Show: Sonny & The Sunsets "Not that any further evidence was necessary to confirm the good health of the Bay Area music scene, but Sonny & the Sunsets take its creative playfulness and vibrant collaborative spirit to a beautiful new summit," writes Brian Costello.
9:30 PM, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, 773-281-4444 or 866-468-3401, $10, 17+, beatkitchen.com
Dinner: Village Tap "Roscoe Village favorite with a menu that includes vegetarian choices—burritos stuffed with beans, cheese, sprouts, and veggies, a falafel and hummus plate, salads—plus burgers and a few chicken options," writes Laura Levy Shatkin.
2055 W. Roscoe, 773-883-0817, thevillagetap.com
Peter Margasak's recommendations for World Music Festival events today:
Show: Red Baraat: "The group combines the fizzy, exuberant melodies of bhangra—along with its propulsive dhol drumming—with the second-line funk of a New Orleans funeral, and pulls it off without insulting either tradition."
Dinner: Charlie's Ale House A tourist-oriented Navy Pier barstaurant spun off from the Lincoln Park original (which is now called Charlie's on Webster). In addition to the usual burgers, wings, salads and such, the menu includes comfort food items like potpies, pot roast, and meat loaf, as well as a large selection of tap and bottled beers.
700 E. Grand, 312-595-1440, charliesalehouse.com
Show: Cimarron: "This Colombian band brings fiery virtuosity to the string-driven style called joropo, the most popular manifestation of the country's rich tradition of musica llanera, or 'plains music.'"
Dinner: Bad Dog Tavern "The global-fusion-meets-contemporary-American menu at this sleek room is several cuts above bar food," writes Laura Levy Shatkin.
4535 N. Lincoln, 773-334-4040, baddogtavern.com
Show: Mahala Rai Banda: "When it formed a decade ago, this Romany band from Bucharest split the difference between manic Balkan brass and the wild fiddle music made famous by Taraf de Haidouks, but its latest album, last year's Ghetto Blasters (Asphalt Tango), tilts definitively toward the horns."
Show: Balkan Beats DJ Robert Soko: "Berlin-based Bosnian Robert Soko launched the Balkan Beats compilation series nearly a decade ago (the fourth volume recently came out on Piranha), catalyzing the collision of raw Romany traditional music, eastern European folk, and modern club music—a collision that also manifested itself in the Electric Gypsyland comps and DJ Shantel's Bucovina Club."
8 PM, Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln, 773-404-9494, $15, 21+, 773-404-9494, martyrslive.com
Dinner: Sola "Chef Carol Wallack has dreamed up a menu board with expert balance," writes David Hammond.
3868 N. Lincoln, 773-327-3868, sola-restaurant.com
Show: Henri-George Clouzot’s Inferno “Documentary makers Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea reconstruct one of the great unrealized projects of the French cinema: Henri-Georges Clouzot's visually ambitious psychodrama L'Enfer, which collapsed in mid-production after the director suffered a heart attack on location in July 1964," writes J.R. Jones.
Dinner: Roof "From its opening, SRO crowds have been lining up to get onto the glass-walled patio of Roof, the industrial-sleek black-and-gray lounge on the 27th floor of the new Wit Hotel," writes Anne Spiselman.
201 N. State, 312-239-9501, thewithotel.com/the-attractions/roof.cfm
Show: Devil “Five people trapped on a high-rise elevator are terrorized by an unknown killer who just might be the devil. The great cinematographer Tak Fujimoto has the time of his life on this low-budget horror feature, playing with dolly shots, abrupt zooms, and negative space inside the widescreen frame, and the fun is infectious. Amid plenty of good, clean scares, the movie's most surprising element may be its mature pondering of Christian morals,” writes Ben Sachs.
5:30 pm, 8 pm, 10:35 pm, 600 N. Michigan, 600 N. Michigan, 888-AMC-4FUN
Dinner: Big Bowl “Blazing flat noodles with chicken and bok choy is one of the many noodle dishes, the ultimate combo appetizer sampler also appears, and special main courses include hot and sour shrimp with asparagus in Chinese noodles,” writes Laura Levy Shatkin.
60 E. Ohio, 312-951-1888, bigbowl.com
Show: Detroit "A couple's friendship with their new neighbors becomes chaotic with comedic consequences in this Lisa D'Amour play, directed by Austin Pendleton," writes Justin Hayford.
7:30 PM, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theater, 1650 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650, steppenwolf.org, $20-$70
Dinner: Landmark Grill and Lounge “It's been a long time since I've been served anything as good as the club sandwich with lobster and Nueske's bacon that they served me at Landmark last night,” writes Bob McCamant.
1633 N. Halsted, 312-587-1600, landmarkgrill.com
Show: This Lady’s Not for Burning “Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre makes bold work of this rarely revived 1948 comedy by British playwright Christopher Fry. Set in 15th-century England, it concerns a world-weary soldier whose death wish is remedied when he falls in love with an accused witch the night before she's due to burn at the stake,” writes Albert Williams.
8 PM, No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood, $25 ($45 includes dinner at the cafe), http://www.theoubique.org/
Show: 1001 "In this 'remixed' version of The 1,001 Nights, playwright Jason Grote cleverly exploits the original's Russian-doll, stories-within-stories structure by fiddling around with time," writes Zac Thompson.
7:30 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-278-1500, $15-$25, chopintheatre.com
Dinner: Podhalanka Polksa Restauracja “It isn’t just the knickknacks and portraits of the pope in this former tavern, a remnant of Division Street's days as the great 'Polish Broadway,' that remind me of my grandmother; I’ll be damned if I don’t sense her presence in the pungent whiff of cabbage that floats from the kitchen or the gentle tang of fermented rye flour in the zurek,” writes Mike Sula.
1549 W. Division, 773-486-6655
Lit & Lectures
Kate Zambreno "For Mommy, one of three main characters in Kate Zambreno's novel, the way to keep dark thoughts and evil at bay is to dote on a granddaughter (because girls are sweeter than boys), watch TV (even Oprah, who's black yet articulate and gentle), collect angel figurines, and wait for the moment when 'hubby pulls up in his chariot.' Mommy doesn't like to dwell on her runaway daughter Maggie, a bad girl who lives in the depraved city of Chicago," writes S.L. Wisenberg.
Dinner: Antica Pizzeria "At Antica the pies are of the Neapolitan species, thin, charred, blistered crusts that get a bit swampy toward the center," writes Mike Sula.
5663 N. Clark, 773-944-1492, anticapizzeriachicago.com