Show: Zemog el Gallo Bueno Puerto Rican native Abraham Gomez-Delgado, Zemog el Gallo Bueno's front man, moved to the U.S. when he was just six and absorbed a huge range of music growing up in central Massachusetts. He spent years in rock bands in his 20s, but for the past decade he's made Puerto Rican sounds like salsa and plena the bedrock of his output.
10 PM, Morseland, 1218 W. Morse, 773-764-8900, $10
Dinner: Masouleh specializes in home-style Persian food—stews, soups, and small sides, many based more on vegetables than meat. While Goly Nassiri-Masouleh works the front of this equally homey Rogers Park restaurant, her husband, Azim, works the kitchen, laboring over regional dishes such as mirza ghasemi, roasted eggplant stewed with tomato and garlic.
6653 N. Clark St., 773-262-2227
Show: Fay Victor "The Freesong Suite (Greene Ave Music), the latest album by New York vocalist Fay Victor, genuinely surprised me: as soon as I thought I had a handle on its style, the next track would do something else," writes Peter Margasak. "Victor's rich, creamy voice reminds me of heavy hitters like Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, and Jeanne Lee, and like them she's restlessly creative, carving out her own unpredictable path."
10 PM, Elastic, 2830 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-772-3616, $8 suggested donation
Dinner: Kuma's Corner Friendly corner tap with killer burgers. There's also a make-your-own mac 'n' cheese option, appetizers like the mussels cooked in Allagash white ale with garlic and chiles, and an excellent beer list.
2900 W. Belmont Ave., 773-604-8769
Show: South Loop Film Festival The 1st Annual South Loop Film Festival features 17 under-10 minute films and music videos, including Jennifer Jordans Day's stop motion Make a Mate.
7:30pm, ShowPlace ICON, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd, $10
Dinner: Chicago Curry House "As far as I know, this is currently the only place offering Nepalese dishes within the city limits. Notable appetizers include the lamb choela, tender chunks of marinated meat with strips of nearly raw ginger, and spicy ground chicken- or vegetable-stuffed momo, which resemble Chinese soup dumplings and are served with a thick, powerfully tasty achaar made from pureed almonds, coriander, sesame, mustard, and cardamom seeds," writes Mike Sula.
899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312-362-9999
Show: Agamemnon "Scheduled to premiere in sections over the next four months, Jeremy Menekseoglu's Agon Trilogy covers essentially the same territory as Aeschylus's Oresteia," writes Tony Adler. "But if this first installment is any indication, it'll do so in an arrestingly idiosyncratic way."
8pm, Dream Theatre, 556 W. 18th St. 773-552-8616, $15-$18
Dinner: Ciao Amore Ristorante "a place with lots of ambition and space to grow, is still getting its act together, though it promises to be quite a show," writes David Hammond. "With most entrees between $16 and $22, Ciao Amore offers a high-value, high-quality dining experience, and is BYO with no corkage fee."
1134 W. 18th St., 312-432-9090
Show: Tim O'Brien A reading and signing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Things They Carried.
7:30pm, Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, free
Dinner: Khyber Pass Oak Park mainstay for Indian food.
1031 Lake St., 708-445-9032