Show: Four Tet "On There Is Love Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, backs away from his kitchen-sink collagist's approach and moves toward a more focused and strictly rhythmic aesthetic that's closer to traditional techno," writes Jessica Hopper. "That's not to say he's gone retro—he pulls moodiness and space from new sources like dubstep and chillwave, so that his music amounts to the sort of reserved and classy London club cool-out that makes sense coming from the polymathic producer, DJ, and rocker."
Dinner: TAC Quick Andy Aroonrasameruang, formerly of Banana Leaf, and his likable staff probably make it easier than anywhere else to get traditional stuff the way it's eaten in Thailand. Aside from the regular menu there's a clearly translated Thai menu available by request with almost 40 items you're not likely to encounter elsewhere without a working knowledge of the language.
3930 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-327-5253
Show: Mark Curry "is best known as the star of ABC's tame 90s sitcom, Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, but his stand-up isn't exactly family-friendly—unless maybe your sainted grandmother greets you by bellowing, "How ya doin'? Yes, motherfuckers!" Curry does manically paced observational humor with the kind of pitch-perfect delivery that takes years to master," writes Brian Costello.
7:30 pm, Chicago Improv, Schaumburg, 5 Woodfield Rd., 847-240-2001, $19-$22
Dinner: Mitsuwa Marketplace "A visit to Mitsuwa Marketplace provides the sort of sensory overload and culture shock untraveled Occidentals have been trained to expect from the frenzy of modern Japan," writes Mike Sula. "The local branch of this Japanese superstore houses a cosmetic counter, bookstore, china shop, travel agent, bakery, and a liquor store with an addling array of sakes. The food court presents a singular opportunity to experience the varieties of Japanese fast food locally. The sushi counter, with its plethora of prepackaged rolls, reflects the populist origins of raw fish and rice as fast food for travelers rather than the rarefied restaurant meal we’ve come to pay dearly for."
100 E. Algonquin Rd., 847-956-6699, mitsuwa.com
Show: Betrayal Harold Pinter's classic 1978 tale of the ten-year love affair between a man and his best friend's wife is all about hidden motivations and veiled emotions, and the Oak Park Theater Festival's new space brings the audience close enough to catch the undertones.
8 pm, The Performance Center, 1010 W. Madison St., Oak Park/River Forest, $20-$25
Dinner: Marion Street Cheese Market Cafe "lays out exquisite cheeses, meats, and local produce, done up as small plates and entrees—but not too done up. The cafe specializes in noninterventionist cuisine, manipulating its plates minimally and setting them forth in ways that foreground the undiluted goodness of artisanal chow," writes David Hammond.
100 S. Marion, Oak Park/River Forest, 708-725-7200, marionstreetcheesemarket.com
Lit & Lectures
Show: Irvine Welsh, Niall Griffiths Readings by novelists Welsh (Trainspotting) and Griffiths (Stump). Presented by the Illinois Saint Andrew Society and the Chicago Tafia Welsh Society.
Dinner: Matsuya The freshest sushi and sashimi and sizable portions of tempura and teriyaki set this spot apart from its neighbors on this busy stretch of Clark Street.
3469 N. Clark St., 773-248-2677
Show: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang Screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero) makes his directing debut with this cheerful mess of a pulp-fiction parody, pumped full of laughs by Michelle Monaghan, Val Kilmer, and Robert Downey Jr.
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
Show: Pather Panchali In 1955, the year Satyajit Ray's beautiful first feature won the Grand Prix at Cannes, no less a humanist than Francois Truffaut walked out of a screening, declaring, “I don't want to see a film about Indian peasants.” Time and critical opinion have been much kinder to this family melodrama—derived, like its successors in the Apu trilogy, Aparajito and The World of Apu, from a 30s novel by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee—than to Truffaut's remark.
Dinner: Piccolo Mondo Fresh, authentic Italian in an old hotel.
1642 E. 56th St., 773-643-1106, piccolomondo.us