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Dinner & a Show: Thursday 10/7

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Show: Dungen Front man Gustav Ejstes "seems to have found the sweet spot between his experimental tendencies and his innate shredditude, and much of Skit I Allt—like the opening track 'Vara Snabb,' which bounces happily between stoned-sounding hippie jazz and even more stoned-sounding fuzz-rock—satisfies on both counts," writes Miles Raymer.

9 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln, 773-525-2501, lincolnhallchicago.com, $15.

Dinner: Merlo la Salumeria This subdued Bolognese dining room is run by the Sassi family—Giampaolo Sassi manages the house while his wife, Silvia Marani, creates the menu. They abide by slow food principles, supporting artisanal producers and using mostly seasonal products.

2638 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-529-0747, merlochicago.com

Show: Horse Meat Disco "If you've ever had the itch to roll with a psycho glitter queerbo crew, you've probably ended up at one of Berlin's Thursday-night Stardust parties. In celebration of Stardust's two-year anniversary, Berlin is hosting the DJ collective responsible for Horse Meat Disco, a celebrated London club night with a regular crowd of cutie-pie scruffy fashion gays, heteros who homo on the weekends, and hedonistic spazzes decked out like alien muscle monkeys and wearing the most makeup I've seen this side of the Sephora where the Jersey Shore hoochies load up," writes Liz Armstrong; Jessica Hopper and J.R. Nelson call it the disco throwdown of 2010.

10 PM, Berlin, 954 W. Belmont, 773-348-4975, berlinchicago.com, $10.

Dinner: Erwin Mark Bittman, the New York Times's minimalist, would approve of Erwin, the namesake restaurant of chef Erwin Drechsler. The emphasis is on seasonal food prepared simply, to bring out the freshness of the ingredients.

2925 N. Halsted St., 773-528-7200, erwincafe.com

Show: Tim Sparks Minneapolis-based Tim Sparks is a journeyman of acoustic fingerstyle guitar, a restless searcher whose curiosity has continually widened his musical scope. Over the decades he's adapted traditional jazz, postbop, classical, Brazilian music, and eastern European folk, parlaying the latter interest into a string of strong original recordings for Tzadik's cheekily named Radical Jewish Culture series.

8 PM, Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, 773-381-4554, maynestage.com, $15.

Dinner: Masouleh "specializes in home-style Persian food—stews, soups, and small sides, many based more on vegetables than meat. While Goly Nassiri-Masouleh works the front of this equally homey Rogers Park restaurant, her husband, Azim, works the kitchen, laboring over regional dishes such as mirza ghasemi, roasted eggplant stewed with tomato and garlic," writes Mike Sula.

6653 N. Clark St., 773-262-2227, masouleh.biz


Show: LaPorte, Indiana "Jason Bitner, co-creator of Found magazine, was patronizing a diner in the title town when he stumbled onto an archive of some 18,000 photos from the 1950s and '60s that the owner had inherited from a local portrait photographer. Chronicling three generations of graduations and weddings, poodle cuts and other stunning coiffures, the archive became the source material for Bitner's 2006 book LaPorte, Indiana, which Bitner and director Joe Beshenkovsky have adapted into this delicate but somehow epic documentary," writes Jessica Weisberg.

8:15 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: Henri New contemporary American restaurant and bar from the people behind the Gage; review pending.

18 S. Michigan Ave., 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com

Show: Howl Pioneering gay filmmaker Rob Epstein (Word Is Out, The Times of Harvey Milk, The Celluloid Closet) and his frequent collaborator Jeffrey Friedman set their sights on one of the defining cultural events of the 1950s: the publication of Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems, which prompted a landmark obscenity trial.

5:20 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:40 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Pizza Rustica Every Italian restaurant likes to think that its food is the real thing. Pizza Rustica's just may be.

3913 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-404-8955, pizzarusticachicago.com

Performing Arts

Show: Emily Johnson/Catalyst Emily Johnson's hour-long The Thank-You Bar is an immersive, intimate experience. Each performance is limited to 40 viewers, seated onstage, who may be asked to move their chairs or sit on cushions at times. Three dancers, including Johnson, perform to occasional live music by guitar-and-pedal-steel duo Blackfish.

7 and 9 pm, Dance Center of Columbia College, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., 312-369-6600, $26-$30, colum.edu/dance_center

Dinner: Chicago Curry House The folks behind Highwood’s Curry Hut didn’t do themselves any favors by hiding Chicago Curry House, a white table-paper Nepalese-Indian spot, on the ground floor of a South Loop building surrounded by residential permit parking. But the menu is virtually identical to the mothership’s—that is, a 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.

899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312-362-9999, curryhouseonline.com

Show: The Franklin Expedition This sly critique of historical biography—not to mention post-Stanislavsky acting—takes off from the sad, storied life of Sir John Franklin, a British explorer who died along with his entire 128-man crew during an 1845 expedition to find the Northwest Passage.

8 pm, The Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter St., 312-491-1369, buildingstage.com, $15-$25

Dinner: Macello Executive chef-partner Giovanni DeNigris (Trattoria Trullo) showcases the rustic cucina and robust wines of Puglia in his exposed-brick dining room, a former meatpacking warehouse, and pizzas are a good bet under the hands of chef Gino Losacco, who mans the central wood-burning brick oven.

1235 W. Lake St., 312-850-9870, macellochicago.com

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