Show: The Clean's "place in rock 'n' roll history is indisputable; their cheaply recorded, exuberantly performed early-80s recordings for Flying Nun kick-started an underground-music explosion in their native New Zealand and set the template for legions of indie-pop combos on the other side of the world. But Kilgour, his New York-based drummer brother Hamish, and bassist-keyboardist Robert Scott (everybody sings) have never treated the band like a career," writes Bill Meyer.
Dinner: May Street Market From the sunny hostess to the chatty server to the chef-owner himself—Tru vet Alex Cheswick—everybody at May Street Market exudes goodwill: they even send you out the door with a complimentary treat.
1132 W. Grand Ave., 312-421-5547, maystreetmarket.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.
Dinner: Encore The lunch menu features sandwiches filled with baked ham, barbecued brisket, chicken, turkey, deli meat, or vegetables. Each comes with a choice of condiments and is served on a sourdough baguette. The place morphs into a cocktail lounge in the evening, with a DJ most nights, unusual martinis (a stiff Smokey Joe, a mixture of Ketel One vodka and Glenlivet, has a fiery finish), and classic drinks such as old-fashioneds and brandy Alexanders.
171 W. Randolph St., 312-338-3788, encorechicago.com
Show: Enter the Void "French director Gaspar Noe has kept a pretty low profile since his 2002 drama Irreversible, notorious for its brutal nine-minute anal rape scene. But this epic, psychedelic mindfuck confirms him once again as the cinema's most imaginative nihilist (a conflicted honor if, like me, you consider nihilism a failure of the imagination)," writes J.R. Jones.
Dinner: Sola Chef Carol Wallack has dreamed up a menu board with expert balance. Seasonally changing soups range from a cold cucumber-and-melon soup to a hot-and-sour lobster; a sea greens salad was crisp with water chestnuts and played the bitterness of hijiki against the sweet spiciness of hoisin.
3868 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-327-3868, sola-restaurant.com
Show: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago HSDC starts its season off big, with three local premieres on a program of four works.
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: The Comedy of Errors Michael McKean had it right in Spinal Tap: there is a fine line between stupid and clever. Sean Graney's version of Shakespeare's silliest play walks it with the finesse of a Wallenda.
Dinner: Medici on 57th The quintessential off-campus hangout, complete with carved wood booths and graffiti-covered walls. The reasonable prices at this long-standing Hyde Park gem make it a favorite among students and locals alike.
1327 E. 57th St., 773-667-7394, medici57.com
Lit & Lectures
Show: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Heroines Author program with Audrey Niffenegger (Her Fearful Symmetry), Amina Gautier, Zoe Zolbrod (Currency), Emily Gray Tedrowe (Commmuters), Teri Coyne (The Last Bridge), and Deborah Siegel (Sisterhood, Interrupted).
7:30 pm, Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., 773-769-9299, free
Dinner: Icosium Kafe Algerian creperie and teahouse offering an immense range of fillings and organic juice, coffee, and tea.
5200 N. Clark St., 773-271-5233, icosiumkafe.com
Dinner: Maravillas may have been displaced from Harper Court, but the food at its new location remains authentic—there's posole, chicken mole poblano, and menudo—and still attracts a regular clientele.
5506 S. Lake Park, 773-643-3155, maravillasres.com