MOONDANCE TO THE BELFAST COWBOY: Singer-songwriter Van Morrison brings his jazzy folk rock to the Chicago Theatre. Van the Man is billed to play songs from his classic 1968 album, “Astral Weeks,” but hopefully he’ll make room for “Brown Eyed Girl.” 175 N. State St.; Loop. 8 p.m. $65 to $350.
GETTING ‘WILD’ AT THE MUSIC BOX: Director Spike Jonze’s film adaptation of the beloved children’s book “Where The Wild Things Are” receives its Chicago debut at the Music Box. (Try going all out by dressing up as your favorite character from the book.) Jonze and author Dave Eggers will be on hand for a Q&A afterward, and all proceeds for the screening go to Eggers’ Chicago tutoring center, 826CHI. 3733 N. Southport Ave.; Lakeview. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Sold out.
THE DEMON DOG AND FOUL OWL WITH THE DEATH GROWL: Crime-fiction author James Ellroy (“The Black Dahlia” and “L.A. Confidential”) will read from his latest novel, “Blood’s A Rover,” at the Harold Washington Library. Expect a lot of conspiracy theories and hard-boiled tales of gruff men in blue. 400 S. State St.; South Loop. Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. 6 p.m. Free.