Show: Stereo Total "Stereo Total’s tenth album, Baby Ouh! (Kill Rock Stars), captures the Franco-German female/male duo at their ridiculous best. Ultra-cute and ultra-kitschy, they fulfill the American fantasy of ESL Euro- hipsters to the hilt," writes Jessica Hopper.
Dinner: Thai Village Homey, comfortable, classic, dependable . . . all the stock adjectives apply, and yet somehow Thai Village stands out from the crowd.
2053 W. Division St., 773-384-5352
Show: Around a Small Mountain This 2009 feature is as precious as it sounds but also irresistibly charming. If you’re a newcomer to the oeuvre of New Wave hero Jacques Rivette, this is a highly accessible port of entry.
Dinner: Vermilion There isn't really a philosophy behind Vermilion's fusion of Indian and Latin flavors — owner Rohini Dey and executive chef Maneet Chauhan just happen to like both cuisines.
10 W. Hubbard St., 312-527-4060, thevermilionrestaurant.com
Show: Lebanon Confusion, terror, shock, and remorse threaten to rip apart a four-man unit of inexperienced Israeli soldiers jammed inside a tank during the first war in Lebanon. Samuel Maoz drew from his own war experiences to write and direct this searing drama, which ranks alongside Platoon and No Man's Land as an antiwar statement and recalls the claustrophobic despair of Das Boot.
Dinner: Diner Grill Open round the clock and offering counter service only, the Diner Grill has the grizzled, noirish look of a 70s art film, but the food is great, especially the burgers.
1635 W. Irving Park Rd., 773-248-2030
Show: Delta Sliding forward with the grim finality of Greek tragedy, this largely wordless Hungarian drama is powered by the tension between its idyllic setting and its disturbing subject matter. Think Deliverance on the Danube, and without the catharsis.
Dinner: El Presidente Though other low-priced Mexican places seem to get more attention, El P. is consistently better in almost every respect. Sure, it's just a homely cafe, but the kitchen believes in flavor as well as value.
2558 N. Ashland Ave., 773-525-7938, elpresidenterestaurante.com
Show: Mesrine: Killer Instinct Released as two separate features—Killer Instinct (113 min.) and Public Enemy #1 (138 min.)—the relentless French crime saga Mesrine (2008) traces the international career of Jacques Mesrine, whose seemingly endless string of bank robberies, kidnappings, and prison breaks throughout the 1960s and '70s turned him into a cult hero along the lines of John Dillinger.
2 pm, 4:45 pm, 7:30 pm, 10:10 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949, landmarktheatres.com/Market/Chicago/Landmark%27sCenturyCentreCinema.htm
Dinner: Duke of Perth Long-standing Lakeview pub best known for its selection of beers and Scotch whiskeys (over 90 of the latter). The Scottish-themed menu includes fish-and-chips (all you can eat for $9.50 Wednesdays and Fridays), shepherd's pie, and vegetarian options such as leek pie and salads.
2913 N. Clark St., 773-477-1741, dukeofperth.com