The work week's almost over, but it's no time to rest. Check in every Thursday for No Days Off, your guide to the best live shows, art openings, movie screenings, and cool events for the weekend ahead.

NYC:

Live show: Tricky at (le) Poisson Rouge, tonight, 10 p.m. ($20). The trip-hop pioneer supports his latest LP, the highly acclaimed Mixed Race, at one of the Big Apple's coziest venues.

Restaurant opening: Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex St., (212) 614-0146. Chris Santos, owner of the luxe Stanton Social, is opening his new uber-luxe restaurant to the public Saturday. Located in the former M. Katz & Sons furniture store, Beauty & Essex seems to be going for the full Mad Men, early-'60s suave look. Expensive, but your bonus check is in the mail, right?

Film: Harakiri, Saturday, Film Forum, 1:00, 3:35, 6:10, 8:45. Pioneering samurai flick from director Masaki Kobayashi (yes, that name's familiar). Check the trailer here.

L.A.:

Art closing: Lee "Scratch" Perry at Dem Passwords, closes Saturday (Free). Catch the first show of the legendary Jamaican musician's paintings before it closes this weekend.

Film: Chocolate Babies (1997) at the Billy Wilder Theater, UCLA Friday, 7:30 ($10, tickets). Sick of being marginalized and patronized, a group of HIV-positive black drag queens band together and embark on a reign of terror. Funny, sad, and about as far from the fucking Voyage of the Dawn Treader as you can get.

Live show: MNDR, Tearist, Bodega Girls at The Echo, Friday, 8:30 ($10). Electro-pop. Because a) you like electro-pop, or b) you like the girls that like electro-pop.

Chicago:

Live show: The Sword, Karma to Burn, Mount Carmel at Metro, Sunday, 9 p.m. ($18/$16 advance). December nights in Chicago (low temps in the teens Sunday) call for stoner metal, and the Austin, TX quartet deliver. Balaclavas and bong hits for all.

Comedy: BlackOut at de Maat Theater, Second City, Friday, Midnight ($5). They're there every Friday at the same time, but it's a different show every week (that's what improv means, dumbass). Time to get familiar.

Art opening: "Let Your Motto Be Resistance" at the DuSable Museum of African American History, Saturday ($3) (Exhibit open through 3/6/11). Photographic portraits of iconic African-Americans from the past 150 years.