Show: Devin Hoff, Nate McBride, Kent Kessler, and Jason RoebkeThis past winter Nate McBride faced off with Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten for an electric-bass duo that made extravagant use of the wall-busting powers of big amps and effects pedals. For this concert, dubbed Lumber Night, he's part of a foursome with Kent Kessler, Jason Roebke, and recent transplant Devin Hoff—all bassists active in the city's creative-jazz community—that will play unamplified acoustic duos, trios, and quartets.
Dinner: Kith & Kin This is the inviting, irresistible place with casually excellent food that every neighborhood deserves.
1119 W. Webster Ave., 773-472-7070
Show: Spiral In this 2009 Mexican drama, most of the men of a small Oaxacan village migrate north in search of work and abandon their wives and sweethearts, who gradually reshape the community into a self-sufficient, nontraditional culture. Director Jorge Perez Solano uses a deceptively simple love story to show how, in the space of a single generation, power can shift absolutely, crushing those who can’t adapt.
Dusk, Piotrowski Park, 4247 W. 31st St., 312-747-6608
Dinner: Delicias Mexicanas Restaurant offering the Mexican hot dog as well as other south-of-the-border specialties. Other offerings include tacos (including al pastor, cecina, and barbacoa), tortas, burritos, sopes, and soups, among them a killer posole available on weekends in red, green, or white versions.
4148 W. 26th St., 773-522-5009
Show: The Fugitive I... don't... bargain!
Dusk, Churchill Field Playlot Park, 1825 N. Damen Ave., 312-742-7529
Dinner: The Bluebird This late-night lounge/wine bar/gastropub from the owners of Webster's Wine Bar is a pleasantly understated space, outfitted in a sort of rustic-minimalist vein. The seasonal menu features dishes like ale-braised rabbit with mushrooms, bacon, and Manchego served on fettuccine and wild-caught whitefish with braised leeks, sauteed spinach, and chipotle cream sauce.
1749 N. Damen Ave., 773-486-2473, bluebirdchicago.com
Show: The Picture of Dorian Gray Deeper and creepier (that is to say, better) than anything turned out by Merchant-Ivory, this is both very Hollywood and very serious in a manner calculated to confound the "Hey, it's only a movie!" crowd.
6pm, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., 312-747-4300
Dinner: Cafe Mediterra This Mediterranean restaurant and coffee shop in the old Gourmand space has an impressive pedigree: owner Mutaz Abdullah's father owns Cedars of Lebanon, and his brother runs Sultan's Market.
728 S. Dearborn St., 312-427-2610, cafemediterra.com