Show: Georgia Anne Muldrow "Last year Georgia Anne Muldrow, already an underground soul sensation thanks to her 2006 album Olesi: Fragments of an Earth (Stones Throw), made it clear she's just been getting warmed up," writes Peter Margasak. "Working not just as a singer and a rapper but as a producer and a songwriter, she released an unstoppable flow of music, including two more albums and several compilations and collaborations. Erykah Badu has been getting most of the props, but lately no one in black music has approached Muldrow's ambition, prolificacy, and range."
9 PM, the Shrine, 2109 S. Wabash, 312-753-5700 or 866-388-4849, $15, $7 in advance; Muldrow also plays a free in-store at 5 PM today at Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee.
Dinner: Happy Chef Dim Sum Canton, a port city, traffics in many foods, and the Cantonese cuisine at Happy Chef reflects this delicious diversity.
2164 S. Archer Ave., 312-808-3689
Show: Shuttle, aka Passion Pit drummer Nate Donmoyer, nails the gloomy, subterranean aesthetic that was previously the exclusive domain of dubstep's forebears in England. "It's likely to be the grimmest music you'll ever see people freak to," writes Miles Raymer.
9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $8, limited $5 tickets.
Dinner: Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar Among the generally solid larger plates, the loosely packed burger with bacon-chive aioli is super, and the cognac-lamb sausage with braised chard and fresh celery hearts was a beautiful plate of complementary textures.
954 N. California Ave., 773-292-1616, rootstockbar.com
Show: Women Without Men Shirin Neshat, best known for her video installations, makes her feature directing debut with this elegant, often moving story of four Iranian women trapped by their circumstances in the turmoil preceding the 1953 coup.
6 pm, 8 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600
Dinner: The Gage The extensive drinks list features specialty and vintage cocktails like the Champagne Charlie (champagne and Grand Marnier with a sugar cube soaked in blood orange bitters). The one-page menu has surprising breadth without seeming scattershot.
24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243, thegagechicago.com
Show: Children of Invention In this impressive debut feature by Tze Chun, a Hong Kong woman and her two children are evicted from their home in Quincy, Massachusetts, and wind up squatting in a vacant condominium unit. Chun is a colleague of Half Nelson writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (in fact, Boden edited this), and, like their films, Children of Invention shows enormous love and respect for those clutching at the short end of the American Dream.
7pm, 9pm, Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-281-4114
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," writes Mike Sula.
1119 W. Webster Ave., 773-472-7070
Show: Lourdes In this austere but often wry French drama (2009), a woman with multiple sclerosis (Sylvie Testud) makes a religious pilgrimage to the title town. Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner uses rigorously formal compositions to echo Christian iconography, though her script focuses on the vexing nature of miracles: are they divine signs, proving that life has meaning, or merely random events, further testing the limits of human endurance?
5:30 pm, 7:35 pm, 9:40 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604
Dinner: Tango Sur At dark, dreamy Tango Sur, an Argentinean steak house, one eats beef and not much else. And why would you want anything else? The top-notch steaks are ridiculously inexpensive for their quality and size.
3763 N. Southport Ave., 773-477-5466