Dinner & a Show: Thursday 6/17 | Bleader

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  • Tinariwen

Show: Tinariwen recorded their latest album, Imidiwan: Companions (World Village), in Tessalit, a village in the Malian Sahara that's the closest thing this band of Kel Tamashek nomads (aka Tuareg) has to a hometown. Accompanied by friends and neighbors, they sound at once relaxed and energized; the massed vocals manifest the community whose survival is Tinariwen's raison d'etre, and the patiently unwinding guitar lines evoke the desert spaces that are its ancestral home.

6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph, 312-742-1168, free.

Dinner: The Gage The extensive drinks list features specialty and vintage cocktails like the Champagne Charlie (champagne and Grand Marnier with a sugar cube soaked in blood orange bitters).

24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243, thegagechicago.com


Show: Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival The 22nd annual festival opens with a shorts program that includes Jia Zhang-ke's Cry Me a River (2008, 19 min.) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (2009, 18 min.), a predecessor to his Cannes award winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. See Fred Camper's critical guide for more.

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

Dinner: Trattoria No. 10 Service is seamless and unpretentious, and the seating's cozy and private—this is a rare decent dinner option in the Loop.

10 N. Dearborn St., 312-984-1718, trattoriaten.com

Show: Accomplices After the battered body of a rent boy is pulled out of the Rhone, two Lyonnaise homicide detectives (Gilbert Melki and Emmanuelle Devos) begin canvassing his teenage peers, sifting through his cell phone records, and tracing his recent online activities. The firmly controlled film is an exercise in contrast and balance: graphic but not prurient, polished but not slick, fixated by sexual danger yet devoid of puritanism. In French with subtitles.

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

Dinner: Webster's Wine Bar Across the street from the Webster Place movie theaters, this cozy wine bar offers an extensive variety of vintages from around the world. The dark room has comfortable couches in the front window, and there’s an upstairs room for crowded weekends or private parties.

1480 W. Webster Ave., 773-868-0608, websterwinebar.com

Performing Arts

Show: GL 2010 (Not Your Generic Latina) Teatro Luna celebrates its tenth anniversary with this occasionally shaggy but always engaging collection of stories and songs about Latina identity.

7:30pm, Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., 312-633-0630, $12-$20, chicagodramatists.org

Dinner: West Town Tavern As at Zinfandel, Drew and Susan Goss's previous restaurant, the contemporary American menu emphasizes seasonal ingredients. Entrees range from pan-seared scallops atop mushroom-leek risotto to a meaty roast trout over braised artichokes and fingerling potatoes in a funky, delicious jus full of house-cured bacon to a grilled pork tenderloin with cheddar mac 'n' cheese and herbed pan juices.

1329 W. Chicago Ave., 312-666-6175, westtowntavern.com

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