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Show: Sam Amidon "inherited his love of folk music from his parents, a couple of traditional singers and folklorists from Brattleboro, Vermont, but in his own work he's nothing like a purist. His excellent new I See the Sign (Bedroom Community), like 2008's All Is Well, consists primarily of trad tunes that he's inventively tweaked or totally reworked—his intimacy with the songs, and his understanding of their malleability and universality, allow him to transform the material," writes Peter Margasak.
Dinner: Drew's Eatery All-organic hot dog and ice cream shop across from Welles Park. Owner Andrew Baker carries through on his commitment to sustainability with furnishings as green as they come, all the way down to the biodegradable cornstarch takeout containers.
2207 W. Montrose Ave., 773-463-7397, drewseatery.com
Show: Rangda, Buke & Gass Brooklyn musical duo Buke & Gass, born from the ashes of the late, great Hominid, open for Rangda, a all-star trio featuring Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls), Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire), and Chris Corsano (Paul Flaherty, Bjork). The show is part of Adventures in Modern Music.
Dinner: Greek Corner Restaurant Cafe This neighborhood joint at the southwest corner of Damen and Augusta serves up surprisingly good Greek fare from the counter.
958 N. Damen Ave., 773-252-8010
Show: Oval "For his first releases in nine years as Oval, the new double album O (Thrill Jockey) and its complementary EP, Oh, Germany's Markus Popp has abandoned the music-making software he created in the early 90s—software that transformed digital errors into gently sputtering ambient music, allowing anybody who knew how to use it to sound like Oval," writes Peter Margasak. "He's switched to off-the-shelf programs and started shaping his tracks more actively himself, and though the new material shares the amorphous, gently drifting melodies of the old, it's otherwise very different—it relies much less heavily on loops and repetition, instead building multipartite vignettes that sometimes continue to mutate and develop for their entire length, as though they're through-composed." This concert is part of Sonar Chicago.
7 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630, 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: Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock's discovery of darkness within the heart of small-town America remains one of his most harrowing films, a peek behind the facade of security that reveals loneliness, despair, and death. Thornton Wilder collaborated on the script; it's Our Town turned inside out.
6 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org
Dinner: Cibo Matto "The name is Italian for 'crazy food,' but I can’t say there’s anything inherently kooky about what’s being served at Cibo Matto," writes Mike Sula. "In fact, Cibo Matto could pass as Spiaggia’s more playful, easygoing younger sibling."
201 N. State St., 312-239-9500, cibomatto.therestaurantsatthewit.com
Show: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead Odradek Theatre Company's darkly humorous spin on Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip opens with a shot across the bow of cutesy nostalgia: Snoopy, in a rabid fury, has killed Woodstock and been put down at the pound. Things only get weirder from there.
Dinner: Honey 1 Barbecue "In a just world Robert Adams wouldn’t have needed to move Honey 1, his celebrated west-side barbecue joint. Pilgrims would have traveled from distant lands, pitching tents on his sidewalk and chanting its name in the same breath as Black’s, Arthur Bryant’s, Moonlite, and McClard’s," writes Mike Sula. Part of this week's barbecue roundup.
2241 N. Western Ave., 773-227-5130, honey1bbq.com