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Show: Vandermark 5 Ken Vandermark's flagship ensemble plays in support of their 16th album in 14 years, and they're already working on material for their 17th.
Dinner: Chicago Food Corp Huge Korean grocery store with a self-serve bar of panchan and a "Snack Corner" dishing out soups, stir-fries, dumplings, fried chicken wings, and rice dishes.
3333 N. Kimball Ave., 773-478-5566, joongboomarket.com
Show: Wooden Birds "American Analog Set's Andrew Kenny is still kicking it slowcore with his new band," writes Jessica Hopper. "But the exceptional depth and intimacy of Wooden Birds bests his previous band. Their 2009 debut, Magnolia (Barsuk), is tender and mournful—On the Beach-era Neil Young on an opiate drip, with hushed boy-girl harmonies more whispered than sung."
Dinner: Cooper's "Cooper’s changed ownership a few years ago, but the menu of fresh, seasonal fare remains unchanged. There’s still a roasted beet salad with goat cheese and a duck confit mac ’n’ cheese, plus barbecue and pizza along with sandwiches and burgers. The vegetable panini was stuffed to the gills with arugula, mushrooms, red pepper, and goat cheese, but the proportions were perfect, and the thin, crispy fries were some of the best I’ve ever had," writes Heather Kenny.
1232 W. Belmont Ave., 773-929-2667, cooperschicago.com
Show: Unsane, Keelhaul Artsy Cleveland underground metal outfit Keelhaul opens for noise-rock trailblazers Unsane, who will play the entirety of their classic 1995 album, Scattered, Smothered, and Covered.
Food & Drink
Show: Sean Parnell of the Chicago Bar Project discusses Historic Bars of Chicago.
8 pm, Gale Street Inn, 4914 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-725-1300
Dinner: Halina's Polish Delights Restaurant The indecisive should consider the Polish Plate, a greatest-hits platter with a breaded pork chop, three pierogi, a stuffed cabbage roll, and Polish sausage on sauerkraut.
5914 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-205-0256
Show: "Burge Found Guilty: The Evolution of Chicago's Torture Scandal" A onversation with journalist John Conroy.
6-7:30 pm, WBEZ Studios, 848 E. Grand Ave., free
Dinner: Fox & Obel This 50-seat cafe is an extension of the 22,000-square-foot high-end market, which carries house-cured salmon, dry-aged prime beef, and more than 350 cheeses in addition to a lineup of prepared dishes. Pastry chef Pamela Fitzpatrick (from LA's acclaimed LaBrea Bakery) runs the bakeshop, where she whips up treats like plum sabayon trifle and lime poppy-seed cookies plus an array of artisanal breads.
401 E. Illinois St., 312-410-7301, fox-obel.com