: My Uncle Shot at the same time as the French release, Mon Oncle (1958), this is the restored English-language version of Jacques Tati's classic comedy, whose immensely entertaining gags explore an increasingly mechanized and over-designed world. The export version is only slightly different than the French one (the minor characters even retain their French dialogue, which is not subtitled), but the restoration is gorgeous.

5 pm, 7:20 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Sushi Mura Proximity to the Music Box helps keep this traditional Japanese restaurant full, and the clean, attractive room doesn’t hurt either. Sitting at the sushi bar is a fun way to study the art of maki rolling — the skillful chefs make a broad variety, from salmon skin with cucumber to more elaborate dragon and rainbow rolls.

3647 N. Southport Ave., 773-281-9155, sushimura.com


Show: Around a Small Mountain If you're a newcomer to the oeuvre of New Wave hero Jacques Rivette, this is a highly accessible port of entry.

7 pm, Univ. of Chicago Film Studies Center, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., room 306, 773-702-8596, filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu

Dinner: Medici on 57th The quintessential off-campus hangout, complete with carved wood booths and graffiti-covered walls. The reasonable prices at this long-standing Hyde Park gem make it a favorite among students and locals alike.

1327 E. 57th St., 773-667-7394, medici57.com


Show: Night Catches Us Deliberately paced and artfully framed, this pensive drama about an African-American community takes place in Philadelphia in 1976, four years after the police have gunned down a cop-killing Black Panther.

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

Dinner: Kith & Kin "This is the inviting, irresistible place with casually excellent food that every neighborhood deserves," writes Mike Sula.

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

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