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Dinner & a Show: Friday 6/18


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Kings Go Forth
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Show: Kings Go Forth Representing Milwaukee in the vintage soul revival that also includes Sharon Jones and Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Kings Go Forth are a prismatic celebration of the genre's past glories and future potential—they make an excellent case that the recent resurgence of interest in soul ought to continue for decades to come.

9 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 877-435-9849, doubledoor.com, $5.

Dinner: Spring The first restaurant venture of executive chef Shawn McClain (Green Zebra), Spring’s more than a half-decade old and still fresh. The concept’s simple: clean, clever Asian-influenced seafood dishes, as in appetizers of a barbecued eel maki roll or short ribs with Japanese egg noodles and a fried quail egg in a Szechuan mushroom bouillon.

2039 W. North Ave., 773-395-7100, springrestaurant.net

Show: Shemekia Copeland Mentored by her father, guitarist Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, Shemekia Copeland arrived on the blues scene in the late 90s fully formed. Still in her late teens, she sometimes sounded almost overwhelmed by her gifts. On her latest CD, last year's Never Going Back (Telarc), Copeland finally sounds like she's made peace with her own talent.

9 PM, FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn, 708-788-2118 or 866-468-3401, fitzgeraldsnightclub.com, $20, $15 in advance.

Dinner: Czech Plaza Czechs are traditionally frugal foodies, and Czech Plaza delivers a lot of value with a roster of substantial old-world platters, many clocking in at under $10 for soup, entree with two sides (sauerkraut, dumplings, or salad), dessert, and coffee.

7016 W. Cermak Rd., 708-795-6555, czechplaza.com

Show: Locks "This experimental power duo's new Suicides Don't Commit Themselves (Static Station) is one of the most interesting albums to come out of Chicago this year," writes Miles Raymer.

10 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, hideoutchicago.com, $10, $8 in advance.

Dinner: Tarantino's This handsome room provides a cozy, comfortable setting for chef Marcelo Mendonca’s contemporary Italian cuisine.

1112 W. Armitage Ave., 773-871-2929, tarantinos.com


Show: Joan Rivers: A Piece of WorkRicki Stern and Anne Sundberg (best known for the Darfur documentary The Devil Came on Horseback) spent a year following Rivers around during a relatively low ebb in her 50-year career, and they deliver a memorable portrait of a tireless, ambitious, relentlessly driven entertainer.

4:40 pm, 7:40 pm, 9:55 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Erwin Mark Bittman, the New York Times's minimalist, would approve of Erwin, the namesake restaurant of chef Erwin Drechsler. The emphasis is on seasonal food prepared simply, to bring out the freshness of the ingredients.

2925 N. Halsted St., 773-528-7200, erwincafe.com

Show: Winter's Bone The social detail of a 21st-century mountain community is completely persuasive, heightening the drama immeasurably; the movie wouldn't be half as suspenseful if Granik hadn't sealed us into this little envelope of wilderness and poverty. See J.R. Jones's in-depth review for more.

4:30 pm, 7:15 pm, 9:40 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: Raj Darbar Tandoori chicken is done just right — "the most tender, flavorful tandoori chicken I have eaten anywhere," says one Rater — and the biryani are nicely seasoned and served in large portions.

2660 N. Halsted St., 773-348-1010, rajdarbar.com

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