Show: In the Country, the first jazz act on the roster of the eclectic Rune Grammofon label, plays in support of the recent Whiteout. "The moody, contemplative tunes embed improvisation in their written material instead of foregrounding it in solo form, and instead of swing and spontaneity they have tight, ornate structures, like pop songs," writes Peter Margasak.
9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $12, $10 in advance.
Dinner: Folklore "Steak is what Argentina’s best known for, and Folklore offers several imported cuts of lean grass-fed beef as well as fattier domestic steaks; our bife de chorizo (strip steak) was perfectly cooked to medium rare as requested. The chorizo was also a real standout, one of the best renditions I’ve had," writes Julia Thiel.
2100 W. Division St., 773-292-1600
Show: Charlie Hunter "The singular seven-string guitarist—meaning that I know of no one else who plays an instrument configured like his, and that no guitarist, period, sounds quite like him—returns to Chicago with a trio gig," writes Peter Margasak.
9pm, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., 773-281-4444 or 866-468-3401
Dinner: Volo Restaurant Wine Bar Talented executive chef Stephen Dunne executes a constantly changing menu of small plates: sweet, plump mussels steamed in white wine and butter and flecked with parsley, spicy-sweet steak tartare made with Kobe beef and topped with shards of sesame flatbread.
2008 W. Roscoe St., 773-348-4600
Show: The Young Victoria Smartly scripted by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), this historical romance chronicles the early reign of Queen Victoria, played with admirable intelligence and feeling by Emily Blunt.
4:20pm, 6:30pm, 8:40pm, Logan, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-252-0628
Dinner: Longman & Eagle New bar and restaurant from the owners of the Empty Bottle; the chef is Jared Wentworth. (Too new to review.)
2657 N. Kedzie, 773-276-7110
Show: Rush Limbaugh! The Musical The tale of Limbaugh's rise features slapstick duo Rumsfeld & Rove, ironic winks to the Obama administration, a show-stopping Rent parody, and chilling musical numbers like "You Can't Argue With Jesus."
8:30pm, Second City E.T.C., Piper's Alley, 1608 N. Wells St., 312-337-3992, $25
Dinner: Twin Anchors The proprietors run a tight ship with friendly, efficient service and a staff that handles the swelling tide of weekend customers with aplomb. Despite the nautical theme, ties to local celebrities, and proud association with Frank Sinatra, Twin Anchors is a peanuts-on-the-bar neighborhood place with a loyal clientele.
1655 N. Sedgwick St., 312-266-1616
Show: Toxic U This panel discussion on south side environmental issues features Professor Tyrone B. Hayes of UC-Berkeley, Chicago Public Schools Environmental Services Manager Lynn Crivello, and others.
6:15pm, Blackstone branch library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511, free
Dinner: Mellow Yellow Opened in 1976 by a former insurance salesman with permission to use the name from Donovan himself, this place still serves 70s faves like dinner crepes, quiche, and potato skins in a room with brick walls, wood-beamed ceilings, and plenty of green plants and lava lamps.
1508 E. 53rd St., 773-667-2000
Show: School Closures, Charters Schools, and Renaissance 2010 Marvin Hoffman, associate director of the University of Chicago's Urban Teacher Education Program, will lead the discussion.
6pm, Chicago Public Radio west side bureau, 2531 W. Division St., free, RSVP 312-422-5580
Dinner: Feed is the project of Donna Knezek, one of the original owners of Leo’s Lunchroom and a founder of Bite. It’s a shack with a chalkboard menu that begins 1/4 chicken, 1/2 chicken, whole chicken. Needless to say, get the chicken: salty and succulent, it has the golden crackle of skin that makes rotisserie bird so viscerally satisfying.
2803 W. Chicago Ave., 773-489-4600