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Music

Show: Boy Thai Band Formed in 1993 at Chulalongkorn University, the group is as much a training institute as a band, with a large lineup that's frequently in flux; veterans Sekpol "Mr. Saxman" Unsamran and Narongrit Tosa-nga, who plays ranat, mentor their young colleagues, turning the Boy Thai Band into a sort of perpetual-motion machine. And their music—a playful, engaging display of sunlit virtuosity—has a bit of perpetual motion about it too.

8:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000, oldtownschool.org, $5 suggested donation.

Dinner: Bistro Campagne Bistro featuring well-executed French classics, Prairie-inflected dining rooms, great garden.

4518 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-271-6100, bistrocampagne.com

Show: Red Baraat Indian brass-band music remains largely unknown in the West, but its furious polyphonic puffing and rollicking grooves are a staple at wedding celebrations on the subcontinent. New York percussionist Sunny Jain, the son of Punjabi immigrants, has an abiding interest in musical hybrids—his recent recent Taboo (Brooklyn Jazz Underground) is a thoughtful adaption of the ghazal form for jazz quartet—and he formed Red Baraat as an Indian brass band with a distinctly American flavor.

8 PM, Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln, 773-404-9494 or 800-594-8499, $15.

Dinner: Sola Chef Carol Wallack has dreamed up a menu board with expert balance. Seasonally changing soups range from a cold cucumber-and-melon soup to a hot-and-sour lobster; a sea greens salad was crisp with water chestnuts and played the bitterness of hijiki against the sweet spiciness of hoisin.

3868 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-327-3868, sola-restaurant.com


Performing Arts

Show: Twelfth Night First Folio never passes up an opportunity for extravagant stagings, and Shakespeare's festive, riotous comedy can take everything director Michael Goldberg throws at it—including a change of venue to 19th-century India.

8:15pm, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., 630-986-8067, $18-$28

Dinner: Stir Crazy is a much better restaurant than Flat Top Grill, and well worth a drive to the burbs. They have by far the best sauces of any make-your-own stir-fry place, the veggies are fresh and succulent, and the veggie bar is very clean.

105 Oak Brook Center Mall, 630-575-0155, stircrazy.com


Movies

Show: Carriage Trade Though Warren Sonbert was given retrospectives in several cities before dying of AIDS in 1995, his films have rarely screened in Chicago. Completed in 1971, this silent, meditative 61-minute odyssey, perhaps his greatest work, marked a major shift from his hyperactive, improvisational portraits of friends, intercutting locales from around the world in an extraordinary display of sensual and contrasting imagery-dense fields of flowers, crisp blue skies, warm interiors, the liquid grays of rainy days.

7pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575, docfilms.uchicago.edu

Dinner: Cafe Corea Mandoo (dumplings), pajon (Korean-style scallion pancake), and egg rolls are a few of the starters at this Hyde Park mom-and-pop.

1603 E. 55th St., 773-288-1795

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