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Show: Golden Triangle "They sound a bit like twee postpunk bands of cassette-core yore—the Shop Assistants, the Au Pairs—filtered through other bands known for their drugged guitar blitz, like Pussy Galore and the Jesus and Mary Chain," writes Jessica Hopper.
9 PM, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., 773-281-4444 or 866-468-3401, $8.
Dinner: Terragusto is a casual neighborhood cafe that happens to serve house-made pasta as good as—what the hell—any in Chicago.
1851 W. Addison St., 773-248-2777
Show: Slide Local new-music stars Eighth Blackbird collaborate with guitarist/composer Steve Mackey (the Princeton prof, not the Pulp bassist) and actor/singer Rinde Eckert on Slide, a concert-length musical theater work about "an enigmatic psychologist who struggles to describe an experiment examining reactions to in- and out-of-focus slides."
7:30pm, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., 312-334-7777, $30
Dinner: The Gage 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.
24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243
Show: Free Japanese Theater at International House The Shigeyama family—a theater troupe that performs kyogen, Japan's oldest form of spoken drama—performs for free tonight.
Dinner: Maravillas may have been displaced from Harper Court, but the food at its new location remains authentic—there's posole, chicken mole poblano, and menudo—and still attracts a regular clientele.
5506 S. Lake Park, 773-643-3155
Show: Helsinki, Forever Peter von Bagh uses paintings, historical photos, and archival footage to contemplate the title city in this lovely and lyrical 2008 documentary. Reader contributor Jonathan Rosenbaum will introduce the screening; part of the European Union Film Festival.
8pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600
Dinner: Xoco Rick Bayless's quick-service restaurant, specializing in Mexican street foods such as tortas, churros, empanadas, and hot chocolate.
449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688