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Show: Florence & the Machine Eccentric front woman Florence Welch has "a hurricane voice, like a cabaret singer reborn as a soulful foghorn, and her mighty band is a match for it," writes Jessica Hopper. "Her latest, Lungs, is now on its third stateside single and still making a little headway, but in the UK it's the most acclaimed and awarded record of the last few years—and rightly so."
7 PM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 877-598-8703, $21, $18 in advance
Dinner: La Madia Housed in the space where the Jazz Showcase used to be, the restaurant is simultaneously sleek and warm, with a bar up front and a long row of booths lining one wall. A floor-to-ceiling wall of wine provides visual focus—unsurprising given the dizzying oenophilic options; there's something in the neighborhood of 250 bottles, many available by the four- or seven-ounce pour.
59 W. Grand Ave., 312-329-0400
Lit & Lectures
Show: Roxana Saberi Journalist Roxana Saberi discusses her memoir, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran. Reservations required.
6pm, Roosevelt University, Congress Lounge, 430 S. Michigan Ave., free
Dinner: Plymouth Restaurant & Bar Longtime Chicagoans may remember some of the vanished State Street diners—places like the Ferris Wheel and the Court Restaurant where one could get a decent, no-frills meal amid comfortable surroundings. The Plymouth is a throwback to these vintage spots.
327 S. Plymouth Ct., 312-362-1212
Show: Prisoner of Her Past As a child of Holocaust survivors, Howard Reich grew up immersed in the psychological wreckage of Nazi atrocities. His parents, like many in their position, were tight-lipped about what they'd seen and endured, but when Reich's mother, Sonia, began sliding into dementia in her 70s, her fearful delusions became a Rosetta Stone that Reich used to decode her nightmarish experiences as an adolescent.
6pm, 7:45pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600
Dinner: Tavern at the Park "Executive chef John Hogan (Keefer’s, Kiki’s Bistro, Le Perroquet, L’Escargot) draws on French culinary tradition in dishes like the meaty, fork-tender beef short ribs in demi-glace, though his approach is wildly eclectic: there’s pasta, the obligatory high-end beef sliders, and some odd but tasty options like a cheese fondue with chicken chunks and, for dessert, a fried banana split we enjoyed very much," writes David Hammond.
130 E. Randolph St., 312-552-0070
Show: Rebel Without a Cause Nicholas Ray's moving 1955 tale of teenage romanticism thwarted by an adult world of televisions and atomic bombs established James Dean as America's first underage icon.
7pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575
Dinner: Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen Fresh, reliable Middle Eastern food in Hyde Park.
1206 E. 53rd St., 773-324-6227