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Show: Swans Michael Gira's reunited Swans have just released their first studio album in 14 years, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, which picks up more or less where Soundtracks for the Blind left off. "Swans still operate on an apocalyptic scale that's all their own," writes Monica Kendrick. "Equally huge whether they're whispering or thundering, they sound like holy ecstasy and divine wrath, delivered in the same bolt from on high."
Dinner: Otom Now under chef Thomas Elliott Bowman, Otom continues to offer comfort food with Homaro Cantu-inspired tweaks—for example, a BLT starter made with caramel-braised bacon, smoked tomato jam, and romaine puree or chicken and waffles with purple yam waffles, chicken breast, egg, gravy, and okra.
951 W. Fulton Mkt., 312-491-5804, otomrestaurant.com
Show: Teenage Fanclub The veteran Scottish pop-rockers play in support of Shadows, their first album in five years and an unerringly tuneful meditation on growing old.
Dinner: Itto Sushi Family-run sushi place lauded for ultrafresh fish.
2616 N. Halsted St., 773-871-1800, ittsosushi.com
Show: A Film Unfinished "In 1942 the Nazis dispatched a film crew to the hellishly overcrowded Warsaw ghetto to make a propaganda film. It was never completed, but several half-edited reels of silent footage were recovered from an underground archive after the war, and for better or worse they represent our best visual document of this anteroom to the death camps. Filmmaker Yael Hersonski reshapes the impossibly vile and tragic source material into a devastating record of Nazi criminality," writes Cliff Doerksen.
Dinner: Silver Spoon Chai and Vanna Gumtrontip opened Lincoln Square's remarkable Spoon in 1996, serving fresh, competent Ameri-Thai standards, but also, more important, a range of authentically Thai dishes from an extensive "secret" menu, which isn't so secret anymore thanks in part to steady advocacy on Internet food-chat boards. Their Gold Coast location, next door to the Thai consulate, adds Japanese food to the fix.
710 N. Rush St., 312-944-7100
Show: Howl Pioneering gay filmmaker Rob Epstein (Word Is Out, The Times of Harvey Milk, The Celluloid Closet) and his frequent collaborator Jeffrey Friedman set their sights on one of the defining cultural events of the 1950s: the publication of Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems, which prompted a landmark obscenity trial.
Dinner: Vines on Clark Italian and American food from chefs Tim Edstrom (Everest, Kiki's Bistro, Spiaggia) and Raul Ramos (Spiaggia, Pump Room).
3554 N. Clark St., 773-327-8572, cubbybear.com/vinesonclark