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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Wednesday 8/11

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Show: Vox Arcana "On the second album from his trio with clarinetist James Falzone and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, percussionist and composer Tim Daisy digs deeper into an ongoing exploration of the intersection of contemporary classical and improvised music," writes Peter Margasak. "A musician whose productivity hinges on bold improvisation, he's developed an interesting hybrid with this project, drawing on three distinct spheres of musical thought: the New York school of modern classical (Cage, Wolff, Feldman, et al), Chicago's AACM, and early minimalists like LaMonte Young and Terry Riley."

9:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, hideoutchicago.com, $7.

Dinner: Sai Cafe The fish served at Sai Cafe is so uniformly good that it’s hard to misstep. Pieces of sushi are lavishly cut, and even the fishiest fish — mackerel, for example — is firm and fresh.

2010 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-472-8080, saicafe.com

Show: Ken Camden Local guitarist Ken Camden, who also plays in Implodes, performs in support of his debut solo LP, Lethargy & Repercussion. "The layered, undulating melodies of its opening tracks are dead ringers for the pastoral keyboard tunes that German electronic duo Cluster played on mid-70s albums like Sowiesoso; not a bad trick, given that Camden improvised them all in real time with a guitar," writes Bill Meyer.

9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, emptybottle.com, $7.

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: Gaida Gaida Hinnawi's first album, Levantine Indulgence, captures a sensibility that radiates expansively outward from the Fairuz and Umm Kalthoum songs she learned as a child. She's rooted in classical Arabic and folk sounds as well as vintage Lebanese pop, but working with jazz musicians—in particular trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, a longtime collaborator who was very involved in the making of the record—broadened her vocabulary further, resulting in some surprisingly breezy hybrids.

9:30 PM, Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln, 773-728-6000, oldtownschool.org, $5 suggested donation.

Dinner: Chicago Brauhaus Located in the heart of "German Village," Chicago Brauhaus serves arguably the best German food in town. Massive wooden tables and chairs and folksy decorations create a Bavarian atmosphere, enhanced nightly by a live band in Tyrolean costume.

4732 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-784-4444, chicagobrauhaus.com


Show: Don't Bother to Knock Unusually seedy and small-scale for a Fox picture of 1952, this black-and-white thriller is set over one evening exclusively inside a middle-class urban hotel and the adjoining bar. The bar's singer (Anne Bancroft in her screen debut) breaks up with her sour pilot boyfriend (Richard Widmark), a hotel guest. He responds by flirting with a woman (Marilyn Monroe) in another room who's babysitting a little girl (Donna Corcoran), but the babysitter turns out to be psychotic and potentially dangerous.

5:15 pm, 9:30 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Vines on Clark Italian and American food from chefs Tim Edstrom (Everest, Kiki's Bistro, Spiaggia) and Raul Ramos (Spiaggia, Pump Room).

3554 N. Clark St., 773-327-8572, cubbybear.com/vinesonclark

Show: Four Seasons Lodge Andrew Jacobs's moving documentary observes a group of elderly eastern European Jews who, 25 years ago, bought a Catskills resort where they spend their summers.

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

Dinner: Xoco Rick Bayless's new quick-service restaurant, specializing in Mexican street foods such as tortas, churros, empanadas, and hot chocolate. One of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009.

449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688, rickbayless.com/restaurants/xoco.html


Show: Joe Flood reads and discusses his non-fiction account of the 1977 New York City fires, The Fires: How Computer Formula, Big Ideas, and the Best of Intentions Burned Down New York City—and Determined the Future of Cities.

7 pm, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-293-2665, bookcellarinc.com, free

Dinner: Cafe Selmarie Nestled in a plaza off Lincoln Square, this cozy bakery has grown into a small gem of a contemporary American restaurant that’s popular for its weekend breakfasts and pleasant, uncomplicated dinner specials.

4729 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-989-5595, cafeselmarie.com


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