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By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 4, 2008 5:00PM

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2008_03_gogol_bordello.jpgTheater
Tonight is the premiere for Lincoln Square Theatre's production of Ray Bradbury's "Martian Chronicles." Adapted from Bradbury's seminal 1950 novel, the play tells of the tensions between native aboriginal Martians and new colonists fleeing a troubled Earth as an allegory for Old World colonialism. Bradbury was inspired to write his novel equally by Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio.

4754 N. Leavitt, 8 p.m., $10-$15.

Music
Few shows are as frenetic as a Gogol Bordello concert. The Gypsy punk band from New York's Lower East Side, led by charismatic frontman Eugene Hutz, hits the Riviera Theatre this evening with four on the floor in what seems like a neverending tour behind the stellar Super Taranta!. If you've never seen Gogol Bordello in concert (or were underwhelmed by Yeasayer last month at Schubas), this is a show not to be missed.

MP3: Gogol Bordello - American Wedding

4746 N. Racine, $21.50, 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.).

Film
Director Lisa Leeman originally intended for her film "Out of Faith" to be a standard documentary of Skokie resident Leah Welbel's memories of Auschwitz. Upon seeing the pain felt by Ms. Welbel as her grandchildren married non-Jews, the film instead became a study in interfaith marriage and the conflicts those marriages bring upon families determined to see their faith remain intact.

Gene Siskel Film Center, 7:30 p.m.

Lunch
Checking out Sixteen Restaurant in the new Trump International Hotel and Tower (on the building's 16th floor, natch) is really the only reason we'd head into the Great Combover's Gilded Midwestern Palace of Self. The restaurant just launched lunch service yesterday; we might have to play hooky.

401 N. Wabash