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Show: European Jazz Meets Chicago The fifth Umbrella Music Festival kicks off today with the first half of European Jazz Meets Chicago, a sort of mini festival that for the first time will last two nights instead of one—musicians from ten European countries are participating, compared to six in each of the past two years.

6:30 PM, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630, chicagoculturalcenter.org, free

Dinner: Henri New contemporary American restaurant and bar from the people behind the Gage.

18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com


Show: Charles Burns presents his new graphic novel, X'ed Out, which follows a young man who's apparently sustained some sort of head injury as he ventures through surreal passages filled with typical Burnsian creepy, alienlike characters.

7 pm, Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., 773-342-0910, quimbys.com, free

Dinner: Hot Chocolate Mindy Segal was initially known for her stints as pastry chef at MK, MK North, Marché, Charlie Trotter’s, and Spago, but at her restaurant Hot Chocolate she offers a small, perpetually rotating dinner menu of locally grown and seasonally inspired creations—roast Gunthorp Farms chicken, roasted rack of lamb with baby artichokes, fiddlehead ferns, and spring garlic barigoule, Israeli couscous, and Green Acres sorrel butter.

1747 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-1747, hotchocolatechicago.com


Show: The Bowery Raoul Walsh's re-creation of New York in the 1890s, drawn (none too literally) from his own childhood memories. This 1933 drama is one of Walsh's most personal films of the early sound period, with definite signs of the stunning deep-focus technique that was to coalesce later in the decade.

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

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: Inside Job Press materials call this documentary by Charles Ferguson "the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008." Not exactly—it follows and in many ways echoes Andrew and Leslie Cockburn's excellent American Casino (2009). But as Ferguson proved with his Iraq war documentary No End in Sight (2007), he can get to a story later but provide so much more context that his film seems definitive.

4:30 pm, 7 pm, 9:30 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Julius Meinl A classy place for those of moderate means, this is the first American outpost for Viennese coffee purveyor Julius Meinl. The coffee is made from beans roasted in Austria; strong but not acidic, it's superb.

3601 N. Southport Ave., 773-868-1857, www.meinl.com/northamerica/home.html

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