Dinner & a Show: Friday 4/23 | Bleader

  • Céu

Show: Céu is part of a tight-knight musical community in Sao Paulo that borrows not just from reggae, dub, samba, and bossa nova but from pop, hip-hop, baile funk, rock, and more. "Céu doesn't exactly have intimidating vocal technique, but she knows her instrument intimately enough to work effectively within its limits, favoring sexy and smoldering over flashy and virtuosic," writes Peter Margasak.

9:30 PM, Green Dolphin, 2200 N. Ashland, 800-838-3006 or 773-395-0066, $25, $20 in advance.

Dinner: Kith & Kin "This is the inviting, irresistible place with casually excellent food that every neighborhood deserves," writes Mike Sula.

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

Show: Drop the Lime, aka producer/DJ Luca Venezia, works an updated take on vocal house with a touch of the mischievous, aggressively glitched-out sound that endeared him to the Tigerbeat6 scene in the early aughties.

10 PM, Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-4140, $10, $12 after midnight.

Dinner: Vines on Clark Italian and American food from chefs Tim Edstrom (Everest, Kiki's Bistro, Spiaggia) and Raul Ramos (Spiaggia, Pump Room).

3554 N. Clark St., 773-327-8572

Show: Peter Brötzmann & Hamid Drake; Mike Reed's People, Places & Things On the new Stories and Negotiations, Mike Reed's quartet completes its trilogy of tributes to Chicago's late-50s hard-bop scene, reimagining underappreciated tunes from that era and exploring the legacy of the musicians who shaped it. They open for pioneering free-jazz reedist Peter Brötzmann and Chicago percussion master Hamid Drake, who play Friday on their first tour as a duo since 2004 and then again on Saturday as part of a larger group.

9 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $12.

Dinner: The Southern The former Chaise Lounge is now the Southern, a more casual bar and restaurant featuring the regional cuisine of chef Cary Taylor (Blackbird, Ambria, Avenues).

1840 W. North Ave., 773-342-1840


Show: Everything Strange and New Indie writer-director Frazer Bradshaw makes an impressive feature debut with this small but knowing drama about a decent, well-meaning young lumpen (Jerry McDaniel) who's begun to bump up against the limits of adult life.

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

Dinner: Floriole Cafe & Bakery The Green City Market favorite sets up permanent outpost in Lincoln Park.

1220 W. Webster, 773-883-1313

Performing Arts

Show: Legacy Festival Congo Square Theatre Company is celebrating their first decade with a festival of staged readings designed to remind us how vital they've been to Chicago theater. Three plays on the roster of ten produced at some point by Congo Square are by August Wilson, who gave his personal seal of approval and financial support to the troupe; The Piano Lesson is tonight.

7:30pm, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green St., 312-733-6000, $10 suggested donation

Dinner: The Dining Room at Kendall College The Student-prepared and student-served, this is one of the best fine-dining deals in town.

900 N. North Branch St., 312-752-2328