Dinner & a Show: Thursday 9/2 | Bleader

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Nicole Mitchell
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Show: Chicago Jazz Festival The annual festival kicks off today with multiple performances. Nicole Mitchell headlines today's shows, performing with "idiosyncratic pianist, scholar, and composer Anthony Davis, who rarely performs in Chicago; his restless experimental bent has carried him as far afield as opera and gamelan, but he never breaks his connection to his jazz roots," writes Peter Margasak.

5 pm, Ganz Hall, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., 312-341-2238, free

Dinner: Cafecito "Prior to opening his South Loop Cuban-style cafe, Philip Ghantous was a frustrated actor-waiter with zero kitchen experience. So how the hell is it that this Lebanese-American from Peoria is now pressing the best damn Cuban sandwiches in the city?" writes Mike Sula.

26 E. Congress Pkwy., 312- 922-2233, cafecitochicago.com

Show: Scissor Sisters' latest, Night Work, "is at its best when it goes heavy into classic disco—unrepentant glitter and gnashing 4/4 hi-hat stomp—and then lays on the Scissters' trademark high camp," writes Jessica Hopper.

7:30 PM, Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine, 773-275-6800 or 866-448-7849, rivieratheatre.com, $35, 18+.

Dinner: Demera Ethiopian restaurant across from the Green Mill. The extensive menu features a wide range of traditional preparations of lamb, chicken, beef, and seafood.

4801 N. Broadway, 773-334-8787, demeraethiopianrestaurant.com

Performing Arts

Show: Blues for an Alabama Sky Set in Harlem, 1930, Pearl Cleage's superb 1995 drama concerns the ill-fated affair between a hard-drinking blues singer, Angel, and the straitlaced country boy who wants her to be the mother of his children.

8 pm, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., 773-327-5252, theatrebuildingchicago.org, $25

Dinner: Sapore di Napoli The dozen kinds of authentic Italian-style pizza here include salsiccia e cipolle (Italian sausage with smoked mozzarella and onions), verdure (mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, and roasted peppers), and quattro stagioni (artichokes, prosciutto di parma, mushrooms, and olives). Part of our gelato roundup.

1406 W. Belmont Ave., 773-935-1212, saporedinapoli.net


Show: Delta Sliding forward with the grim finality of Greek tragedy, this largely wordless Hungarian drama is powered by the tension between its idyllic setting and its disturbing subject matter. "Think Deliverance on the Danube, and without the catharsis," writes Andrea Gronvall.

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

Dinner: Via Carducci Cozy Lincoln Park Italian restaurant specializing in home-cooked fare. The attractive interior and friendly staff at this small, homey southern Italian trattoria make it a consistent favorite.

1419 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-665-1981, viacarduccichicago.com

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