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8 p.m. at Stage Left Theatre; $22
A locked-and-loaded speculative drama, playwright Andrew Hinderaker's "Kingsville" puts a piece of conservative rhetoric to the test of imagination: What if the solution to guns in schools was more guns in schools? Tensely performed and smoothly executed, director Vance Smith's production brings it down to a contest of masculinity.

Bonobo, Thunderball
9 p.m. at Metro; $16-$22
With the release of his fourth studio album, Simon Green (aka Bonobo) has taken a much-needed step away from his roots in the downtempo scene. Songstress Andreya Triana steps in where Bajka left off, and the result is an undeniable display of musical synergy. For Bonobo's show at the Metro, you can expect both Triana as well as a live band, which ought to give fans the full breadth of what Green is capable of.

Bumps, Bruises and Bedtime Stories
7 p.m. at Zanies; $20
Talk hockey with former NHL goons Stu Grimson, Jim McKenzie and Reid Simpson. Harry Teinowitz of ESPN Radio hosts.


Chicago Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday at Grant Park; free
Despite the absence of marquee names like Keith Richards and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - both of whom have graced its stages in years past - and budget cuts that have slimmed the event down from four days to three, the fest is still the largest of its kind in the world. And it's still absolutely free. Centerstage's Blues Fest picks include Big George Brock & The House Rockers, Rev. K.M. Williams and Guitar Shorty.

It's apparently the season for walking tours -- and this one's sure to be the funniest.

The Second City has announced the return of its Neighborhood Tour, which offers humorous exploration of Old Town courtesy of tour guide and writer Margaret Hicks. Attendees will learn about the 'hood's architecture and history, paying particular attention to the favorite haunts of Second City alumni. The tour begin and end at the theater itself, giving guests a chance to check out all the history within those walls. The roughly two-hour experience runs every Sunday (1 p.m.) and Wednesday (4 p.m.) from June 13-September 5, and tickets ($15) are available here0.


Here are some recent Chicago restaurant openings and closings.

Blue Star Wine Bar - Enjoy wine, microbrews, cheese and a full menu of Mediterranean cuisine (kabobs, paninis, flatbreads) at this wine bar in the former Ark Cafe space in Noble Square.
Delhi 6 Cafe - Indian and fusion dishes rule the menu at this coffeehouse in North Center, which has an outdoor patio and hosts Bollywood movie nights.
Just Turkey - This South Side spot opens its second location, serving up BBQ classics made with turkey instead of pork and beef.
Benny's Prime Chop House - The oft-delayed River North upscale steakhouse is finally ready to wow you.
Dolce Casa - The former Ventrella's Caffe has been renovated to create this Lincoln Square spot.

Va Pensiero - Evanstonites are already mourning the departure of this fine Italian establishment.
Fearon's Pub - The Lakeview Irish bar has closed to make way for...another Lakeview Irish bar. The Temple Bar opens on April 9.
Elliott's Dairy - The Harwood Heights spot has already inspired a Facebook page calling for its return.
Old Town Brasserie - The French restaurant has new owners as of Sunday, and they're making some changes.

Check back here every week for more openings and closings, and be sure to check out Centerstage Chicago's lists of new restaurants and bars.

Hometown hero Hannibal Buress holds down Zanies all week. (photo:

Hannibal Buress
8:30 p.m. at Zanies; $23
The West Side native has come a long way from crashing open mics. Now a writer for "Saturday Night Live" and a featured performer on Comedy Central, the stand-up comedian is the toast of his hometown, so expect this five-night residency to be packed. Hannibal recently talked to the Sun-Times about his unorthodox sense of humor.

The Ruby Suns, Toro Y Moi
9 p.m. at Schubas; $10
Plucked from New Zealand to join the Sub Pop set, pop connoisseur Ryan McPhun gets wily with Kenya-sourced rhythms and chorus lines soaked up from some recent travels, though interpreted with a completely digital set-up. If you always thought Panda Bear's Person Pitch needed a bit more boogie, McPhun's got you covered. South Carolina’s Toro Y Moi, on the other hand, has been getting a lot of flak for riding the chillwave post-storm (Neon Indian, Washed Out, Memory Cassette). He's got more than lo-fi foot-dragging up his sleeve, however, teasing sets with some hip-friendly guitar jangles when the mood gets too fuzzy.

Firefighter Chili Cook-Off
6-8 p.m. at Rock Bottom Brewery; $5-$10
In honor of the release of Rock Bottom's Fire Chief Ale (available through April 4), the brewery's Chicago location hosts this 14th annual competition benefiting the Chicago Fire Department and related charities. Your admission fee gets you unlimited samples of 25 different chilis crafted by local firefighters; pay another $5 for your choice of beer in a souvenir pint glass.

Here are some recent restaurant/bar openings and closings.

Gilt Bar - The Aigre Doux space is busy once again with this gastropub from an all-star lineup.
Second City Subs - This quick-serve sandwich spot near DePaul already feels like it's been around for years.
Ameer Kabob - Call 'em up and order inexpensive Arabian favorites for less than Sultan's Market.
Klopa Grill & Cafe - Serbian BBQ cafe serves up "good food," according to its name.
No Man's Land Pizza & Grill - Wilmette pizzeria offers New York-style slices and grilled sandwiches.

Francesca's on Chestnut - The Italian empire expands with this Gold Coast location (in the Seneca Hotel), open any day now.

Your Kitchen - You've only got a few more days to get prepared comfort food from this Albany Park spot, which closes March 1.

Angelo's Taverna (we think) - Papered-over windows, disconnected phone don't bode well, but we're not totally giving up hope for this Old Town Greek eatery.
Marco Polo - Sorry, Skokie, looks like you'll have to get your fried-rice fix elsewhere.

Check back here every week for more openings and closings, and be sure to check out Centerstage Chicago's lists of new restaurants and bars.

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