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Show: DJ Jazzy Jeff "To serious hip-hop heads he's an elder god of the DJ scene, credited with popularizing the transformer scratch—probably the first sound that comes to mind when you think 'DJ scratch'—and capable of turning the act of packing a dance floor using songs everyone knows into an expression of high art," writes Miles Raymer.

10 PM, Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-8828.

Dinner: Ruxbin Kitchen Promising, eclectic new restaurant from a graduate of the LA Cordon Bleu and former extern at Thomas Keller's Per Se. "His crispy, moist pan-seared trout fillet was the most perfect one I'll probably ever meet, dabbed with basil puree and plated alongside asparagus and nutty bulgur tabouleh seeded with sweet dates," writes Mike Sula.

851 N. Ashland, 312-624-8509, ruxbinchicago.com

Show: Jamey Johnson's rise to country stardom "has to be one of Nashville's most encouraging success stories," writes Peter Margasak. "The Alabama native moved to Music City in his mid-20s without a contact or a clue and ended up writing hits for the likes of George Strait and Trace Adkins; as a performer he's found an audience for the sort of unabashedly dark material mainstream country has largely left behind."

9 PM, Joe's, 940 W. Weed, 312-337-3486 or 866-448-7849, joesbar.com, $25.

Dinner: Boka "The menu of Giuseppe Tentori, a nine-year veteran of Charlie Trotter's, consistently pops with startling, enjoyable items," writes Mike Sula.

1729 N. Halsted St., 312-337-6070, bokachicago.com

Show: Quartet for the End of Time "In the past few years Chicago has become a hot spot for upstart classical-music ensembles specializing in the work of new composers and worthy but obscure pieces from the past," writes Peter Margasak. "Tonight one of the city’s most interesting groups, Fifth House Ensemble, will perform Olivier Messiaen’s chamber-music classic Quartet for the End of Time (1940) in the Adler's Sky Theater, against a backdrop of dazzling celestial images from the planetarium’s vast collection."

7 pm, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-7827, adlerplanetarium.org, $20, $15 Adler members

Dinner: Panozzo's Italian Market "Panozzo's is kind of like Bari's and L'Appetito's more cultured cousin. It's a modern Italian deli that happily churns out high-quality sandwiches (including homemade meatball and Italian sausage subs and a delicious combination of prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and basil pesto) as well as offering the usual accoutrements: fancy olive oils, vinegars, cheeses, cured meats," writes Anderson Gasner. "What sets Panozzo's apart is their suppliers—Panozzo's is the only deli I know of in town that carries Fra'Mani artisan salamis and La Quercia prosciutto."

1303 S. Michigan Ave., 312-356-9966, panozzos.com

Show: Toumani Diabate & the Chicago Transilience Ensemble When brilliant Malian kora player Toumani Diabate played Millennium Park three years ago with his long-running Symmetric Orchestra, he borrowed a horn section—including Jeb Bishop, cornetist Josh Berman, and reedist Nate Lepine—from the local jazz scene. For tonight's concert he's collaborating with an excellent band of Chicago jazz musicians—Bishop, Berman, Lepine, percussionist Hamid Drake, flutist Nicole Mitchell, guitarist Jeff Parker, vibist Jason Adasiewicz, and bassist Joshua Abrams.

6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Randolph and Michigan, 312-742-1168, free

Dinner: The Purple Pig Snout-to-tail cooking is the name of the game at The Purple Pig, a convivial take on an Italian enoteca from Scott Harris (Mia Francesca), Jimmy Bannos Sr. (Heaven on Seven), and chef Jimmy Bannos Jr., who honed his skills at Mario Batali's New York restaurants.

500 N. Michigan Ave., 312-464-1744, thepurplepigchicago.com


Show: Our Daily Bread "Even a romantic individualist like King Vidor, who would later film Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, was sufficiently stirred by socialist ideals during the Depression to make this exciting independent effort (1934) about an all-American couple who decide to pool their resources with others and build a collective farm," writes Jonathan Rosenbaum. "Beautifully directed and edited, this is one of the best and most energetic of Vidor's early talkies, brimming with hope and enthusiasm and sparked by a wonderful climactic sequence."

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

Dinner: Medici on 57th The quintessential off-campus hangout, complete with carved wood booths and graffiti-covered walls. The reasonable prices at this long-standing Hyde Park gem make it a favorite among students and locals alike.

1327 E. 57th St., 773-667-7394, medici57.com

Performing Arts

Show: Jim Paul Jet Paul Jim Fath, Paul Thomas, Jet Eveleth, and Paul Brittain are using a slot at iO to hone one- and—in the case of Eveleth and Brittain—two-person shows.

8 pm, iO, 3541 N. Clark St., 773-880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com, $12

Dinner: Andalous A casual Moroccan restaurant; Hadg Mohamad plays host while his wife, Rachida, does the cooking at this Lakeview spot with garden seating.

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