Show: Besnard Lakes "This excellent Montreal combo refines its painterly touch on the new The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night, filling out its epic jams and sprawling melodies with dense, meticulous brushstrokes of screaming guitar and vintage keyboard," writes Peter Margasak. This free show kicks off the city's Downtown Sound series; the Ponys open.
6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph, 312-742-1168
Dinner: Cafecito The best damn Cuban sandwiches in town.
26 E. Congress Pkwy., 312- 922-2233, cafecitochicago.com
Show: Six "Three years ago pianist Jacques Demierre and analog synthesist Thomas Lehn founded this mostly Swiss improvising sextet—a sort of all-star group that also includes violist and vocalist Charlotte Hug, saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, clarinetist Isabelle Duthoit, and vocalist and musical saw player Dorothea Schürch—to make music that self-consciously reveals, exploits, and takes inspiration from the acoustic qualities of the space in which it's performed," writes Bill Meyer. The group is playing two Chicago shows in halls with radically different sonics; Francois Houle fills in for Duthoit.
8 PM, Fulton Recital Hall, University of Chicago, 1010 E. 59th, 773-702-8670
Dinner: Piccolo Mondo Located in one corner of the Windermere, an enormous old Hyde Park hotel gone residential, this spacious, sunny room is two-thirds trattoria, one-third Italian deli.
1642 E. 56th St., 773-643-1106, piccolomondo.us
Show: Ricky Francois Ozon, director of such realistic dramas as Swimming Pool (2003) and Under the Sand (2000), ventures into fantasy with this French feature, which might be read as a parable about coping with "special needs" infants. This is among Ozon's most lyrical and daring films.
7pm, 9pm, Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-281-4114
Dinner: Boka The menu of Giuseppe Tentori, a nine-year veteran of Charlie Trotter's, consistently pops with startling, enjoyable items.
1729 N. Halsted St., 312-337-6070, bokachicago.com