Dinner & a Show: Thursday 4/29 | Bleader

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Show: Jason Collett On his latest solo album, Rat a Tat Tat (Arts & Crafts), Jason Collett continues to indulge his singer-songwriter side, something he has a hard time doing as a charter member of the indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene.

9 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, 773-525-2508, $15

Dinner: Que Rico is a Mexican restaurant with Argentinean and vegetarian influences that come together in, for instance, an empanada stuffed with spinach or other veggies. Berenjenas al ajo is like an Argentinean baba ghanoush-bright green eggplant chopped with a little garlic and lemon.

2814 N. Southport Ave., 773-975-7436

Show: Jeremy Pelt Quintet Over the past decade young trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has experimented with several approaches to jazz, from lushly orchestrated balladry to post-Bitches Brew funk, but he shines brightest when he plays hard bop—and his latest album, Men of Honor (HighNote), proves it again.

8 and 10 PM, Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth, 312-360-0234, $20, $15 students and musicians

Dinner: Chicago Curry House "As far as I know, this is currently the only place offering Nepalese dishes within the city limits," writes Mike Sula.

899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312-362-9999

Show: Skeletonwitch sound "like they barged straight through later trends like thrash and death metal, picking up influences from them the way a horseman on a battlefield might get spattered with gore," writes Monica Kendrick.

5:15 PM, House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000 or 312-559-1212, $23, $20.50 in advance

Dinner: Xoco "The prices are justified by a singular dedication to superior products. An extreme but appropriate example: Xoco’s irregularly offered headcheese and smoked tongue torta, made with naturally raised pork supplied by Wisconsin’s Maple Creek Farm," writes Mike Sula.

449 N. Clark St., 312-334-3688

Performing Arts

Show: The Man Who Saved New Orleans Rather than dwell on the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, playwright Thomas Meloncon focuses on its victims and their struggle to recover.

8pm, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave., 773-752-3955, $30

Dinner: That's-A-Burger "Idiosyncratic owner, out-of-the-way location, 20-minute wait for burgers, no seating, orders placed through bulletproof glass, impatient staff, no picture taking, and did I mention idiosyncratic owner? But all is forgiven after one big juicy chin-dripping, eye-rolling chomp into one of the better burgers in Chicago," writes Gary Wiviott.

2134 E. 71st St., 773-493-2080

Show: Stomp There are times when this venerable (19 years and still touring) celebration of percussive rhythm can get to feeling a little formulaic, but something always comes along to shake things up. Oil-drum shoes. A choral piece for lighters. A competitive trio featuring plastic bags, lunch bags, and soft-drink cups.

8pm, Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., 312-902-1400, $20-$65

Dinner: Atwood Cafe Just off the handsomely ornamented marble lobby of the Hotel Burnham, this dramatic room has oversize windows on two sides; floor-to-ceiling velvet curtains, massive baroque chandeliers and wall sconces, and crimson-and-black walls give it a regal yet comfortable air.

1 W. Washington Blvd., 312-368-1900

Lit & Lectures

Show: Cathleen Falsani The former Sun-Times religion reporter and author of The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers, and the forthcoming The Thread: Finding a Sacred Place in Cyberspace, talks with the Chicago Tribune's Manya Brachear.

6pm, Saint James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St., 312-787-7360, free

Dinner: C-House Seafood-oriented restaurant in the Affinia Hotel; Nicole Pederson, formerly a sous chef at Lula, is executive chef under chef-owner Marcus Samuelsson.

166 E. Superior St., 312-523-0923


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 who's begun to bump up against the limits of adult life.

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

Dinner: Indian Grill Classic northern Indian food, with an emphasis on clay-oven cooking.

2258 N. Clark St., 773-477-8000

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