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Show: Night Beats If the hype over Pitchfork and Lollapalooza has left you with little more than a low-level desire to own a Toyota or an unexplained craving for energy drinks, the post-psych glaze of Night Beats can sonically squeegee your heart, mind, and soul. This Seattle three-piece pairs hypnotic ooga-booga drums with the sort of incredible howling guitar solos you only wish you could be subjected to at Guitar Center.
Dinner: A Tavola Tiny Ukrainian Village storefront with an equally tiny but satisfying Italian menu and, arguably, the best gnocchi in town.
2148 W. Chicago Ave., 773-276-7567, atavolachicago.com
Show: Cults Earlier this year the San Diego duo Cults, aka boyfriend/girlfriend Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin, posted three songs for free download on Bandcamp that earned praise from everyone from Pitchfork to Perez Hilton. It's easy stuff to like.
Dinner: Jane's inhabits a cozy converted house in Bucktown. The reasonably priced Cal-American fare is innovative, eclectic, and especially friendly to vegetarians.
1653 W. Cortland St., 773-862-5263, janesrestaurant.com
Show: Mwata Bowden Ensemble "While the recent passing of saxophonist and Velvet Lounge proprietor Fred Anderson is undeniably tragic, it doesn't make me worry for the future of Chicago jazz because he wasn't the only veteran in town nurturing the music's younger practitioners. Take Mwata Bowden, for example. Anyone who has heard the 62-year-old multi-instrumentalist's thrillingly intricate clarinet solos, bottomless tenor- and baritone-sax figures, and hypnotic didgeridoo drones in the Miyumi Ensemble or 8 Bold Souls knows that he has world-class chops," writes Bill Meyer.
Dinner: Ken-Kee Restaurant It would take months to work through the menus, but if seafood is a good benchmark to measure a busy kitchen’s standards, Ken-Kee's are high: the fried smelt special, battered and dressed with chiles, was unbelievably fresh.
2129 S. China Pl., 312-326-2088, kenkee.com
Show: None Shall Escape Andre de Toth anticipated the Nuremberg trials in this stunning drama, made in 1944 before the war's end and praised at the time for avoiding anti-Nazi cliches.
8pm, Bank of America Cinema, 4901 W. Irving Park Rd., 312-904-9442
Dinner: La Peña Jaime Fidel Castillo mans the front of the house at this Portage Park storefront, while his wife, Maria, and her mother, Rosa Sanchez, cook the coastal Latin fare.
4212 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-545-7022, lapenachicago.com
Show: 8 1/2 It's Fellini's last black-and-white picture and conceivably the most gorgeous and inventive thing he ever did.
Dinner: Cibo Matto "could pass as Spiaggia’s more playful, easygoing younger sibling," writes Mike Sula.
201 N. State St., 312-239-9500, cibomatto.therestaurantsatthewit.com