by Whet Moser
Show: Gunslingers "This French power trio—bassist Matthieu Canaguier, drummer Antoine Hadhoannou, and guitarist/front man Gregory Raimo, a snarling, declaiming shaman who also maintains a solo sideline as GR—don't come out of any particular "scene," but they bring the energy of many to their roiling, high-volume mania," writes Monica Kendrick. They play a free in-store at Permanent Records this evening prior to headlining the Empty Bottle tomorrow.
6 PM, Permanent Records, 1914 W. Chicago, 773-278-1744, free
Dinner: Mr. Brown's Lounge "While the menu is mostly Jamaican fare, concessions to the bar crowd like chicken tenders and onion rings also make appearances. So I was little surprised to discover that the food is top-notch," writes Julia Thiel.
2301 W. Chicago Ave., 773-278-4445
Show: Seijiro Murayama "Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama first made his name in the mid-80s as the explosive engine driving the brutally ugly noise rock of Absolut Null Punkt," writes Peter Margasak. "So when I heard some of his recent work, I was floored. Since moving to Paris in 1999, Murayama has been immersed in improvised music, much of it quiet, serene, and nonpercussive." Murayama plays solo and in a trio with electronicist Brian Labycz and dancer Ayako Kato; headlining is a quartet of bass clarinetist Jason Stein, saxophonist Michael Forbes, modular synth player Dan Fandino, and electronicist Aaron Zarzutzki.
8 PM, Enemy, 1550 N. Milwaukee, third floor, enemysound.com, $7 suggested donation.
Dinner: Takashi "Dimly lit and battleship gray, the restaurant is cozy without being cramped, and a trip to the restroom provides a startlingly intimate look into the kitchen—you might stop short at the sight of the chef hard at work (golly, he’s not just a Beard Award winner, he’s . . . he’s human!)," writes Mike Sula. "A wild striped bass with more tiny shimeji mushrooms was bathed in a savory broth that came with its own spoon, and pork belly with steamed buns, mizuna, pickled daikon, and a dollop of mustard reminded me of one the greatest sandwiches I’ve ever had, at a now defunct Chinatown restaurant."
1952 N. Damen Ave., 773-772-6170
Show: The Red Riding Trilogy The truth is an elusive quarry in "Red Riding," a grimly mesmerizing English trilogy of police thrillers set in West Yorkshire between 1974 and 1983 and adapted from a series of novels by David Peace.
Dinner: Lips Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar This ambitious if oddly named sushi place in the old Once Upon a Thai space offers a variety of specialty maki, nigiri, and sashimi, plus entrees ranging from broiled eel to grilled sirloin and rack of lamb.
3705 N. Southport Ave., 773-248-5477
Show: A Wintertime Tale "Eric Holm's idea of mashing up The Winter's Tale and Charles Mee's Wintertime isn't nearly as abstruse as it sounds," writes Keith Griffith; "the results are mesmerizing."
7:30pm, Strawdog Theatre's Hugen Hall, 3829 N Broadway, 773-528-9696, $15
Dinner: Istanbul Restaurant "This oddly arranged, snug three-room Lakeview BYOB is the latest Anatolian effort from Yasar Demir, whose resumé stretches back to Cafe Demir, A La Turka, and Cousins. Among them all it might be the most comfortable and satisfying across its lengthy menu of home-style kebabs, hot and cold mezes, and meaty and vegetarian entrees," writes Mike Sula.
3613 N. Broadway, 773-525-0500