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Show: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti A movement seems to be afoot to anoint Ariel Pink the godfather of chillwave—and in fact his older songs, like "For Kate I Wait," do seem to have set the template for the lo-fi electro-pop filled with heavy nods to New Romantics that this season's most popular blog music is built on. But genre tags don't stick to Pink for long: on the new Before Today he adds psychedelic grunge, Francophile garage rock, and arch Bowie-style operetta to what was already a long list that includes Donovan-ish candy folk and slow-jam R & B.
Dinner: Red Rooster Wine Bar & Cafe Cozy, romantic French sibling to neighboring Cafe Bernard, more casual and affordable.
2100 N. Halsted St., 773-929-7660, cafebernard.com
Show: Konono No. 1 This venerable Congolese thumb-piano band will probably never be as dazzling to American ears as it was when it broke out stateside in 2005, but on the new Assume Crash Position the kaleidoscopic grooves that give Konono No. 1 such spell-casting power remain. They were hardly dynamic onstage in their Chicago debut five years ago, but if you're watching them instead of surrendering to the dense throb of the music, you're missing the point. "This is street-party stuff," writes Peter Margasak, "and your attention is supposed to be on all the other dancing bodies around you." I Kong Kult and DJ Warp open.
Dinner: Papa's Cache Sabroso Papa's makes a terrific jibarito, crisp pounded plantains sandwiching griddled steak, cheese, onions, topped with garlicky mayo. Steak or chicken tacos, the chicken particularly good, two shrimp dishes, and chicken salad round out the menu, though on weekends Papa's also offers excellent Puerto Rican-style roast pork. Be sure to ask for the mildly spicy green salsa.
2517 W. Division St., 773-862-8313
Show: Darren Johnston The Canadian-born trumpeter and San Francisco resident makes his third visit to Chicago in a year in order to record with vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Nate McBride, trombonist Jeb Bishop, and drummer Frank Rosaly. Tonight he plays in a series of ad hoc groups with Anton Hatwich on bass, Jason Adasiewicz on drums (rather than the usual vibes), and other locals to be determined; on Wednesday his quartet opens for Good for Cows at the Hideout.
Dinner: Little Bucharest Bistro New incarnation of Continental Cafe, offering contemporary American from chef Andre Christopher as well as Romanian specialties—including genial owner Branko Podrumedic's "holy water." Too new to review.
3661 N. Elston Ave., 773-604-8500, littlebucharestbistro.com
Show: The Oath In this provocative documentary, Laura Poitras follows the divergent paths of two Yemeni friends who worked for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and contrasts the price each man paid for his proximity to the 9/11 hijackers. See J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.
Dinner: South Water Kitchen This restaurant on the main floor of the Hotel Monaco features contemporary American cooking with a strong midwestern influence.
225 N. Wabash Ave., 312-236-9300, southwaterkitchen.com