Dinner and a Show: Friday 1/8 | Bleader

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Show: Rob Mazurek plays with his Exploding Star Orchestra tonight and tomorrow night at the Green Mill. Writes Peter Margasak, "the group delivers some serious rhythmic thunder, with driving ostinatos setting the stage for postminimalist horn riffing, cross-cutting grooves, and generous improvisations."

9 PM, 4802 N. Broadway, 773-878-5552, $12

Dinner: Demera Ethiopian/Eritrean fare that critic Martha Bayne considers a notch above Ethiopian Diamond's.

4801 N. Broadway, 773-334-8787

Visual Art

Show: Retrospect Seven-year-old Pilsen gallery Vespine will be closing at the end of February (and contributing to the Chicago Arts District becoming a "ghost town") The gallery's final exhibition, featuring artists who have previously shown there, opens tonight and continues through the end of the month.

7-10 PM, 1907 S. Halsted, 312-337-3525, free

Dinner: Abuelo's Mexican Grill A pan-Mexican quick-service restaurant specializing in tortas and also serving sopes, tacos, and burritos. BYO.

2007 S. Damen, 312-733-0329

Performing Arts

Show: The Addams Family This musical, which closes this weekend, has "a great and humorous grace" and a "witty, strong score" with an old-school feel, says Tony Adler.

8 PM, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, 312-902-1400, $28-$105

Dinner: Trattoria No. 10 A rare decent Loop dining option, hidden in a subterranean faux-Italian grotto. There are plenty of organic and naturally raised products on the seasonal menu.

10 N. Dearborn, 312-984-1718


Show: The Sun "This 2005 masterpiece by Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov transforms the story of Emperor Hirohito at the close of World War II into a melancholy meditation on power and its loss," writes Fred Camper.

6 and 8:15 PM, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600

Dinner: Shikago A former pan-Asian fusion place that's morphed into a more casual restaurant offering small plates and market fare like ramen and pho. Dinner is served from 4 to 8 PM.

190 S. LaSalle, 312-781-7300

Show: Daybreakers A "gleefully gory little gem" of a futuristic vampire flick.

6, 8:30, and 11 PM, 600 N. Michigan, 888-AMC-4FUN
7:40 and 10:30 PM, River East 21, 322 E. Illinois, 888-262-4386

Dinner: The Atrium Wine Bar Fox & Obel's newest addition, this wine bar offers a relatively upscale atmosphere at less-than-upscale prices. A modest selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts—less than 20 in all—is joined on the menu by a couple dozen wines by the glass and half glass and several more by the bottle (at the store's retail price).

401 E. Illinois, 312-379-0132

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