Dinner & a Show: Thursday 7/22 | Bleader

Renato Borghetti
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Show: Renato Borghetti, Boris Malkovsky Accordionist Renato Borghetti, a native of Rio Grande do Sul, has been one of the premier musical ambassadors of Brazil's musica gaucha, a fast-fingered gaita ponto virtuoso who embraces tradition while incorporating just enough outside influence from jazz, pop, samba, and other Brazilian styles to keep the music from stagnating. Ukraine-born, Tel Aviv-based accordionist Boris Malkovsky opens.

6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph, 312-742-1168, millenniumpark.org/artandarchitecture/jay_pritzker_pavilion.html, free

Dinner: The Purple Pig Snout-to-tail cooking is the name of the game at The Purple Pig, a convivial take on an Italian enoteca from Scott Harris (Mia Francesca), Jimmy Bannos Sr. (Heaven on Seven), and chef Jimmy Bannos Jr., who honed his skills at Mario Batali's New York restaurants.

500 N. Michigan Ave., 312-464-1744, thepurplepigchicago.com

Show: Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing Jersey City trumpeter Nate Wooley is one of the instrument's most versatile and daring players. Tonight he reconvenes a trio with two Chicagoans, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and bassist Jason Roebke, that he's calling Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing; "together they draw from a huge arsenal of extended techniques, their finely attuned interactions creating taut, detailed soundscapes that sound feverish even at their most sparse and quiet," writes Peter Margasak.

10 PM, Elastic, 2830 N. Milwaukee, second floor, 773-772-3616, elasticrevolution.com, $8.

Dinner: Kuma's Corner The menu at this gussied-up corner tap is focused squarely on bar food—but finger-lickin' bar food it is. Kuma's serves whopping hunks of juicy, lightly seasoned meat on delicious, chewy pretzel rolls in more than 20 metal-themed iterations (the Motorhead, the Mastodon, etc), each also available as a chicken sandwich or garden burger.

2900 W. Belmont Ave., 773-604-8769, kumascorner.com


Show: Rio Bravo Howard Hawks's finest western (1959), and perhaps his finest film—but who wants to quibble on this level?

6pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: Sable Kitchen & Bar Overseen by Violet Hour vet Mike Ryan, the cocktail program gives classic cocktails a workout with concoctions like the War of the Roses, a perfect balance of Pimm's, St-Germain, Tanqueray, mint, and house-made grapefruit bitters. The Pisco Sour was possibly the best I've ever tried, just sweet enough and bracingly strong, topped with a stiff cap of egg white. Even the Bridal Shower proved to be a stiff, refreshing cooler of Campari, vodka, rhubarb syrup, and plenty of fizz. The cocktails could be what make Sable a destination.

505 N. State, 312-755-9704, sablechicago.com

Show: Spectres of the Spectrum Craig Baldwin seems to have been compulsively remaking the same movie over the past decade, an experimental found-footage compilation that dovetails as many technological conspiracy theories as possible. Each time he does a better job; this delirious 1999 feature is better to my mind than either Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1991) or Sonic Outlaws (1995), and it makes extensive use of Baldwin's own footage, as did O No Coronado! (1992).

7pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575, docfilms.uchicago.edu

Dinner: La Petite Folie Michael and Mary Mastricola, both former U. of C. students and longtime Hyde Park residents, decamped to Paris in the mid-90s so Mary could attend the Cordon Bleu cooking school, then returned to Chicago to open this charming restaurant serving spectacular baguettes and a wide range of French classics with a menu that changes frequently.

1504 E. 55th St., 773-493-1394, lapetitefolie.com

Performing Arts

Show: Queertopia: The Anti-Violence Project The young cast of this moving, oral-history-based project use song, dance, poetry and voguing to explore violence inside and surrounding the LGBTQ community.

7:30pm, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., 773-472-6469, centeronhalsted.org, $12.50-$20

Dinner: Chicago Diner offers creative veggie, vegan, and gluten-free dishes in a comfortable space lined with old-fashioned wooden booths.

3411 N. Halsted St., 773-935-6696, veggiediner.com

Show: This Train Already a gem when it ran at Berwyn's 16th Street Theater in January, Tony Fitzpatrick's show about hobo life and lore has been revised and revived for a second run.

7:30pm, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Merle Reskin Garage Theatre, 1624 N. Halsted St., 312-335-1650, steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/theatres/garage.aspx, $22

Dinner: Black Duck Tavern & Grill Wings, nachos, and quesadillas share the menu with oysters Rockefeller at this casually upscale Lincoln Park tavern located where J.P.’s Eating Place used to be.

1800 N. Halsted St., 312-664-1801, blackducktavern.com