Dinner & a Show: Monday, 1/25 | Bleader

  • Cacaw

Show: Cacaw "Basement-show supergroup" Cacaw headlines a free show; trippy-scuzzy-fuzzy trio Moonrises, which features Plastic Crimewave Sound's Steve Krakow, and electro-drum outfit Running open.

9:30pm, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, free

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, 773-276-7567

Show: The Rempis Percussion Quartet plays two gigs as part of a brief tour before entering the studio for the first time with new bassist Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten.

9 PM, Elastic, 2830 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-772-3616, $7 suggested donation.

Dinner: Kurowski's Sausage Shop and Rich's Bakery This Polish market is like a trip back in time: the variety of products offered puts many upscale grocers and specialty stores to shame.

2976 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-645-1692


Show: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe Radical attorney William Kunstler is best remembered for having defended the Chicago Seven, but his daughters Emily and Sarah, who produced and directed this fascinating portrait, have dramatically different memories of him.

6pm, 7:45pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State, 312-846-2600

Dinner: Trattoria No. 10 At Trattoria No. 10 chef Douglas D'Avico has long been green, featuring organic and naturally raised products on his seasonal menu. It changes daily, but current offerings might include a salad of organic beets with fennel, arugula, and goat cheese or an octopus carpaccio with watercress, blood oranges, and capers.

10 N. Dearborn St., 312-984-1718

Food & Drink

Show: Chicago Rarities Orchard Project Dedicated to preserving rare species of fruit by planting orchards in the city, the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project hosts a cocktail release party for its pear-infused vodka cocktail at Uncommon Ground on Devon. A portion of proceeds from the party and from sales of this new addition to the restaurant’s drink menu will benefit the organization.

6-8 PM, Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon, 773-465-9801, $20.

Dinner: Ghareeb Nawaz Named for a benefactor of the poor, Ghareeb Nawaz has a reputation as an oasis for cheap and freshly made home-style Indo-Pakistani food. One of the few spots on Devon open for breakfast, it offers inexpensive paratha (griddled wheat flatbread) filled with egg or aloo (seasoned potato) and halwa puri, the traditional Pakistani breakfast, three crisp, puffy fried breads served with lightly sweetened sooji halwa (a semolina pudding) and aloo chole (curried potato and chickpeas); for $3, it beats the hell out of McStyrofoam.

2032 W. Devon, 773-761-5300

After-Dinner Drinks: Cunneen's This classic neighborhood bar closing in on 40 years is cast in amber: a wooden Indian stands to one side of the door, the clock above the handsome, mellowly lit wood bar bears Richard J. Daley's mug, and hundreds of LPs line the shelves beside a turntable.

1424 W. Devon