Dinner & a Show: Friday 6/4 | Bleader

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Show: Florida garage-punks Jacuzzi Boys play in support of their debut LP, No Seasons, "whose upbeat three- or four-chord sweat jams combine Stonesy rhythms and psych-tinged guitars, recalling both the ooga-booga pounding of the Black Lips and the careening-around-in-the-open feel of early Meat Puppets," writes Brian Costello. Mannequin Men headline.

10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, emptybottle.com, $8.

Dinner: Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar The main attraction at Humboldt Park’s Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar, not surprisingly, is the intriguing list of small-batch beverages put together by a trio of Webster’s Wine Bar vets. Part of our annual outdoor dining roundup, and one of the best new Chicago restaurants of 2009.

954 N. California Ave., 773-292-1616, rootstockbar.com

Show: Ballrogg, Vertex Norwegian duo Ballrogg, aka reedist Klaus Ellerhusen Holm and bassist Roger Arntzen (best known from the piano trio In the Country), have reinvented the intimate, lucid jazz-based sound of their self-titled 2008 debut; the music is a sober exploration of pure sound, ghostly harmony, and minimalist composition.

9:30 PM, Elastic, 2830 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-772-3616, elasticrevolution.com, donation requested.

Dinner: Taqueria la Oaxquena This tiny family-run taqueria is one of the city’s very few low-budget restaurants specializing in the sophisticated cuisine of Mexico’s Oaxaca state. Part of our Chicago taqueria roundup.

3382 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-545-8585


Show: Metropolis "In case you've lost count, this is the fourth restoration of Fritz Lang's 1927 sci-fi epic, begun in 2008 after a 16-millimeter reduction print of the original 153-minute cut was discovered in Argentina. Containing 25 minutes of previously lost footage that brings the movie back within eight minutes of its running time at its German premiere, this will probably wind up being the standard version," writes J.R. Jones. "As the most complete representation of Lang's original vision, it's a masterpiece by any measure."

5:30pm, 8:30pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Ginger's Ale HouseNorthside corner bar featuring Irish fare including fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and bangers and mash.

3801 N. Ashland Ave., 773-348-2767, gingersalehouse.com

Performing Arts

Show: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Titled "The Matt Lamb Tribute: Celebration of a Lifetime," this show honors painter, peace activist, and CRDT cofounder Matt Lamb with a retrospective that goes back to the 14-year-old company's inaugural season.

8pm, Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., 773-342-4141, adventurestage.org/pages/vittum_theater/45.php, $10-$37

Dinner: Habana Libre West Town Cuban spot with what may be the best ropa vieja in Chicago.

1440 W. Chicago Ave., 312-243-3303

Show: The Colored Museum No-holds-barred performances carry the day in this Congo Square Theatre Company production of George C. Wolfe's 1986 sketch revue, a sometimes lacerating satire of African-American stereotypes.

7:30pm, Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green St., 312-733-6000, theaterland.com

Dinner: The Motel Bar The chic industrial space, with high vaulted ceilings, exposed ductwork, and circular red vinyl booths, is designed for mingling: there are no TVs, and the music is kept at a conversation-friendly volume. An extensive list of classic cocktails — manhattans, Tom Collinses, Rob Roys — dominates the five-page room-service-themed menu, but the simply prepared food makes for great late-night snacking.

600 W. Chicago Ave., 312-822-2900, themotelbar.com

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