Dinner and a Show: Saturday 12/5 | Bleader

Recommended events paired with nearby restaurants, including the The Happy Family Series and Cuban sandwiches.



10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10. (They also play a free in-store at 5pm, Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee.)

Dinner: Folklore A cozy, dimly lit place with exposed brick, tall candles on the tables, and Argentine paraphernalia like mate gourds decorating the walls, Folklore offers a steak-centric menu of authentic Argentine fare very similar to that of its sister restaurant, Tango Sur.

2100 W. Division, 773-292-1600


Show Red Cliff Released in China as two movies but edited down to a single feature for U.S. release, John Woo's historical drama takes place early in the third century, when the Han Dynasty, having won a civil war in the north, set out to crush two troublemaking warlords in the south. The battle scenes are everything one might expect: the ringing of engraved blades, blood spray in the open air, swordsmen on horseback wading into foot soldiers as if they were threshing wheat.

Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark, 773-509-4949, 8:30pm.

Dinner: Adesso is a return to his Italian roots for owner Franco Gianni, who's also behind Tank Sushi and Sushi Wabi. The southern Italian cooking in this 32-seat space is meant to be unfussy and accessible, in an atmosphere of festive neighborliness (no kidding—parties are seated together at communal tables).

3332 N. Broadway, 773-868-1516

Performing Arts

Show: Mordine & Company Dance Theater Shirley Mordine says her new I Haven't Gone There draws on commedia dell'arte to evoke the "spirit of traveling performers," while its multiple layers reflect our complicated world. The 35-minute work includes projections by John Boesche and improvised as well as composed live jazz by Doug Lofstrom and his New Quartet.

8pm, Galaxie, 2603 W. Barry, 800-838-3006, $15-20

Dinner: Kuma's Corner The menu at this gussied-up corner tap is focused squarely on bar food—but finger-lickin' bar food it is. Kuma's serves whopping hunks of juicy, lightly seasoned meat on delicious, chewy pretzel rolls in more than 20 metal-themed iterations (the Motorhead, the Mastodon, etc), each also available as a chicken sandwich or garden burger.

2900 W. Belmont, 773-604-8769

Show: Sugar Sammy, aka Samir Khullar, is coming out of the long shadow cast by fellow Indo-Canadian comic Russell Peters. They share a slick look, and their acts are sometimes indistinguishable when it comes to mocking Indian/Pakistani dorkiness and white America's ignorance, but Sammy's chops are sharper and he's got more everyman charm.

7, 9, 11:15 pm, Zanies, 1548 N. Wells, 312-337-4027, $23 + 2-item min.

Dinner: Adobo Grill Speaking of lost in sauce, if it's available you might consider ending the meal with a special of chilpachole, a shot of platinum tequila chased with a shot of warm shrimp broth. Flan, practically a Mexican restaurant cliche, is here given star treatment, transformed from simple yellow mound to a magnificent milky mastaba surrounded by a caramel moat and crowned with chocolate-covered nuts.

1610 N. Wells, 312-266-7999

Show: The Happy Family Series is an array of 21 short performance works about "'harmonic antagonisms,' the awkward equilibriums, true or false, that we forge with our loved ones/enemies." In nine programs of five or six selections apiece, strung out across three weekends and curated by Magpies member Shawn Reddy, the series presents work by a gaggle of Chicago writers and fringe artists.

7pm, Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western, 773-296-6024, $12

Dinner: 90 Miles Cuban Cafe In the last year or so there’s been a welcome surge of Cuban sandwich joints, particularly in neighborhoods underserved by any sort of eating operations. Alberto and Christine Gonzalez’s 90 Miles Cuban Cafe—a reference to the distance between Cuba and Florida—is the latest such island, located on a highly traveled but restaurant-poor section of the Clybourn corridor.

3101 N. Clybourn, 773-248-2822