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Show: Forgetters "After taking a break from music for a few years after the demise of Jets to Brazil in 2003, punk bard and former Jawbreaker front man Blake Schwarzenbach apparently returned in the mood for something a bit faster and louder," writes Jessica Hopper. "His new band, Forgetters, is a lean, rough power trio in the mold of Mission of Burma, rounded out by Caroline Paquita (ex-Bitchin') and former Against Me! drummer Kevin Mahon—perhaps the most straight-ahead rock band he's led to date."

8:30 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 866-468-3401, subt.net, $12, $10 in advance, 17+.

Dinner: Lokal At this slick Wicker Park restaurant and lounge, the menu features potato pierogi, golabki, borscht, kielbasa, and a few items you probably wouldn't recognize if you didn't grow up with a babcia cooking for you. It just happens to be radically different Polish food from the heavy, homey—but let's face it, bland—traditional stuff.

1904 W. North Ave., 773-904-8113, lokalchicago.com

Show: Big K.R.I.T. "Every time it looks like Dirty South hip-hop is about to devolve entirely into self-parodic ringtone-beat trap rap, some new MC or producer pops up to remind us how goddamn good it can be," writes Miles Raymer. "Big K.R.I.T. (who both raps and produces) is the form's latest savior, and this summer's impeccable mix tape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here is an impressive pileup of southern rap touchstones."

10:30 PM, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, 312-666-6775 or 866-468-3401, bottomlounge.com, $18, $16 in advance, 17+.

Dinner: Sawtooth Restaurant and Lounge New Vietnamese restaurant and lounge; the kitchen closes at 10 PM but the bar is open till 2 AM. Review pending.

1350 W. Randolph St., 312-526-3320, sawtoothrestaurant.com

Show: Macbeth Verdi's gorgeous but often weird score—delicate when it should be fierce, rhapsodic in despair—is superbly performed all round, with the usual fine work from Lyric's chorus and orchestra, under guest conductor Renato Palumbo.

7:30 PM, Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker, 312-332-2244, civicoperahouse.com, $33-$207.

Dinner: Sepia Sleek "modern speakeasy" from Emmanuel Nony; new chef Andrew Zimmerman is sailing right along.

123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920, sepiachicago.com


Show: Reign of Terror Along with James Whale's The Great Garrick, this 1949 melodrama about the French Revolution, also known as The Black Book, is one of the few period pictures that qualify as film noir; Anthony Mann directed it with sumptuously arty chiaroscuro (cinematography by John Alton). With the two leads (Robert Cummings and Arlene Dahl) periodically steering it in the direction of camp, this film is loads of fun.

6 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: The Gage The extensive drinks list features specialty and vintage cocktails like the Champagne Charlie (champagne and Grand Marnier with a sugar cube soaked in blood orange bitters). The one-page menu has surprising breadth without seeming scattershot: there are half a dozen steaks and burgers alongside more unusual offerings like roast saddle of elk and caramelized lobster with lemon quinoa.

24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243, thegagechicago.com

Performing Arts

Show: She Loves Me This 1963 Broadway musical version isn't the best of the adaptations of Parfumerie, a 1937 play by Hungarian writer Miklos Laszlo (that would be Ernst Lubitsch's 1940 film, The Shop around the Corner), but it's a gem nonetheless, thanks to Joe Masteroff's gently humorous book, Jerry Bock's elegant score, and Sheldon Harnick's witty lyrics.

7:30 pm, Writers' Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., 847-242-6000, writerstheatre.org, $45-$70

Dinner: Prairie Grass Cafe It's no surprise that this suburban contemporary American room is always packed. Consider the roster-the executive chefs are Sarah Stegner, who used to cook at the Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton, and George Bumbaris, who's worked with her for more than 20 years.

601 Skokie Blvd., 847-205-4433, prairiegrasscafe.com

Lit & Lectures

Show: Edward McClelland (Horseplayers: Life at the Track) talks about Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President.

6 pm, 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., 773-684-1300, semcoop.com, free

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

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