Show: Rosanne Cash On her latest release, The List, Rosanne Cash engages with the country tradition of which her father was a part—her first attempt to do so on disc. Its 12 tracks are all from a list of 100 essential country songs he drew up for her in the early 70s, when she was 18 and working as a wardrobe assistant on one of his tours.
8 PM, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777 or 773-728-6000, $42-$45.
Dinner: Trattoria No. 10 At Trattoria No. 10 chef Douglas D'Avico has long been green, featuring organic and naturally raised products on his seasonal menu. It changes daily, but current offerings might include a salad of organic beets with fennel, arugula, and goat cheese or an octopus carpaccio with watercress, blood oranges, and capers.
10 N. Dearborn St., 312-984-1718
Show: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet This robust, precise wind quintet, formed in 1988, performs a program of 20th-century music that includes works by Farkas, Orban, Ligeti, Carter, and Nielsen.
7:30 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th, 773-702-8068, $32, $5 students.
Dinner: Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen “In Hyde Park, where good restaurants are hard to find, this is a gem, both in quality of food and price,” says one Rater.
1206 E. 53rd, 773-324-6227
Show: Nate McBride and Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten Jaco Pastorius all but single-handedly turned the use of the electric bass in jazz into an ugly cliche with his tasteless displays of musical egotism, but in recent years a new generation of improvising bassists has rehabilitated plugged-in low-end excess. Among them are Nate McBride and Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten, who played together in the original lineup of Ken Vandermark's Powerhouse Sound.
10 PM, Cal's, 400 S. Wells, 312-922-6392, $5 suggested donation.
Dinner: Cafecito Prior to opening his South Loop Cuban-style cafe, Philip Ghantous was a frustrated actor-waiter with zero kitchen experience. So how the hell is it that this Lebanese-American from Peoria is now pressing the best damn Cuban sandwiches in the city?
26 E. Congress, 312- 922-2233
Show: American Artifact: The Rise of American Rock Poster Art Director Merle Becker traces the modern rock poster's history back to San Francisco in the late 60s, when Bill Graham used after-show giveaways to clear the Fillmore West, and follows it through the no-budget era of photocopied punk flyers up to the present day, when screen-printed posters quickly become collector's items. See J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.
6:15pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600
Dinner: Oysy As at the original, in the South Loop, the maki here are artful — tightly rolled and filled with fantastically fresh ingredients.
50 E. Grand Ave., 312-670-6750
Show: The Chaser Easily the best cop thriller since The Departed, this 2008 Korean import is the debut feature of Na Hong-jin, who demonstrates such mastery of suspense mechanics that he earns the right to flirt with irony and even—dare I say it—tragedy.
6:30pm, 9:00pm, Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton, 773-281-4114
Dinner: Macku Sushi New sushi restaurant from a veteran of Kaze, Mirai Sushi, and Heat; review pending.
2239 N. Clybourn Ave, 773-880-8012
Show: The Dance COLEective In this program titled "Meet Me There," Dance COLEctive artistic director Margi Cole shows a knack for bringing out relationships among her dancers no matter what the subject—and even when the subject isn't readily apparent.
8pm, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., 847-864-5323, $18-$22
Dinner: Silver Spoon Chai and Vanna Gumtrontip opened Lincoln Square's remarkable Spoon in 1996, serving fresh, competent Ameri-Thai standards, but also, more important, a range of authentically Thai dishes from an extensive "secret" menu, which isn't so secret anymore thanks in part to steady advocacy on Internet food-chat boards. Their Gold Coast location, next door to the Thai consulate, adds Japanese food to the fix.
710 N. Rush St., 312-944-7100
Show: Alcyone Festival Halcyon Theatre's festival is devoted to one playwright, Maria Irene Fornes, who has had a huge impact since the 1960s. The influence of her work—with its fragmented storytelling, profound empathy, clear yet undidactic politics, and healthy dose of weird—can be seen in the plays of such disparate writers as Caryl Churchill, Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel, and Nilo Cruz.
8pm, Lincoln Square Theatre, Berry Memorial United Methodist Church, 4754 N. Leavitt, 773-413-0453, $10-$15, festival pass $50
Dinner: Cafe Selmarie Nestled in a plaza off Lincoln Square, this cozy bakery has grown into a small gem of a contemporary American restaurant that’s popular for its weekend breakfasts and pleasant, uncomplicated dinner specials.
4729 N. Lincoln, 773-989-5595