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  • Ryan Walter Wagner
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Show: Black Mountain "The riffiest, catchiest throwback guitar boogie-slash power-pop band working today," according to Miles Raymer.

9 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, lincolnhallchicago.com, $15.

Dinner: Little Brother's Of the slew of Korean fast food joints to open in the last few years, this effort by CHIC grad S. Christian Oh might be putting out the tastiest, most basic food while still maintaining a noninsulting level of accessibility to non-Koreans.

818 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-661-6482

Show: Nosaj Thing "His songs overall have an almost cosmic level of stoniness to them, like a deep-space satellite bouncing back The Chronic 18 years after its initial transmission," writes Miles Raymer. This is a whole-building event at Smart Bar and Metro; Nosaj Thing headlines downstairs, with Leo 123, Chris Widman, and Nameloc opening, while Datsik, Eprom, Phaded, and Jeekoos play the big room upstairs.

10 PM, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203, metrochicago.com, $16, $13 in advance, 18+

Dinner: Uncommon Ground Wrigleyville coffeehouse with seasonal dinner menu and popular breakfast/brunch.

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


Show: Scrappers This superior verite doc opens a wide window onto the world of scrap-metal scavengers, thousands of whom comb Chicago’s back alleys in battered pickups looking for recyclable metals.

8pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: Xoco There is nothing like Xoco’s jamon torta, griddled flat and layered with La Quercia prosciutto, seasonally variable organic Wisconsin cheddar, black beans, avocado, and chipotle mustard.

449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688, www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco.html

Show: Sweetgrass The most gorgeous anthropological study you’ll likely ever see, this mesmerizing 2009 verite doc by scholars-turned-filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor follows a party of mounted shepherds (they’re not cowboys, damn it) and their hardworking dogs as they drive a flock of 3,000 through summer pastures in Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth mountains.

5:20 pm, 7:30 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Sushi Mura Proximity to the Music Box helps keep this traditional Japanese restaurant full, and the clean, attractive room doesn’t hurt either. Sitting at the sushi bar is a fun way to study the art of maki rolling — the skillful chefs make a broad variety, from salmon skin with cucumber to more elaborate dragon and rainbow rolls.

3647 N. Southport Ave., 773-281-9155, sushimura.com

Performing Arts

Show: Film Fest IX: The Perils of the Neo-Futurarium! Every summer since 2002, the Neo-Futurists have worked to fill the void left by the demise of Mystery Science Theater 3000, digging up truly terrible film scripts and staging them live.\

8pm, Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., 773-275-5255, neofuturists.org, $8-$10

Dinner: Taste of Lebanon This Andersonville shotgun storefront is a reliable proletarian alternative to the comparatively bougie atmosphere up the street at Reza’s and Andies.

1509 W. Foster Ave., 773-334-1600

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