by Whet Moser
Show: Necks "Their basic approach is to begin with a brief improvised motif, which they then loop for 45 minutes or so, deconstructing and reconfiguring it via the accumulation of innumerable small permutations," writes Peter Margasak. "As they proved in their Chicago debut last February, they can transform the tiniest nucleus of raw material into consistently nuanced and captivating music."
7 and 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $15.
Dinner: Thai Village "Homey, comfortable, classic, dependable . . . all the stock adjectives apply, and yet somehow Thai Village stands out from the crowd," writes Martha Bayne.
2053 W. Division, 773-384-5352
Show: Floored In this revealing documentary about the commodities market, James Allen Smith tries to untangle the knots of shouting men on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. See Ed M. Koziarski's article for more.
4pm, 6pm, 7:45pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600
Dinner: South Water Kitchen This restaurant on the main floor of the Hotel Monaco features contemporary American cooking with a strong midwestern influence.
225 N. Wabash, 312-236-9300
Show: Icarus "The production has plenty of airborne stunts, carried out by an athletic cast of three men and three women, many of whom play multiple roles. The tricks are well-executed and they can generate a fair amount of wonder," writes Zac Thompson. "But Catlin's telling, with its focus on fathers losing sons, imparts a pervasive sense of imminent heartbreak—an awareness that grief can suddenly descend on any parent, no matter that he's as powerful as Minos, as brave as Aegeus, or as inventive as Daedalus."
7:30pm, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Waterworks, 821 N. Michigan, 312-337-0665, $18-$62.
Dinner: Silver Spoon Even standards like panang curry are done with respect, full of lightly sauced cuts of tender beef flank instead of the canned-curry-drowned shreds of rawhide you get most places. Silver Spoon is one of a handful of local restaurants that will honor requests from non-Thais for food made "pet-pet," or Thai spicy.
710 N. Rush, 312-944-7100
Show: Temple Grandin The autism advocate and animal-behavior expert presents Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals.
6pm, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State, 312-747-4050, free
Dinner: Everest Forty stories high, with refined Alsatian cuisine and prices to match.
440 S. LaSalle, 312-663-8920