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Show: Joe Frank "His stories range from penetrating personal discussions of love and mortality to outsize tales of outrageous folly, like the one about a businessman attempting to set up a luxury ski resort in the middle of the Sahara desert," writes Alex Yablon. "But regardless of subject matter, they generate the sort of deeply uneasy, darkly hilarious mood associated with a David Lynch movie."
8pm, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., 312-335-1650, $29
Dinner: Salpicon Though she didn’t actually cook for Rick Bayless—Priscila Satkoff was his assistant—the Mexico City native’s early training at the side of her mother and grandmother helped propel her tiny Old Town spot to an upscale destination rivaling her old boss’s.
1252 N. Wells St., 312-988-7811
Show: The Seldoms Carrie Hanson's Marchland has been in the works for a year, and it shows in the piece's carefully layered design and movement.
7:30pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660, $10-$25
Dinner: Silver Spoon is one of a handful of local restaurants that will honor requests from non-Thais for food made "pet-pet," or Thai spicy.
710 N. Rush St., 312-944-7100
Show: Ted Leo + Pharmacists "His latest solo jawn, The Brutalist Bricks—his first for Matador—is his most energized, confident, and best articulated album since 2001's Tyranny of Distance, writes Jessica Hopper, "as pure a Ted Leo record as you could wish for."
7 PM, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, 312-666-6775 or 866-468-3401, $15.
Dinner: Macello Executive chef-partner Giovanni DeNigris (Trattoria Trullo) showcases the rustic cucina and robust wines of Puglia in his exposed-brick dining room, a former meatpacking warehouse, and pizzas are a good bet under the hands of chef Gino Losacco, who mans the central wood-burning brick oven.
1235 W Lake St., 312-850-9870
Show: Harvey Milk "These masters of slow-motion demolition re-formed in 2006 and have been wreaking delicious havoc ever since: their 2008 comeback album, Life . . . the Best Game in Town (Hydra Head), connected with a world that had finally caught up to them, earning the band the widespread respect they've always deserved," writes Monica Kendrick.
9:30 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 866-468-340, $15, $13 in advance, 17+.
Dinner: Birchwood Kitchen" There’s not a cheap shortcut to be found at this ambitious sandwich shop from former Pastoral cheeseman Daniel Sirko and partner Judd Murphy (also of Pastoral)," writes Mike Sula.
2211 W. North, 773-276-2100
Show: Red Riding: 1974 Adapted from a series of novels by David Peace, the "Red Riding" trilogy (2009) incorporates true-crime stories from the north of England into a sweeping neo-noir saga in which the cops are as predatory as the criminals. See J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.
7:30pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604
Dinner: Julus Meinl A classy place for those of moderate means, this is the first American outpost for Viennese coffee purveyor Julius Meinl. The coffee is made from beans roasted in Austria; strong but not acidic, it's superb.
3601 N. Southport Ave., 773-868-1857