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Friday, May 14, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Friday 5/14

Posted By on 05.14.10 at 12:53 PM

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Show: Casino Jack and the United States of Money The crimes of conservative superlobbyist Jack Abramoff are already receding into the hopeless murk of congressional history, so this epic documentary by Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) is even more welcome for its reach.

4:05 pm, 7:05 pm, 10 pm , Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Half Shell It’s not easy to find a true dive in Lincoln Park, but this cash-only seafood restaurant fills the bill with a low ceiling, a long, crowded bar, and an entrance eight steps below street level.

676 W. Diversey Ave., 773-549-1773

Show: Lourdes In this austere but often wry French drama (2009), a woman with multiple sclerosis makes a religious pilgrimage to the title town, where millions have journeyed since the Virgin Mary was reportedly seen there in 1858.

5:30 pm, 7:35 pm, 9:40 pm, 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.

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


Show: Clean Feed Festival Portugal-based Clean Feed Records, which has emerged as one of the world's most prolific, adventurous, and consistent outlets for forward-looking jazz and improvised music and which features many Chicago artists on its lineup, kicks off its festival tonight with free shows at the Chicago Cultural Center.

6:30 PM Keefe Jackson Trio; 7:30 PM Ingrid Laubrock, Kris Davis, and Tyshawn Sorey; Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630

Dinner: Reza's This downtown sibling to the Andersonville restaurant is deservedly popular for its Persian food and reasonable prices.

432 W. Ontario St., 312-664-4500, rezasrestaurant.com

Show: Sonoi On its self-titled debut album, this local trio (featuring two members of the defunct Manishevitz and a composer for This American Life) evokes British art-rock like Japan, Eno, and Robert Wyatt. "But while it's nice to be reminded of records I already like, what keeps me coming back to Sonoi is the way it makes those familiar spacey sounds into something unfamiliar," writes Bill Meyer.

10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $8

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, atavolachicago.com

Show: Torche The Torche half of Chapter Ahead Being Fake, the Miami doom-pop stompers' split ten-inch with Boris, is "a drawn-out session of sweet and syrupy down-tuned riffing and thunking, thundering tribal drums," writes Monica Kendrick. "It's huge and infectious, like a Slade hit dosed with the same gamma rays that turned Bruce Banner into the Hulk." Coheed & Cambria headlines.

7 PM, Congress Theater, 2135 N. Milwaukee, 888-512-7469, $27.50-$29

Dinner: Cafeteria Mariano Counter-service Cuban sandwich shop with authentic but limited offerings. It's a quick, filling, cheap stop, worthy of a visit.

2246 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-278-4533

Show: Jean-Michel Pilc Trio "Pianist Jean-Michel Pilc seems to envision postbop as a series of 3-D matrices filled with interchangeable modules," writes Peter Margasak. "In any given song he can substitute, modify, or simply remove any element without jeopardizing the integrity or momentum of the whole—and he can do it spontaneously and at breakneck speed, driven by a fiercely swinging rhythm section."

9 PM, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway, 773-878-5552, $12.

Dinner: Demera Ethiopian restaurant across from the Green Mill. The extensive menu features a wide range of traditional preparations of lamb, chicken, beef, and seafood.

4801 N. Broadway, 773-334-8787, demeraethiopianrestaurant.com


Show: Manifest Urban Arts Festival Columbia College marks the end of the school year with a big art party, featuring gallery shows, live music, and eclectic performances.

11am-9pm, Columbia College, 600 S. Michigan Ave., 312-344-7870, colum.edu

Dinner: Cafecito The best damn Cuban sandwiches in town.

26 E. Congress Pkwy., 312- 922-2233, cafecitochicago.com

Performing Arts

Show: Shanahan / Mad Shak The first weekend is devoted entirely to My Name Is a Blackbird, a solo that started out as a 15-minute sketch in 2005 but had grown to three times that length by 2007. Riveting in both its approach to movement and Shanahan's detailed performance, it gets big payoffs from small effects, like the suspense implicit in a foot hovering motionless above the floor.

6pm, Epiphany Episcopal Church, 201 S. Ashland Ave., 312-243-4242 or 866-468-3401, $20-$30, both shows $35-$50

Dinner: Karyn's on Green "Dinner at Karyn's on Green was one of the most graceful, pleasant meals I've had in a long time," writes Martha Bayne.

130 S. Green St., 312-226-6155. karynraw.com

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