Friday, December 3, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Friday 12/3

Posted By on 12.03.10 at 04:00 PM

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Music

Show: Sonny Burgess, born in Arkansas in 1931 and drawn like a moth to the flame of Memphis's Sun Records in 1956, plays rowdy, swinging rockabilly in the classic style he helped define. This is a rare opportunity to hear some of his legendary fire live.

8:30 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, 773-463-5808 or 866-468-3401, abbeypub.com, $15, $12 in advance.

Dinner: Rapa Nui Billed as the "House of Empanadas," Rapa Nui (formerly the Latin Sandwich Cafe) is the place to go if you've got a hankering for Chilean chow.

4009 N. Elston Ave., 773-478-0175, rapanuichicago.wordpress.com

Show: Doomtree The long-running Minneapolis-based Doomtree squad is made up of seven artists with distinctive voices who are linked as much by a willingness to challenge hip-hop conventions as they are by their apparent shared taste for darkness and drama.

9 PM, Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake, 312-666-6775 or 866-468-3401, bottomlounge.com, $12, 17+.

Dinner: Mac and Min's The former Jerry's is now a sandwich shop offering po'boys and muffulettas. "In contrast to Jerry's, with its blunderbuss approach to sandwich making, Mac and Min's is a focused if swooning love letter to New Orleans," writes Mike Sula.

1045 W. Madison St., 312-563-1008, www.macandmins.com


Movies

Show: Carlos Originally produced as a miniseries for French TV, Carlos devotes five and a half hours to the two-decade career of international terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, more popularly known as Carlos the Jackal. Like the spellbinding 2008 German feature The Baader Meinhof Complex, it manages to deliver a steady stream of action thrills while examining international terrorism of the 1960s and '70s for lessons important today.

4 and 8 PM (parts 1 and 2), Music Box, 3733 N. Southport, 773-871-6604, $15 for all three parts.

Dinner: Cafe Orchid When Kurt Serpin says he’s cooking Ottoman cuisine, he doesn’t mean the extravagant feasts of the sultans, but he is talking about the traditional Turkish cuisine that evolved from the sultans’ expansive palace kitchens.

1746 W. Addison St., 773-327-3808, cafeorchid.com


Show: Black Swan After the critical and commercial success of The Wrestler, writer-director Darren Aronofsky pivots from the wrestling ring to the ballet studio, and from a battered Mickey Rourke to the delicate Natalie Portman. "As in most of Aronofsky's films, an intense horror of the body and its uncontrollability fuels the rhapsodic psychodrama," writes J.R. Jones.

5:25 pm, 7:05 pm, 8:05 pm, 9:50 pm, 10:50 pm, River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St., 888-262-4386, amcentertainment.com/rivereast

Dinner: Markethouse Farm-to-table restaurant in the Doubletree Hotel; the chef is CIA grad Scott Walton.

611 N. Fairbanks Ct., 312-224-2200, markethousechicago.com


Performing Arts

Show: Black Peter Venture Theater of Green Bay, Wisconsin, brings this misanthropic Christmas tale to Chicago, where it's likely to find an appreciative audience. A figure out of Dutch folklore, the title character is Saint Nicholas's menacing, dark-skinned assistant whose punishments to naughty children include stuffing them into sacks, whisking them off to Spain, and beating them with a heavy stick.

9:30 pm, Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-598-4549, gorillatango.com, $10

Dinner: Takashi A sublime synthesis from Takashi Yagihashi (Yoshi's, Ambria, Detroit's Tribute, Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi) in the former Scylla space.

1952 N. Damen Ave., 773-772-6170, takashichicago.com

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