Dinner & a Show: Tuesday 2/16 | Bleader

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  • Hellzapoppin'

Show: Hellzapoppin' Rarely shown in the U.S. these days, this 1941 film of the wildly deconstructive stage farce with Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson is still regarded as a classic in Europe, and it lives up to its reputation. Cartoonist and comics author Ivan Brunetti will provide an introduction.

9:35pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575

Dinner: Calypso Cafe This sibling of Dixie Kitchen—now carrying DK menu items since the Hyde Park location closed—pleases with its sunny fare.

5211 S. Harper Ave., 773-955-0229

Show: Saturday Night Fever John Travolta found the escape hatch from Welcome Back, Kotter with this 1977 update of Rebel Without a Cause; he acquits himself honorably as a teenager dead-ended in Brooklyn who finds his only chance to shine at the local disco.

7:30pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604

Dinner: Cafe Orchid "When Kurt Serpin says he’s cooking Ottoman cuisine, he doesn’t mean the extravagant feasts of the sultans, but he is talking about the traditional Turkish cuisine that evolved from the sultans’ expansive palace kitchens," writes Mike Sula. "The menu at Cafe Orchid, his compact Lakeview restaurant, is diverse, covering the expected mezes (hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, falafel), kebabs, and grilled seafood dishes (Serpin is from the Turkish city of Mersin, on the Mediterranean), but also a nice selection of less common items, like the tiny wontonlike pre-Ottoman meat dumplings known as manti, which arrive in a deep bowl of yogurt-tomato sauce."

1746 W. Addison St., 773-327-3808

Performing Arts

Show: Vintage Magic Uncorked An intimate, 35-seat room over a new Andersonville wine bar is a swell venue for magician/raconteur Sean Masterson and his eye-popping, mind-boggling parlor tricks. Masterson vaporizes a bottle of absinthe, recreates a seance complete with levitating table, makes playing cards declare the time when a watch was set, and guesses hidden Shakespeare quotes.

7:30pm, In Fine Spirits, 5420 N. Clark St., 773-334-9463, $13

Dinner: Anteprima Owner Marty Fosse ran the front of the house at Spiaggia at one time, and while Anteprima is a far cry from that rarefied temple of la cucina italiana, his neighborhood place has many virtues.

5316 N. Clark, 773-506-9990

Show: Hughie and Krapp's Last Tape The genius in pairing these two pieces is that we're forced to ask ourselves which is worse: delusion or the lack of same?

Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, goodmantheatre.org, $25-$83.

Dinner: Bijan's Bistro This reincarnation of the venerable late-night hangout Bijan is amazingly unsullied by tourists. Regulars crowd around the gleaming mahogany bar, and Ralf, the courtly host, seems to know half the tables in the joint.

663 N. State St., 312-202-1904