Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Comp manis and massages tonight

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Every time this event comes around I've already got something lined up, but perhaps you can make it:

Tsuki Japanese Restaurant and Lounge (1441-1443 W. Fullerton, 773-883-8722) is truly bringing it with a very special event for ladies' only: free manicures, massages and $5 martini specials. Guests can also take advantage of their a la carte dinner specials before or after their services. RSVP is required to info@tsuki.us. Tonight 7-10pm.

And now for something completely different

Ukie Village night spot Sonotheque (1444 W. Chicago Ave., 312-226-7600) is always offbeat—especially during the week—so this screening of Mário Peixoto's “Limite,” a rare Brazilian masterpiece of the 1930s, is hardly a surprise.

“Limite” is considered a preeminent work of the Brazilian silent era, and was the first and only film by Mário Peixoto—who was reportedly only 18 years old when he began to direct it. It's achieved mythological status as an influential though seldom seen experimental classic. The story of three castaways, “Limite” makes fragmentary connections relating to themes of love, betrayal and entrapment. It was also screened by the Edinburg Film Festival 2007 as a launchpad for Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation, which aims to highlight and restore lost classics.

Tonight's screening of "Limite" will be preceded and followed by a selection of rare Brazilian music from the 1930s-1950s from the collection of DJ Joe Bryl. Music will range from folkloric, ritualistic and ceremonial to Brazilian forms of big bands, jazz and samba. Also, during the silent screening, music will be performed live by Poi Dog Pondering. Tonight at 7:30 (film starts at 8:30). $7.

Kanye the restaurateur?

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From Stella's Column today:

"KANYE WEST, the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop superstar who is deep in grief over the passing of his beloved mom, Donda West, is still planning to open a chain of Fatburger eateries around the Chicago area -- one of which will soon debut in Hyde Park. He is among a few celebs such as Queen Latifah, rapper/producer Pharrell Williams, the Cincinnati Bengals' Willie Anderson and Montel Williams who are all partnering with Fatburger chairman Andy Wiederhorn. There are 91 restaurants in the popular hamburger chain that is based on the West Coast."

And speaking of West Coast outposts on the South Side, the "coming soon" signage is still up on Martin Luther King Drive in Bronzeville for a Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles. It was supposed to open last June, so what exactly is going on over there?!

'Love, Luxe, Life'

. . . is the name of the fabulous event happening tomorrow evening at the 28 Shop at Macy’s (111 N. State St.). From 5 to 8pm, you'll get to preview luxury designer collections in jewelry, watches and fragrances with music, appetizers and complimentary gift wrapping and discounts on select items. RSVP to 800-329-8667 by this afternoon because the list for this free event will fill up.

Deal of the day . . .

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La Bouillabaisse "La Sardine" comes with shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, scallops, monkfish and lobster in a saffron broth.

Now, the prices over at French sensation Le Sardine (111 N. Carpenter St., 312-421-2800) are pretty moderate already--with no entrees exceeding $22 (for the braised lamb shank)--so consider the three-course, prix-fixe menu at $25 a treat.

It’s offered every Tuesday, and changes occasionally, but I’m sure on a chilly day like this they’re probably offering signature dishes like La Bouillabaisse "La Sardine," which comes with shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, scallops, monkfish and lobster in a toasty saffron broth. It’s certain to warm you down to your bones, especially if you pair it with a nice bottle of the newly released Beaujolais.

No more hot cinnamon rolls, for a few days . . .

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Lakeview restaurant Ann Sather--most famous for its Swedish meatballs and gooey cinnamon rolls--closed its longtime location over the weekend at 935 W. Belmont Ave. and is reopening in a smaller location down the street at 909 W. Belmont St. on Friday.