by Alex Parker
Enjoy Hitchcock in Hyde Park, powerful jazz in Wicker Park, and a play with a strange twist in Lincoln Park.
Show: Rempis Percussion Quartet "The name saxophonist Dave Rempis chose for this ferocious ensemble alludes to its two drummers-Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly, both pillars of Chicago's diverse improvised-music scene," writes Peter Margasak. "But ever since powerhouse Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten (Atomic, the Thing) replaced Anton Hatwich in early 2009, it might as well be referring to him too. The Rempis Percussion Quartet's fifth and latest album, Montreal Parade, is its first with Haaker Flaten, and when Rempis drops out of 'This Is Not a Tango,' the bassist's furious thwacks and string snaps make it sound a bit like a third drummer has joined the fray."
10 p.m., Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., 773-227-4433, $8
Dinner: Lokal At this slick Wicker Park restaurant and lounge, the menu features potato pierogi, golabki, borscht, kielbasa, and a few items you probably wouldn't recognize if you didn't grow up with a babcia cooking for you. It just happens to be radically different Polish food from the heavy, homey—but let's face it, bland—traditional stuff. Pierogi here are light and silky and dressed in a creamy bourbon-date sauce; the kielbasa is made from dark-meat chicken and served in a whole-grain-mustard demi-glace with lentils and pancetta. Chef Ian Flowers also puts in some global touches, serving duck breast with bamboo rice and a New York strip with purple potato hash. There's a five-course prix fixe dinner with pairings every Monday for $40.
1904 W. North Ave., 773-904-8113, lokalchicago.com
Show: The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? “A prominent architect—a man with a long and satisfying marriage, a well-adjusted gay son, a Manhattan duplex, and a brand new Pritzker Prize—comes out of the hayloft, as it were, and admits to having relations with a female goat,” writes Tony Adler. “It's not just physical, either. He says he's in love with the soulful creature (‘Those eyes!’) and won't let the relationship go. You can take Edward Albee's 2002 play any number of ways. As an absurd-case look at social norms. A satire on theatrical conventions. An accomplished playwright's challenge to himself, to see whether he can pull off something really ridiculous. But in this Remy Bumppo Theatre production directed by James Bohnen, the piece comes off, finally, as a deeply unsettling exploration of what we mean when we talk about love—unsettling not because it involves a goat, but because it's so surprisingly, surpassingly human.”
7:30 PM, Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-404-7336, $30-$45
Dinner: Vintage 338 Father-son team Tom and Chris Barkulis like southern European wine and food, and they want you to as well. It’s hard to argue with the case they make for Vintage 338: head chef Blaze Correia (formerly of Rockit); about 30 Spanish, French, and Italian wines; a pretty Lincoln Park location; and late-night hours. The vinos are all $36 a bottle and under, with a slight bias toward the Spanish. While you’re choosing, start with an appetizer like the papas asadas, roasted fingerling potatoes with a creamy, tangy aioli. Then pair a light and easy Don Sancho Londono Cortijo blanco with a trio of warmed Brie pyramids—Camembert, champignon, and triple cream—and dip your cheese and bread into the duo of finger-licking honeys; cleanse your palate with a crisp, sweet slice of apple. Move on to the rojos and combine a glass of the excellent Barco de Piedra tempranillo, a Spanish aged in French and American oak, or try a glass of the lingering Arrogant Frog pinot noir with the Español plata, a delectable selection of cantimpalo, sobrasada chorizo, and Serrano ham paired with three cheeses: creamy goat Caña de Cabra, blue-veined Valdeon, and Manchego. Also worth a try is a saumon fume panini, generously portioned smoked salmon bookended by toasted bread with dill and chive spread.
338 W. Armitage Ave.,773-525-0521, vintage338.com
Show: Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock's first indisputable masterpiece (1943). Joseph Cotten is Uncle Charlie, aka the Merry Widow Murderer, who returns to his hometown to visit his niece and namesake, played by Teresa Wright. Hitchcock's discovery of darkness within the heart of small-town America remains one of his most harrowing films, a peek behind the facade of security that reveals loneliness, despair, and death. Thornton Wilder collaborated on the script; it's Our Town turned inside out.
9:30 PM, University of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575
Dinner: Café Corea Mandoo (dumplings), pajon (Korean-style scallion pancake), and egg rolls are a few of the starters at this Hyde Park mom-and-pop, and items included in a $7.95 lunch deal range from tofu dishes to noodle soups. For dinner, choose from Korean mainstays like bulgogi (thinly sliced marinated beef), kimchi pork, kalbi (thinly crosscut beef short ribs), and chap chae (shredded vegetables with buckwheat noodles).
1603 E. 55th St., 773-288-1795