Dinner & a Show: Thursday 8/19 | Bleader

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Show: Jeb Bishop Trio "For more than a decade Jeb Bishop has been one of the top instrumentalists in the city, and lately I've become convinced he's one of best trombonists in all of jazz," writes Peter Margasak.

8:30 PM, Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak, 312-791-9050, velvetlounge.net, $10.

Dinner: Chef Luciano/Gourmet Fish Two restaurants in one single-story building, Chef Luciano tends more toward higher-end meals, Gourmet Fish to more standard fast foods such as fried fish and chicken. Offerings draw from all sorts of influences—Cajun, Italian, Jamaican, African, and chef-owner David Gupta's native Indian—and the results, as you might expect, are eclectic.

49 E. Cermak Rd., 312-326-0062, chefluciano.com

Show: Rayon Beach The last song on this Austin group's new EP asks the question, "What would it sound like if Ernie Brooks from the Modern Lovers played keyboards with Pleasure Principle-era Gary Numan?" The answer: "It sounds fucking triumphant," writes Brian Costello.

9 PM, Crown Tap Room, 2821 N. Milwaukee, 773-252-9741, donation requested

Dinner: Gloria's Cafe Reopened under new ownership (with an actual Gloria at the helm) this little Colombian joint is putting out lovingly made home-style plates, along with more casual coffeehouse-oriented bites and drinks (sandwiches, juices, smoothies).

3300 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-342-1050


Show: Cry of the City Director Robert Siodmak was in many ways the reference point for film noir in the 40s; his films may lack a lasting impact, but his style was one of the most striking and effective in the history of movies.

5:30 pm, 9:15 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Smoke Country House Barbecue and Filipino food in the old N.N. Smokehouse location.

1467 W. Irving Park Rd., 773-327-0600

Show: Bomber Comparisons to Little Miss Sunshine are all but inevitable, but this trenchant and truthful indie comedy masterpiece about a dysfunctional family on a road trip blows that funny little picture out of the water. Performances and dialogue are not subject to improvement; writer and first-time feature director Paul Cotter never puts a foot wrong.

6:15 pm, Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., 312-846-2600

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). The one-page menu has surprising breadth without seeming scattershot: there are half a dozen steaks and burgers alongside more unusual offerings like roast saddle of elk and caramelized lobster with lemon quinoa.

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

Lit & Lectures

Show: "Afghanistan and Beyond: America's Path to Permanent War" Author Andrew Bacevich (Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War) is interviewed by Chicago Public Radio's Worldview host Jerome McDonnell.

7 pm, Chicago Temple First United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington St, 312-427-2533, ext. 15

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. Just named one of Bon Appetit's 10 best new American restaurants.

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