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Show: Thee Oh Sees "Former Coachwhips spazztermind John Dwyer and his band of bruisers Thee Oh Sees put out records with an almost alarming frequency, as if they feel a compulsion to remind people every couple of months that they're not only one of the best garage-rock bands going but maybe the best rock 'n' roll band hands down," writes Miles Raymer.
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
Show: Joshua Abrams Chicago bassist Joshua Abrams has played live hip-hop as the original bassist in the Roots, back-porch minimalism with Town and Country, and idiosyncratic folk rock with Bonnie "Prince" Billy, but jazz is the bedrock of his style. This a release party for his absorbing new Natural Information, where he fuses jazz improvisation with ritual trance music, often playing African instruments like the guimbri or donso ngoni. He's joined on the album by guitarist Emmett Kelly, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, and drummer Frank Rosaly, and they'll play with him here as well.
Dinner: Jane's inhabits a cozy converted house in Bucktown. The reasonably priced Cal-American fare is innovative, eclectic, and especially friendly to vegetarians.
1653 W. Cortland St., 773-862-5263, janesrestaurant.com
Show: La Vérité A smash hit in France and an Oscar nominee in the U.S., this 1960 courtroom drama was the last big success for writer-director Henri-Georges Clouzot, whose jaundiced view of humanity resonated in such classic mysteries as The Raven (1943) and Diabolique (1955). Brigitte Bardot stars as a loose woman on trial for the murder of her former lover.
Dinner: Bijan's Bistro This reincarnation of the venerable late-night hangout Bijan is amazingly unsullied by tourists. Regulars crowd around the gleaming mahogany bar, and Ralf, the courtly host, seems to know half the tables in the joint.
663 N. State St., 312-202-1904, bijansbistro.com
Lit & Lectures
Show: Local Author Night With thriller and/or mystery novelists Keir Graff (The Price of Liberty), Bryan Gruley (The Hanging Tree), Kevin Guilfoile (The Thousand), and D.C. Brod (Getting Sassy).
Dinner: Paprika Indian Gourmet Restaurant Its location—in a Lawrence Avenue strip mall between an L.A. Tan and a worn Greek coffee shop—is humble, but Paprika is lovingly turned out, with colored lamps warming the space and retro travel posters of India. And don't be misled by the tag "Indian Gourmet Restaurant"—this is home-style food, equally lovingly made.
2547 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-338-4906
Show: Richard Rhodes (The Making of the Atomic Bomb) discusses The Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons.
6 pm, Harold Washington Library Center, auditorium, 400 S. State St., 312-747-4050, free
18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com