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Show: David Sedaris's latest book, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, features a crow who convinces a ewe to meditate so he can pluck out her lamb's eyes, lab rats dying slow deaths after being injected with HIV, and an owl caught by his family in what looks like a compromising position (helping a gerbil venture into a hippo's anus in search of singing leeches). "If it weren't for the witty, incisive writing, the stories in this 'modest bestiary' would be just plain twisted. Sedaris applies his talent for satire—so often turned on himself in autobiographical works—to his characters, making them not just funny but often surprisingly complex," writes Julia Thiel.
6 pm, Borders, 2817 N. Clark St., 773-935-3909, free
Dinner: Duke of Perth Long-standing Lakeview pub best known for its selection of beers and Scotch whiskeys (over 90 of the latter). The Scottish-themed menu includes fish-and-chips (all you can eat for $9.50 Wednesdays and Fridays), shepherd's pie, and vegetarian options such as leek pie and salads.
2913 N. Clark St., 773-477-1741, dukeofperth.com
Show: Rebecca Skloot A Chicago Council on Science and Technology program with science writer Skloot, author of the best seller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Dinner: C-House Seafood-oriented restaurant in the Affinia Hotel; Nicole Pederson, formerly a sous chef at Lula, is executive chef under chef-owner Marcus Samuelsson.
166 E. Superior St., 312-523-0923, c-houserestaurant.com
Show: Carlos Prieto The cellist discusses his history of his instrument, The Adventures of a Cello. Program includes a recital of solo cello works by Bach.
Dinner: Trattoria Caterina Charming, casual Printer's Row Italian serving interesting pasta and good vegetarian options.
616 S. Dearborn St., 312-939-7606
Show: Bosco Delrey "People often seem put off when I recommend Bosco Delrey for his strange hybrid of rockabilly and dancehall, which I'll admit sounds guaranteed to suck," writes Miles Raymer. "But Delrey's taste in rockabilly runs more toward Suicide than Brian Setzer, and his interpretation of dancehall is more in line with skeletal early-80s King Jammy productions than the glossy stuff that occasionally crosses over onto pop radio."
Dinner: Sabor Saveur "This Ukie Village restaurant is going for the kind of Mexican-French fusion you may have enjoyed at Mexique, though with knockout Italian-influenced dishes like tortellini stuffed with soft chicharron, sprinkled with cracklings in a poblano sauce, it might just as well be called Sabor Saveur Sapore," writes David Hammond.
2013 W. Division St., 773-235-7310, saborsaveur.com
Show: Murder By Contract This rarely screened 1958 gem about the mind of a contract killer is one of Martin Scorsese's favorite thrillers, and it's easy to see why.
Dinner: Trattoria No. 10 At Trattoria No. 10 chef Douglas D'Avico has long been green, featuring organic and naturally raised products on his seasonal menu. It changes daily, but current offerings might include a salad of organic beets with fennel, arugula, and goat cheese or an octopus carpaccio with watercress, blood oranges, and capers.
10 N. Dearborn St., 312-984-1718, trattoriaten.com