Dinner & a Show: Monday 8/9 | Bleader

Dinner & a Show: Monday 8/9



  • Victoire

Show: Victoire "Along with Clogs and William Brittelle, this New York chamber-ish quintet is part of a thriving community of classically trained musicians incorporating ideas from rock into serious composition," writes Peter Margasak. "Victoire's forthcoming Cathedral City (due September 28 on New Amsterdam, a label that's been specializing in such hybrids) delivers a kind of mesmerizing, catchy minimalism, blending elaborate counterpoint, rich yet often dissonant harmony, and sophisticated melodic development into warm, accessible pieces you might even call songs."

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

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: 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. As the most complete representation of Lang's original vision, it's a masterpiece by any measure.

6:30 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600, siskelfilmcenter.org

Dinner: La Madia Restaurant in the old Jazz Showcase offering a range of pizzas and a large wine list with 250 by the bottle and multiple options by the glass. As for the pies, they're delicious. A soft, slightly chewy thin crust showcases the pure flavors of fantastic house-made fennel sausage, fresh arugula and prosciutto, and other select toppings like a sweetly savory combo of Taleggio and roasted vin santo grapes that hung in tricky, but ultimately successful balance.

59 W. Grand Ave., 312-329-0400, dinelamadia.com

Show: The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest In 1924 British explorers George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine were only 800 feet away from being the first to summit Mount Everest when they were engulfed by clouds and never seen again. While assaying Everest 75 years later, American mountaineer Conrad Anker came across Mallory's body, a discovery that made global headlines and inspired veteran BBC filmmaker Anthony Geffen to craft this vivid documentary.

4:20 pm, 7:30 pm, 9:50 pm, Landmark's Century Centre, 2828 N. Clark St., 773-509-4949

Dinner: New Peking Shandong ren, Chinese-Koreans, were important in developing restaurant culture in Korea, and in the 70s and 80s they began bringing their distinctive hybrid cuisine to the States. New Peking Restaurant offers an example of how traditional dishes such as cha chiang mian— whole-wheat noodles in black bean sauce—continue morphing.

3132 N. Broadway, 773-528-1362