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Show: The Chicago Blues Festival kicks off today; Zora Young headlines the mainstage with a tribute to Howlin' Wolf and Sunnyland Slim. Sets at the Petrillo Music Shell begin at 5pm with a Howlin' Wolf alumni reunion, featuring Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang with Jody Williams, Sam Lay, Henry Gray, Abb Locke, Corky Siegel, and special guest Hubert Sumlin.

Dinner: Cafecito The best damn Cuban sandwiches in town.

26 E. Congress Pkwy., 312- 922-2233, cafecitochicago.com

Show: Ribfest Chicago Tonight's acts: Mucca Pazza, The Ike Reilly Assassination, and Robbie Fulks.

6/11-6/13, Fri 5-10 PM, Sat noon-10 PM, Sun noon-5 PM, Lincoln between Irving Park and Warner, ribfest-chicago.com, $5 suggested donation.

Dinner: The Globe Pub Well, presumably you'll be eating at Ribfest, but the Globe should be a good place to catch the World Cup.

1934 W. Irving Park Rd., 773-871-3757, theglobepub.com


Show: Accomplices After the battered body of a rent boy is pulled out of the Rhone, two Lyonnaise homicide detectives (Gilbert Melki and Emmanuelle Devos) begin canvassing his teenage peers, sifting through his cell phone records, and tracing his recent online activities. The firmly controlled film is an exercise in contrast and balance: graphic but not prurient, polished but not slick, fixated by sexual danger yet devoid of puritanism. In French with subtitles.

7pm, 9pm, Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-281-4114, facets.org

Dinner: Kith & Kin Chefs David Carrier and Andrew Brochu both worked with or under Grant Achatz at one time or another—the former first at the French Laundry, then at Trio—though there’s little that immediately brings to mind those fine-dining icons. Instead what you have is an attractive and affordable menu served in a room that suggests all of the comforts of neighborhood pubbery without resorting to the usual cliches clumsily adopted from the Irish or British. Part of our gastropub roundup.

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

Show: Ondine This lovely drama represents a welcome homecoming for writer-director Neil Jordan after the ugly Manhattan misadventure of The Brave One; he lives just outside Castletownbere, the southern coastal village where the story is set, and its grimy magic is nicely captured in the rich, dark tones of ace cinematographer Christopher Doyle.

4:20 pm, 7 pm, 9:45 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, landmarktheatres.com/Market/Chicago/Landmark%27sCenturyCentreCinema.htm, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Chilam Balam Twenty-three-year-old Chuy Valencia is only the latest—and possibly the youngest—graduate of the School of Bayless to come out of the Frontera/Topolobampo kitchens and stake his own claim. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009.

3023 N. Broadway, 773-296-6901, chilambalamchicago.com

Performing Arts

Show: Dmitri Peskov Dance Theatre After a decade of working in Chicago as a choreographer, Dmitri Peskov debuts his own company, with a little help from guest artist Paul Christiano. In an intriguing new evening-length suite of seven dances, Of Fleeting Things, Peskov and Christiano play two men seemingly from different universes.

8pm, Links Hall, linkshall.org, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, $15-$18

Dinner: Andalous Casual Moroccan restaurant; Hadg Mohamad plays host while his wife, Rachida, does the cooking at this Lakeview spot with garden seating.

3307 N. Clark St., 773-281-6885, andalous.com

Show: Three Story Animal There's an elaborate calculus behind this five-week performance series. Curious Theatre Branch has combined a bunch of variables—texts, authors, actors, time slots—according to a system that ought to yield an interesting array of outcomes, every night being in some ways the same and in some ways different from the others.

7pm, The Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave., 773-973-2150, thesideproject.net, $15 or pay what you can

Dinner: Luzzat Restaurant This humble mom-and-pop Indian restaurant in Jarvis Square offers all the Indian standards: biryanis, curries (the lamb is especially good), masalas, plus plenty of vegetable dishes.

1505 W. Jarvis Ave., 773-764-1065


Show: Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm, Fire) discusses hs latest book, War.

7pm, Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted St., 312-413-2665, barbarasbookstore.com/

Dinner: Kohan Japanese Restaurant Amid the condos and franchises of an utterly transformed Maxwell Street is Kohan, a pleasant place with clean lines, earth tones, and a glass-enclosed teppan (large griddle) in the back. The staff is superlatively friendly, and the food is well made and offered at reasonable prices.

730 W. Maxwell St., 312-421-6254, kohanchicago.com

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