by Whet Moser
Show: DKV Trio "For many years the DKV Trio was the most soulful and fiery improvising band in Chicago," writes Peter Margasak. "As the band's members developed new interests and grew busier with other projects, it became increasingly difficult to coordinate their schedules to convene DKV, and about seven years ago it ceased to be a regular group. But Drake, Kessler, and Vandermark know they had something special going, and every so often they get together to do it again."
9:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $10.
Dinner: Jane's The reasonably priced Cal-American fare is innovative, eclectic, and especially friendly to vegetarians.
1653 W. Cortland St., 773-862-5263, janesrestaurant.com
Show: James Chance "Saxophonist and singer James Chance was one of the movers and shakers of the late-70s New York art-music scene called no wave—he fronted the Contortions, banging out atonal avant-funk in a stripped-down punk style," writes Leor Galil. "But this isn't a Contortions show or even a full-band gig of any kind: Chance will play solo on sax and piano and spin some of his favorite records. It's not the high-decibel rock that made Chance famous, but opportunities to see him are so rare that every one is worth checking out."
10 PM, Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-8828.
Dinner: Habana Libre West Town Cuban spot with what may be the best ropa vieja in Chicago.
1440 W. Chicago Ave., 312-243-3303, habanalibrerestaurant.com
Show: Budrus Without trivializing the Israeli occupation, this documentary about the title Palestinian village has the slow-burning suspense of a scripted film.
Dinner: Kith & Kin "This is the inviting, irresistible place with casually excellent food that every neighborhood deserves," writes Mike Sula.
1119 W. Webster Ave., 773-472-7070, knkchicago.com
Show: Rabbit Hole Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star as a husband and wife inconsolable after the death of their young son. Adapted by David Lindsay-Abaire from his own play, this quiet but uncompromising drama explores the isolating power of grief in the same way as Todd Field's In the Bedroom (2001).
4:40 pm, 7:20 pm, 9:50 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949
Dinner: Erwin "Mark Bittman, the New York Times's minimalist, would approve of Erwin, the namesake restaurant of chef Erwin Drechsler. The emphasis is on seasonal food prepared simply, to bring out the freshness of the ingredients," writes Kate Schmidt.
2925 N. Halsted St., 773-528-7200, erwincafe.com
Show: All Good Things "I've never been closer to anyone, and I don't know you at all," a young woman (Kirsten Dunst) tells her creepy, remote husband (Ryan Gosling) in this strange and purposely frustrating crime drama. "Director Andrew Jarecki made a name for himself with Capturing the Friedmans (2003), an investigative documentary about a Long Island family mired in a sex-abuse scandal, and this second feature, though fiction, proceeds from a similar impulse," writes J.R. Jones.
Dinner: Sushi Mura Proximity to the Music Box helps keep this traditional Japanese restaurant full, and the clean, attractive room doesn’t hurt either.
3647 N. Southport Ave., 773-281-9155, sushimura.com