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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Saturday 5/1

Posted By on 05.01.10 at 12:30 PM

  • John Clark
  • Quasi

Show: Quasi's first album with bassist Joanna Bolme is punchy power-trio mode most of the way through. "If the group is made this much better by adding a third, here's hoping they get a fourth for the next one," writes Jessica Hopper.

10 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, $14, $12 in advance.

Dinner: Crepe & Coffee Palace Can a hidden treasure be in plain sight? On a busy stretch of Clark just north of Fullerton, you'll find this delightful Algerian-style eatery.

2433 N. Clark St., 773-404-1300

Show: Harlem, Jaill Pretty much every other cut on Harlem's Hippies is supremely catchy, but the shit-talking lyrics—whose spirit spills over into the band's entertaining Twitter feed—gives them a scuzzy frisson. Milwaukee's Jaill plays in support of That's How We Burn (due July 27 on Sub Pop) is a set of dark, twitchy rock that recalls the period during the 70s when a certain fusion of muscular riffs and cerebral musical structures flourished, "which is to say that I bet Diamond Dogs, Johnny the Fox, and Here Come the Warm Jets all have places of honor in dudes' record collections," writes Miles Raymer.

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

Dinner: A Tavola Tiny Ukrainian Village storefront with an equally tiny but satisfying Italian menu and, arguably, the best gnocchi in town.

2148 W. Chicago Ave., 773-276-7567

Show: Lazer Crystal, featuring members of Mahjongg, plays in support of their new Thrill Jockey release, mcmlxxx. "The songs on mcmlxxx sprawl across Krautrock, Italo-disco, prog, and noise, and in keeping with those influences their payoff isn't in pop hooks so much as it is in really intense vibes," writes Miles Raymer.

8 PM, Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan, 773-837-0145, $10.

Dinner: Kevin's Hamburger Heaven "It's nighttime—more specifically, the hours after the bars close—that's given Kevin's its citywide rep as the ne plus ultra of greasy spoons. The sotted and soused come from far and wide for coffee, chili burgers with mounds of fries, or steak and eggs served with Kevin's house-label steak sauce; late one evening I heard a guy say blearily, "Gimme one of everything on the breakfast menu," writes Gary Wiviott.

554 W. Pershing Rd., 773-924-5771


Show: Harry Brown Michael Caine stars as an old-age pensioner in a hellish London council estate who turns vigilante after his best friend is murdered by drug-dealing punks. See J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.

1:30pm, 4pm, 7pm, 9:30pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Duke of Perth Long-standing Lakeview pub best known for its selection of beers and Scotch whiskeys (over 90 of the latter). The Scottish-themed menu includes fish-and-chips (all you can eat for $9.50 Wednesdays and Fridays), shepherd's pie, and vegetarian options such as leek pie and salads.

2913 N. Clark St., 773-477-1741

Show: Floored In this revealing documentary about the commodities market, James Allen Smith tries to untangle the knots of shouting men on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.

3pm, 4:45pm, 6:15pm, 8pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600

Dinner: Cibo Matto "could pass as Spiaggia’s more playful, easygoing younger sibling," writes Mike Sula. One of the best new restaurants of 2009.

201 N. State St., 312-239-9500

Performing Arts

Show: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas "This sweet, slightly sentimental 1978 musical tells its story—in which whores with hearts of gold run afoul of an opportunistic televangelist—with elegant simplicity," writes Jack Helbig. "But what puts Kevin Bellie's Circle Theatre staging a cut above is his choreography: he seems to deliver another thrilling, high-energy dance number every five minutes."

8pm, Circle Theatre, 7300 W. Madison St., 708-771-0700, $12-$24

Dinner: Jimmy's Place "Locals like me might drive past Jimmy's Place for years, uncertain whether it's a bar or a restaurant. Turns out it’s both. Most times of the week, Jimmy hisself is there, looking like a congenial Lex Luthor in a red baseball cap and gregariously greeting all who walk in the door. The food? Unpretentious, reasonably priced—and very good," writes David Hammond.

7411 W. Madison St., 708-771-7476


Show: Two-Craft Minimum Chicago Style Crafters—"a community of like-minded Chicagoans who love to make beautiful things"— hosts its first craft show; exhibiting crafters include illustrators, printers, jewelers, quilters, potters, and bookbinders.

4:30pm-9:30pm, Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-276-5802

Dinner: Revolution Brewing Company Legions of beer geeks waited longingly through the epic struggle by Handlebar principal Josh Deth to open Logan Square's Revolution Brewing, and now that the taps are flowing they're draining the house brews faster than brewer Jim Cibak can produce them.

2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-2739

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