Show: Plants and Animals This Montreal trio won a Juno and a place on the Polaris Prize short list with the amalgamation of mid-90s indie rock on their first album. The brand-new La La Land is less derivative, but still comfortingly familiar. "As they find their footing, the outline of an original sound emerges," writes Jessica Hopper, "and it's shaping up to be no less righteous than the ones they've borrowed."
10 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, $14, $12 in advance.
Dinner: Maza Stylish, appealing Lebanese restaurant with many traditional favorites and a stellar ful.
2748 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-929-9600
Show: Clean Feed Festival Portugal-based Clean Feed Records continues its new three-day festival, beginning with free shows at the Chicago Cultural Center; the action then moves to Heaven Gallery.
6:30pm, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 312-744-6630
Dinner: La Madia Restaurant in the old Jazz Showcase offering a range of excellent pizzas and a large wine list with 250 by the bottle and multiple options by the glass.
59 W. Grand Ave., 312-329-0400, dinelamadia.com
Show: Professor The subject of this excellent new documentary by Chicago filmmaker Daniel Kraus (Sheriff), University of Iowa prof Jay Holstein, is irascible, extroverted, and eccentric to say the least: a foul-mouthed rabbi with a shaved head who wears T-shirts and shorts to work; a gun-happy animal rights advocate; a bellowing classroom bully and beloved classroom clown.
8pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600
Dinner: Sable Kitchen & Bar At this new "gastrolounge" in River North’s Hotel Palomar, chef Heather Terhune, long of the Atwood Cafe, is offering a bar-friendly menu featuring bites like Moroccan spiced nuts and truffled deviled eggs, small plates like bison-short rib sliders with root beer glaze, plus flatbreads and seasonal farm-inspired vegetable dishes.
505 N. State, 312-755-9704, sablechicago.com
Show: Lifeboat Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 film was one of the sound cinema's first experiments with minimalism: the entire picture takes place in a small boat, as the survivors of a torpedoed luxury liner find themselves cast adrift with the captain of the U-boat that sank them.
8pm, Bank of America Cinema, 4901 W. Irving Park Rd., 312-904-9442
Dinner: Shokran The former Blue Line Moroccan Grill & Bakery is an off-the-beaten-path ethnic restaurant destined to be dubbed a find. For good reason.
4027 W. Irving Park Rd., 773-427-9130, shokranchicago.com
Show: From a Fading Light In this show, patrons are divided into three groups and sent trooping through a Wicker Park church to see six actors perform a fragmented narrative that seems to be about cultists preparing to receive a revelation.
8pm, Saint Paul's Cultural Center, 2215 W. North Ave., 773-278-7677, $12-$20
Dinner: Birchwood Kitchen "There’s not a cheap shortcut to be found at this ambitious sandwich shop from former Pastoral cheeseman Daniel Sirko and partner Judd Murphy (also of Pastoral)," writes Mike Sula. "Like every new venture these days it invokes the mantra of local, seasonal, and sustainable. But here those words have real meaning, with ingredients on the menu of hot and cold sandwiches—plus a make-your-own option with house-roasted meats (turkey, ham, beef)—largely sourced in the midwest and served on Labriola and Red Hen breads."
2211 W. North Ave., 773-276-2100, birchwoodkitchen.com
Lit & Lectures
Show: Kate Zambreno reads from her novel O Fallen Angel (see review); she'll be joined by John Beer, Jeremy Davies, Daniel Borzutsky, and A.D. Jameson. "I found myself mesmerized, mostly by the rhythm and occasional whimsy of the prose. Zambreno breathes life into her characters with language alone," writes S.L. Wisenberg.
7pm, Quimby's, 1854 W. North Ave., 773-342-0910, free
Dinner: The Handlebar The food is cheap and vegetarian friendly: most entrees are under $10, and the only meat option is fish. The chefs don’t do anything flashy, but they do a little bit of everything and do it well—the samosas with tamarind chutney, for example, are on par with any you’d find on Devon.
2311 W. North Ave., 773-384-9546, handlebarchicago.com