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Music

Show: Pissed Jeans "Front man Matt Korvette snarls and hollers, his surliness a perfect blend of Darby Crash and David Yow, and the band backs him up with massive, bludgeoning drums and thick slabs of crunchy bass and guitar (think 80s hardcore, except maybe a little slower and grottier)," writes Kevin Warwick.

9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10.

Dinner: Folklore A cozy, dimly lit place with exposed brick, tall candles on the tables, and Argentine paraphernalia like mate gourds decorating the walls, Folklore offers a steak-centric menu of authentic Argentine fare very similar to that of its sister restaurant, Tango Sur.

2100 W. Division St., 773-292-1600

Show: Gebhard Ullmann Clarinet Trio Berlin-based reedist Gebhard Ullmann, who has steady touring bands on both sides of the Atlantic, makes a rare stateside appearance with his European group—a trio he's maintained since 1998 with fellow German clarinetists Michael Thieke and Jürgen Kupke.

9:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $10

Dinner: Jane's inhabits a cozy converted house in Bucktown. The reasonably priced Cal-American fare is innovative, eclectic, and especially friendly to vegetarians.

1653 W. Cortland St., 773-862-5263


Movies

Show: The Grocer's Son After his father takes ill, a young man in Paris (Nicolas Cazale) is called back home and forced to resume helping out with the family grocery. "Unforced and beautifully acted, this 2007 drama by Eric Guirado develops into a family portrait impressive in its ellipses," writes J.R. Jones.

6:30pm, Alliance Francaise, 54 W. Chicago, 312-337-1070

Dinner: Cyrano's Bistro and Wine Bar At this cheerful River North location, chef and co-owner Didier Durand (Le Perroquet, Le Francais, Gordon) brings his classic French cuisine down a notch — to casual dishes like duck a l'orange, steak au poivre, and coq au vin.

546 N. Wells St., 312-467-0546


Show: The Worst Years of Our Lives Chicago Film Archives presents another program of moldering 16-millimeter items rescued from the garbage when the Chicago Public Library shut down its film-rental program. 6 in Webster Groves (1966, 45 min.) shows reporter Charles Kuralt interviewing high school students and their parents in the title Missouri town. Their unapologetic consumerism, conformism, and complacency are a sharp reminder that the 60s youth rebellion constantly hyped in our current media was extremely concentrated in college towns and urban centers, and the Nixonian backlash of the early 70s was a foregone conclusion.

7pm, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 312-744-6630

Dinner: South Water Kitchen This restaurant on the main floor of the Hotel Monaco features contemporary American cooking with a strong midwestern influence.

225 N. Wabash Ave., 312-236-9300


Performing Arts

Show: American Ballet Theatre Although Chicagoans may associate American Ballet Theatre with European classics, the company opens this engagement with an all-American, relatively contemporary program, featuring works by Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor.

7:30pm, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., 312-332-2244

Dinner: Russian Tea Time Raters recommend Russian Tea Time for a unique dining experience in an elegant, old-world atmosphere. One says, “My wife and I spent several weeks in Russia a few months before going to this restaurant and found the food to exceed any dining experiences we had overseas.”

77 E. Adams St., 312-360-0000

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