Show: Katinka Kleijn Dutch-born cellist Katinka Kleijn plays with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the upstart International Contemporary Ensemble, and local prog-rock band District 97, among other groups—during the decade and a half she's been in Chicago, she's engaged passionately with all kinds of music, instead of treating her classical career as her only legitimate outlet and everything else as mere "fun." Today she performs the premiere of Oil-Free Blush, a solo work she commissioned with help from the Chicago Humanities Festival (of which this concert is a part).
2:30 PM, Diane and David B. Heller Auditorium, Francis W. Parker School, 2233 N. Clark, 312-494-9509, $15, $5 students and teachers.
2233 N. Clark St., 773-353-3000, fwparker.org, $15, $5 students and teachers.
Lunch/Dinner: Del Seoul New quick-service restaurant serving Koji BBQ-inspired Korean tacos, Korean BBQ "banh mi." Review pending.
2568 N. Clark, 773-248-4227, delseoul.com
Show: Dimmu Borgir wield their power with an easy confidence that doesn't quite feel like autopilot, though they've certainly lost some of their feral fury over the years—the band's stylistic drift has resulted in a sound less rooted in black metal and more in a postindustrial, gothic romanticism that's best rendered in shades of gray.
5:30 PM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 866-448-7849, $25, $21 in advance.
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: Lindstrom Norwegian electronic musician Lindstrom plays solo, with Golden Birthday and DJ Joakim Haugland. On his recent collaboration with vocalist Christabelle, Real Life Is No Cool (Smalltown Supersound), Lindstrom gravitates toward shorter, more danceable songs, in contrast to the ten-minute-plus dirges from previous efforts.
Dinner: Old Lviv Ukrainian Food Restaurant A holdout from the days when Ukrainian Village was Ukrainian, Old Lviv still offers the traditional cuisine, from pierogi and blintzes to potatoes and sauerkraut, borscht and salad to schnitzel and stuffed cabbage. For those who have difficulty choosing, this place is perfect: it's all served up in an abundant buffet.
2228 W. Chicago Ave., 773-772-7250
Show: Four Lions Islamic jihadists plot to blow themselves up in the middle of the London marathon, but they're such bunglers that the only real question is whether they'll manage to take any infidels with them. The comedy divides cleanly into dark, violent slapstick (much of it hilarious) and more routine gags highlighting the fanatical characters' foolishness and incompetence.
1:20 pm, 3:40 pm, 6 pm, 8:20 pm, Pipers Alley, 230 W. North Ave., 312-642-6275
Dinner: Old Town Social is a beer-focused bar, with 17 offerings on draft, many more bottles, and a short seasonal cocktail menu—but Jared Van Camp's curing operation is the ace in the hole.
455 W. North Ave., 312-266-2277, oldtownsocial.com
Show: The Seagull As Stanislavsky knew and this beautifully acted Goodman Theatre production demonstrates, when performed without histrionics, nobody's plays are more moving than Chekhov's.
Dinner: Henri "If the food and drink at a place like this were to suck, we'd call it the whole thing antiquated, inauthentic, or even cynical. I'm going to call it neoclassical—and a pretty fun place to eat.
18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com