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Show: Matana Roberts returns to Chicago with one of her most durable and satisfying ensembles, the Chicago Project. "On its self-titled 2008 debut for Central Control the quartet refracts a postwar blues feel (a la 50s Chicago bop) through avant-garde ideas laid out by the AACM in the 60s to create rippling, muscular music that's aimed squarely at the future," writes Peter Margasak. She's joined tonight by flutist Nicole Mitchell.
9:30 PM, Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak, 312-791-9050, $15.
Dinner: Golden Bull The Bull has something for both the beef-and-broccoli set and those seeking a challenge like frog with yellow chives.
242 W. Cermak Rd., 312-808-1668
Show: Atomic "I can't think of a postbop outfit that's been more consistently excellent over the past five or six years than the Scandinavian quintet Atomic. They gather ideas and vocabulary from a huge swath of jazz and improvised music—pretty much anything acoustic that's evolved since the dawn of free jazz in the 60s—and braid them into an undercurrent of ferociously swinging rhythms," writes Peter Margasak.
8pm, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 773-878-5552, $12
Dinner: Marigold "This upscale Indian restaurant just up the block from the Green Mill is a stunner, a low-lit, jewel-toned space with impressive cuisine. The vegetarian dahi kebab salad was equally eye-opening: pristine microgreens paired with a warm, peppercorn-encrusted yogurt cheese in a garlicky orange-coriander vinaigrette and garnished with pistachio bits and slices of lush fig," writes Kate Schmidt.
4832 N. Broadway St., 773-293-4653
Show: A Prophet "Some have compared this French crime drama to The Godfather, and though that may be a common critical touchstone, writer-director Jacques Audiard (Read My Lips, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) manages to replicate its most elusive element," writes J.R. Jones, "the incremental corruption of a decent man into a willful, coldhearted killer."
6:45pm, 10pm, 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.
2925 N. Halsted St., 773-528-7200
Show: Troika Ranch Company founder-choreographer Dawn Stoppiello devised six minutes of movement, which founder-digital artist Mark Coniglio then recorded and cut into short loops, producing a hiccupy, 40-minute video. The six dancers learned their repetitive "choreography" from the video—and in performance, Coniglio says, they struggle with the "essentially impossible" task of matching their cues. Part of the Digital Incarnate gallery show.
8pm, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., 312-369-6600, $24-$28
Dinner: Chicago Curry House "An efficient way to sample the rest of the Nepalese offerings is by way of two thali samplers, one vegetarian, the other featuring bone-in goat and chicken curries," writes Mike Sula. "From the northern Indian menu, give one of the paneer dishes a try—the cheese is house-made."
899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312-362-9999