by Whet Moser
Show: Elephant Gun "turn their raucous music into a contact sport, squeezing all eight of their members onto the tiniest of stages, and their busy but romantic Gypsy folk-rock jams hit every point between Gogol Bordello and Fairport Convention, even nodding to Bright Eyes with flashes of poignance that never last long enough for anybody to wallow in," writes Monica Kendrick.
8 PM, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, 312-666-6775 or 866-468-3401, $8, $5 in advance, 17+.
Dinner: La Sardine Owner Jean-Claude Poilevey (Le Bouchon) brings his nearly flawless native cooking to the Randolph Street market district. The menu is similar to Le Bouchon’s, with the addition of several rotisserie options, including rabbit and pheasant.
111 N. Carpenter St., 312-421-2800
Show: Pierced Arrows "Year in and year out, the Coles deliver marathon sets of brooding, direct hard rock that's miles deeper than the punk and garage of the epochs they've outlasted—to say nothing of the ephemeral hipster hokum of today," writes Brian Costello.
9 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 866-468-3401, $12, 17+.
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," writes Mike Sula.
1904 W. North Ave., 773-904-8113
Show: The Lady With the Dog Josif Heifits's 1959 Soviet drama may be the best Chekhov adaptation on film: subtle, exquisite, a perfect miniature.
8:15pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600
Dinner: Carson's Restaurant "With the smiley-face yellow of its logo, mansard roof, and funky stucco exterior, Carson’s would make a good setting for an episode of That 70s Show. But let’s face it, you don’t go to Carson’s for the decor. You go for the meat, and they got it, baby, along with some surprisingly good seafood (notably, the shrimp de jonghe and tasty crab cakes)," writes David Hammond.
612 N. Wells St., 312-280-9200
Show: The Fireman's Ball With Loves of a Blonde, it's the best work Milos Forman's done, rooted in a social reality that has eluded him in his American projects, and directed with a nonlinear suppleness that suggests the formal achievement of Jacques Tati.
7pm, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Dr., 847-491-4000
Dinner: Campagnola Chef-owner Michael Altenberg has moved on to other projects, but under chef Vincent DiBattista, Campagnola's sophisticated Italian fare retains his signature focus on organic and sustainably raised meat and produce.
815 Chicago Ave., Evanston, 847-475-6100
Show: The World Is Flat! A Weekend of Toy Theater "Stuart Sherman's toy theater events—which he called "spectacles"--had a mesmeric quality, at once comic, mysterious, and delightful. He died in 2001, but the genre seems to be in resurgence--perhaps because its homemade, no-tech, idiosyncratic aesthetic appeals to people who find themselves breathing tweets. Links Hall is presenting a small festival of the stuff this weekend," writes Tony Adler.
8pm, Links Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, $12-$20
Dinner: Cuna A bustling barstaurant isn’t my idea of the best place to savor sophisticated contemporary cuisine, but Cuna, the first nightlife venture from local businessman Paolo Acuna, has a friendly neighborhood vibe, thanks in part to the unpretentious staff. But the real draw for foodies is chef Kendal Duque, formerly of Sepia.
1113 W. Belmont Ave., 312-224-8588
Show: Living Quarters "Strangeloop Theatre took a risk in reviving this 1977 memory play by Brian Friel. Based on Euripides's Hippolytus, it's the type of richly layered, emotional work that would be painful to see staged anything less than brilliantly. But brilliance is exactly what they achieve in portraying an Irish family torn apart by an incestuous affair," writes Keith Griffith.
8pm, Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland St., 773-384-0494, $12-$15
Dinner: The Southern The former Chaise Lounge is now the Southern, a more casual bar and restaurant featuring the regional cuisine of chef Cary Taylor (Blackbird, Ambria, Avenues); one of several restaurants too new to review.
1840 W. North Ave., 773-342-1840