Show: Johnny Rawls Revue "Vocalist and guitarist Johnny Rawls has an impressive deep-soul pedigree: he served as musical director for both O.V. Wright and Little Johnny Taylor, and in the 80s he worked the southern circuit on his own for several years," writes David Whiteis. "His true gift, however, is his ability to leaven those influences with sparkling pop."
Dinner: Cafecito "Prior to opening his South Loop Cuban-style cafe, Philip Ghantous was a frustrated actor-waiter with zero kitchen experience. So how the hell is it that this Lebanese-American from Peoria is now pressing the best damn Cuban sandwiches in the city?" writes Mike Sula.
26 E. Congress Pkwy., 312- 922-2233, cafecitochicago.com
Show: Wye Oak "Soft, dark, and spooky, Wye Oak are sonically and aesthetically miles from the DayGlo-rainbow ironic 80s-inspired buttsplosion that's laid claim to Baltimore these past few years—by comparison, they're practically traditional indie rock," writes Jessica Hopper.
Dinner: Sapore di Napoli The dozen kinds of authentic Italian-style pizza here include salsiccia e cipolle (Italian sausage with smoked mozzarella and onions), verdure (mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, and roasted peppers), and quattro stagioni (artichokes, prosciutto di parma, mushrooms, and olives).
1406 W. Belmont Ave., 773-935-1212, saporedinapoli.net
Show: His Girl Friday Most of what Robert Altman has done with overlapping dialogue was done first by Howard Hawks in this 1940 comedy, without the benefit of Dolby stereo. (The film, in fact, often circulates in extremely poor public-domain prints that smother the glories of Hawks's sound track.)
Dinner: La Madia Restaurant in the old Jazz Showcase offering a range of pizzas and a large wine list with 250 by the bottle and multiple options by the glass. As for the pies, they're delicious.
59 W. Grand Ave., 312-329-0400, dinelamadia.com
Show: Around the World in 80 Minutes A novelty feature from 1931, with Douglas Fairbanks narrating an assemblage of newsreel, travelogue, and trick footage, purporting to represent a world tour. "Sounds strange enough to sniff out," writes Dave Kehr.
7 pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575
Dinner: Piccolo Mondo Located in one corner of the Windermere, an enormous old Hyde Park hotel gone residential, this spacious, sunny room is two-thirds trattoria, one-third Italian deli.
1642 E. 56th St., 773-643-1106, piccolomondo.us
Show: Daredevil's Hamlet Five men in jumpsuits use monologues, sketches, tumbling, and roughhousing to riff on themes from Shakespeare's play. By and large the show comes across with the usual Neo-Futurist combination of the goofy, the smart, the touching, and the true.
Dinner: Ceres' Table New venture from chef Giuseppe Scurato (Boka, Landmark, Topaz). Not surprisingly Scurato's most winning dishes are the ones that reference his Italian heritage. (He's a native of Sicily.) His house-made strozzapreti with wild boar ragu has the kind of toothy textural mojo passed down by generations of nonnas.
4882 N. Clark St., 773-878-4882, cerestable.com
Show: The Real Inspector Hound What signal are the members of Signal Ensemble Theatre trying to send by inaugurating their new space with Tom Stoppard's 1972 comedy, famous for its absurdist send-up of drama critics? This sort of thing is only going to keep critics coming back.
8 pm, Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., 773-327-6096, $10-$20
Dinner: Gluntz Bavarian Haus This fairly high-end German-Austrian restaurant is anchored by alcohol, with 16 beers available on tap, 20 more by the bottle, and a selection of wine drinks including May wine produced by the Glunz family (owners of the Old Town wine store House of Glunz since 1888). The menu is small but classic: soups, sausages (Thuringer, bratwurst, weisswurst, the last mild and delicious), and entrees of Wiener schnitzel, duck, pork, and roast chicken, all with the proper German accompaniments.
4128 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-472-4287, glunzbavarianhouse.com
Show: Etgar Keret Israeli writer Keret (The Girl on the Fridge et al) reads his work and chats with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign lit scholar Rachel S. Harris. Keret recently received the Chevalier medallion of France's Order of Arts and Letters, awarded for outstanding contributions to the fields of art and literature.
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