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Friday, May 28, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Friday 5/28

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Show: Shondes Between their feminist/gender-queer pedigree and Louisa Solomon's vocals, it's been pretty easy so far to draw a straight line from NYC quartet the Shondes to Sleater-Kinney. Their new sophomore album, My Dear One (Fanatic), however, shows them figuring out their own angular way.

10 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, schubas.com $8, 18+.

Dinner: Sushi Mura Proximity to the Music Box helps keep this traditional Japanese restaurant full, and the clean, attractive room doesn’t hurt either. Sitting at the sushi bar is a fun way to study the art of maki rolling—the skillful chefs make a broad variety, from salmon skin with cucumber to more elaborate dragon and rainbow rolls.

3647 N. Southport Ave., 773-281-9155, sushimura.com


Show: The Bicycle Thief This masterpiece is generally and correctly acknowledged as one of the key works of Italian neorealism, but French critic Andre Bazin also recognized it as one of the great communist films. (The fact that it received the 1949 Oscar for best foreign film suggests that it wasn't perceived as such over here.)

6:15, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: Sable Kitchen & Bar The menu, designed for sharing, runs the gamut of haute comfort food: pork belly BLTs, bacon-wrapped dates, short-rib sliders with a root beer glaze, chicken and dumplings. Overseen by Violet Hour vet Mike Ryan, the cocktail program gives classic cocktails a workout with concoctions like the War of the Roses, a perfect balance of Pimm's, St-Germain, Tanqueray, mint, and house-made grapefruit bitters. The Pisco Sour was possibly the best I've ever tried, just sweet enough and bracingly strong, topped with a stiff cap of egg white. Even the Bridal Shower proved to be a stiff, refreshing cooler of Campari, vodka, rhubarb syrup, and plenty of fizz. The cocktails could be what make Sable a destination.

505 N. State, 312-755-9704, sablechicago.com

Performing Arts

Show: Crisis (A Musical Game Show) From the Scantron test that determines the initial team of audience players to the increasingly ridiculous challenges, Crisis provides a goony snapshot of the random factors that culminate in success. At least one player walks off with real, sho 'nuff cash money, instead of bundled derivatives.

8pm, Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., 773-275-5255, neofuturists.org, $15

Dinner: Big Jones Paul Fehribach, former chef at Schubas’ Harmony Grill, has taken the space long home to trapped-in-amber Augie’s diner and turned it into an airy, minimalist dining room distinguished by floor-to-ceiling windows and wrought-iron chandeliers. Like those chandeliers, the menu gives a little wave to the French Quarter.

5347 N. Clark St., 773-275-5725, bigjoneschicago.com

Show: Chaste It's hard to think of a theatrical team more in sync than director Kate Hendrickson and playwright Ken Prestininzi. For their third outing at Trap Door Theatre, they turn an arcane historical curiosity—the chaste "Winterplan" commune that German intellectuals Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ree, and Lou Salome formed briefly in 1882—and turn it into a heady, intoxicating swirl of screwball comedy, philosophical debate, and lecherous fever dream.

8pm, Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland St., 773-384-0494, trapdoortheatre.com, $20

Dinner: Jane's inhabits a cozy converted house in Bucktown. The reasonably priced Cal-American fare is innovative, eclectic, and especially friendly to vegetarians.

1653 W. Cortland St., 773-862-5263, janesrestaurant.com

Show: Sun, Stand Thou Still In its second production, the promising young Ka-Tet Theatre Company tackles Steven Gridley's absurdist tale with a joiner's eye for craft. On an endless open road through the desert, a trucker and a hitchhiker roll forward without past or purpose, encountering surreal friends and enemies. Gridley's play is more mood than story, but Ka-Tet's designers capture it like a horsefly in molasses.

7:30pm, Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-883-8830, stagelefttheatre.com, $20

Dinner: TAC Quick Young Andy Aroonrasameruang, formerly of Banana Leaf, and his likable staff probably make it easier than anywhere else to get traditional stuff the way it's eaten in Thailand. Aside from the regular menu there's a clearly translated Thai menu available by request with almost 40 items you're not likely to encounter elsewhere without a working knowledge of the language.

3930 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-327-5253

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