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Sharon Van Etten

Show: Junip, Sharon Van Etten On their debut album, Swedish trio Junip "sounds like Bread jamming with Klaus Dinger—and the funny thing is, it works," writes Peter Margasak. Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten opens; her recent second album, Epic, adds bigger melodies and full-band arrangements to her elegant, transparently personal lyrics, haunting melodies, and judiciously ornamented singing.

10 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, lincolnhallchicago.com, $15

Dinner: Fattoush Restaurant Lina and Sam Elakhaoui, the husband and wife who run this Lincoln Park spot, import spices from Lebanon (and some from Lebanese markets in Dearborn, Michigan), to season dishes like beef or chicken shawarma, shish tawouk (charbroiled cubes of chicken), and falafel with unique blends of aromatic mastic, marjoram, sumac, and the like.

2652 N. Halsted St., 773-327-2652, fattoushrestaurant.com

Show: Masaki Batoh, the singer at the center of Japanese psychedelic combo Ghost, has always seemed like a mystical troubadour—and now he's making like one. Even though he hasn't recorded a solo album in 14 years, Batoh is touring the U.S. sans band, bringing just his guitar, maybe a hurdy-gurdy, and the songs he's written over the past quarter century. James Blackshaw headlines.

9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, emptybottle.com, $10.

Dinner: Small Bar This unassuming soccer bar is decĀ­orated with lava lamps and classic rock photography as well as rally scarves and framed jerseys. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, and good thing, too, since Small Bar has a massive beer selection—120 to 150 varieties in total.

2049 W. Division St., 773-772-2727, thesmallbar.com/division

Show: Gert-Jan Prins & Bas van Koolwijk As a kid Dutch sound artist Gert-Jan Prins built radio transmitters and receivers from scratch, a hobby that still informs his work—though he was first active as a free-jazz percussionist, for more than two decades he's been creating abstract noise with homemade gear that incorporates radio technology. Lately Prins has been working with Dutch video artist Bas van Koolwijk, and tonight's performance will employ a device they designed in 2006 called the Synchronator, which translates audio signals into abstract video.

8 PM, Graham Foundation, Madlener House, 4 W. Burton Pl., 312-787-4071, grahamfoundation.org, RSVP required at synchronator.eventbrite.com, free


Show: Dog Sweat Like Jia Zhang-ke's Unknown Pleasures and the recent documentary Burma VJ, this Iranian drama was shot on video clandestinely because national review boards would never allow a studio to produce it. As such, the astonishing content often overwhelms the storytelling, which is plenty accomplished in its own right.

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

Dinner: La Madia Restaurant in the old Jazz Showcase offering a range of pizzas and a large wine list with 250 by the bottle and multiple options by the glass. As for the pies, they're delicious.

59 W. Grand Ave., 312-329-0400, dinelamadia.com

Show: Dogtooth Inside the confines of a nicely appointed country home, a stern patriarch and his obedient wife keep their teenage son and two teenage daughters cloistered from the world and zanily miseducated. Writer-director Giorgos Lanthimos walks a fine line between the sinister and the hilarious, though the confused siblings (Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, and Hristos Passalis) are never less than poignant. This is one you won’t forget, though probably not for lack of trying. In Greek with subtitles.

7 pm, 9 pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575, docfilms.uchicago.edu

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


Show: Big Dance Theater "Translating Agnès Varda's Cleo From 5 to 7 to the stage proves a tough job in Comme Toujours, Here I Stand, by Brooklyn-based Big Dance Theater. Comically difficult, in fact. But untranslatability—between cultures, eras, and art forms—seems to be the point," writes Laura Molzahn.

7:30 pm, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660, mcachicago.org

Dinner: Zest Chef Kurt Mittelberger's eclectic but approachable and surprisingly affordable ranges from ahi tuna with Japanese slaw and wasabi dressing to "Aztec" tomato soup to Mediterranean-style halibut and Wiener schnitzel.

525 N. Michigan Ave., 312-321-8766, icchicagohotel.com/dining/zest_restaurant.cfm

Performing Arts

Show: The Devilish Children and the Civilizing Process Jeremy Menekseoglu's brief new play starts with a supremely creepy dialogue between a little girl and her genially abusive ventriloquist's dummy, then transitions to a horrific passage in which an unfeeling father deposits his three-year-old son, Karl, at a school for incorrigible children. Based on Heinrich Hoffmann's 1845 German bestseller, Struwwelpeter, Devilish Children's main attraction is a series of grotesque cautionary tales in which bad children get far worse than they deserve.

8 pm, Dream Theatre, 556 W. 18th St., 773-552-8616, dreamtheatrecompany.com

Dinner: Lawrence's Fisheries In the shadow of a trestle bridge spanning the Chicago River, this family-run fried seafood emporium has been around since 1971, and its rickety steps show it. Inside there’s a wealth of options: fried shrimp, scallops, frog legs, catfish, perch, cod, oyster, clam strips, popcorn shrimp, and something called “seafood nuggets,” all served with your choice of house-made cocktail or hot sauce.

2120 S. Canal St., 312-225-2113, laurencesfisheries.com


Show: Chris Connelly (Concrete, Bulletproof, Invisible and Fried: My Life as a Revolting Cock) reads from his debut novel, Ed Royal, set in 1980s Edinburgh, Scotland.

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

Dinner: Cafe Absinthe Unlike many of the trendy joints in Wicker Park, Cafe Absinthe has secured a niche as a classic neighborhood restaurant through an unpretentious combination of well-executed food and relaxed yet expert service.

1954 W. North Ave., 773-278-4488, cafeabsinthechicago.com