Some of tonight's best events, as recommended by our music, movie, and performing arts critics—and where to eat before or afterward—starting with British noise and Argentinian blood sausage.
Show: Fuck Buttons "Tarot Sport (ATP), the sophomore album from Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power—aka Bristol noise duo Fuck Buttons—would make a perfect soundtrack to a sci-fi horror movie," writes Kevin Warwick.
10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10, limited $5 tickets.
Dinner: Folklore, 2100 W. Division, 773-292-1600. "Folklore offers a steak-centric menu of authentic Argentine fare very similar to that of its sister restaurant, Tango Sur," writes Julia Thiel. "The squeamish may not love the authenticity, though: sweetbreads and blood sausage make up half of the parrillada, a mixed grill that also includes steak and chorizo, and there are no substitutions allowed."
Show: A.A. Bondy The former Verbena frontman's latest is "warm, deeply melancholy, and awash in reverb, full of lonesome themes (rivers, moons, deliverance, human bondage, a woman who's gone and not coming back) and real songs." Elvis Perkins in Dearland headlines.
10:30 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, $16.
Dinner: North Pond, 2610 N. Cannon, 773-477-5845 "At North Pond, along with the menu diners are given the mantra of the modern sustainability-minded restaurant: the ingredients, whenever possible, are locally sourced and organic and you will love them; the chef has close partnerships with area farmers and you will benefit."
Show: The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Preston Sturges, the great satirist of the 40s, coaxed Harold Lloyd out of retirement for this 1947 comedy, a loving and gentle essay on Lloyd's screen character, laced with poignant observations about middle age.
Bank of America Cinema, 4901 W. Irving Park, 8pm.
Dinner: Taqueria Amigo Chino, 5601 W. Irving Park, 773-685-4374. "Taqueria Amigo Chino is a cozy, bustling, cash-only neighborhood joint. Complimentary chips come with three stellar salsas: a sparkling house-made pico de gallo, a creamy orange one that delivers a quick clean burn, and a marvelous green jalapeno number."
Show: Same Old Song "A comedy about real estate and class differences, this was the biggest hit of Resnais' career in France, superbly capturing Paris in the 90s," writes Jonathan Rosenbaum. "It's less popular among viewers unfamiliar with the music, but even if you can't follow all the nuances, it's fun and different and at times mysterious (periodically revealing Resnais' surrealist roots)."
5pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600
Dinner: South Water Kitchen, 225 N. Wabash, 312-236-9300. This restaurant on the main floor of the Hotel Monaco features contemporary American cooking with a strong midwestern influence. At dinner you'll find entrees incorporating regional ingredients such as a roasted Indiana duck breast with Michigan cherry couscous or Iowa pork chop with white cheddar mac 'n' cheese.
Show: Chicago Human Rhythm Project This fall's special guest, Step Afrika!, makes its Chicago debut with a sweeping look at African and African-American forms, from Zulu dances and the gumboot style that originated with South African gold miners to stepping and hip-hop.
8pm, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777
Dinner: The Gage, 24 S. Michigan, 312-372-4243. The extensive drinks list features specialty and vintage cocktails like the Champagne Charlie (champagne and Grand Marnier with a sugar cube soaked in blood orange bitters). The one-page menu has surprising breadth without seeming scattershot: there are half a dozen steaks and burgers alongside more unusual offerings like roast saddle of elk and caramelized lobster with lemon quinoa.
Show: These Shining Lives Rivendell Theatre brings back a hit from last winter, Melanie Marnich's based-on-fact play about flapper-era women who earned unprecedented financial independence painting glow-in-the-dark watch faces at Ottawa, Illinois's Radium Dial Company.
$22-$35, Raven Theater, 6157 N. Clark, 773-334-7728.
Dinner: Ethiopian Diamond, 6120 N. Broadway, 773-338-6100. At this large, shabby-comfortable Edgewater storefront there are savory watts (stews) with beef, chicken, lamb, and fish, but vegetarians never need feel deprived. Vegan options include a spicy red lentil watt; yellow split pea watt; gomen (oniony collard greens); slightly sour tikil gomen (cabbage and carrots); and a mild watt made with potatoes and large chunks of carrot, all served on injera, the large, spongy pancake made with flour from teff, a tiny grain indigenous to Ethiopia.