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Show: Laura Marling "British singer-songwriter Laura Marling, who's reached the ripe old age of 20, recently released her accomplished second album, I Speak Because I Can (Virgin), and it makes me wonder what's still ahead for her," writes Peter Margasak.
9pm, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-525-2501
Dinner: Simply It Moderately priced Vietnamese from one of the partners behind the late Pasteur. Entrees include Simply It Beef (aka bo luc lac, Vietnamese "shaking beef") and roasted duck curry, the latter served skin on, all the better for lovers of duck fat.
2269 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-0884
Show: Leaves The long-running but low-profile local quartet called Leaves will celebrate the release of a new self-titled album by playing a free farewell show. "The band—which also includes guitarist Tyler Beach and bassist Dan Thatcher—sculpts a richly atmospheric sound, heavy on gauzy ambience and gentle melodic evolution," writes Peter Margasak.
10pm, the Whistler, 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-3530
Dinner: Cocina Boricua "This Puerto Rican joint seems to be off the radar of local foodies. Maybe that’s a good thing, because the place is remarkably unspoiled," writes David Hammond. "From the first bite I had there, my primary sensation was wow."
2420 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-235-7377
Show: Awesome Color "On Awesome Color's third album, the skate-rock tag no longer sticks: the band is in the throes of some Detroit Rock City revivalism, with wah-wah guitar noise out of heavy grunge circa 1988," writes Jessica Hopper.
9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $8.
Dinner: Andrzej Grill Serving a dining room about the size of a one-car garage, Andrzej and Anna Burak crank out traditional dishes for a steady stream of Polish folks who know what the food of their homeland should taste like.
1022 N. Western Ave., 773-489-3566
Show: Shelby Lynne plays in support of the new Tears, Lies, and Alibis, released on her own Everso label after more than two decades in the big leagues. "It's her strongest since 1999's I Am Shelby Lynne, thanks to the directness of her performances and her decision to settle into her post-Dusty Springfield comfort zone," writes Peter Margasak.
8 PM, Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln, 773-404-9494 or 800-594-8499, $27.50.
Dinner: Cho Sun Ok Restaurant Woo Bok Lee opened his restaurant in 1979, and it stands today as the oldest operating Korean restaurant in the city. People still line up nightly at the door for a table in the tight, close room, where the specialties are five varieties of naengmyeon (buckwheat noodles) and “stone pan cooking.”
4200 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-549-5555
Show: The Square "Some of the best suspense films I’ve seen in recent years have been Australian imports—cheap little items like Wolf Creek and Coffin Rock whose no-name directors have mastered the craft of tightly efficient B movies better than most of their fat-cat counterparts in Hollywood," writes J.R. Jones.
5:15 pm, 7:25 pm, 9:35 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604
Dinner: Vines on Clark Italian and American food from chefs Tim Edstrom (Everest, Kiki's Bistro, Spiaggia) and Raul Ramos (Spiaggia, Pump Room).
3554 N. Clark St., 773-327-8572
Lit & Lectures
Show: An Evening With Dave Eggers and Luis Alberto Urrea A benefit for Ragdale and 826 CHI. $25, $20 students, $100 includes 6 PM cocktail reception.
7pm, Gorton Center for the Arts, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, 847-735-8554
Dinner: Bank Lane Bistro Upscale North Shore dining room serving elegant, expensive French cuisine.
670 N. Bank Ln., Lake Forest, 847-234-8802
Show: Alex Ross signs signs Rough Justice: The DC Comics Sketches of Alex Ross.
7pm, Borders, 830 N. Michigan Ave., 312-573-0564
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: Vintage Magic Uncorked Forget Vegas showplaces—magic fares best when it's just close enough to confound. An intimate, 35-seat room over the Andersonville wine bar In Fine Spirits is a swell venue for magician/raconteur Sean Masterson and his eye-popping, mind-boggling parlor tricks.
7:30pm, In Fine Spirits, 5420 N. Clark St., 773-334-9463, $13
Dinner: Big Jones seems to be striving to fuse the accoutrements of upscale dining with the down-home soul of country cooking. When it works, the results are stellar, both sophisticated and bone-deep satisfying.
5347 N. Clark St., 773-275-5725