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Show: Olof Arnalds, Doug Paisley "Arnalds has been turning up on U.S. shores for a few years now, both as a touring member of Mum and as a contributor to the clever Balkan-flavored outfit Storsveit Nix Nolte, but her solo work surpasses anything she's done in those contexts," writes Peter Margasak. "Her music is gentle, intimate, and eccentric, but it isn't just about atmosphere—Arnalds's strangely lovely melodies, marked by slow arcs, sudden loops, and energizing drops, always claim center stage."
Dinner: Golden Apple Open since 1960 and by many accounts a tastier alternative to the Golden Nugget, the local chain it split off from in 1984, the Golden Apple doles out breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day every day, along with bottomless cups of coffee poured by waitresses who call you "hon."
2971 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-528-1413, goldenapplediner.com
Show: The Eternals The Chicago avant-dub veterans headline a free show; Verma and the Great Society Mind Destroyers open.
Dinner: Restaurant Ecuador Luis Valero, the friendly, loquacious owner of Restaurant Ecuador, is quick to inform customers that his food derives from Ecuador’s coastal cuisine, which means more seafood and less meat, more plantain and less potato than you’d expect from a place owned by folks from the more mountainous eastern side of the country (read: El Condor).
2923 W. Diversey Ave., 773-342-7870, restaurantecuador.com
Show: Joan of Arc The Reader's recent pick for Chicago's Best Old Musical Group plays a free show with openers Miracle Condition (featuring Mark Shippy and Pat Samson of U.S. Maple), the Violent ARP Band (featuring Jim Magas of Lake of Dracula), and Thunder Power.
Dinner: Papa's Cache Sabroso Marinated overnight, spun to moist, crisp-skinned goodness on an open-flame carousel, and aggressively spiced, Papa's rotisserie chicken has as much in common with grocery- store offerings as a convent with a strip club.
2517 W. Division St., 773-862-8313
Show: Sailor's Luck This rollicking Fox comedy (1933) opens with a naval gunboat firing at the camera, which is probably as good an image as any to sum up the cinema of Raoul Walsh (The Roaring Twenties, High Sierra, White Heat).
Dinner: Henri New contemporary American restaurant and bar from the people behind the Gage. "Dover sole meunière, the dish that made Julia Child fall in love with France, is a crispy, perfectly browned if fat fillet with a supertart sauce of lemon, butter, and capers; it comes with a side of simple buttered baby vegetables," writes Mike Sula.
18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com
Show: McCabe and Mrs. Miller Still Robert Altman's best moment, this 1971 antiwestern murmurs softly of love, death, and capitalism.
Dinner: Piccolo Mondo Located in one corner of the Windermere, an enormous old Hyde Park hotel gone residential, this spacious, sunny room is two-thirds trattoria, one-third Italian deli. D'Amato's bread, meats, and jars of olives and pasta sauces fill the small grocery up front, where carryout patrons can pick up anything from meatball subs to veal scallopine. Opera music and green and white linens on the table set a different tone in the large dining area.
1642 E. 56th St., 773-643-1106, piccolomondo.us