Show: Hyde Park Jazz Festival "Saturday's jazz marathon features an impressive cast of local players, including Ernest Dawkins, Nicole Mitchell, Willie Pickens, Dana Hall, Robert Irving III, and Dee Alexander," writes Kevin Warwick.
Dinner: Medici on 57th "The quintessential off-campus hangout, complete with carved wood booths and graffiti-covered walls, serving hearty, veggie-friendly cafe fare," writes Laura Levy Shatkin.
1327 E. 57th, 773-667-7394, medici57.com
Show: Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet "This year alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa has released two small-band records with fellow alto players, but despite their unusual instrumental format neither is merely a blowing session," writes Peter Margasak.
Dinner: Hackney’s Printers’ Row "The sole city location of the largely suburban family-owned chain has the feel of a neighborhood pub and is frequently packed with regulars," writes Kate Schmidt.
733 S. Dearborn St., 312-461-1116, hackneysprintersrow.com
Recommendations for World Music Festival events today:
Show: Riad & Takht "Their second album, Egypt: Mother of the World, came out earlier this week—this show is a sort of release party—and it blends Arabic tradition with subtle touches of classical and jazz from the globe-trotting Abdel-Gawad, who's studied at Harvard and worked as a street musician in Brussels and Paris," writes Monica Kendrick.
Dinner: La Cantina Grill "South Loop spot offering affordable Mexican and mucho margaritas," writes Susannah J. Felts.
1911 S. Michigan, 312-842-1911, lacantinagrill.com
Show: Kings Go Forth "It's fitting that the album art for The Outsiders Are Back (Luaka Bop), the recent debut album from this superb Milwaukee ten-piece, is by Mingering Mike, aka Mike Stevens, who as a young man in the late 60s and early 70s created a fictitious career for himself as a soul singer via several dozen meticulously hand-painted and annotated cardboard albums and singles," writes Peter Margasak.
Dinner: Banadir "Named after a state in southern Somalia, Banadir serves ethnic cuisine quite different from the West African fare more commonly found in Chicago," writes Laura Levy Shatkin.
6221 N. Clark, 773-274-2778
Show: Never Let Me Go "Kazuo Ishiguro's brilliant 2005 novel Never Let Me Go is inherently unfilmable; narrated by a 31-year-old woman who tends to the needs of various organ donors, it thrives on the slowly accumulating tension between the proper British reserve of her prose and the horrible reality lurking beneath the surface of her story," writes J.R. Jones.
Dinner: The Counter "Chain build-your-own burger joint: choose beef, chicken, turkey, or veggie, then cheese, toppings, and a sauce. There's also ice cream and a full bar," writes Mike Sula.
670 W. Diversey, 773-935-1995, thecounterburger.com
Show: Jack Goes Boating "A lumpish limousine driver (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is introduced by his married friends (John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega) to a forthright office drone (Amy Ryan), and their friendship gradually deepens into ugly-duckling romance even as the married couple drifts apart," writes J.R. Jones.
Dinner: Chilam Balam "The braised mushroom-and-cheese empanadas [are] so light and flaky I’m at a loss to explain how they can contain the earthy fungus, braised with pipian verde and epazote. Even something as mundane as a grilled hanger steak transcends itself, plated on a lava field of guajillo sauce," writes Mike Sula.
3023 N. Broadway, 773-296-6901, chilambalamchicago.com
Show: Colin "By now zombies are nearly as tapped out as emo vampires, but this witty, no-budget British feaure (2008) breathes life into the undead by telling its story from their perspective," writes Cliff Doerksen.
Dinner: Lincoln Park's Noodle House "It’s not easy to cover this much culinary ground with just one tiny kitchen, but Lincoln Park's Noodle House pulls it off, presenting a seven-page menu of Thai, Japanese, and Chinese food," writes Mike Sula.
2428 N. Ashland, 773-248-6680, lincolnparknoodlehouse.com
Show: Catfish "If you're not yet tired of dramas masquerading as documentaries or documentaries that court a "postmodern" disbelief, there are some creepy chuckles to be had from this allegedly true account of a hip, young New York photographer named Nev Schulman and his Facebook interaction with what seems to be a circle of ardent fans in Michigan," writes Cliff Doerksen.
Dinner: Dao "Star of Siam offshoot serving inexpensive, tasty Thai food in a nicer-than-usual setting," writes Laura Levy Shatkin.
230 E. Ohio, 312-337-0000, daothai.com
Show: Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn "Bohemian Theatre Ensemble's warm, stirring revival of the 1985 musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is strikingly successful in preserving both the novel's warm emotional core and its stinging satire.," writes Albert Williams.
8 PM, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-975-8150, theaterwit.org, $18-$25
Dinner: Harmony Grill "Cozy spinoff of the adjoining Schubas, now serving an eclectic American menu featuring regionally grown ingredients," writes Kate Schmidt.
3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2528, schubas.com/Harmony+Grill/Harmony%20Grill
Show: Menorca “Ollie, the archaeologist heroine of Robert Koon's new play, has been a foreigner most of her life— a Basque in Barcelona, a Spaniard in England, a European in America—and yearns for ‘a place to settle,’” writes Dan Weissmann.
5 and 8:30 PM, 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Cultural Center, $16, 708-795-6704,
Dinner: Freddy’s Pizzeria "The Zabar’s of Cicero, Freddy’s Pizza offers dry goods such as olive oil and pasta, but the real attraction is a display case of antipasti and hot dishes you can take away or eat on the crowded porch," writes David Hammond.
1600 S. 61st Ave, Cicero, IL, 708-863-9289, freddyspizza.com
Show: Sunday in the Park with George "Headed by Jess Godwin and (through October 10) Brandon Dahlquist, the cast bring forthright simplicity to their portrayals and strong voices to Sondheim's swirling, complex score," writes Albert Williams.
Dinner: Cooper's "Cooper’s changed ownership a few years ago, but the menu of fresh, seasonal fare remains unchanged," writes Heather Kenny.
1232 W. Belmont, 773-929-2667, cooperschicago.com
Show: Chelsea Handler "On September 12, Chelsea Handler descended from the ceiling at the MTV Video Music Awards show wearing a Lady Gaga-inspired house on her head. She screamed, "Release the dove!" and a bird flew out of her pikachu—a Pokemon character, sure, but also one of Handler's nicknames for her vagina," writes Marissa Oberlander.
Dinner: Emerald Loop Bar & Grill "This pub on the first floor of the historic Jeweler's Building looks unassuming from the outside. But the interior is spacious and well-appointed, with plenty of cozy nooks for mellow conversation," writes Rob Christopher.
216 N. Wabash, 312-263-0200, emeraldloop.com