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Show: Richard Thompson Band The folk-rock veteran plays in support of the new Dream Attic. "The best thing about the album is how much guitar playing Thompson does," writes Peter Margasak. "Of the British rock guitarists who emerged in the late 60s, he's my favorite, and here his biting, focused improvisations teem with tightly coiled, magically gnarled phrases."

8 PM, the Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield, 773-472-0449 or 866-448-7849, $32.50

Dinner: Ukai Japanese Restaurant Reasonably priced Japanese place in the former Matsuyama; it's BYO for now, with a liquor license in the works.

1059 W. Belmont Ave., 773-868-9900, ukaichicago.com

Show: Lera Auerbach is an accomplished composer, pianist, and poet, though her polystylistic music—accessible, urgently communicative, and with great surface appeal—may ruffle some academic feathers. Joining Auerbach is hometown cellist Ani Aznavoorian, a friend and collaborator since their Juilliard days; she has an affinity for chamber music and a significant and growing international career.

7:30 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 1131 E. 57th, 773-702-8068, $35, $5 for students.

Dinner: Snail Thai Thai is one of few cuisines where there's no small amount of competition in Hyde Park, but Snail Thai makes a case for itself with what by all reports is exceedingly friendly, assiduous service and a menu that offers more than most.

1649 E. 55th St., 773-667-5423, snailthai.com

Show: The 1900s "Cold & Kind and its predecessor, the EP Plume Delivery, had great songs and a lot of ambition. Return of the Century fulfills that ambition. Anderson and the band always seemed to be straining to make an album as perfect in its own way as the classic pop LPs of the 60s—and by loosening their grip on the wheel, they've finally done it," writes Miles Raymer.

5:30 PM, Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee, 773-235-3727

Dinner: Birchwood Kitchen "There’s not a cheap shortcut to be found at this ambitious sandwich shop from former Pastoral cheeseman Daniel Sirko and partner Judd Murphy (also of Pastoral). Like every new venture these days it invokes the mantra of local, seasonal, and sustainable. But here those words have real meaning, with ingredients on the menu of hot and cold sandwiches—plus a make-your-own option with house-roasted meats (turkey, ham, beef)—largely sourced in the midwest and served on Labriola and Red Hen breads," writes Mike Sula.

2211 W. North Ave., 773-276-2100, birchwoodkitchen.com


Show: The Big Heat Fritz Lang's sizzling 1953 film noir masterpiece features Glenn Ford (in his best performance—perhaps his only performance) as an anguished cop out to smash a maddeningly effete mobster (Alexander Scourby) and break the hold he has on a corrupt city administration.

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

Dinner: Cibo Matto "could pass as Spiaggia’s more playful, easygoing younger sibling," writes Mike Sula.

201 N. State St., 312-239-9500, cibomatto.therestaurantsatthewit.com

Show: Fair Game "You'd have to go back to All the President's Men (1976) for a better example of fresh American political scandal being turned into slam-bang, star-powered drama," writes J.R. Jones. See our in-depth review for more.

2:30 pm, 4:40 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:20 pm, 10 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Erwin Mark Bittman, the New York Times's minimalist, would approve of Erwin, the namesake restaurant of chef Erwin Drechsler. The emphasis is on seasonal food prepared simply, to bring out the freshness of the ingredients.

2925 N. Halsted St., 773-528-7200, erwincafe.com


Show: Long Day's Journey Into Night Polarity Ensemble Theatre brings a keen eye and a brimming heart to this revival of Eugene O'Neill's classic 1956 play.

7:30 pm, Josephinum, 1500 N. Oakley Blvd., 773-805-5055, josephinum.org

Dinner: The Handlebar The food is cheap and vegetarian friendly: most entrees are under $10, and the only meat option is fish. The chefs don’t do anything flashy, but they do a little bit of everything and do it well—the samosas with tamarind chutney, for example, are on par with any you’d find on Devon.

2311 W. North Ave., 773-384-9546, handlebarchicago.com

Lit & Lectures

Show: The Interview Show Mark Bazer's guests are rapper and 20th Ward aldermanic candidate Che "Rhymefest" Smith, author Thomas Geoghegan (Were You Born on the Wrong Continent? How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life), folk music ensemble Sones de Mexico, and documentary director Ruth Leitman (Ruthless Films).

6:30-8 pm, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, hideoutchicago.com, $5

Dinner: Jane's inhabits a cozy converted house in Bucktown. The reasonably priced Cal-American fare is innovative, eclectic, and especially friendly to vegetarians.

1653 W. Cortland St., 773-862-5263, janesrestaurant.com

Show: The Exquisite Book Authors Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski, and Matt Lamothe (Also Design) present The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game; they'll be joined by contributors Anders Nilsen, Lilli Carre, Paul Hornschemeier, Isaac Tobin, Lauren Nassef, and Susie Ghahremani.

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

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," writes Mike Sula.

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

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