Show: Orquestra Contemporanea de Olinda This Brazilian big band incorporates the brass-band carnaval music called frevo, regional rhythms like ciranda and maracatu—the latter a key element in the manguebeat sound pioneered by Chico Science two decades ago—and even traces of samba, rock, and dub. "There hasn't been a show I've been more excited about this year," writes Peter Margasak.
9 PM, Rumba, 351 W. Hubbard, 312-222-1226, $10
Dinner: Xoco "Is there nowhere else in town to turn for a comparable ham-and-cheese torta under $11.50? The answer is no. There is nothing like Xoco’s jamon torta, griddled flat and layered with La Quercia prosciutto, seasonally variable organic Wisconsin cheddar, black beans, avocado, and chipotle mustard. The prices are justified by a singular dedication to superior products," writes Mike Sula.
449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688
Show: Love Is All On their third album, Two Thousand and Ten Injuries (Polyvinyl), Sweden's Love Is All are still playing their own version of early British postpunk—brittle guitars, bouncy pogo-ready rhythms, James Ausfahrt's post-James Chance saxophone, Josephine Olausson's squeaky, cheeky shout—but this time they've softened the music's jittery edge.
9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $12, $10 in advance
Dinner: Andrzej Grill Serving a dining room about the size of a one-car garage, Andrzej and Anna Burak crank out traditional dishes for a steady stream of Polish folks who know what the food of their homeland should taste like.
1022 N. Western Ave., 773-489-3566
Show: Joyland vs. CellStories Brian Joseph Davis, cofounder of the online "hub for short fiction" Joyland, reads from his new story collection, Ronald Reagan, My Father, and CellStories founder Dan Sinker reads stories from cell phones. Together they'll discuss "the ins and outs of free fiction."
7pm, Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., 773-342-0910
Dinner: Lokal Inventive central European fusion restaurant and lounge with DJs and live music. "Even chicken breast—that dry, lifeless slab of protein chefs put on the menu just in case someone who doesn't like to eat gets dragged in—is redeemed, marinated for two days in Polish Bison Grass Vodka and served over house-made slaw with fuchsia-colored beet ponzu," writes Mike Sula.
1904 W. North Ave., 773-904-8113
Show: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson The great documentary maker Steve James (Stevie, Hoop Dreams) returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, to dredge up the story of a 1993 controversy involving NBA icon Allen Iverson.
7:30pm, 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