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Show: The Chicago Aldermen Project: 50 Aldermen/50 Artists closes tonight; pick up a copy of the Reader, take our aldermanic quiz, and turn it in at the party for the chance to win a Chicago-centric KHS commuter bike. Or take it online.
7-11pm, Johalla Projects, 1561 N. Milwaukee, free.
Dinner: The Bluebird This late-night lounge/wine bar/gastropub from the owners of Webster's Wine Bar is a pleasantly understated space, outfitted in a sort of rustic-minimalist vein. The seasonal menu features dishes like ale-braised rabbit with mushrooms, bacon, and Manchego served on fettucine.
1749 N. Damen Ave., 773-486-2473
Show: Daniel Everett A show by the recent SAIC photography MFA opens tonight as part of the New Artists/New Work series.
6-10pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago, 312-280-2660.
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: The Interview Show Mark Bazer's monthly live talk/variety show features Steve James (Hoop Dreams, No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson), Kid Sister, and more.
6:30-8pm, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $5
Dinner: The Southern Formerly the Chaise Lounge, The Southern's slightly refined Dixie-inspired fare in a casual bar setting is a much better platform for chef Cary Taylor's talents.
1840 W. North Ave., 773-342-1840
Show: High on Fire "have been making a mainstream breakthrough in slo-mo for a couple years now, but this heavy-as-fuck Oakland trio's long-awaited fifth album, Snakes for the Divine (Koch), could be the one that finally punts them over the top," writes Monica Kendrick. Bison B.C., Black Cobra, and Priestess open.
8 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, $15, 18+
Dinner: Kith & Kin This is the inviting, irresistible place with casually excellent food that every neighborhood deserves.
1119 W. Webster Ave., 773-472-7070
Show: Dillinger Escape Plan "What frustrates critics of these Jersey mathcore dudes is exactly what I find so magnetizing—an inventive and unrelenting ferocity, both on album and onstage," writes Kevin Warwick.
7 PM, Reggie's Rock Club, 2109 S. State, 312-949-0121 or 866-468-3401, $18, $16 in advance.
Dinner: South Coast As with Coast, its north-side sibling, the focus here is on stylish "new Japanese" cuisine.
1700 S. Michigan Ave., 312-662-1700
Show: Mid-August Lunch Gianni Di Gregorio, one of the screenwriters of the brutal Italian crime epic Gomorrah, shows his gentler side as writer-director-star of this charming, understated comedy (2008).
5:40pm, 7:40pm, 9:40pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604
Dinner: Deleece Sophisticated comfort food—for instance, crab cakes with an almond crust and avocado yogurt. Some old favorites never grow old, like a succulent pan-roasted salmon fillet served with Chinese sticky black rice, spinach, and leeks in a pear-ginger sauce.
4004 N. Southport Ave., 773-325-1710