Friday, November 19, 2010

Dinner & a Show: Friday 11/19

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DJ Shadow
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Show: DJ Shadow "The 14 years that have passed since the release of DJ Shadow's debut album, Endtroducing. . . . . , have done little to diminish the shocking impact of its elaborate sample-based constructions, and the legions of wannabes who've tried to match its quality haven't done much damage either," writes Miles Raymer. "Shadow himself seems to have given up on matching it, and has instead switched from showcasing the depth of his crates to emphasizing their breadth."

9 PM, Park West, 322 W. Armitage, 773-929-5959, parkwestchicago.com, $30, 18+.

Dinner: Vintage 338 Father-son team Tom and Chris Barkulis like southern European wine and food, and they want you to as well. It’s hard to argue with the case they make for Vintage 338: head chef Blaze Correia (formerly of Rockit); about 30 Spanish, French, and Italian wines; a pretty Lincoln Park location; and late-night hours.

338 W. Armitage Ave., 773-525-0521, vintage338.com

Show: Mario Diaz de Leon "Electronics have been part of classical music since at least the 1930s, the conservative programming of most mainstream presenters notwithstanding, but aside from Iannis Xenakis I can't think of a composer who's pushed harsh noise like young New Yorker Mario Diaz de Leon," writes Peter Margasak.

9:30 PM, Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak, 312-791-9050, velvetlounge.net, $15.

Dinner: Chef Luciano/Gourmet Fish Two restaurants in one single-story building, Chef Luciano tends more toward higher-end meals, Gourmet Fish to more standard fast foods such as fried fish and chicken. Offerings draw from all sorts of influences—Cajun, Italian, Jamaican, African, and chef-owner David Gupta's native Indian—and the results, as you might expect, are eclectic.

49 E. Cermak Rd., 312-326-0062, chefluciano.com


Show: James Falzone's Allos Musica Lamentations, the superb new album by local clarinetist James Falzone and his Allos Musica project, diverges dramatically from its classically inspired predecessor. "He uses Arabic forms as a base for his expert improvisations, clearly referencing the hybrid developed by Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem and Turkish clarinetist Barbaros Erköse," writes Peter Margasak. "The album includes several beautiful original pieces by Falzone—he calls many of them 'lamentations on time,' and they meditate on its relentlessness, its mercuriality, or the restless human desire to speed it up."

7 PM, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2012 W. Dickens, 773-486-9590, covenantchicago.org, $10.

Dinner: Duchamp Aesthetically delectable Bucktown spot; the new chef is Allen Sternweiler. "This is a comfortable, enjoyable spot the neighborhood’s lucky to have," writes Mike Sula.

2118 N. Damen Ave., 773-235-6434, duchamp-chicago.com


Show: Chord "There are high concepts, and then there are concepts so high that you want to give them a Xanax and put them in a dark room to chill the fuck out. Local band Chord is very much a product of the latter. The self-described 'power ambient' group consists of a keyboardist and four electric guitarists (including Trevor de Brauw of Pelican), who each contribute one droning note to make up a chord and then sustain it for an arbitrary-seeming but inevitably long time," writes Miles Raymer. "It sounds like a punch line in a comedy about pretentious music geeks, but in person it's actually kind of amazing."

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

Dinner: Small Bar This unassuming soccer bar is dec­orated with lava lamps and classic rock photography as well as rally scarves and framed jerseys. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, and good thing, too, since Small Bar has a massive beer selection—120 to 150 varieties in total.

2049 W. Division St., 773-772-2727, thesmallbar.com/division


Music

Show: White Material This haunting drama by Claire Denis (Beau travail, 35 Shots of Rum) burns with a mute fear and rage at the ongoing atrocities in central Africa.

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

Dinner: TAC Quick "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," writes Mike Sula.

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


Show: Budrus Without trivializing the Israeli occupation, this documentary about the title Palestinian village has the slow-burning suspense of a scripted film.

7 pm, 9 pm, Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-281-4114, facets.org

Dinner: Kith & Kin Chefs David Carrier (since departed) and Andrew Brochu both worked with or under Grant Achatz at one time or another—the former first at the French Laundry, then at Trio—though there's little that immediately brings to mind those fine-dining icons. Instead what you have is an attractive and affordable menu served in a room that suggests all of the comforts of neighborhood pubbery without resorting to the usual cliches clumsily adopted from the Irish or British.

1119 W. Webster Ave., 773-472-7070, knkchicago.com


Comedy

Show: Dave Attell "Influenced by the likes of Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, and Don Rickles, Attell's no-holds-barred humor can be nasty, even off-putting, but it's hilarious, in a hate-yourself-while-you-laugh sort of way," writes Marissa Oberlander.

8 and 10:15 PM, The Improv, Woodfield Mall, 5 Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg, 847-240-2001, improv.com, $32

Dinner: Chaihanna On a typical weekend night you’ll find long tables filled with multigenerational parties sharing the plates of kebabs, blintzes, lamb chops, garlicky spiced eggplant, and pickled vegetables. "The noodles Berrina in the meat soup lagman are related to the liang mien of the Chinese Muslim Uighur minority—that’s lo mein to you and me. Turkish manti are small, raviolilike beef dumplings, but the Uzbek versions here are supersize; one’s stuffed with pumpkin and redolent of baking spices," writes Mike Sula.

19 E. Dundee Rd., 847-215-5044


Theater

Show: Jenny & Jenni The Factory Theater reaches a new high in low comedy with this exquisitely terrible riff on the origin of aerobics.

8 pm, Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave., 773-539-7838, $15-$25

Dinner: Chicago Food Corp. Huge Korean grocery store with a self-serve bar of panchan and a "Snack Corner" dishing out soups, stir-fries, dumplings, fried chicken wings, and rice dishes.

3333 N. Kimball Ave., 773-478-5566, joongboomarket.com


Lit

Show: Joe Meno eads from the new paperback edition of his story collection Demons in the Spring. Each story is poignantly illustrated by a different artist; contributors include locals Ivan Brunetti, Nick Butcher, Paul Hornschemeier, Cody Hudson, Anders Nilsen, Archer Prewitt, Jon Resh, and Jay Ryan. Proceeds benefit tutoring center 826CHI.

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

Dinner: Winter Garden "There's a large selection of animal proteins such as pljeskavica, the substantial cevap in burger form; various chicken parts including bacon-wrapped breast and bacon-wrapped livers; snappy paprika-spiked sausages; and pork schnitzel, all culminating in the house specialty, the leskobacki opanak, sort of a Balkan Bacon Explosion, a 500-gram bacon-wrapped cevap with a core of ham and Swiss," writes Mike Sula.

4835 N. Western Ave., 774-745-5672, klopainc.com

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