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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Thursday 2/4

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Show: Lights This peculiar Brooklyn band's second full-length, Rites (Drag City), combines throbbing disco, warbling folk, chill psychedelia, and Laura Nyro-style pop (thankfully not all in the same track), an unwieldy hodgepodge that hangs together largely on the strength of the beautiful but sturdy harmony singing of guitarist Sophia Knapp and drummer Linnea Vedder. The Entrance Band headlines; Lights and White Mystery open.

9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10, $5 (limited).

Dinner: Mr. Brown's Lounge "While the menu is mostly Jamaican fare, concessions to the bar crowd like chicken tenders and onion rings also make appearances. So I was little surprised to discover that the food is top-notch," writes Julia Thiel.

2301 W. Chicago Ave., 773-278-4445

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Show: Mose Allison Last year producer Joe Henry coaxed pianist, songwriter, and vocalist Mose Allison into the studio for the first time in 12 years. Allison, who turned 82 in November, has been refining his singular blend of country blues, urban jazz, and rustic poetry since before Henry was born, and at this point he's got nothing left to prove.

8 and 10 PM, Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth, 312-360-0234, $20.

Dinner: Chicago Curry House Huge selection of familiar northern Indian dishes and a handful of Nepalese specialties, which emphasize ginger and garlic over the chiles and dairy of the more southerly regions. As far as I know, this is currently the only place offering Nepalese dishes within the city limits.

899 S. Plymouth, 312-362-9999


Show: The Chaser "Easily the best cop thriller since The Departed, this 2008 Korean import is the debut feature of Na Hong-jin, who demonstrates such mastery of suspense mechanics that he earns the right to flirt with irony and even—dare I say it—tragedy," writes J.R. Jones.

6:30pm, 9pm, Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-281-4114

Dinner: Fattoush Restaurant Lina and Sam Elakhaoui, the husband and wife who run this Lincoln Park spot, import spices from Lebanon (and some from Lebanese markets in Dearborn, Michigan), to season dishes like beef or chicken shawarma, shish tawouk (charbroiled cubes of chicken), and falafel with unique blends of aromatic mastic, marjoram, sumac, and the like.

2652 N. Halsted St., 773-327-2652

Performing Arts

Show: Koosil-ja/DanceKumiko Japan-born choreographer Koosil-ja studied with Merce Cunningham when she moved to New York in 1981, and his influence is written all over the piece her company is performing for its Chicago debut.

8pm, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., 312-369-6600

Dinner: Cuatro "Sophisticated nuevo Latino comfort food in a sophisticated space. Appetizers looked so tempting it was hard to make our choices, but the vegetarian ceviche was a good pick: crunchy hearts of palm, mushrooms, asparagus, avocado, and pico de gallo in a bright-tasting citrus dressing," write Kate Schmidt.

2030 S. Wabash, 312-842-8856

Show: August: Osage County Tracy Letts's grand melodrama remains an exhausting hoot—halfway between Greek tragedy and an episode of The Big Valley.

Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, 312-902-1400

Dinner: Russian Tea Time Raters recommend Russian Tea Time for a unique dining experience in an elegant, old-world atmosphere. One says, “My wife and I spent several weeks in Russia a few months before going to this restaurant and found the food to exceed any dining experiences we had overseas.”

77 E. Adams St., 312-360-0000


Show: Jeffrey Haas discusses The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther; he'll be joined on a panel by Bill Ayers, Alice Kim, LaDonna Redmond, and David Omtoso Stovall. See excerpt.

6pm, Barbara's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted, 312-413-2665

Dinner: Nightwood It's a testament to the team's creative vision that Nightwood is a lot more than just Lula south. Heisner's sleek design, simultaneously spare and luxe, sets the tone, from the clean cubism of the outdoor patio to the surprisingly comfortable modern squiggles of the chairs.

2119 S. Halsted St., 312-526-3385

Visual Arts

Show: Adler School Presents: Faces of Poverty Photo Exhibit A one-night display of photographs taken by Chicago Police Officers who are also students in Adler's M.A. in Police Psychology program.

5:30-8pm, Black Walnut, 220 N. Aberdeen, 312-286-2307

Dinner: Otom Now under chef Thomas Elliott Bowman, Otom continues to offer comfort food with Homaro Cantu-inspired tweaks—for example, a BLT starter made with caramel-braised bacon, smoked tomato jam, and romaine puree or chicken and waffles with purple yam waffles, chicken breast, egg, gravy, and okra.

951 W. Fulton Mkt., 312-491-5804

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