Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Tuesday 2/9 (New Restaurants Edition)

Posted By on 02.09.10 at 01:54 PM

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Lit

Show: Funny Ha-Ha Loves You Readings and performances by James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish), comedian Cameron Esposito, Poetry magazine associate editor Fred Sasaki, and poet Robbie Q. Telfer (Spiking the Sucker Punch), along with short films by Steve Delahoyde. Claire Zulkey (An Off Year) hosts.

6:30-8pm, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $5 suggested donation to benefit Neighborhood Writing Alliance.

Dinner: The Southern The former Chaise Lounge is now the Southern, a more casual bar and restaurant featuring the regional cuisine of chef Cary Taylor (Blackbird, Ambria, Avenues). One of several restaurants that are too new to review.

1840 W. North Ave., 773-342-1840

Movies

Show: Beeswax The talented indie director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Apprecation) delivers another of his wry, socially observant romantic comedies, focusing this time on the odd parallels between partnership in business and in love; see J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.

6pm, 8pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600

Dinner: Prairie Fire Eclectic new restaurant from Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris of Prairie Grass Cafe. The extensive, eclectic menu ranges from appetizers like warm baked feta with banana peppers, duck and chicken liver patés, Asian-style shrimp and ahi tuna, and pizzas to 20 entrees including steaks, Greek-influenced dishes, five fish preparations, and a breaded pork schnitzel; review pending.

215 N. Clinton, 312-382-8300


Show: Fish Tank British filmmaker Andrea Arnold made her feature debut with Red Road (2006), an eerie, low-budget suspense story about a woman stalking, seducing, and finally exacting her revenge against the man who ruined her life. This excellent follow-up, set against a similar landscape of shabby council estates, unfolds as a conventional coming-of-age story, yet Arnold hasn’t altered her persuasively jaundiced view of men.

5pm, 7:20pm, 9:40pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604

Dinner: Leo's Coney Island of Chicago New Chicago outlet of a beloved Detroit chili dog stand and restaurant, serving breakfast, burgers and sandwiches, and salads in addition to Coneys. It opened soft last week; its official opening is Monday, February 15.

3455 N. Southport Ave., 773-281-5367


Show: The Hurt Locker Kathryn Bigelow's heart-stopping, Oscar-nominated Iraq war drama follows a U.S. army bomb squad around Baghdad as it defuses IEDs, a job that places the men in potentially deadly situations a dozen times a day.

8:30pm, Logan, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-252-0628

Dinner: Longman & Eagle New bar and restaurant from the owners of the Empty Bottle; the chef is Jared Wentworth. The review is pending, but according to a friend of the Food Chain, the slow-roasted cauliflower, beluga lentils, caramelized onion, golden raisins, mango, and cucumber raita is delicious.

2657 N. Kedzie, 773-276-7110

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