Dinner & a Show: Wednesday 6/16 | Bleader

Winnebago Man
  • Winnebago Man

Show: Winnebago Man This engrossing documentary widens to consider the phenomenon of viral videos and the humiliation they can bring to their sometimes unsuspecting victims, then narrows to profile a man more thoughtful and philosophical than the foaming caricature he's left behind on the small screen.

8pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600

Dinner: South Water Kitchen This restaurant on the main floor of the Hotel Monaco features contemporary American cooking with a strong midwestern influence. At dinner you'll find entrees incorporating regional ingredients such as a roasted Indiana duck breast with Michigan cherry couscous or Iowa pork chop with white cheddar mac 'n' cheese.

225 N. Wabash Ave., 312-236-9300, southwaterkitchen.com

Show: Ondine This lovely drama represents a welcome homecoming for writer-director Neil Jordan after the ugly Manhattan misadventure of The Brave One; he lives just outside Castletownbere, the southern coastal village where the story is set, and its grimy magic is nicely captured in the rich, dark tones of ace cinematographer Christopher Doyle.

4:20 pm, 7 pm, 9:45 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Aloha Eats Formerly Aloha Grill, this is one of few Chicago restaurants specializing in island fare.

2534 N. Clark St., 773-935-6828, alohaeats.com


Show: Indian Jewelry have "replaced their expansive desert psychedelia with something more claustrophobic," writes Miles Raymer. "It still sounds deeply ominous (one of the group's best qualities), and having another excellent band, alongside acts like Zola Jesus and Blessure Grave, reviving an aggressively fucked-up strain of goth music is totally OK with me."

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

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 Ave., 773-276-7567, atavolachicago.com

Show: The Thing with Joe McPhee Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, aka mighty Scandinavian trio the Thing, draw on the musical languages of rock, jazz, free improvisation, and the avant-garde—and no matter what the idiom, they play like they're trying to call down the apocalypse. Tonight they're joined by a longtime collaborator, Poughkeepsie multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee.

9:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, hideoutchicago.com, $10.

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

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

Performing Arts

Show: Itsoseng Written and performed by 29-year-old South African actor Omphile Molusi, the painful, powerful 75-minute one-man show recounts events that took place in Molusi's own home township of Itsoseng starting in 1993, when Lucas Mangope, president of the Bophuthatswana bantustan (one of ten black "homelands" established under apartheid) refused to integrate it into the new South Africa.

7:30pm, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-5600 (TTY 312-595-5699), chicagoshakes.com, $28-$38

Dinner: Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge Living up to the pun, Niu Japanese Fusion Lounge rolls out a new wave of innovative preparations that blend traditions and build on not typically Asian ingredients such as cilantro, avocado, and spicy mayo.

332 E. Illinois St., 312-527-2888, niusushi.com