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Show: The Dials "You'd be hard-pressed to find a local rock band so consistently in the pocket—whether on the napalm-hearted blaze of 'Antonio,' the herky-jerky robo-twist of '18' (with odd vocal squeaks from bassist Rebecca Crawford), or a deconstructed cover of Foreigner's 'Urgent' that breathes unironic new life into that otherwise unlistenable tune, their live sound is flawless and focused," writes Brian Costello. This is the Dials' last show before going on hiatus.

9:30 PM, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 773-281-4444 or 866-468-3401, $8.

Dinner: Turquoise Cafe Prices at this Roscoe Village Turkish restaurant are a little higher than at many ethnic places. But dishes like the sogurme (smoked chunks of eggplant in creamy yogurt with lots of garlic), seafood salad, and the house salad (a piquant medley of red cabbage, arugula, red onion, and romaine lettuce in a lemon herb dressing) are worth a little extra.

2147 W. Roscoe St., 773-549-3523

Show: Johann Johannsson For the past decade or so, Denmark-based Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson has created large-scale works that balance sweeping orchestral drama with microscopic electronic detail.

10 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, $15.

Dinner: Kith & Kin Upscale pub with an extensive beer and wine list; the chef is David Carrier (Trio, the French Laundry). This is the inviting, irresistible place with casually excellent food that every neighborhood deserves.

1119 W. Webster Ave., 773-472-7070

Show: The Frame Quartet Ken Vandermark leads his Frame Quartet (Daisy, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and bassist Nate McBride), the second night of a three-night mini-fest of Vandermark projects.

9:30pm, Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak Rd., 312-791-9050

Dinner: Chef Luciano/Gourmet Fish Two restaurants in one single-story building, Chef Luciano tends more toward higher-end meals, Gourmet Fish to more standard fast foods such as fried fish and chicken. Offerings draw from all sorts of influences—Cajun, Italian, Jamaican, African, and chef-owner David Gupta's native Indian—and the results, as you might expect, are eclectic.

49 E. Cermak Rd., 312-326-0062


Show: Please Give The witty and perceptive writer-director Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends With Money) delivers her best feature yet, a sharp-elbowed philosophical comedy that ponders why people find it so hard to be generous with one another. Read J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.

4:15 pm, 7:15 pm, 9:40 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Erwin Mark Bittman, the New York Times's minimalist, would approve of Erwin, the namesake restaurant of chef Erwin Drechsler. The emphasis is on seasonal food prepared simply, to bring out the freshness of the ingredients.

2925 N. Halsted St., 773-528-7200

Performing Arts

Show: Next Shirley Mordine has informally cultivated the choreographic talents of her ensemble members for years, but she also runs a mentoring program for emerging artists who aren't part of Mordine & Company Dance Theater, and premieres by two program participants are featured in her annual Next show.

8pm, Epiphany Episcopal Church, 201 S. Ashland Ave., 312-243-4242 or 866-468-3401, $15-$20

Dinner: The Publican The menu changes daily but stays relentlessly on its snout-to-tail message. Rillettes were a rich jam of concentrated pork fat and flavor; dense, savory short ribs were brought into balance with a light, cheery dressing of watermelon and cherry tomatoes. Frites topped with a poached organic egg would’ve made a decadent breakfast.

837 W. Fulton St., 312-733-9555

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