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Show: Rachid Taha On his latest album, Bonjour (Knitting Factory), husky-voiced French-Algerian singer Rachid Taha downplays his roots in Algerian rai and chaabi in order to adopt an amalgam of international pop flavors. "He's a kinetic performer with an old-school rock-star attitude, and if he delivers tonight like he did eight years ago, when he made his Chicago debut at the Empty Bottle, this will be a show you'll still remember eight years from now," writes Peter Margasak.

9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, emptybottle.com, $18, $15 in advance.

Dinner: Mitch's & Janina Delicatessen They cure and smoke their sausages and meats in-house at this old-fashioned Polish deli and bar. Also available are home-cooked Polish meals, which vary daily. The hospitable owner presides over a small bar in the corner, and all in all it would be hard to find a better deal for the money—the loaded-up plates don't top $10.

1012 N. Western Ave., 773-486-0684

Show: Bombaman With his original tracks, remixes, and mix tapes, Toronto DJ and producer Bombaman bridges the gap between dubstep and house, keeping the former style's trademark sonics (like dive-bombing bass and wobbly synth tones) but bending the beats to resemble the latter's. If you're looking to learn how to move to dubstep, consider this set a lesson.

10 PM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203, smartbarchicago.com, $8.

Dinner: Uncommon Ground Popular Wrigleyville coffeehouse with a dinner menu that changes seasonally. Eclectic entrees such as pistachio-crusted tilapia with Israeli couscous, pumpkin ravioli, and a three-cheese pesto pizza are reasonably priced for being on the side of upscale.

3800 N. Clark St., 773-929-3680, uncommonground.com

Show: Wrack Kyle Bruckmann's acoustic quintet—with violist Jen Clare Paulson, bassist Anton Hatwich, bass clarinetist Jason Stein, and drummer Tim Daisy—gets its push from the unbridled solos and runaway rhythms of jazz and its pull from the careful contrapuntal structures and nuanced interactions of contemporary chamber music.

10 PM, Elastic, 2830 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-772-3616, elasticrevolution.com, $8 suggested donation.

Dinner: D'Candela Family-run storefront serving pollo a la brasa and other Peruvian specialties.

4053 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-478-0819

Performing Arts

Show: Cindy Brandle Dance Co. Integrating her movements as seamlessly as a tai chi master, Brandle sets herself apart from the other four dancers; she develops a mature, melancholy persona whose gravity contrasts with their sprightly solos.

7:30pm, Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., 773-635-0114$12-$15

Dinner: Pizza Bella Trattoria Italian street scenes decorate the exposed brick walls of this Roscoe Village trattoria, and chef Tina Maggi's reasonably priced menu covers a lot of ground.

2116 W. Roscoe St., 773-477-7330, piazzabellachicago.com

Lit & Lectures

Show: Writers on the Record For the last ever program in the series, Chicago Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor and Time Out Chicago books editor Jonathan Messinger chat with arts journalist Victoria Lautman about "summer reading suggestions, big books for Fall, [and] the future of publishing."

6pm, Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State St., 312-747-4050, free

Dinner: Plymouth Restaurant & Bar Longtime Chicagoans may remember some of the vanished State Street diners—places like the Ferris Wheel and the Court Restaurant where one could get a decent, no-frills meal amid comfortable surroundings. The Plymouth is a throwback to these vintage spots.

327 S. Plymouth Ct., 312-362-1212, plymouthgrill.com

Show: Gwynne Dyer discusses Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats. See Lauri Apple's Q&A for more.

7pm, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-293-2665, bookcellarinc.com, free

Dinner: The Bad Apple Gastropub from Craig Fass and Mandy Franklin (Menagerie, Cooper's) featuring gourmet burgers and more than 60 beers. Part of our gastropubs roundup.

4300 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-360-8406, badapplebar.com

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