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Show: Gundecha Brothers For generations the Dagar family has been synonymous with the Indian vocal form called dhrupad, but for the past 15 years brothers Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha—former students of the Dagars—have been credible challengers to that throne.
8:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000, $18, $16 members, $14 seniors and kids
Dinner: Dorado Restaurant At this Ravenswood restaurant, chef Luis Perez applies the French bistro cooking techniques to the Mexican food his mother cooked when he was growing up.
2301 W. Foster Ave., 773-561-3780
Show: The Chicago Anarchist Film Festival kicks off tonight with Tim Jackson's 2008 Radical Jesters, which profiles 11 culture jammers and media hoaxers, at 7 p.m., and Jonathan Culp's 2001 Canadian comedy Grilled Cheese Sandwich at 8:30 p.m.
Saint Paul's Cultural Center, 2215 W. North Ave., 773-278-7677
Dinner: Birchwood Kitchen There’s not a cheap shortcut to be found at this ambitious sandwich shop from former Pastoral cheeseman Daniel Sirko and partner Judd Murphy (also of Pastoral).
2211 W. North Ave., 773-276-2100
Show: The Magic Cabaret There's no Vegas-style razzmatazz here—both David Parr and P.T. Murphy have rather donnish personas. But they're enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the history of magic Chicago style, and they perform astounding feats of prestidigitation.
7:30pm, Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-404-7336
Dinner: Merlo la Salumeria This subdued Bolognese dining room is run by the Sassi family — Giampaolo Sassi manages the house while his wife, Silvia Marani, creates the menu. They abide by slow food principles, supporting artisanal producers and using mostly seasonal products.
2638 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-529-0747
Lit & Lectures
Show: Partnership of the Picture and the Word Cartoonists Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Anders Nilsen, and Chris Ware discuss "how the graphic novel is making its impact on the literary scene."
6pm, Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Dr., 847-491-4000, free
Dinner: Bistro Bordeaux 26-year-old executive chef Frank Mnuk (Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, Eleven Madison Park in New York, NoMi) has mastered the art of French cooking.
618 Church St., 847-424-1483